"Out Of My Head" - Charli XCX, Tove Lo, ALMA
"Glitter in my sheets, dancing on no sleep," Tove Lo sings at the beginning of Charli XCX's excellent new track "Out Of My Head," also featuring Finnish singer ALMA. First of all, Charli dropped this single just in time for the weekend, and those first lyrics perfectly describe what my weekend will look like. Second of all, I've only been listening to Tove Lo lately, so I'm excited to finally freshen things up with...Well, still Tove Lo. But new
"Flavor" - Twin Peaks
Oh yeah, I'm throwing it back to 2014. The Chicago band's record Wild Onion
was so energetic and pretty much perfect, I'll never get sick of it. And I'll be needing some of that energy to wake me up today.
"Banana Clip" - Miguel
I have no clue what Miguel means by "Banana clip on my love for you, I let it ring like, it's like I'm trigger happy." Isn't a banana clip something you use to close a bag of chips? Why would you put it on someone's love? And how do you let it ring? No clue. But I do
know what he means when he sings things like "It's hard to know who to trust, I'm glad I found you." Although I have no idea what he's saying, it's clearly a feel-good love song, and it does just that: it makes me feel gooooood!
"Just Another Day" - Queen Latifah
When I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, there was a rumor that Queen Latifah was going to be moving to a town just a few minutes away from me. It ended up not happening, but if it did, I would have given her all of my allowance to play this for me.
"Crazy For You" - Slowdive
Just listen to how grooooovy it is. Warm, grainy instrumental tracks meld with each other until it's all one big sonic stew, and the lyrical repetition is hypnotizing.
"VV Violence" - Jessy Lanza
FFO of sugar-pop vocals reminiscent of Grimes and 80's synth-pop and techno. I caught her last year at Moogfest and she was for sure one of the low-key V.I.P.s.
"Where This Flower Blooms (feat. Frank Ocean)" - Tyler, The Creator
This track is dynamite. The instrumentals, the production, the Frank Ocean feature... Can't get much better than that.
"Run Me Through" - Perfume Genius
This track off of No Shape
is weirdly addictive. The minimalistic backdrop is really hypnotizing and maintains this feeling of endless anticipation. Can't stop listening.
"Come Through and Chill (feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)" - Miguel
Miguel's won me over once again. This track is sensual and chill, and the R&B crooner sounds as good as ever.
"Frozen" - Sabrina Claudio
It's that time of year again. Living in NYC in December is both a blessing and a curse. You have to face the wicked cold weather, but also, you get snow on Christmas (and Hanukkah)!. The holiday season in New York is nothing short of magical. Sabrina Claudio's sultry track, "Frozen", is just as magical. She sings about the change in season; snow falling, leaves changing, etc., but not giving a damn because time is frozen when you're present with your loved one. It's the perfect track to play by the fire on a cold, snowy night.
"Liability (Reprise)" - Lorde
We just released our Top 30 Albums of 2017
. Spoiler Alert: Lorde's Melodrama
is on the list. Her track for "Liability (Reprise)" is brilliant. It gives me chills every single time.
"Ghost In My Bed" - Suzanne Santo
Suzanne Santo's music isn't exactly the type of music I normally listen to, but man, her powerhouse vocals and engaging lyrics are something else. I could listen to her heartbreaking tracks all day. "Ghost In My Bed" tells the story of being in an unhealthy relationship but almost enjoying the danger and risk that comes with it. She tackles feelings that are more obscure and not typically sung about. Check out the session we had with her here