Shout out February, the shortest month of 2018 that has nearly everyone on the internet going, "what happened?" I'm a little overdue with the music I've enjoyed this month but excited to be able to share it all now.


Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By // Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd

There's no way I can't kick off February with The Black Panther Soundtrack.

First, I'm obsessed with the Marvel movies and shows. Specifically, if I had to choose series or storyline I'm most interested it's competing between Luke Cage and Black Panther. Both franchises include some of the most talented black actors and actresses that, honestly, is so refreshing to see. Beyond the storylines and the acting, both deliver stellar music. For Luke Cage, in the first few episodes in season 1, there would always be a live performance that set the tone for the rest of what's to expect in the episode.

Ever since Black Panther was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, I think everyone's been impatiently waiting for this movie to come out. Equally, I've been anticipating the soundtrack to deliver just as much punch. It hasn't failed me.

 

When I Get Back // The Neighborhood ft G-Eazy

This one has a special place in my heart as I discovered this right before I headed back home to California for the weekend. There's not much else to say other than if you're homesick for California, you know the feelings Jesse is belting out in this track.

Sweater Weather fans, The Neighborhood has a ton of music. Also, of note, Jesse Rutherford has gone solo with his album "&". Think lots of echoes and a bit catchier pop that deviates from The Neighborhood's sound.

 

Monday Loop // Tomppabeats

Mood mood mood mood. I believe I found this on HeyClaire's insta stories and the loop just had me hooked. It's short and sweet. The opening sample brings me in each time. He uses Again from Doris Day which is absolutely beautiful on its own.

 

Dream a Little Dream of Me // Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong's Version & The Mamas & Papas' Version

On Valentine's Day, while everyone was throwing up their special posts, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, one of the amazing actresses from Agents of Shield posted this absolutely beautiful post dancing along with this song featuring The Mamas & The Papas.

First, I absolutely love Natalia and especially of her role as Yo-yo. If you haven't watched Agents of Shield yet, I've been hooked and they've recently reached their 100 episode milestone. This show has badass women and people of color as the main cast of characters constantly kicking ass. Also, to see Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennett, women that look (way more beautiful) like me on TV was so rare growing up. It's incredible to see them kick ass and inspiring our younger generations.

Anyways, both of these versions are so beautiful and you cannot help but sing along. Pro tip: when you're walking around NYC and you've had enough of its chaos, throw on some jazz and you'll find everything a little more magical. Start with Ella and particularly, this song.

 

Moon River // Frank Ocean

This man needs no introduction. Here's a beautiful rendition of a classic song. If you're not familiar, Audrey Hepburn made this beautiful scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

 

Lifted // Palmistry

Rediscovering this beautiful piece by Palmistry. I actually completely forgot about this song until Cashmere Cat recently released Miss You (with Tory Lanez and Major Lazer) where they sample parts of this song. It's so distinct that you can't help but make the connection.

 

Psycho // Post Malone ft Ty Dolla $ign

TBH, I'm just here because it's super catchy. If you take a peek at genius, each line is a deep reference to something else very specific to Posty's life. If you don't know him, I guess you do now.

 

Roll With Us // Doja Cat

It's been a minute since I've heard Doja Cat. Laid-back, anthem for the weekend type of vibes, Doja Cat brings it all back with her light vocals. If you don't remember her, you might remember one of her early tracks from 2014, "So High".

P.S., did you know she's from Calabasas? Not only is it the home of the Kardashians but also an interesting growth and change as a style center as of late. R29 did a video on the location and its interesting change in fashion sense.

 


As always, take a listen and let me know your thoughts.

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