GoldLink - "Fall in Love (ft. Cicero)"
This track proved my worst fear, that I can't handle production from KAYTRANADA and BadBadNotGood together on one track. GoldLink had some of hip-hop production's finest on this track, along with fellow DMV rapper Ciscero. You cannot go wrong with this beat.
Kanye West - "Ultralight Beam"
Currently crying over the fact that I'm not going to the Meadows; also throwing tons
of shade at Kirsten and Mandi because they will be there. Luckily, no one with a beating heart can be sad after hearing Chance's verse on this song. They better play it together on Sunday.
Solange - "Don't Touch My Hair" (ft. Sampha)
Damn, this is music with soul and a message. It doesn't get much smoother than Solange and Sampha together, as this song proves. You can feel the emotion channeling through the whole of A Seat at the Table
, and this song leads into the especially important and politically-aware "Interlude: This Moment."
Elder Island - "The Big Unknown"
I've never heard of Elder Island until this week and I've been missing out on this song. It's just upbeat enough to get you going but strangely relaxing at the same time. I'm all about vocal harmonies and the two voices in this track fit so well together. It almost has a tropical vibe to it which is much needed for this rainy NYC weekend.
POWERS - "Beat Of My Drum"
I have yet to hear a POWERS song that doesn't put me in the best mood. "Beat Of My Drum" is infectiously happy and has a little bit of a funk/disco sound to it. By the time the chorus comes around, I guarantee you'll be singing along in your best high-pitched singing voice.
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Bon Iver - "8 (circle)"
OK, I've taken exactly one trip through this album (it only came out 12 hours ago!), but this song is an absolute beaut. My fav off 22, A Million
Oasis - "Don't Go Away (Mustique Demo)"
No, they are not getting back together. Like, ever. It's over people! But if you're a fan of Britain's greatest band since The Beatles, something super exciting is happening: the release of Supersonic... a documentary about the Gallagher's antics, executive produced by Asif Kapadi (director of the Oscar-winning Amy Winehouse biopic, Amy). It looks awesome
. They are also reissuing their 97's album, Be Here Now,
and packing it with nifty demos like this one.
Fleet Foxes - "Blue Ridge Mountains"
It's so difficult for me to pick just one song out of Fleet Foxes's debut album in 2008, but I've been listening to this particular song ever since I discovered them a couple years back. Robin Pecknold's vocals are impeccable and will leave you in a dreamy daze. Perfect for gloomy days and the fall in general!
Bjork - "Army of Me"
After coming back from my trip to Iceland this past summer I've been downright obsessed with Bjork. I don't know if there was a day where I haven't listened to at least one of her songs. But this one has been my favorite recently because of her crazy range and emphasis of lyrical emotions. She's just way too good.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "So Good at Being in Trouble"
This song popped up on my Discover Weekly Spotify playlist and it's unhealthy how many times I've played this song on repeat for the past couple of days. I love the mellow vibe it emits along with the steady bass line and Ruban Nielson's carefree yet rich vocals.
BORNS - "Holy Ghost"
"Holy Ghost"? More like Holy CRAP
, this might be one of the greatest songs ever. I know I'm a year late, but I just started listening to BORNS' debut LP Dopamine
and it's incredible. Seriously, every song on that record is a booming hit.
July Talk - "Now I Know"
I'm sorry, guys... Honestly, I'm a sucker for catchy shit. I just like this song because it makes me want to dance.
Kanye West - "I Love Kanye"
I'm not a Kanye fan (cue hate mail) but not going to lie, I'm pretty stoked to see him at The Meadows Festival this weekend. And I just wanted to rub that in Ben's face one more time.