Flume - "Insane"
Old school Flume is just so damn good. I'm happy I've decided to revisit his self-titled album this week.
Kendrick Lamar - "Redemption (ft. Zacari, Babes Wodumo)"
I've been waiting for this Black Panther album all week and after one quick listen I can tell my expectations have already been met. It's aggressive and dynamic and makes me want to dance and scream at the same time. Perfect.
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Fever"
Really resonating with this song this week. Shit can happen but at least I got Carly by my side.
The Nude Party - "Time to Go"
My boys/babes from school days are making big moves and hitting the road with the likes of Ron Gallo, Twin Peaks and Ty Segall. Give 'em some love and listen and catch them live before they blow up even bigger.
Late Night Alumni - "You Can Be the One"
It's almost Valentine's Day so why not a feels jam? Late Night Alumni deftly blend house and trance in a similar vein to Kaskade, except without the Mormonism and straight-edge lifestyle to make you feel guilty.
The Sea and Cake - "Any Day"
It's the soundtrack to Wes Anderson's wet dreams. It's Buddha on Xanax. It's the new The Sea and Cake track and it's the chillest thing you've ever listened to.
Courtney Barnett - "Avant Gardener"
"It's a Monday, it's so mundane" - Courtney Barnett's lyrics often deal in the banal occurrences of the everyday, but somehow she manages to elevate these humdrum events to the level of poetry. In the hands of Barnett, something like a panic attack is dissected as she examines internal states with razor-sharp wit and inventive guitar work.
Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)"
Hounds Of Love is a masterful album, probably the peak of Kate Bush's powers, and this song remains one of her most iconic. I actually prefer the second half of the album, when the pop gives way to an experimental sequence of songs known as The Ninth Wave, but this opening track somehow manages to sound distinctly 80s and endlessly fresh at the same time.
Kendrick Lamar - "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"
I've been revisiting good Kid, m.A.A.d city in the lead up to Kendrick's Black Panther soundtrack and the nostalgia is borderline overwhelming. This is the first K Dot song I ever heard and it immediately conjures up memories of summer 2012. Nostalgia aside, it's one of the highlights from an album almost exclusively comprised of highlights. Well, apart from "Poetic Justice"...
Saint Motel - "Sweet Talk"
I've recently been venturing out of my emo comfort zone and entering the world of happier music. This song is so catchy. I'm always singing it to people, in the most annoying obnoxious way. I love the line, "You might want me to drop dead, but I don't even care." It's just so happy and makes me want to dance.
Phoebe Bridgers - "Motion Sickness"
Now here's a song that hits you right in the feels. It's perfect if you are spending Valentine's Day alone. It's all about the aftermath of a toxic relationship. Bridgers has a beautifully sweet voice, meanwhile her lyrics poke and prod into the human experience. She really creates a story in this song.
Kane Strang - "My Smile Is Extinct"
I like how Strang creates layered songs. In the beginning of this track you think he's talking about a relationship. He also intertwines feelings of inadequacy and questions what else is out there for us. With lyrics like, "Here I am sandwiched between heaven and hell- oh what they don't exist?", it's a great song for your next existential crisis.