Thievery Corporation - "The Cosmic Game"
You know when you casually look out a train or car window and pretend you're in a movie or a documentary about yourself? I can totally imagine this instrumental track as being background music for that. The dream-like qualities and textures will instantly lull you in giving you a deeper appreciation for songs without words.
Lykke Li - "Little Bit"
8 years ago, Lykke Li released her album Youth Novels and to this day I've still been particularly obsessed with her seventh song on the track, "Little Bit." It's adorable, fun, and unique in its own way and Li's lyrical voice perfectly makes the song. Sure, it's a bit cheesy but who doesnt love a good cheesy song?
Ariana Grande - "Into You"
I would never be caught openly admitting my secret love for Ariana Grande... (oops, what am I doing now?) but this song has seriously been my anthem for the past week. Grande's vocals in it are, as usual, impeccable. Listen to the song once and tell me it isn't fierce.
Vulfpeck - "Conscious Club"
This song is absolutely ridiculous, and probably turns a lot of people off. But holy shit is it fun if you really like Vulfpeck. If you don't know Vulfpeck, give them a chance (listen to "1612" or "Back Pocket" first). As always, Joe Dart is 100% on point with the bassline, and the crazy vocals update the instrumental version from last album. Vulfpeck's new album is out and I, for one, am loving their peak levels of strangeness.
Ari Lennox - "Night Drive"
I'm so happy we're finally getting a full project from Ari Lennox. Her EP Pho is out today on Dreamville, J. Cole's label. "Night Drive" displays Lennox's ability to blend the lines between singing, rapping, and talking over a jazzy, funky beat, reminiscent of neo-soul queens Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. With the backing of Cole and the Dreamville collective, I think we'll be hearing a lot more interesting material from Ari Lennox.
Phony Ppl - "Why iii Love the Moon"
Phony Ppl has such a unique and fun sound, and they know it too. Their Twitter name happens to be noGENRE PhonyPpl. The Brooklyn band throws together funk, R&B, and hip-hop and gets incredibly beautiful results like "Why iii Love The Moon." It's a happy and authentic atmosphere - how can you ask for more?
SOHN - "The Wheel"
This song is from SOHN's debut album, Tremors, and I can't get enough of it. I love how the introduction is so simple and intriguing then it leads to chopped up beats on top of each other. This is such a perfect song for the colder months ahead.
Sweater Beats - "Do It For Me (ft. Erin Marshall)"
This is one of those songs you can listen to on repeat for a week and not get sick of it. The song has an oriental-like twang to it and Aussie vocalist, Erin Marshall, is the cherry on top of this smooth R&B jam from New York-based producer, Sweater Beats.
The Brinks - "Temporary Love"
The indie synth-pop vibe in this song makes me so happy. There's something about this song that is so calming and the vocals are so smooth - it almost reminds me of Broken Bells. It's the best song to listen to on a rainy day.
The Japanese House - "Face Like Thunder"
Today on the way to work, I listened to this song three or four times in a row. Excessive? Maybe. It's a very easy song to listen to. Amber Bain's harmonies open up wondrous possibilities, and when it transitions to the bridge -- my heart melts. The way Bain sings "I could be so cool," will give you chills.
Nothing But Thieves - "Honey Whiskey"
Everyone's gotta listen to Nothing But Thieves' entire debut album. It came out last year but it's still a favorite... It was hard to pick one song but "Honey Whiskey" is pretty solid.
July Talk - "Strange Habit"
I caught July Talk when they opened for Nothing But Thieves earlier this week, so I've been listening to both bands a lot... This song is so eery and haunting, perfect for a rainy day like today here in Brooklyn.
Lady Gaga - "John Wayne"
Lady Gaga's Joanne just came out today and I'm only halfway through but I really liked this song at first listen. I really wanted to not like this album, but I don't think that's going to be a possibility. It's like a weird fusion of country and pop and it so works... Gaga's voice has never sounded better.