FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 |
Posted by: Baeble Staff
Childish Gambino - "Me and Your Mama"
I have jumped on Donald Glover's bandwagon so hard since his FX series Atlanta came out. And I'm not ashamed to say it at all, because the show is incredible and now the upcoming Childish Gambino album looks like it's going to be just as good. Awaken, My Love! is probably going to be something entirely new from Gambino, and this song is the first soulful, loud, groovy example of how amazing it sounds.
[Ed.'s Note: This song was going to be my pick as well. On my hour-long commute home after work last night, I listened to this song on repeat. Just this song. And it was satisfying every time. We've only gotten one sliver of it, but Awaken, My Love! is already one of the most anticipated albums of the year for me. On this track alone, there is so much feeling and power and vulnerability and those screams...I've been waiting for something like this.]
YG - "FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle)"
Do I need to justify this? No. I don't. And while a song doesn't directly change or solve anything, it's a good few minutes of respite and it helps to get some emotion out. Thanks, YG.
Travis $cott & Young Thug - "pick up the phone"
I don't know why, but I haven't been able to get this song out of my head recently. I'm not even a big fan of Travis or Young Thug, but the beat is crazy and if the music's good enough I'm not too bothered by the weird autotuned whine-rapping. I also think Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight might be one of the best album titles I've heard in a long time.
The Griswolds - "Hate That I Don't Hate You"
The Griswolds just released their new album High Times for Low Lives, and this song immediately caught my attention. Lead singer Christopher Whitehall perfectly embodies vocal tones from Glass Animals and The Neighbourhood that come together in an electrifying blend.
Grouplove - "Enlighten Me"
After I saw Christian Zucconi sing this song on the newest album in a beautiful acoustic set at the Hammerstein Ballroom, I was instantly hooked. The chorus is INCREDIBLY catchy. The original song itself is just as good and voices opinions and conflicts that I think are present in everyone's life.
Flying Lotus - "Massage Situation"
Flying Lotus is another one of my favorite instrumental artists. The song itself is minimalist but at the same time jazzy, sultry, and filled with so many different textures. This is the type of music you listen to when you arrive back home in the middle of the night and all you want to do is sleep. Or you can probably find it in the intermissions on Adult Swim.
Highly Suspect - "My Name Is Human"
In addition to Gambino's "Me and Your Mama," this cut from Highly Suspect's upcoming album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, is another track on repeat for me. All of the songs off of this new album have been so good so far and contain so much emotion - yet total IDGAF attitude at the same? I guess that's rock 'n' roll for ya. And don't even get me started on those guitar tones.
Cat Power - "Metal Heart"
There are two versions of this song. This version is way better than the other version. I love the raw emotion in the singer's voice and the gradual build - makes me cry every time.
Solange - "Cranes In The Sky"
I love really depressing songs about just feeling completely hopeless - and maybe that's not what this song is about, but that's at least how I interpret it. I recently moved, and so naturally with any kind of been change, I've been in this weird funk. The lyrics "I tried to run it away / Thought then my head be feeling clearer / I traveled 70 states / Thought moving round make me feel better," and that hit real close to home. The video for the song is beautiful too.