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Songs For The Week

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AWOPBAMBOOM 48: Music 4 Music People

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From a little “hey” to some good Mambo, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week:

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Damaso Perez Prado, “Mambo No. 5”

Mambo might not be everything you need… but it’s sure a great start.

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Kloe, “Touch”

We really like this little soft electronic pop gem from Kloe. Play it for your special someone tonight, and who knows, it might lead to a little “Touch”…

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Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train”

Remember this 90s classic? Soul Asylum featured 36 photos and names of missing children in their video for “Runaway Train,” and the increased awareness assisted in locating 26 of those children. It’s a friendly reminder that music can move the masses.

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Lissie, “Don’t You Give Up On Me”

Lissie, keep putting out songs like this one and we won’t…

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SickWalt, SickWalt EP

If New York Dolls and Dead Kennedys had a baby they’d name him SickWalt. We’re excited for the band’s new album, which drops in February. Be on the lookout. Until then, here’s SickWalt’s three-song EP, which is a good intro to the fast, fun and hard punk stylings of the group’s glammercore sounds …

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Santana, “Smooth” (Escape the Fate Cover)

Pardon the pun, but we thought we were the ones being punked when word dropped in 2009 that Escape the Fate would be covering the #2 song of all-time. Turns out the joke was on us. One of the best covers of all time? You decide.

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KING, “Hey (Extended Mix)”

Let’s slow things down with the snowfall-like shimmer of KING.

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Chris Young, I’m Coming Over

Winner of Nashville Star, the country version of American Idol, Chris Young’s Nov. 13th released album is comin’ across the airwaves as his best work yet.

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Tekno

Synthesized and synced with trumpets, this brilliant mix of music genres has us head over heels for this talented African musician.

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BJ the Chicago Kid, “Smokin’ and Ridin’”

Turns out the kid from Chicago, who once used the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q to get his name out, learned a thing or two. Will his solo career surpass theirs?

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Boys Like You ft. Meghan Trainor & Ariana Grande, “Who is Fancy”

We’d be surprised if Meghan Trainor was included in a song that didn’t feature a bass or deep sax riffs.

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of Iakov Filimonov / Shutterstock.com

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com or send him a Tweet (@SenorJoseRafael).