Marian Hill & Lauren Jauregui - "Back To Me"
I'm so happy that Marian Hill teamed up with Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui for this sassy song. It's a song with the same smooth production as Marian Hill always gives but Jauregui's vocals push it over the top. Jauregui and Marian Hill's Samantha Gongol have voices that play off each other in such a perfectly sassy way. I love it.
Foals - "Night Swimmers (Mura Masa Edit)"
Yes, I love the original of this Foals track but I also love Mura Masa. So to have Mura Masa reinvent "Night Swimming" and make it into his own little funky version brings a whole new vibe to it. It literally makes me want to listen to it in the middle of the night while I'm swimming in the ocean. I guess a pool would suffice, too.
J. Cole - "Change"
heard a lot of disappointed fans complaining about J.Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only
because it's "too jazzy" with "no bangers" but I love the mellow change-up for J. Cole. And this mid-tempo - yet still subdued - track is my favorite on the new album. It's a song we all need to hear right now as the chorus repeats "The only real change comes from inside."
Things slow down toward the end of the song as it sounds like J. Cole is reading a sermon over piano keys and it gives the song a chilling, powerful ending.
RY X - "Berlin"
In this cozy acoustic track, Australian singer and songwriter RY X totally brings out the "stay in bed and never leave" vibe. Or it might make you get the feels. Either way, it's a gorgeous song featuring RY X's breathy and impressive vocals accompanied by soft guitar and minimalist melodies.
Sylvan Esso - "Coffee"
I'm obsessed with this song and it's unhealthy how many times I've played this song over and over again. "Coffee" is the duo's most notable work - blending contemporary electronic music with folk and trip-hop, there's an amazing chill vibe that comes out of this mix. It may sound experimental but when you listen it, you'll understand why it's so good.
Circa Survive - "Living Together"
Throwback! This song brings me back to my high school years and even after all this time, Circa Survive never ceases to amaze me. "Living Together" is the first track off their 2007 album On Letting Go
and is easily my favorite one off of it. Anthony Green is incredibly passionate and emotional. For me, his lyrics are extremely poetic and it's fun to decipher them.
Post Malone - "Feeling Whitney"
Where the hell did this song come from? "Feeling Whitney" sounds kind of like someone accidentally burned a lost Bright Eyes song onto the end of Post's new album Stoney
. It is the last track on a deluxe version so who knows? But the different directions Post Malone goes on his album seem to be working out really well. He's been saying he loves (and wants to make) much more than just hip-hop, and it looks like we're getting some concrete examples of that.
Bonobo - "Break Apart (ft. Rhye)"
I'm the biggest fan of Rhye, and I think Milosh's voice is one of the most beautiful sounds in music right now. Put that over Bonobo's deep, sedate production and you have a match made in heaven. Bonobo's sixth album Migration
will be out in January, and so far it sounds like it's going to be great. There's really not too much you can complain about with this kind of music - it's perfect for a slow day, and we've all been having some of those lately.
Bryson Tiller - "Exchange"
This was simultaneously the most deserving and least expected Grammy nomination for me. T R A P S O U L
was easily one of the albums I listened to most this year, and it showed how amazing Bryson Tiller was beyond the popularity of "Don't." Exhibit A, "Exchange," which is now hopefully on its way to getting Tiller the Grammy for Best R&B Song. Tiller's work is blending modern hip-hop with R&B in an incredible way, and he's just getting started.
J. Cole - "Ville Mentality"
I know Mandi chose a J. Cole track this week as well, but his new album 4 Your Eyez Only
just dropped today so naturally, it's all I'm listening to. With a touch of horns and jazzy piano, I like the fact that "Ville Mentality" feels like a song I'd hear at The Cheesecake Factory (I love The Cheesecake Factory). But all Cheesecake Factory jokes aside (I just said Cheesecake Factory three times in two sentences, now four), I'm actually really loving the low key vibes on this new record. It's fresh.
Elvis Presley - "Ku-U-I-Po"
Oh yeah, I'm throwing it waaay
back to the 60's. I haven't stopped listening to the Blue Hawaii
soundtrack this week and I couldn't really explain why... I think I just find it comforting, and although it's a beachy surf record, it reminds me of Christmas. Is that weird?! Yes, it is. I'm sorry. I don't know... *moonwalks away*.
Childish Gambino - "Stand Tall"
In my recent review of Childish Gambino's new record, "Awaken, My Love!"
, I mentioned how this track experiments with a bunch of different genres, even show tunes. It may sound strange, but it totally works. Gambino takes the same line and experiments with it, performing several different renditions in the 6-minute period. My favorite is the last one at the end, when finally a nice groove comes in with drums and acoustic guitars - it's a nice little pick-me-up.