Kid Cudi featuring Pharrell - "Fight At First Sight/Advanced"
Remember in 2015 when Kid Cudi released an experimental Kurt Cobain-esque album and left the world completely confused? I mean, I'm pretty sure Indicud was one of my favorite albums in 2013 and to go from that to the experimental Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (that had zero features) only two years later was a bit of a curveball. Well, good news, people, Kid Cudi released a new album today and it sounds a little like the old Cudi we all fell in love with. This song from Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' is synth-heavy throughout but when the bass line drops about mid-song, it turns this track into a total banger. You really can't go wrong with Pharrell.
Flume ft. Vince Staples, Ngiiare, Kucka & Vera Blue - "My Boo"
YES. Flume has covered the 1995 hit, "My Boo" by Ghost City DJs and it's SO GOOD. And I'm pretty obsessed with Vince Staples being featured on it. This song makes me incredibly happy and I'm so happy that Flume chose to put his own spin on such a classic. And yes, whenever I hear this song, it makes me want to do the 'running man' nonstop.
Flaming Lips - "Sunrise (Eyes Of The Young)"
Flaming Lips have *blessed* us with a new single from their upcoming album Oczy Mlody (out January 13th!) and I'm a little obsessed with it / them. In pure Flaming Lips form, it's a psychedelic, dramatic production of a track with extremely floaty melodies. Like the rest of Flaming Lips' songs, it transforms you to another world and makes you forget about all life's struggles.
TesseracT - "Of Matter - Resist"
So yeah, sometimes I'm a little bit of a metalhead. Maybe you can even call it a prog-rockhead? In any case, if you're a fan of progressive rock, TesseracT is the British prog-rock band to listen to. Not only does the lead singer, Daniel Tompkins, have some impressive vocals but the band themselves acquire such a unique taste for rhythm and melody that'll be sure to blow your mind away. Be sure to check out their newest album Polaris/Errai!
Topaz Jones - "Tropicana (Bonus)"
If you're not grooving to this song, you're doing it wrong. Topaz Jones' "Tropicana" is heavy with groove and rapid-fire verses that clearly marks him as a gifted rhymer. Two words that describe this track? Future funk. The colorful hook immediately pulls you in right from the beginning and you can't help but find yourself grooving along to the bass.
SBTRKT - "Pharaohs (ft. Roses Gabor)"
I'm a huge fan of SBTRKT and after seeing his live set at 2015's Governors Ball, I was even more obsessed with his work. "Pharaohs" is a perfect example SBTRKT's experimental style. Electrifying and fun, it's easily one of my favorite songs to start off the day or wind down with. Gabor's breathy vocals add a layer of ephemera-list charm over SBTRKT's traditional complex beats and staccato synths, producing an infectious vibe.
Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"
My all time favorite Christmas song, and one of the most underrated Christmas songs ever recorded. This song could stand on its own as a jazzy soul-pop jam even if it wasn't a holiday song (granted, you'd probably need to take out the sleigh bells). It's pure joy and warmth distilled into a song, and we all need some of that as we start to freeze around this time of year.
GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, & Shy Glizzy - "Crew"
GoldLink continues to put out groovy hits with his smooth, slow-jam-influenced style of hip-hop. And this time he brought along "Crew" in the form of singer Brent Faiyaz and fellow rapper Shy Glizzy. Faiyaz's chorus is silky smooth, and Glizzy brings some in your face energy to contrast with GoldLink's laid-back rhymes. All three of these guys are still pretty underrated, but if GoldLink keeps creating sounds like this he's sure to have a come-up soon.
Sparklehorse - "Gold Day"
This is one of the songs on my funeral playlist. Yes, I have one of those, and my family and friends better play it when I die. It's somehow super sad and hopeful at the same time, with Mark Linkous' vocals wavering and distorted over surging, warm instrumentation. Sparklehorse was an obscure project and definitely oriented to a specific taste, but it's hard not to appreciate the emotion Linkous put into his songs.
The Weeknd - "I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk)"
There's something so uplifting about this song. Maybe it's a combination of The Weeknd's heart-warming lyrics and Daft Punk's production that makes it feel so anthemic. I could picture it playing during a really important part of someone's life, like a wedding or a graduation.
Matisyahu - "Shade From The Sun"
We had Matisyahu in the office for another session earlier this week and I haven't been able to stop playing this song since. We all need some beach-y summer vibes while we hide from the snow, and this reggae tune is perfect for that.
Wolfgang Gartner - "Devotion"
It's the freakin' weekend - and that means it's time to turn up! I'm sorry for saying turn up... But seriously. This song gets me so hyped up. I want to go jump on an elliptical and pump it up to level 14 or something right now... Thank you Wolfgang Gartner.