Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

If you’ve never had a summer playlist/mixtape, then you haven’t really lived. Here’s a look at some of the best tracks to commemorate the summer of 2019 (so far.)

“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is a phenom. She’s barely 17 and already eons ahead of the game, making music no one else is, and doing it better than anyone else out there. This track does a little dance with the dark side in us all.

“Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza feat. Goodboys

An ode to 90s dance music, this track is sure to have all those past summer memories surface, and also help you create some new ones.

“Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

No summer music list is complete without a latin track. It makes you feel like you’re partying on the beach, soaking up the sun and having the time of your life. Total vacay mode.

“Do You Remember” by Chance the Rapper feat. Death Cab for Cutie

It’s the musical collaboration you never knew you needed or wanted. The contrasting vocals make it appealing to all music fans, and makes you thing of all the summers past.

“Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont

Reminiscent of 80s synth-pop era, this track is perfect for any summer road trip. It has freedom written all over it.

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March is one of those months that falls right in the middle of things, this kind of unpredictable lull, which is neither here nor there. The good thing about that is it allows me to take a deep dive into all the new music out there. Here’s what I’ve found.

“Turn the Light” by Karen O and Danger Mouse

Super songstress Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) combined forces with producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse (of many projects) to create a collaboration album titled Lux Prima. This track brings the best of both these musical powerhouses to light.

“Here With Me” by Marshmello feat. Chvrches

Marshmello has already established he can make a hit single. But adding the distinct, beautiful vocals of Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry instantly takes the track to another level. Really dig this one.

“Bury A Friend” by Billie Eilish

Okay, so I just want to point out that I’ve been talking about the incomparable Eilish since 2017. Well, now she’s a grown up 17 year old, and recently released her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The entire album is better than anything out there. This track is just the start.

“All Over Now” by The Cranberries

Admittedly, it took me a while to listen to this one. It’s off the Cranberries’ forthcoming album In the End, which is also the last album recorded with lead singer Dolores O’Riordan (RIP.) Her voice is unchanged, expressive as ever, and just makes me miss her even more.

“Dinner & Diatribes” by Hozier

Hozier has one of my favourite vocals out there. He’s soulful, powerful, emotional, and his voice has its own distinctive sound. This track off his most recent album, Wasteland, Baby! is killer.

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975

Fun track, fun band, fun album (A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.)

 

February is the dead of winter. No spring in sight, holidays left far behind, and all that remains is freezing cold temperatures, snowstorms, slushy sidewalks, wind chills, and gray skies. Your time is better spent avoiding the outdoors, and hanging out with these tunes.

“Winter Solstice” by Cold Specks

The ethereal music and her flawless vocals are truly gorgeous; the lyrics, however, take a darker turn. Just like winter: pretty on the outside, cold and miserable on the inside.

“The New Great Depression” by The Moth & The Flame

Pretty sure they’re talking about February here. (Note: this video deserves a medal.)

“Favourite Colour is Blue” by Robert DeLong feat. K. Flay

The haunting music, the raspy vocals, and the overall loudness and anger of the track, all perfectly mirror how I feel about winter.

“A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell

Spending all this time indoors, allows me to discover/catch up on new music. The way this 70s classic digs deep and pulls everything out from your insides is truly remarkable.

“Barefoot in the Park” by James Blake feat. Rosalia

Blake’s sublime music and vocals, coupled with Rosalia’s Spanish verses, transport the listener to better times, warmer temperatures, and the freedom of being barefoot.

“Shiver” by Coldplay

These days, I prefer to think of the other kind of shivering: the nervous-exciting-goosebumpy-I’m so into you-type of shivers, that Coldplay so eloquently puts into song.

“Home” by morgxn feat. Walk the Moon

The one thing I most look forward to during February is going home, putting on my pjs, burying myself under heavy blankets, and drinking tea. It’s the only time I feel warm.

“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande

It’s fun. She’s fun. The whole album is fun. And who couldn’t use a little fun during these arctic temperatures?

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

This track’s chaotic/unique/genius arrangement is exactly how my mind feels after being cooped up indoors for days on end.

“Long December” by Counting Crows

Winter’s always too long, and every year I hope it won’t be.