I have this super amazing friend with a truly beautiful voice and a gift for songwriting. Julianne Bernard just might be the most humble person I’ve ever met. Sensitive Soul is the perfect showcase of her talents and it deserves to be heard. Being so completely honest and unapologetic yet saying it with such grace is a beautiful thing. This is the perfect song to get you to the next stage when you’ve had a low moment and you need a little strength. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.
The weekend is fast approaching. For me, that means heading back to the grind with two back-to-back closing shifts at a busy Toronto bar but for most people my age it’s time to get cray. If I were partying this weekend I know exactly what would be blasting through my speakers, the So Classic EP by The Knocks. These two are the kings of sexy. They kick things off with Dancing with Myself, which I have already raved about, before moving on to my new favourite pregame track. It’s impossible not to dance your ass off to Time. It feels like a throwback to the disco era in the best way. Collect My Love offers similar vibes, but Classic really brings it home. This was the song of the summer for me and I’m still not sick of it. It speaks volumes that The Knocks have created a track with that kind of staying power. The anticipation of a full length album just might kill me!
I’ve been MIA for way too long. It’s been a hectic month between my work schedules and some personal drama. I hid from blogging for a minute because I was a little to emo to write which is a ridiculous excuse but sometimes it’s too tough to be honest with yourself. I post the songs that describe how I feel and I preferred to ignore how I was feeling for the past few weeks. That can’t be healthy.
The time has come to get back at it and I’m choosing a remix, done by one of my favourite artists, of a song by another one of my favourite artists. Flume remixed Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down and it’s beautiful. Sam Smith has a knack for emotional ballads that hit you where it hurts. Lay Me Down is no exception. I could have drowned in an ocean of heartache with Sam Smith as the soundtrack to my demise this month, but that’s not how I do it. When times are tough I prefer to listen to songs that will improve my mood and that’s where Flume comes in. He took this delicious stew of feelings that is Lay Me Down and gave it an electronic injection that makes it the perfect balance between feels and dancey vibes. This song was everything I needed lately. I owe a lot to these two.
Kendrick Lamar proves to us all once again just how talented he is. With a completely different vibe than Blacker the Berry, you can use King Kunta to add some much needed funk to your playlist. I can guarantee you that his one will blow up. I was so wrapped up in the beat that I had to give it a few listens to really hear the lyrics, but I’m glad I did. Those were some fighting words. Kendrick took a stab at some other artists (without calling anyone out directly) and makes it pretty damned clear just how important originality is. I’m on his side for this one. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a stale playlist is my nightmare and I can rely on Kendrick to keep it interesting. To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most talked about albums so far this year and it’s pretty clear why.
The video looks like a throwback to the rap videos of yesteryear without the cheese factor. The pace is fast enough to keep it interesting despite it’s lack of a plot. I’m not complaining about watching four minutes of Kendrick Lamar run shit in Compton. He premiered the video in Times Square which seems like a great way to get people talking and it definitely worked. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what he does next.
I can’t think of a more perfect song to post today that Mine by Life is Better Blonde. This song is most certainly unique and there are few things I enjoy more than a tune that shakes things up. A stale playlist may as well be my biggest nightmare. I’m hearing a little Chet Faker in the soulful vocals but the melody is totally in it’s own realm. It should come as no surprise that Australia is responsible for this gem because it seems nearly every song I fall for comes from the land down under.
I’ve opted to post the video because it was a treat to watch. The acting was on point despite being a music video with no dialogue from the actors. I want to give this man a hug. Also, there are few things that seem more infuriating than assembling a tiny fucking burger and I definitely felt frustrated just watching this vid. Music videos that make you feel something, whatever that emotion may be, are a success in my eyes.
If you’re looking for a tune to provide the soundtrack for the transition in to springtime I suggest you throw on Let You Go by The Chainsmokers. This time of year is one of the happiest because winter is FINALLY coming to a close and that requires something upbeat and light hearted. This song is exactly that times ten. I may be jumping the gun here because it was cold as fuck two days ago but I’m testing out this whole optimism thing. We’ll see how this goes.
Anyways, if there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that the Chainsmokers have party beats down to a science. This song is just begging to be played at your next predrink. The beat is infectious and the vocals, provided by Great Good Fine Ok, will stick in your brain for hours.
The kings of songs to make you feel sexy have done it again with Dancing with Myself. The Knocks have hit out of the park in this department so many times already that it should come as no surprise they’ve got another masterpiece on their hands. This one is something different though. It’s a little slower, more sultry and features one element that I believe to be an instant hit-maker these days, a sax solo. I’ve seen The Knocks live and can attest to the fact that they are something special. Their remixes are always amazing but it’s their originals that have me saying I can’t wait for more.
In the spirit of breakup songs, I present you with Shake Me Down. The biggest reason I consider this a breakup song is because Broken Witt Rebels’ sound reminds me so much of the early days of Kings of Leon that got me through all of my high school heartache. I was obsessed with Kings of Leon and miss that sound ever so much. I’m not hating on new Kings but it lacks something they used to have that had me hooked. It seems like Broken Witt Rebels have found that thing. I don’t know whether it’s the soulful, bluesy-but-sexy sound of the singer’s voice or those gritty guitar riffs but I absolutely love it. I did a little surfing and discovered that these guys are not from the deep south like I had imagined and are actually from Birmingham. I don’t know how but they managed to capture the southern bluesy-rock sound perfectly.
I hate to admit that after everything I’ve been through I still let the little things like relationships issues get to me but I’m human. No one is immune to a little heartache. That being said, I hate nothing more than dwelling on the small things I can’t change. When I need a pick-me-up I turn to music. I usually blast Biggie’s Juicy which will forever be my number one break-up song but this situation does not require busting out the big guns just yet. All I need is a little virtual hug in the form of a song and Ritual Union does exactly that for me. It’s most definitely my feel good song of the moment. This Little Dragon tune put me in a drunkish dance trance several times this past weekend when I was feeling particularly low and it did the trick. It’s let me forget all of the little dramas that have been bringing me down and remind me that there will always be something to look forward to. Even at the worst of times (which is definitely not the case right now.. I’m just being dramatic) there’s always a song to turn to that can lift your spirits enough to push through.
Kanye has emerged on the scene again and I couldn’t be happier. I will defend this guy til I die. I know he has the most ridiculously self-absorbed attitude but you’re wrong if you can’t admit he’s made some amazing music. I feel like All Day is an evolved throwback to Graduation-era Kanye, which is something a lot of his fans have been missing. I certainly wasn’t one of them because I absolutely loved Yeezus, but I have zero issues with this new tune. The songs he’s debuted so far appear to be a little less abstract than some of the Yeezus gems (i.e. I Am A God and New Slaves) while still maintaining a sense of uniqueness that couldn’t belong to anyone else. Some critics are calling it the same old Kanye, but I don’t care. I love old Kanye, so why shouldn’t I love new Kanye too?
I am beyond excited for this new album, apparently entitled So Help Me God, to come out. It seems like 50% of the population loves nothing more than to hate on Kanye so provided this is in fact the title they’ll have a smorgasbord to feed on. Kanye and Kanye fans alike don’t give a shit. All I need is new Kanye to fuel my obsession because I’ve had Yeezus on repeat for ages and wouldn’t mind introducing something new to the rotation. It should also be noted that the caliber of artists that Ye brought on for his latest project are absolutely amazing and most certainly some of the best musicians out right now. I can’t wait to see who else he’s collaborated with. If All Day and his Saturday Night Live performance of Wolves (featuring the amazingly talented Sia and Vic Mensa) are any indication of the quality I can expect from the new release I know I will be more than pleased.