April 16, 2014

"Elian’s Theme, Based on a True Story" - Leikeli47

I wrote a few kind words about rap newcomer Leikeli47’s last mixtape back in January, and my feelings haven’t changed. This song in particular is nothing but fire. Don’t sleep.

April 7, 2014

"Disco//Very" & "Keep It Healthy" - Warpaint

I’m decidedly indifferent about Warpaint, but this video embodies how I feel during the transition into spring. Obsession. 

April 1, 2014

"Don’t Wait" - Mapei

Mapei’s “Don’t Wait” came out a century ago, and today it FINALLY receives some sun-kissed visuals. A little context for those just hearing this song and her name for the first time: Mapei’s a singer-sometimes-rapper raised in Stockholm who used to sing back-up for Lykke Li. She’s going it alone now, and had one of the most inescapably catchy songs of last year with “Don’t Wait” (which likely paved the way for her new record deal with Columbia). Thankfully, someone threw some label dollars at her as this video is long overdue. Along with that new deal comes news of a debut album on the way. Keep your eye on Mapei.

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March 27, 2014

"Stay With Me" - Sam Smith

All the feels. I’ve been having quite the Adele-esque soulmate love affair with Sam Smith for what feels like ages, but in actuality it’s more like six months. If you’re not paying attention to this man now, don’t sleep. 

And peep my interview with Sam Smith from earlier this year.

March 24, 2014

"Rumble" - Kelis

Out of nowhere, Kelis’ Food slowly crept into my most anticipated albums of the year. Admittedly, I wasn’t really checking for Kelis as much after Flesh Tone, but this is a complete transformation for her that’s difficult to ignore. Unfortunately for Kelis, outside factors—Nas, her sex appeal, her at-times misunderstood attitude—have constantly overshadowed her elegantly soulful voice. But working with TV on the Radio’s David Sitek seems to have resulted in a sound especially catered to her voice, and it shows. Food is one to watch. (And, Kelis, if you stumble upon this: please, please, please, bring your food truck to NYC! That is all.)

March 19, 2014

"Space Cadet" - Flume ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut

There was one day not too long ago, I think, where I listened to nothing but “Space Cadet.” Very happy to revisit this mixtape once again with the added amusement of an animated Ghostface. Yes.

March 18, 2014

"You Stressin’" - Bishop Nehru ft. Disclosure


March 11, 2014

"Kentucky" - Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones

Give me summer, give me spring…

February 18, 2014

"Favorite Star" - Quadron

This album is nearly a year old, but does it even feel that way? Nope.

January 28, 2014

"Don’t Wanna Dance" - MØ

MØ is a young, feisty singer out of Denmark about to drop her first album No Mythologies to Follow in March. I posted about her before when she did a killer collaboration with Diplo. “Don’t Wanna Dance” shows a completely different side of MØ, focusing less on the aesthetic and more on the strength of her vocals. Obsession.

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