New Music Monday: July 2017 Playlist

New Music Monday: July 2017 Playlist

The steady stream of exceptional albums just keeps flowing this summer, with much anticipated releases from Arcade Fire and Lana Del Rey. Lana del Rey’s Lust for Life doesn’t disappoint, with her dreamy vocals and ethereal soundscape allowing for a brief reprieve in her whimsical universe. Perhaps my favorite album from start to finish to drop this month was Vera Blue’s Perennial. Vera Blue is an Australian-based singer-songwriter who first came into the spotlight several years ago following a second place spot on The Voice Australia. The tracks included on this playlist are her more upbeat, catchy rhythms, but her album is a brilliant showcase for the depth and sheer beauty of her voice.     1) Regular Touch- Vera Blue 2) Seeing All Red- Shakey Graves 3) Signs of Life- Arcade Fire 4) Gentle Storm (I Found Peace)- Elbow 5) helpline (feat. Tom Tripp)- Mura Masa 6) Don’t Delete The Kisses- Wolf Alice 7) Groupie Love (feat. A$AP Rocky)- Lana Del Rey 8) Labyrinth- Toro y Moi 9) Fuck They- Sofi Tukker 10) By Design- Kid Cudi 11) Lady Powers- Vera Blue 12) Bad Girls- NoMBe 13) Boys- Charli XCX 14) Midnight- Jessie Ware 15) The Glow- Echo Mountain Sessions- Sylvan Esso   Follow me on Spotify!...
New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

The past several months have been a dizzying whirlwind of personal change. As the chaos begins to settle and we transition into the lazy days of summer, the most anticipated albums of the year begin to churn out just in time. Most surely to be played on repeat all season long is Poolside’s sophomoric album release, Heat. With it’s gorgeous, syrupy, summer vibes, uptempo tracks like “Tropical Heartache” are absolutely perfect for a day party. Much of the album is best enjoyed lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun. Alt-J dropped their new album, Relaxer, earlier this month with a noticeable shift in tone from their previous releases. With a more dramatic and melancholy sound, it has an introspective feel and is a welcome change to their work. SZA came out swinging with her debut full-length album, Ctrl. This sultry R&B album is contemplative and emotive, with heavy-hitters Kendrick Lamar and Travis $cott lending some assists. Perhaps my favorite album to drop this month was Portugal. The Man’s much anticipated Woodstock. The album is intended to be a periodic throwback to the civil and political unrest of the 60’s. Woodstock manages to retain much of the band’s signature rock sound but has an added layer of complexity, displaying the bands ability to constantly reinvent.   1) Girl Like You – Toro y Moi 2) Feel It Still – Ofenbach Remix – Portugal. The Man. 3) Come – Jain 4) Noise Pollution – Portugal. The Man. 5) Panther Like a Panther – Run the Jewels 6) Rodeo – Pssy Pwr 7) Freak Like Me – NoMBe 8) Number One – Portugal. The Man. 9) In Cold Blood – alt-J 10)...
New Music Monday: October 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: October 2016 Playlist

The month of September marked the release of some of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Bon Iver dropped his first album in five years, marking a dramatically experimental shift in his original sound. Gone are the folksy, ethereal overtones of his first two albums, replaced instead by juxtapositions of electronics and altered instrumentals. The emotional weight of Vernon’s voice remains, allowing 22, A Million to serve as a beautiful, reinvented expression of the everlasting talent of Bon Iver. Banks’ sophomoric release, The Altar, is easily one of my favorite albums of the year. With a noticeable shift to a more upbeat, sundry tone, her powerful voice and lyrics remain the focal point. Finally, one of my all-time favorite songstresses, Regina Spektor dropped a wonderful gem of a new album, Remember Us To Life. In her whimsical, conversational, poetic manner, she continues to explore the sometimes painful beauty of human existence, calling forth the fleeting joys of youth and the impermanence of our time here. Get listening to some of the best new music of the year!     1) Mood Ring (Blue Motel Tropical Remix)- Cannons, Blue Motel 2) Take It Slow (feat. JcK & Grace Kelly)- Smiles Davis 3) Stockholm- Conner Youngblood 4) Best to You- Blood Orange 5) Operator (DJ Koze’s Disco Edit)- Låpsley 6) Crazy Conscious- Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound 7) 33 “GOD”- Bon Iver 8) High and Low- Empire of the Sun 9) Underwater- Goldroom 10) She’s a Lady- LION BABE 11) Drowning (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)- Mick Jenkins 12) Trainwreck- Banks 13) So Good- Warpaint 14) The Trapper and the Furrier- Regina...
New Music Monday: August 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: August 2016 Playlist

This month’s playlist is filled with singles from some of my favorite artists – Glass Animals, Banks, Warpaint, and Father John Misty to name a few. Banks’ releases have lent to much anticipation for her sure to be spectacular album, scheduled to debut on September 30th. Father John Misty on the other hand, is not planning for an album release any time soon. He appears to have simply taken a brief stint from satirizing popular culture to drop this dreamy single, “Real Love Baby.” By far, the best full-length album to drop in recent weeks has been GENERATIONWHY by ZHU. The LA-local and USC grad, ZHU chose to remain anonymous while releasing his critically-acclaimed electronic, dance tracks until mid-2014. With gorgeous underlying lyrics highlighting the resilience of the human spirit, this debut album of ZHU is filled with sultry, smooth beats and is the perfect soundtrack to a warm, summer night.     1) Past Lives- Local Natives 2) It’s Strange- Louis the Child, K.Flay 3) Life Itself- Glass Animals 4) Waves(s)- Lewis del Mar 5) Fuck With Myself- Banks 6) Hope (feat. BR/\VE) – Tim Legend 7) Augustine – Blood Orange 8) Sunday Love- Bat for Lashes 9) Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists 10) Real Love Baby- Father John Misty 11) New Song- Warpaint 12) Waking Up- Mr. Little Jeans 13) Echo of Tomorrow- Jake Meadows, Daniel Johns 14) Cold Blooded- ZHU   Follow me on Spotify!...
New Music Monday: June 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: June 2016 Playlist

Summer is all about the music. Warm nights at the Hollywood Bowl, backyard barbecues, laid-back music festivals, and an endless collection of beach days and bike rides. It’s a season of anticipation, followed by a stripping away of all that fails to contribute to a single-pointed focus of leisure. Summer is a time of pure authenticity- a quest to fill your precious, sun-soaked days with the utmost pleasure. The best tracks of summer are drenched in warmth, the lyrics are unabashedly unapologetic, and not a single second is put to waste. Classixx was among the latest addition to LA’s very own music festival, FYF Fest. The LA-based DJ duo recently released a very summer-friendly album, Faraway Reach, loaded with guest collaborators, including T-Pain, Passion Pit, and De Lux. However, Nice as Fuck single-handedly takes the cake for my favorite new album. Jenny Lewis fronts this new band which surprise released their debut album just two days ago. The album is lean, mean, and quite simply put- nice as fuck. Get listening!     1) Flowers – Yeek 2) Hey Lion- Sofi Tukker 3) Wow – Beck 4) Do It, Try It – M83 5) Chasing Shadows- Santigold 6) Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring) – BadBadNotGood 7) Fire- Barns Courtney 8) Whatever I Want- Classixx, T.Pain 9) Door- Nice as Fuck 10) Phua Kao- Khun Narin 11) I’m in Control- AlunaGeorge, Popcaan 12) Homerun- Nice as Fuck Follow me on...
New Music Monday: May 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: May 2016 Playlist

I may have finally outdone myself with a seemingly bizarre, yet eclectic collection of sounds in a single playlist. Hip-hop, acoustic blues-folk, electronic rock, and indie pop all came together this month to form a fantastic collection of singles from an indisputably talented group of musicians. Many of my favorite artists produced new music. Wild Belle, Andrew Bird, Laura Mvula, and Michael Kiwanuka continue to recreate unique expressions of their authentic sound. Ben Harper and his original band, The Innocent Criminals, reunited after a nearly ten year hiatus in which they created a beautiful album marked with overt political statements. DJ Shadow, one of the key figures in the development of early instrumental hip-hop paired up with Run the Jewels to drop a profanity-laced, albeit deeply lyrical single off his upcoming album. Finally, the debut album of Montreal producer, Kaytranada is pure gold in a completely genre-defying collection of tracks. Get listening!     1) DRIVE ME CRAZY – KAYTRANADA, Vic Mensa 2) Green & Gold – Lianne La Havas, Donnie Trumpet, Nate Fox 3) Who Wants It – KCPX 4) Mississippi River – Wild Belle 5) Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels) – DJ Shadow, Run the Jewels 6) Roll Up (feat. Marko Penn) – B.o.B, Marko Penn 7) GOT IT GOOD – KAYTRANADA, Craig David 8) Wristband – Paul Simon 9) One More Night – Michael Kiwanuka 10) Roma Fade- Andrew Bird 11) Phua Kao- Khun Narin 12) Bitten by the Apple – Big Black Delta, Kimbra 13) Waves – Gosh Pith 14) Tilted – Christine and the Queens 15) Call It What It Is- Ben Harper...