Our goal at the mag is to push the limits of creative content in order to provide a platform-par-excellence for all the artists and creators hustling their craft in local dives, parents garages, dim clubs and hot street corners. Apart from that sweet deal, AZMM is also about engaging all of you – who give us the time of day – into a passionate celebration of all that music is, has been and can be.
But before we could start a conversation of such high gravitas and mind-fucking-blowing magnitude, we figured its on us to present forth some of our own favorite songs. Each of our staff members contributed a song in order to display their musical tastes and passions; the end result is a collection of tracks ranging from punk to hard-hitting drum-n-base all the way to some sweet hip-hop joints.
So without further ado, straight from our Facebook feed to your screen, here are our Tracks of the Week:
1. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
Before there was AZMM’s Iggi Koma and way before there was whatever an Iggy Azalea is, there was only Iggy Pop, The Stooges and a Lust For Life. We hope the relentless driving rhythm and immense snarling attitude of this punk classic energize your day. – Iggi Koma Komlenovic
2. Cam’Ron – Oh Boy ft. Juelz Santana
This was (and still is) the ultimate feel good joint. Back when Dipset was more than just a movement-but a lifestyle. Super producer Just Blaze originally made the beat for Memphis Bleek, but Cam’ron and Juelz Santana took the reigns propelling “Oh Boy” to the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart for five weeks straight.
You’ll be surprised by how quickly the songs lyrics come back to you like they never left. – Damir Lolic
3. Pendulum – Hold Your Colour
This was the first track I heard that made me truly feel free. Relaxed. Released. It was the first time I knew that I belonged somewhere. Not a physical location. But a feeling. The feeling you have at a celebration or commemorative event. The feeling you have at the best parties. That’s where I belong. I hope this track helps you find out where you belong. – Tyler “Danger” Deans
4. Authority Zero – A Passage in Time
My track of the day comes straight from dusty and barren streets of Mesa, AZ. Here’s Authority Zero with a heart thumping, adrenaline pumping punk anthem chock full of hard rock riffs. Plug in, enjoy and then go listen to more Authority Zero – David Mukai
5. UGK ft. Outkast – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
One of the best hip-hop songs of the 2000s, UGK’s “Int’l Players Anthem” came during the height of crunk’s popularity, but this Southern classic maintained the soulful sound the South had become known for. With an incredible concept about André 3000’s decision to get married and his friends continuing to maintain their lifestyles, this track showed why UGK and OutKast are some of the best the South had to offer. The extravagant music video also featured cameos from T-Pain, Chamillionaire and members of Three 6 Mafia and Goodie Mob. – Connor Dziawura
6. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
My track of the day comes off of Radiohead’s groundbreaking 1999 album OK Computer which revolutionized the musical landscape around it and dragged rock music straight into the 21st century.
Paranoid Android is more than just a song its a vessel that transports you to a hazy dreamlike state guided by Yorke’s vocals and beautifully crafted instrumentation. What takes the song to the next level is the way Johnny Greenwood’s octane fueled guitar periodically pierces through the peaceful dreamscape changing it into a frantic nightmare.
Give this classic a listen and watch its beautiful, surreal and odd as hell music video which perfectly captures the tone of the song. – Iggi Koma Komlenovic
7. Grover Washington Jr. – Hydra
If Jazz music was a garden then Hip-Hop would be one of its most showcased flowers. Legendary Saxophonist, Grover Washington Jr. has been responsible for several hits throughout the 70s and 80s still being nationally syndicated today. His songs have been sampled over 240 times. The drum break on this “Hydra” joint is Washington’s most used piece-and my personal favorite in his euphonious arsenal. Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill and A Tribe Called Quest are just a hand full of artists to use “Hydra’s” recognizable bass line. Can you name the Biggie song that sampled this joint? – Damir Lolic