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Vincent Blake, Lucas Estrada ft. Stu Gabriel – Lover

Song: Lover by Vincent Blake, Lucas Estrada ft. Stu Gabriel

Genre: Electric · Indie-Pop

Mood: Chill · Feel Good


First, I want to say I know it’s been a while since I posted last. I took a little hiatus to work on other things, but I’m happy to say: I’m back! If you’re coming back after a long wait, I’m so excited you came back! If you’re a new comer, then I’m so happy you stopped by! My first Plug In post for 2017 is for this beautiful song.

I stubble upon this song and I decided today was the day I was going sit my ass down and make some time to get back to talking about what I love – Music. Not only is it energetic and catchy but it has such a great vibe that could make any bad day a good day and any good day a better day. Let me start by introducing you to the artists.

Vincent Blake and Lucas Estrada are both DJ’s from Stockholm, Sweden. Their collaboration with each other is so in sync it was “Tearin’ Up My Heart” to tell you about it. (Only those of you who lived through the 90’s will get that pun.) But a great beat is only truly appreciated when it is paired with a great voice. Stu Gabriel is a singer / songwriter / guitarist who, it turns out, is also from Sweden. I would say they had the right idea working together and they didn’t have to go far to spread this sweet jam across the ocean.

The song title Lover is a simple, beautiful and fitting name for this melody. I think the song is an ode to a strong passionate connection with someone, which the person who is singing does not want to end or stop – not even for a second. I think it is a song we can all relate to. I’ve always been someone who has loved with all my heart no matter what. Yes it has broken my heart a few times but it has also lead the way to incredible relationships and friendships. Your life should be filled with as much love as possible.

I love the whole song, but especially Stu’s voice and the guitar. You can check out more from him on his Youtube channel. I’m a sucker for guitars, which is why I am currently in the baby phases of learning to play myself. I tend to keep myself busy, always on to something new, so I’m hoping I keep it up!

In addition to all of this, I came across this song courtesy of The Vibe Guide. They have no idea who I am but I’m about to throw down some shout outs there way. They pretty much do what I do but on a whole other level. (Not trying to deter you from my blog – just sharing a good find!) They talk about music, interview bands, review albums and even have a podcast you can listen to. If you love music as much as me and are always looking for new artists or music to listen to, you should check them out.

Thanks for tuning in! Let me know your thoughts. I hope you guys enjoyed it ❤



Smallpools – Mason Jar

Song: Mason Jar by Smallpools

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Feel Good

About the Band: These up-and-comers are making head way into the music scene. The band got together in 2012 and managed to get their first hit song Dreaming a year later after it reached the number one spot on Hype Machine – which is pretty amazing considering it takes years for bands to get that kind of attention. They are compared to other bands like Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, and Passion Pit, all of which I like.

“We’re flattered that everyone is reacting the way that they are – we definitely didn’t expect the reaction to be this good.” – Smallpools frontman Sean Scanlon

I love this song. They do a great job of combining electronic pop with a folk twang sound that makes you want to dance. Most of all, I love how you experience a wave of emotions as you listen to it. I feel like the song is about looking back and reminiscing a time when you were happy, and although you might be in a better place now you find yourself missing those times – people and places that will always be great memories.

The music video is a brief documentary of the band touring and preforming. Some of the clips were moments they spent in LA, which is where they originally all met and formed the band. You can tell that they are a fun group who genuinely enjoy what they do.

If you like this song, you should check out their Smallpools EP.

Better yet – Check out their new song Killer Whales! I like it, it has a more 80’s/techno feel to it. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

Check them out live: They are going on tour in October, so if you like click here for the tour dates and locations.


Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Song: This Head I Hold by Electric Guest

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This eclectic band came out of LA in 2012, and is made up of singer/songwriter Asa Taccone and drummer Matthew Compton. They were just two guys making music in a house full of musicians and artists before their album was picked up and produced by Brian Burton (AKA  Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley and the producer of Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck) – Not too shabby. From there, Electric Guest put out their first album Mondo.

Although they have an electronic vibe, the lead singers voice adds a soulful element. The combination creates an engaging and unique sound. I love it. At first when I heard it I didn’t know how to feel about it; was it electronic? Pop? 70’s Retro? What ever it was, I didn’t want to stop listening to it. The song is upbeat and slightly nostalgic. It’s an infusion of sounds and effects from current and past decade influences.

In addition to the overall sound, I like the lyrics. The song is about breaking free of cultural norms and pressures and allowing yourself to be something of your own creation. A message I find empowering and one I personally I connect to.

“… “This Head I Hold” is kind of open ended in terms of what you can take away from it, but for me I like to think of it as kind of this constant reminder that you don’t have to follow in the steps of whatever kind of culture you’re apart of or whatever your society says you should or shouldn’t do … because for me, I think we’re kind of in a time where, like culturally we could break some of the patterns that we’re stuck in.” – Explanation of the song by Asa Taccone.

I can see it being one of those songs I play after a long and stressful day, something that could snap me back into a good mood. I feel like the happy feeling you get from it is contagious. Shout out to my friend Tay for suggesting this song – I dig it.

If you like it, you should also check out Under the Gun, another song I like by them.






Charlie Puth – L.U.V.

Song: L.U.V. by Charlie Pluth

Genre: Pop

Mood: L.U.V.

About the Music: Charlie Puth is a young YouTuber who was introduced to me by my brother. Mostly he is known for his covers of songs and smooth voice. In fact, in 2011 he was featured on The Ellen Show for his collaborative cover of Adele’s song Someone Like You. It even landed him a spot on Ellens record label, Eleveneleven

Although he is no longer signed to the label, it hasn’t stopped him from making more videos and producing his own music. I consider him a diamond in the rough – it’s hard to believe at one point he was too shy to sing, which is why he initially took to YouTube. He wanted to do something he loved since he was a little kid without fear of being judged. Since then his confidence and popularity has grown, not to mention the love and support from his fans all over the world.

This is one of my favorites by him and his first official music video, released August 1, 2014.

To me the song is about still loving someone, even after it didn’t work out the first time. You can’t explain it, but you have a sense of hope it could be something amazing if you both just let go of your fears and give each other a real chance, a better chance. I feel like this represents the moment when you’re tired of holding back, you care about the person and want the opportunity to see where it can take you.





The Griswolds – Beware the Dog

Song: Beware the Dog by The Griswolds

Genre: Indie-Rock

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This group is from Sydney, Australia and has been compared to bands like Vampire Weekend. They named the band after the main family in the 1980’s movie series National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase – which goes along with their 80’s inspired sound. Shout out to my friend Josh who recommended the song to me – I really like it.

Although this song is upbeat and fun, the lyrics have a deeper and unexpected meaning.

“… It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times.” – Explanation of the song by vocalist Chris Whitehall

Aside from making me want to dance, I like that this song has a personal connection to the band. In life, you have to take the bad with the good. Some people can’t shake it, some people pretend it never happened and others look back, reminisce and learn from it.  I think that the latter is what they did; they took something that was difficult in their lives and transformed it using what they know and love – music. Not to mention, it’s pretty catchy.

If you want to hear more, check them out! Their album Be Impressive was released August 22, 2014.





Tove Lo – Not On Drugs

Song: Not On Drugs by Tove Lo

Genre: Dance-Pop

Mood: Happy, In Love

About the Music: You might know this artist from her song “Habits” which today is number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tove Lo, pronounced “Tooveh Lu”, is a Swedish singer/songwriter who has written songs for artists such as Icona Pop. Her sound and music inspiration was sparked by her love of Nirvana and grunge when she was 12. From grunge, she gravitated towards the eclectic sounds of pop.

Personally, I love her music style and her lyrical content. She is bold and transparent; not afraid or shy to convey how she is really feeling and paints a vivid picture of her state of mind in each song. Even though she has stated she is not interested in being famous, I think she shows great potential. Her passion for what she does will lead her to a huge fan base and respect from her peers. Her most recent EP, Truth Serum, is a documentary of her most recent and heartbreaking relationship.

This song is about the burst of raw and exciting emotions in the beginning of a relationship. The euphoric feeling of being on “Cloud 9.” You lose a sense of reality and let go of your fears, allowing yourself to completely give in to the rush of happiness you feel. In the song, she sees new colors, lives in the sky, and even asks her significant other to join her – all while assuring them her elusive behavior isn’t the result of drugs, it’s the result of being in love.

Although she choked on paint and was blinded by smoke in the process, this music video was made to show how crazy and intense Tove Lo feels when she falls in love.




YoungeBlood Hawke – We Come Running

Artist: We Come Running by YoungeBlood Hawke

Genre: Indie-pop

Mood: Upbeat, Fun

About the Music: An oldie, but one of my favorites – this song is about determination and recognizing your potential. When it was released, the group stated they considered it to be their “personal anthem.” No matter how bad or discouraging things seemed for the band, they never allowed it to get them down. It’s upbeat, uplifting and fun; a testament to the kind of band they are and a showcase of their perseverance.

Say What?! – This video was put together by the band, not only to release their first single and have an amazing experience doing it, but also to promote the conservation of sharks. They hoped this video would show how majestic and misunderstood these creatures are, since they are surrounded by negative stigma and the killing of sharks put them at risk of being endangered.

“Sharks are being slaughtered and are in danger of being wiped out,” adds the group. “They play a vital role in the food chain and without them, the ecosystem could not survive. Being close enough to have these majestic creatures brush past us was an experience that words cannot describe. They were intelligent, curious and represent the power and mystery of nature. We’d like to be a part of preserving that. Hopefully, this video will help shine a light on the importance of these gorgeous, misunderstood animals and their important role in our ecosystem.”

– Check out this Rolling Stones article to read more.