DAVID P'S PICKS
Blood Orange - "Best To You"
Not sure how many times I've spun this tropical slice of ear candy this week. A lot. I'm probably going to be sick of it in a week. But until then, around and around it goes. It's yet another reason why Dev Hynes (plus Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, on the vox) might be the best alternative pop artist we have going for us.
Bon Iver - "22 (OVER SooN)"
Justin Vernon debuted his new album, 22 A Million,
live last week for the good people of Wisconsin at his very own Eaux Claires Festival. For the majority of us who were not there, he dropped the record's first two tracks over the weekend. The album's opener sounds like Bon Iver, but also suggests 22 A Million
will have plenty of experimentation within its' folds. Hanging out with Kanye, James Blake, and Francis and the Lights is certainly rubbing off on the former folkie.
Radiohead - "Glass Eyes"
Because all I want to do this weekend is lay in a meadow somewhere and listen to the cascading piano plunks, vaporized pocket-strings, and Thom's ghostly voice soundtrack the last days of summer.
Rihanna - "Love On The Brain"
Normally, I don't think I'd ever admit to listening to Rihanna (no offense to any RiRi lovers out there). But this song from her recent album, ANTI
is just too damn good to not have on repeat. The 50s doowop-inspired ballad is just fuel for your soul. Rihanna showcases soulful vocals that we haven't heard from her before and I vote that it isn't the last time either. It seems to take influence from Etta James and Amy Winehouse and has some pretty dark, rough-around-the-edges lyrics and I'm so into you. Go 'head, Ri.
Marcus Marr & Chet Faker - "The Trouble With Us"
You can't get much better than a funky track with R&B sprinkled throughout and Chet Faker's heavenly voice as the cherry on top of a phenomenal song. When Marcus Marr and Chet Faker teamed up to release a four-track EP, Work
, it was the first time we've been blessed with Faker's voice in a way too long. "The Trouble With Us" is a perfect song for the summer and I think I'm a little too excited to see Marcus Marr this weekend at Full Moon Festival.
Kygo with Angus & Julia Stone - "For What Its Worth"
I've loved Angus & Julia Stone for nearly a decade now so for them to release a song with one of my favorite producers just makes me love them even more. Angus and Julia Stone add delicate vocal harmonies over the easily digestible melodies produced by Kygo. It's a song that just makes you feel good and it's undeniably catchy and powerful. It's refreshing to hear Angus and Julia Stone take a chance on a track that isn't their usual indie-folk sound.
Young The Giant - "Nothing's Over"
This track is off of Young The Giant's brand-spanking-new album Home of the Strange,
which I've been to A LOT lately. I specifically chose this song because of how danceable and catch it is -- perfect for your weekend enjoyment.
Flock of Dimes - "Semaphore"
I recently featured this song as our Song of the Day
because this dreamy bedroom-pop song is too good and I'm loving this Wye Oak side project. Can't get it out of my head.
Shawn Mendes - "Treat You Better"
I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK, THIS SONG IS THE F*CKING BEST. I always thought to myself, "How is Shawn Mendes ever going to top 'Stitches?'" It was such a good, catchy single that was going to turn him into a one hit teen wonder, but then he dropped this song and I was like "Shit! He did it again!" Don't act like you don't dance to this when you're alone in your room.