We're deep into July, it's hot, you need to cool off. Well TOO BAD because we're giving you more heat with our weekly 'In Our Ears' playlist.
Tyga - "Taste" (Ft. Offset)
I've never considered myself a Tyga fan BUT THIS BEAT IS FIIIIIYAH. I've been obnoxiously playing this song on repeat all week because the beat is fire flames.
Chance the Rapper - "I Might Need Security"
NEW CHANCE ALERT!!! Sadly we're still awaiting an album (sigh) but we do have four flourishing singles to tide us over. "I Might Need Security" is a big middle finger in the form of a song and I'm obsessed. I'm gonna be sweetly singing "f*ck you* all weekend. He flexes so hard when he raps about buying the Chicagoist...he's just an icon. All hail the king of Chi town.
The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"
Currently on the road playing their classic album The '59 Sound
in it's entirety to celebrate it's 15 year anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long. Maybe because I never stopped listening to it.
Hallucinogenius - "In Another Life When We Are Both Cats"
I came across this artist and couldn't find much information about them other than a bio on Spotify that I swear I've heard before...unique sounds and soothing melodies combine beautifully to make a relaxing yet still engaging listening experience.
DAVID P'S PICKS:
Phoebe Bridgers – "The Gold"
Phoebe Bridgers covers are the best covers. In her latest, she strums through a haunting version of Manchester Orchestra's "The Gold".
Blind Pilot – "Half Moon"
Sharing this one from the Portland indie-folk outfit for no other reason than it's a great song and reminds me of summer's past; specifically, the summer of 2014, road tripping up to Rhode Island for my third consecutive Newport Folk Festival. Sadly, that was the last time I made the trip…gotta do something about that.
DAVID M'S PICKS:
Drake – "Don't Matter To Me" Ft. Michael Jackson
This is stunning and creepy at the same time. Michael Jackson is calling to our ears from the grave.
Portugal, The Man – "Live In The Moment"
This came on in the car on the way home the other day and the people in the adjacent car started to look frightened as I banged the steering wheel in time with the driving beat of this tune.
Alison Wonderland – "High"
When Alison Wonderland dropped this song, its vibe-y bass sounds were such a departure from her usual straightforward style that it was sort of shocking. But when she released the rest of the album, it fit perfectly. It's different and moody and it just works.
ZHU – "Stormy Love"
I feel like the beginning of this song belongs in a Quentin Tarantino movie and I'm with it. And the rest of the song has ZHU's distinct, calm beats that I love so much.
Skin – "Dijon"
Nearing towards August, it's hard not to feel nostalgic about the summer. Skin is a perfect balance of R&B and pop to soothe those end of summer woes.
Phantom – "Nightly"
I've been listening to Phantom on repeat on the train ride home for the past week. It's hard not to feel like you're in a movie when it comes on.
ZHU – "Hometown Girl"
This is one of those songs that immediately gets stuck in your head and you'll start singing it in a super high voice around your friends non-stop, even when they ask you to stop. You think it's super funny. You're totally having a blast. Until, slowly, over the course of several weeks/months, all of your friends stop inviting you to get-togethers and birthday parties and you start wondering what's wrong. Is it you? Is it the way you dress? The way you talk? You start going to yoga classes and eating better and establish weekly meetings with a spiritual healer. You call your mom and tell her you think you're ready to find someone and settle down. And then you one day you realize, this song has completely changed your life.
Haley Reinhart – "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Cover, obviously)
One of my favorite songs, and one of the best covers you'll hear. Just a piano and Haley's smooth, jazzy voice.