DLC Week of 9/21: Rick James and Switchfoot!
As September marches on, we bring two songs that have strong bass grooves while representing different ends of the musical spectrum.
Considered one of the biggest icons of funk, “Super Freak” represents one of Rick James’ finest musical achievements. One of Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of All Time, it spent ten weeks in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. It also went on to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Guitar and bass hold down grooves through the song, with a standout bass part, playing a call-and-response with the synth. The vocal harmonies have a giant range throughout the song, which makes for some great, tough multiplayer gameplay.
Also releasing this week is “Float”, from Switchfoot’s latest album Where the Light Shines Through. Switchfoot has seen great success over their twenty year career, with 10 albums and two Grammy-nominations, including a win for 2011’s Hello Hurricane. While making Where the Light Shines Down, the band worked with producer John Fields, who produced several of their 00s-era albums (including their breakout hit The Beautiful Letdown). Where the Light Shines Through has gone on to hit the top 10 of the Billboard album chart. “Float” starts with a strong bassline over a relentless clapping beat that creates an infectious, feel-good vibe. Building into a slightly echo-y chorus punctuated with funky guitar, the song drops down a bit for the second verse and introduces a spacey synth riff going into the final chorus.
Songs can be purchased individually for $1.99 each. The Rock Band Rivals Season 2 Spotlight Pass can be purchased for $13.49.
- Rick James - "Super Freak" (Part of the Rock Band Rivals Season 2 Spotlight Pass)
- Switchfoot - "Float"
We’ll be showing off this week’s newest DLC on our Twitch stream today starting at 5PM ET. Tune in here!
* Please note that this week’s DLC tracks will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 21st.
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