Current Faves: Jan 4-10

Happy 2015! Unfortunately, I’ve started mine in a bit of a musical rut… Here’s some rediscoveries and current faves.

(“Judith with the Head of Holofernes” – Cristofano Allori, c. 1613)

1. Piledriver Waltz – Arctic Monkeys

Definitely in my top 5 all time favourite Arctic Monkeys songs. Super sweet, super dreamy, one of those tracks that makes my life feel like a movie (ultimate goal with any song, is it not?).

2. Norwegian Wood – The Beatles

My relationship with the Beatles is a pretty tumultuous one, but nevertheless, Rubber Soul always stands out as my favourite album. I also read a lot of Haruki Murakami, so there’s just no way I can’t love this song.

3. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins

I’d heard this song a few times before, but the moment I really fell in love was when it was featured in the ‘A Brave New Love’ video series by the Kooples. This is my favourite clip – must see!!

4. Really Love – D’Angelo

Of course, I added this song again… It’s such a classic, don’t really see how I could get sick of it any time soon.

5. The Hunter – Slaves

Surprise, surprise, I used to be suuuuper into punk music. I’m also super into adorable, mod British boys, so when I saw this Fred Perry sponsored interview, I knew I could get down with Slaves. They just released the music video for ‘The Hunter’ and it’s awesome.

6. Blue – Uzi

Valley boy rap over a classic 90s track? I’m so down. Uzi’s accent totally cracks me up, and the music video is juuuust the right amount of fuckboi.

7. And The Beat Goes On – The Whispers

Who doesn’t love the Whispers?! Such a solid disco track, definitely a classic in my books. Also – check out the Pablo J and the Lobsterettes rework. It’s a relatively subtle electro rework, so the disco integrity is definitely not lost (also, it has a cool music video lolol).

8. Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice

This is TOTALLY unlike anything I’ve listened to in the past two years… but I’m so down. Maybe it’s just because they’re from North London and I’m a total Anglophile, but this grunge-rock track has been my go-to for the past few days. Once again, this is a Fred Perry find.

9. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

This has totally been the week of Fleetwood Mac for me. There’s something so unassumingly cool about the band, and this song never fails to make me feel happy.

10. Workinonit – J Dilla

I finally bought Donuts!!! After years of downloading the odd Dilla track, I’ve finally begun to commit. Suuuuch a classic album, such a legend. So innovative, absolute genius.

11. Prototype – Outkast

This is probably my favourite song ever (pretty sure I’ve posted it before…). Such a beautifully simple funk song, always reminds me of cruising down DeKalb Ave back in Atlanta…

12. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy

This is my morning song. Nothing feels cooler than waking up, making a cup of coffee, and jammin out naked to this ultimate classic.

13. Blue Denim – Stevie Nicks

Brought on my a combination of my Fleetwood Mac obsession and the new promo vid for Alexa Chung x AG Jeans, this has been a huge hit for me this week. Makes me feel a lot more free spirited than I actually am…

14. Only One – Kanye West & Paul McCartney

This wouldn’t upload to 8tracks so it’s not on the playlist, but this has been another favourite of mine. Such a beautiful song with such a beautiful story behind it.

Enjoy~

x Syd

Current Faves: Dec. 21-27

1. Beggin For Thread – Banks

I’m aware I’m about a million years late with this one, but I only recently purchased Banks’ album and I’m definitely not disappointed. Nothing Earth-shattering but a really solid, easy album to listen to, and this is my favourite track off of it.

2. Playing Dead (SevnthWonder) – Blackbear

Solid R&B remix I ripped off Soundcloud. Again, nothing crazy special, but I’ve listened to PartyNextDoor Two toooo many times and this is a dope track if you want the something different with the same sort of vibe.

3. Really Love – D’Angelo

Black Messiah is incredible and this is probably the most moving track off of it. Overall the album’s pretty experimental, much more instrument oriented than production based with heavy jazz influences. This song is beautifully simple, with a gorgeous Spanish guitar intro that sets a super sweet but sexy mood.

4. In My Dreams – Danny L. Harle

Switching genres completely, I’ve also been suuuuuper into anything off the PC Music label (as judged by my earlier artist spotlight on Sophie…). This track’s got all of the elements of a PC Music track – Hannah Diamond (og or esque?) vocals, crazy unique samples and sound production, and mega pop vibes, but this track turns down the sickly sweetness just a touch. Special mention to Beautiful (Rustie Remix) – A.G. Cook which achieves the same thing by adding trap bass/drums.

5. Try Me – Dej Loaf

This is one of those songs that I was super unimpressed with when I first heard it, but a friend of mine would put it on every time we hung out and since then, I’ve definitely warmed up. Really simple hip hop production but it’s catchy and gets the point across.

6. One More (ft. MØ) – Elliphant

I have such a huge soft spot for Nordic/Scandinavian pop queens. Simple, basic but unique production, with lyrics and a music video that bleed cool, I can’t get enough.

7. Something About You – Hayden James

I always have space for good UK Garage/Pop. Ever since SBTRKT took a more experimental route – which I totally love and support – I’ve felt a bit of a genre void, but this definitely fills that. Found it on the Future Classic Teen Idols compilation album which is awesome and definitely deserves a shout.

8. Down 4 So Long (Remix) Ft. Ezra Koenig & Despot – iLoveMakonnen

Makonnen is a true ATL classic so I will always be down to support him. This song is dope classic Makonnen, and the addition of Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig is so unexpectedly perfect. I think I almost like his verse the best – “shmoney dancing with some goth teens” for lyric of the year?

9. Go Deep (Falcons rare ass remix) – Janet Jackson

I’d say Falcons is one of the few producers I consistently enjoy, so I was stoked when he released an album of ‘loosies’ on Christmas!! This is probably my favourite track off of it – it’s a pretty different sound for Falcons and I’m almost always down with Janet Jackson.

10. Hold Me (ft. Pusha T) – Janine and the Mixtape

Pusha’s been one of my favourite rappers lately so I was stoked to find this track. Janine’s voice is beautiful, the track is super whimsical, and Pusha is a nice contrast.

11. Living For Love – Madonna

I was (and still am) super skeptical of this Madonna album… I think the ~EDM~ references are super forceful and her subject matter is trying waaaay too hard, but this track has made it into my rotation. The more bass-heavy sections still make me cringe a bit, but there’s a quality about this track that reminds me of 90’s pop, which I can totally get behind.

12. Throw Sum Mo ft. Nicki Minaj – Rae Sremmurd

Cannot. Say. How much I love this song. I’ve listened to it maybe a hundred times and it still makes me wanna turn up. Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi are both super talented, the production is great, and Nicki is a nice touch. So far I’m down with all of the released Rae Sremmurd tracks but this is by far my fave.

13. Emerge From Smoke – Shlohmo

Something new and different from Shlohmo! I’m a pretty big fan of Jeremih so I definitely love all his hip-hop production but this track is really refreshing. Great sound production, great progression, overall really powerful vibes – would be great in a movie!!!

14. Brag – Tove Styrke

Back to my Scandinavian pop queen obsession! She’s such a cutie and this song is cute to match. No classic, but a great pop song, again with really unique production and cool vibes.

15. Bent Up ft. Natasha Mosley – Verse Simmonds

I finally sought out the OG track after listening to the Paypal x Ticklish for the hundredth time. A pretty basic 2000s era R&B track but I can’t get enough!

Enjoy!

xo, Syd