Ben Young

Ben Young lives a life of polarity. He has split his life between the coasts: half his life on the West (California) and half on the East (Georgia and Virginia). He has pursued careers in the art world (film school graduate) and the corporate world (executive with Fortune 500 companies). And he is Biracial, the personification of being two things at once. Ben’s musical influences were formed by music loving parents, raised in a world of John Coltrane and John Lennon, James Taylor and James Ingram, Huey Lewis and the News and Prince and the Revolution. Saxophones, electric guitars, synthesizers, and breakbeats filled the air Ben breathed from birth. And being born one year after the birth of Hip Hop, Ben has been joined at the hip with the genre his entire life.

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

26 November 2019

 Don’t you hate when you see people putting them up in November, before Thanksgiving? I mean, we all love the reminder of the songs we loved, and maybe get hip to some we haven’t heard before, but can it wait until we’re a little closer to Christmas…

Whom amongst you decided that Funk music was no longer a thing? I can’t blame millennials for this, Funk left the mainstream’s consciousness by the mid-80’s, if not earlier. According to legend, Funk died on July 2, 1979, when it was kicked off the Mothership by George Clinton and drowned…

7 Reasons to Hate Music Curators

7 November 2019

I get it.

You have a strong dislike towards Music Curators.

But is it justified?

You notice your eyes twitch every time you check musicto.com for the Track of the Week. Have Music Curators somehow become both the kid you hate – the one who sits like a right angle in front of the class, raising their hand before the question is asked, AND the kid you hate – the one who sits like a protractor in the back of the class, talking noise with their crew about how no one uses geometry in real life?

Dreaming in the Daytime – Tuxedo feat. MF DOOM

5 November 2019

So much on my mind / Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused

Whom amongst you decided that Funk music was no longer a thing? I can’t blame millennials for this, Funk left the mainstream’s consciousness by the mid-80’s, if not earlier. According to legend, Funk died on July 2, 1979, when it was kicked off the Mothership by George Clinton and drowned…

Get Back Up – Tidal Volume

1 October 2019

One of the perks about being a music curator is unearthing new acts that are growing beneath the surface, but for some reason have yet to emerge…

Real Life – Emeli Sandè

16 September 2019

Church organs (or maybe it’s just called organs) are objectively the best way to open a song. That and a Pharrell 4-count beat. This track of the week is from British songwriter/singer Emeli Sandè, “Real Life”, off her new album with the same name…

Broke ft. J.I.D – Ari Lennox

27 August 2019

Amen, sister. Whomever among us has not been Broke may cast the first bill payment. This is why we work. And when we quit, being broke can be our biggest fear. But not to worry, backed by worry-free guitar plucking, Ari Lennox sings lines like…

Leave It All Behind – Sleeping With Sirens

14 August 2019

If you Google “Sleeping with Sirens”, the excellent decade-old band behind this week’s Track of the…Week, you’ll see the first question in the “People Also Ask” section: Is the lead singer a girl? In today’s muddled sonic landscape, you need a voice like Kellin Quinn to front a band that quite simply, rocks…

Change – NF

7 August 2019

I like to rap but I ain’t gonna do it forever.”

Here’s a riddle: What is the thing all us claim we want, but deep inside, if we’re being honest, terrifies us?

Here’s a hint: it’s the only constant in life.

You guessed it. Change…

Stuck – OSHUN

23 July 2019

“Neo soul” is a common, if not overused term in the music world these days. Everything with a smooth, jazzy beat and soft vocals can be labeled as neo soul, providing the contrast from “old soul” like Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding…

What If – Tensei feat. Liv Warfield

16 July 2019

Tensei is a Japanese word that translates to reincarnation in English. Reincarnation is what this playlist is all about, and the group named Tensei is the author of this week’s addition to the playlist, an R&B infused track, “What If”…