November 9, 2012 4 comments
We’re bringing this series back with a, hopefully, weekly regularity. The idea is we give y’all the songs that we’ve had on repeat. They could be new songs that we are loving or old songs we just rediscovered, or discovered for the first time. A hodgepodge of music selections for every boy and girl. Enjoy.
Been listening to this mixtape almost nonstop. This man is essentially Mr. Motherfuckin’ eXquire meets Pootie Tang and I love it. The obvious fun choice here is “All Gold Everything” for the enjoyment of the “POPPED A MOLLY I’M SWEATING (WOO!) POPPED A MOLLY I’M SWEATING (WOO!)” part, but I’ve included the few standout tracks I’ve really enjoyed.
Living in New York City without a car requires a deep lineup of good walking music. Walking music is any song with a strong, dope beat to pace your stride and should make you feel like you’re starring in a movie. This song was made for city walking—hence why I’ve had it on repeat for close to two weeks now. When Amy Winehouse was at her peak, every new, female, British singer with a bit of an edge was touted as the next Amy and none of those basic bitches even came close. (Except for Adel, even though the only thing those two had in common was being female and British.) ZZ Ward’s new album, Til The Casket Drops, is the first time I’ve heard anything that closely resembles Amy’s style–and she’s not even British. I wouldn’t necessarily compare their sounds on a purely musical level, but she’s got the same throwback grit to her voice and lyrics that made Amy so damn good. Spend some time and walk with this one.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t like (funny rite guyz) Chief Keef. I don’t think he has anything to offer the musical world that I can’t get in a better form elsewhere. Every Keef song is like listening to “Come Threw Looking Clean” except he’s not funny. Keef did nothing to help himself in my eyes by laughing about that kid getting killed. That said, GODDAMN THIS SONG RULES. I’ve played it at least 20 times in the last two days. The beat is fire (Young Chop is the future), and Keef’s ignorance is on a hundred thousand trillion. I don’t even notice that he rhymes “boy” with “boy” like a Benjamin times. I ignore his deadpan use of “llama”. I just start cooking and firing finger pistols at everything in sight. Don’t resist. You’ll only feel guiltier afterwards.
alt-J – “Breezeblocks”
I’ve put this song on every playlist I’ve made recently when I’m not listening to it on repeat. It seems I’m not alone either in loving this quartet with the announcement yesterday that Alt-J won the 2012 Mercury Prize. Can their producer also produce my life? Also, alt-J played their first-ever acoustic exclusively on Spotify.
BONUS Jessie Pick
I don’t know why or how I never posted this song. Maybe I just tweeted this song? I don’t know, but it’d be a shame if it didn’t get some attention. Sweeping melody. Cool drums. A little bit Haim, a little bit JJAMZ, I love this song. Also the video is a little creepy.
This is one of those instances of an artist releasing their planned major label album as a mixtape. And what a steal that is for us fans. Don Trip’s “Help Is On The Way” is a phenomenal album, but allow me to point out one of my favorite tracks from that album. I will continue to harp on this but there’s a huge difference between rapping about life and rapping about your life. It’s hard to keep a straight face as Don Trip details the strained relationships he has with his mother and his brother. The fact he does so without breaking down is a testament to the man he has become in his own right. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Marc sent this to me in jest, but fuck him and his trolling. This song is gorgeous, and this fan video makes it even better: