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Kendrick Lamar - "LOYALTY. (ft. Rihanna)"
Well, it's here. And it's probably all you're going to hear about for a while. Kendrick's new album, DAMN.
, is absolutely worth the wait. There's so many songs I love on this album but I'm really feelin' this song. The beat is SO good and it might not be DAMN.
's best lyrically but hearing two voices that complement each other so well is so refreshing.
Frank Ocean, Jay-Z & Tyler, The Creator - "Biking"
Are you kidding me with this song? I'm obsessed already and it has three of my favorite people on it. Jay-Z brings us into the song saying, "What goes around, comes around
" with an ambient background with a mellow piano playing. There isn't one person on this track that outshines the other and each verse flows right into the next.
Lianne La Havas - "Green & Gold"
I've been listening to a lot of Lianne La Havas lately and there's something so relaxing about her voice. It's so warm and soulful but there's also a delicate lightness to it. This track is an ode to La Havas' Jamaica heritage with a rolling shuffle groove as she sings, "I'm looking at my life unfold / dreaming of the green and gold.
" If you haven't heard her album, Blood
, you need to get on it.
Kendrick Lamar -"LUST."
Chills. I am generally overwhelmed by Kendrick's release of his fourth studio album, DAMN.
I keep jumping from song to song, without finishing the next because I'm overly excited. I need to calm down. Anyway, Kendrick's words are mesmerizing in "Lust," and my ears can only focus on his words. I can't help but hone in on one relatable verse that talks about the anger that occurred the morning that Trump got elected. The sounds of the song itself are surprisingly funky. This track is one of my favorites so far, but that could change by the end of the day.
Martha Wainwright - "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole"
So I recently finished watching the HBO hit show, Big Little Lies,
and it was fucking crazy. Beyond the plot lines, one of my favorite aspects of the show was the soundtrack. "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" sounds like it could be this heavy metal rock song solely based on its name, however, it happens to be this gorgeous, melodic folk song. Martha Wainwright's lyrics are wildly empowering.
Little Dragon - "Ritual Union"
In honor of Little Dragon releasing their album, Season High,
today, I'm throwing it way back to their song, "Ritual Union." It will make you feel good every single time. I don't think this electro-indie pop track will ever get old.
Kendrick Lamar - "FEEL."
I've only listened to DAMN.
all the way through on amateur earbuds while riding the noisy train once, but I already love it. This is one song that resonated with me right off the bat, as it's slightly reminiscent of J. Cole and old school, good kid
era Kendrick. This album is so different yet... kind of the same. It's more introspective this time around but just as honest as his last. I think most people can relate to the line, "I feel like the whole world want me to pray for them but who the fuck prayin' for me,"
when there's so much expected of us. We've started putting so much pressure on Kendrick, as if he's a political figure who rules us, and so he finally took a step back to say, "no, I'm looking out for me and if that offends you, it's just the honest truth."
Mac Demarco - "On The Level"
Glorious, slightly-detuned synths make this song sound like part 2 of "Passing Out Pieces," and I'm totally fine with that. Demarco truly takes you on a different level with this deceivingly "chill" track.
Perfume Genius - "Slip Away"
The first thing I do every morning when I wake up is check Spotify in hopes that Perfume Genius decided to surprise drop his new album. So far I haven't seen anything, so I guess "Slip Away" will hold me over for now. The production on this single is incredible
and Mike Hadreas takes us into his own world.
Harry Styles - "Sign of the Times"
I already shared my thoughts on Harry Styles' solo debut
, but I'm extremely excited about the new direction he's taking. (Ha, One Direction? More like New Direction...)