Band of Horses - "Long Vows"
Band of Horses is my go-to artist when I want to relax at home in front of the fire pit with a steaming cup of hot chocolate in my hands, and a cozy blanket around my shoulders. Just in time for Thanksgiving, this song will totally set you in the mood with its relaxed tempo and gorgeous acoustics. Ben Bridwell's buttery voice will remember why being lazy is totally okay.
Scott Quinn - "Delicate"
If you're a fan of James Blake, you'll definitely be a fan of Scott Quinn. "Delicate" displays Quinn's wide range and soulful passion from the very beginning until the end. The minimalistic track does more than just catch your attention, it'll really pull you in.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "We Turn Red"
From the groovy bass line to Kiedis' effortless vocals, the Red Hot Chili Peppers prove that they've still got it. If you haven't had a chance to listen to this track let alone their album The Getaway, you're missing out!
Sevdaliza - "Marilyn Monroe"
I'm really still clueless on how to describe Sevdaliza, but she's incredibly individualistic. This song is smooth and calm and hits kind of like a cloud of laughing gas. Sevdaliza's voice is shrill and echoes through your head, and you won't be able to get her out. Such an interesting artist - we'll be seeing more of her in the near future. Yo Kanye, get her on the next album.
6LACK - "Never Know"
6LACK finally put out the full project to back his incredibly popular "PRBLMS," and he's showing that his hit wasn't a one-time thing. From the first minute of FREE 6LACK, the R&B/hip-hop artist is putting his talent and raw emotion out there with "Never Know." With a thick Atlanta drawl, heavy bass, and the energy of trap hi-hats, 6LACK is putting out a dynamic sound.
D'Angelo - "Really Love"
D'Angelo is an absolute legend and giant in neo-soul. If you're not familiar you need to be. This song stuck with me immediately when it came out a couple years ago, and I dove headfirst into the classic D'Angelo catalogue. This isn't a bad place to get your first start, but you really have to go back and listen to Voodoo if you're into neo-soul. Classic slow jams for days.
NxWorries - "What More Can I Say"
If you haven't heard the album Yes Lawd! by NxWorries, you've been missing out for the last month. NxWorries is my favorite new duo because it's made up of two of my favorites: Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge. "What More Can I Say" has a soothing, classic 70s vibe (which seems to be a theme of the whole album) and Anderson .Paak's raspy vocals makes me all eye-heart emoji'd with this song. I'm obsessed.
VÉRITÉ - "Constant Crush (Mansionair remix)"
This song gives me so much energy. I've been really into Mansionair lately so for Mansionair to remix a song from one of Brooklyn's most adorable vocalists makes me a very happy camper. The original "Constant Crush" is good too but it's more staying in on a rainy day and this remix makes you want to start your weekend early and dance around.
Washed Out - "Amor Fati"
A few nights ago, I was listening to an old playlist I made years ago and this song came on and brought me instant happiness. It's one of those year-round songs you can listen to while it's snowing outside or while sitting on the beach in the summer. I think it's absolutely time for Washed Out to release another record.
DNCE - "Be Mean"
DNCE is a funny group. Their music is cheesy and they're led by Joe Jonas, so naturally, whenever he sings something sexual, we laugh. I mean, he was in my favorite boy band when I was like, eleven (don't fact check that). BUT, I will say that they make some pretty perfect pop music. It's extremely cheesy, but I'd be lying if I said this song (off of their debut self-titled LP out today) didn't make me dance and overall lighten up my mood. Sometimes that's all you need, ya'll.
Bruno Mars - "That's What I Like"
Today, Bruno Mars has released his new record 24K Magic, and it's basically just one gigantic 90's throwback. Every song is smooth, sensual, and the production and arrangements are incredible. This song is particular is a straight up 90's baby-maker.
The Weeknd - "I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk)"
Okay, what is it with all these R&B/hip-hop superstars switching to super funky grooves? Bruno Mars (above), Childish Gambino, and now The Weeknd, are all making massive changes to their music. What is all of this groovy goodness? What does it all mean?