New Music: March 2016 Playlist

New Music: March 2016 Playlist

The unique batch of artists in this playlist along with the remixes and collaborations got me thinking about music in the digital age. I am often remorseful over the shortened lifespan of a new album as our physical link has been lost. Some of my most memorable life experiences play out to the soundtrack of an album- The Killer’s Hot Fuss and Coldplay’s Parachutes to name a few. Yet it is when I compile a playlist of tracks like these that I am reminded of just how accessible, diverse, and genre-melding music has become in this age of all-access. The vast majority of these music discoveries were via Shazaam and Spotify’s incredible Discover Weekly playlist. If you haven’t used Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature yet, it’s time to jump aboard. Their complex algorithms curate a playlist to your personal preferences and only continue to get better each week. Get listening!     1) California Girls- NoMBe 2) Ghost- A.D.K.O.B 3) Giving Up On You- Wild Belle 4) Wood- Rostam 5) Tearing Me Up- RAC Mix- Bob Moses 6) All My Friends- PREP Remix- Snakehips, Tinashe, Chance the Rapper 7) Capsized- Andrew Bird 8) Love Is Blind- Låpsley 9) YOUTH- Troye Silvan 10) Surprise Yourself- Jack Garratt 11) Dapper- Domo Genesis, Anderson Paak 12) Lime Habit- POLICA   Follow me on...
New Music Monday: January 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: January 2016 Playlist

This month’s playlist is a compilation of soulful tracks from a unique mix of artists. The emergence of the instrumental, club-friendly beat layered upon a smooth, R&B lyrical flow is most evident on Chet Faker and Marcus Marr’s latest four-track EP, Work.  However, this same captivating rhythm is also on Jack Garratt’s, “Worry” and Raf Riley’s “Summer.” Miike Snow, Ray LaMontagne, and Wild Belle all dropped impressive singles ahead of highly-anticipated, forthcoming album releases. While the artists stayed true to their form, Miike Snow’s latest work, including a catchy remix with Run the Jewels, is the greatest indication that the Swedish trio will be serving up something truly unique on their March 4th album release. Lastly, I cannot do it enough justice by simply marveling over Anderson Paak’s latest, Malibu, and will instead just insist you do not miss listening to this gem in it’s entirety!     1) Learning For Your Love- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker 2) Worry- Jack Garratt 3) Genghis Khan- Miike Snow 4) Shine A Light- BANNERS 5) Bank Rolls- Remix- Tate Kobang 6) Way Down We Go- Kaleo 7) Throw Down Your Guns- Wild Belle 8) The Bird- Anderson Paak 9) Wasting Time- Kids These Days 10) Summer- Raf Riley, Etta Bond, Avelino, Dun D 11) Part One- Hey, No Pressure- Ray LaMontagne 12) London- Grace Acladna 13) Devil Like Me- Rainbow Kitten Surprise Follow me on...
New Music: November 2015 Playlist

New Music: November 2015 Playlist

This was another one of those joy of discovery months in new music! I cannot even begin to describe the elation of opening up my Spotify on Friday morning to find that a favorite artist of mine has dropped a hot single. This month these gems came in the form of releases from the lovely songbird, Banks, a catchy collaboration between Miike Snow and Run the Jewels, and an incredible remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” by Sam Smith and Disclosure. Perhaps nothing solidifies my love of music more firmly than a live performance to validate the soul and irrefutable talent of up and coming artists. I had the pleasure of two such performances recently- Raury at The Sayers Club and Wolf Alice at The Fonda. The authenticity of 19 year old, Raury’s message of unity, love, and peace was beautifully laid bare by his impassioned live performance. His memorable lyric from the track “Friends” where he sings, “I was never disappointed, cause everything was meant to be” came as a wonderful revelation during his performance.     1) Better- Banks 2) I Wanna Love You- Jessica Lee Mayfield 3) Johnny and Mary- Robert Palmer 4) Before I Fall- Bob Moses 5) You’re the Best- Dubbel Dutch Remix- Wet 6) The Trouble with Us- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker 7) Defense- Sarah Jaffe 8) Hotline Bling- Live from Maida Vale- Disclosure, Sam Smith 9) Heart Is Full (feat. Run the Jewels)-Remix 10) Tearing Me Up- Bob Moses 11) Friends- Raury, Tom Morello Follow me on...
New Music: October 2015 Playlist

New Music: October 2015 Playlist

This month’s roundup of new music discoveries is unequivocally one of my favorites. Granted it is highly eclectic in the span of artists and genres, each song resonated deeply and came together to form a curated playlist uniquely in tune with my state of mind. Whether in the form of Odessa’s beautifully, haunting melody found on “Low Hummed” or Raury’s profound and passionate lyrics on “Forbidden Knowledge,” each track exemplifies the higher power of music to touch the soul. The greatest draw of the music from the past month was the release of albums from lesser known artists, quickly rising in recognition as their irrefutable talent spreads to a broader audience. Raury’s All We Need is a brilliant demonstration of his lyrical artistry and ability to spread his message of love and non-violence through his art. Fat Freddy’s Drop have been a longtime favorite group of mine, with their reggae-funk sound transporting you to another time and place altogether. Finally, the most pleasant surprise of new releases came in the form of the newly formed group, EL VY, a collaborative project featuring the lead singer of The National. The album’s catchy folk-rock tunes were an instant hit in my book!     1) Forbidden Knowledge- Raury, Big K.R.I.T 2) Peaches- In The Valley Below 3) Paul is Alive- EL VY 4) Stay Alive- José González 5) Hummed Low- Odessa 6) Fine Without You- Best Coast 7) Angels (feat. Saba)- Chance The Rapper 8) Slings & Arrows- Fat Freddy’s Drop 9) Could I Be- Sylvan Esso 10) What I Might Do- Kilter Remix- Ben Pearce Follow me on...
New Music Monday: September 2015 Playlist

New Music Monday: September 2015 Playlist

September marked the release of a handful of albums from some of my favorite artists. Disclosure’s Caracal was indisputably one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. Similar to their groundbreaking debut album, Caracal is packed with a star-studded roster, including Sam Smith, Miguel, Lorde, and The Weeknd. “Magnets,” featuring the always lovely lyricist, Lorde, is a clear cut above the rest of the album, but the remaining tracks are repetitive and far too similar in sound. Metric returned with their sixth album, Pagans in Vegas. My long lasting fanship of the band developed during my teenage years of female angst and has managed to continue as the group maintains their consistent appeal. Perhaps my favorite album from September came in the form of Kurt Vile’s dreamy and mellow b’lieve i’m goin down. While the lyrics of this album explore darker territories of loneliness and isolation, Vile continues to create an alternative, dreamlike state of mind with his folksy riffs. Unique in both his sound and conversational delivery, Vile’s b’lieve i’m goin down is one smooth flowing ride. 1) Shining Like a Diamond- The Outer Vibe 2) New Americana- Halsey 3) Light (feat. Little Dragon)- ODESZA, Little Dragon 4) Lights And Camera- Yuna, Gerald Earl Gillum 5) Return to the Moon- EL VY 6) Till Sunrise (feat. Mammals)- Goldroom 7) Purple Yellow Red and Blue- Passion Pit Remix- Portugal. The Man 8) This Love Is Here To Stay- Thomas Dybdahl 9) Lights On- Big Grams 10) Magnets- Disclosure, Lorde 11) No No No- Beirut 12) Cream on Chrome- Ratatat 13) Dust Bunnies- Kurt Vile 14) Lie Lie Lie-...
New Music Monday: August 2015 Playlist

New Music Monday: August 2015 Playlist

The diversity of this month’s playlist has made it one of my favorites to date! Everything from Tame Impala’s psychedelic rock to Chance the Rapper’s side project, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, came together to create a playlist built around a unique collection of songs from a wide range of artists. Without a single album release dominating this collection, these tracks are a true showcase of the experimental, genre-melding sounds produced as of late. As any music lover will attest, one of the greatest experiences is when a live performance turns a casual listener into a fan. I had the pleasure of such an experience following Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s set at FYF Fest in Downtown Los Angeles this month. I already considered Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest album, Multi-Love to be a pop success filled with dance tracks and catchy one-line choruses. Their live performance was an incredible display of the group’s highly infectious energy. As the afternoon sun beat down, the rock trio had the crowd singing along and swaying to their catchy beats in no time at all!     1) Hella- Cayucas 2) Them Changes (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)- Thundercat 3) Fingertips- Leo Kalyan 4) Open Up- Gallant 5) Girl- The Internet 6) The Moment- Tame Impala 7) Can’t Keep Checking My Phone- Unknown Mortal Orchestra 8) Dream- Autograf 9) Wanna Be Cool- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment 10) Ocean Drive- Duke Dumont 11) After Dark- Eliot Sumner 12) Impossible- LION BABE 13) Psycadelik Thoughtz- B.o.B 14) Gypsy- Gardens & Villa   Follow me on...