The Playlist Session #3
Welcome back to The Playlist. The place to find the latest in music for your study jam sessions. February has come and gone but not without some new music. The end of the month brought some great tracks that deserve a listen along with some great albums released that you should check out too.
Bourbon — Gallant
Soulful falsetto? Check. Smooth R&B sound? Check. Singing about heartbreak? Check.
Everything crooner Gallant does on “Bourbon” isn’t new, but man does it work so well. Gallant sings so effortlessly and his sound is a throwback to late-90’s era R&B. His music is slow burning and subdued, but engaging nonetheless. Listen: “Weight in Gold”
Love Me Like That (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) — The Knocks
New York duo The Knocks team up with Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to craft a cool pop-dance track off their debut album 55. Jepsen’s voice fits perfectly for tracks like this. It’s fun, catchy and not overpowering as some dance tracks tend to get. It’s like…comfort pop music…yeah that’s it. It just hits the spot, you know? Listen: “Kiss The Sky (Feat. Wyclef Jean)”
Ready — Joey Bada$$
A boxer warming up for a big fight would be a perfect way to describe this track by Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. Judging by the cover art, Joey has the same idea. Joey raps over a melodic production by Statik Selektah the same way a boxer would shadowbox in front of a mirror. His flow is rhythmic, in the pocket, and never off beat. After a successful debut album last year, Joey sounds hungry and after the title. Listen: “Christ Conscious”
Candyman — Zedd and Aloe Blacc
Zedd and Aloe Blacc team up to re-imagine the classic song “The Candyman”. The result is an uplifting electronic song that swells to a satisfying drop. The song is rich, colorful and has a great message. What’s not to love about it? Listen: “Papercut (feat. Troye Sivan) [Grey Remix]”
Sally — Bibi Bourelly
Confidence, feistiness, and incredible vocals isn’t enough to describe Bibi Bourelly. A talented songwriter who has penned tracks like Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”. She has a knack for creating simple songs and melodies that hook you in. Her influence can also be heard all over Rihanna’s latest album Anti, contributing as a main songwriter. “Sally” is one of the few solo tracks she’s released. She has great talent and hopefully we’ll hear more from her. Listen: “EGO”
The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West
There were a lot of great albums released in February and you’re probably sick of hearing about Kanye but it doesn’t make this recommendation any less deserving. The album that has polarized the social world is one album you should listen to at least once. Kanye’s latest album is not perfect. It’s tough to swallow at first given it’s sporadic and unpolished. But maybe that’s the point. Playing the album from start to finish, it starts to reveal some flashes of brilliance and songs start to flow together to resemble some sort of structure. I found the second half the album much more enjoyable than the first as Kanye is much more grounded and relatable.
This album is Kanye’s Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it should be experienced.
That’s a wrap on February! Spring break is coming soon and that means mid-terms or finals for you brave fast-track people. Good luck to you all and hopefully you found something new to jam to while you study. Until next time.
Side Note: Did anybody catch that crazy game between Golden State and OKC last weekend? You know, the one where Steph Curry became a basketball God. I mean, Lakers who?