Another month has come and gone, much like the severe hot weather in New York City. I've got you covered with 10 tracks and a whole album. 32 new songs to fill your hour. Here are July's tracks on repeat. Listen, share, comment.
- Garden City Movement - Move On // Majestic Casual Session Ep. 7
- Summer Bummer // Lana Del Rey ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti
- Fetish // Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane
- the best sex we ever had was øver facetime (ft. sosi) // cøzybøy ft. sosi
- Press Play and Escape // Teflon Sega
- Chillhop Essentials Summer 2017 // Chillhop Music
- Otherside // Alex Lustig
- waves - Tame Impala Remix // Miguel
- Leaving You // Goldwater
- Written in the Sand // Old Dominion
- Naps // Joey Pecoraro
Garden City Movement - Move On // Majestic Casual Session Ep. 7
Move On, the original version from Garden City Movement is one of my all time favorite songs. It's beautiful melodic and the lyrics grab at your heartstrings. I came across this session from Majestic Casual, which, by the way, is one of the places I discover a lot of my music in the past. To see the artists live and performing their own song is sort of odd for me because I've only ever interacted with them audio-wise. Beautifully done. I highly recommend you listen to their original from 2013.
The music video is shot beautifully (the colors are to die for). Heads up, NSFW and done in a really tasteful manner. There's love, heartbreak, affection, age, and sexual orientation themes all explored here.
Summer Bummer // Lana Del Rey ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti
I'm oddly madly obsessed with the way Lana's voice mixes with A$AP Rocky. Moody and echoing throughout the song, the vocals mixed as part of the beat creates this addictive call and response that you can hear throughout both ears.
P.S. Lana Del Rey hates leaks and she recalls the time she sang for Kimye's Wedding. She only stayed for 40 minutes.
Fetish // Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane
Yes, I know you came here probably for music you haven't heard yet but I have to say, I'm obsessed with this song. Selena's fricking killing it with her latest singles.
Her music video is WEIRD but with good reason. Here's her explanation. Basically, her and Petra Collins wanted this to be a visualization sparked by their fascination with horror.
the best sex we ever had was øver facetime (ft. sosi) // cøzybøy ft. sosi
LDR folks, you know the feels. He finds a way to put all those feelings we bottle up and breathes it out in a beautiful track. A little slower, and little less explicit than his other tracks. This is definitely one of my favorites that's come out recently.
This sweaterbøy is also one of my homies. I've seen him grow as a creative since he started off. Aside from singing, he raps, produces, shoots, and also codes. Also, peep his Soundcloud. Can you figure out all the hidden messages?
Press Play and Escape // Teflon Sega
I know Teflon Sega the most through his other track, Beretta Lake. I didn't know this was one of his newest tracks when I first heard it. The strings remind me of an er-wu or the Chinese two-string violin which is really distinct. I especially love the way it's paired with the vocals which echo throughout the song. Everywhere you look online, everyone says his R&B style is futuristic and the visuals he pairs with his songs definitely point into that direction.
Chillhop Essentials Summer 2017 // Chillhop Music
Here's a total cheat. I found this entire playlist through one of my previous features of Flamingosis' track, Ecstacy (Price to Pay). I've had this on repeat and have also thrown this on my work Sonos multiple times. It's one of those playlists where it'll throw me into full focus zone. Plus, my favorite is probably "Damn Fine Coffee". It's just a bit unexpected because most of the tracks in the playlist do not have lyrics. This one does.
My favorite bit from "Damn Fine Coffee" is...."I'm going to let you in on a little secret / Everyday, once a day / Give yourself a present / Don't plan it, don't wait for it / Just let it happen / It could be a new shirt in the men's store / A cat nap in your office chair / Or two cups of good, hot, black coffee." The lines are from this scene. If you can't already tell, I'm a sucker for people mixing in scenes into a song.
Otherside // Alex Lustig
For folks who like their songs, vocal-less, this is for you. I can't remember where I heard this but it just sucks you right in. The beat pulls you at full force...then stops you in your track....the full force again... and then stops you again. You go for a full ride on this track.
Here's a little more on Alex Lustig, from Alex Lustig himself. He got into music via his mother and eventually through some hard work, leading to collabs. Much like designing, creating music and finding your "voice" is critical. I love Lustig's beats and can't imagine not having found this. P.S. there's a mix at the end of the article that I'd recommend listening to.
waves - Tame Impala Remix // Miguel
I first heard this song through my earphones and I HIGHLY recommend you do as well. There's this crazy sensory experience you go through with this remix where you hear the song travel from one side of your ear and back. It's pretty crazy.
Check out the original music video. See if you can spot J Cole.
Leaving You // Goldwater
Back to a bit of the gloom, here's a semi somber track about the end of a relationship.
It seems most of his music is focused on beats, peep this one.
Written in the Sand // Old Dominion
This one is a little different. If you know me well, you also know that I'm really into specific country music artists. I got swept away into the scene with Hunter Hayes. Two summers ago, I went to a Lady Antebellum concert (Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes were openers... hello swoon!!!). When Lady Antebellum sang American Honey, the lead singer had all the ladies sing a line. Imagine a whole ampitheatre, sunset skies and beautiful, melodic singing in unison. There's something so beautiful about country music where the songs are focused on storytelling in the vocals. This is a latest favorite.
If you want to start somewhere with Old Dominion, I first heard "Snapback" when they came out. The music video is super weird, early 2000s vibe. Youtube commenters are griping about how it's not "true" country. Womp womp, find ways to make music accessible via your own spin is always a plus in my book.
Naps // Joey Pecoraro
Last track I'll leave you with in this long post is Naps. I mentioned Joey Pecoraro way back. He's one of my favorites with his cheeky titles. I absolutely love this one from the game-like sounds to the cuckoo clock and yawns. It's so uplifting and calm, there's no other better song to play when you're waking up, mid-afternoon nap, or even end of the day.
I don't have anything cheeky to say other than my coworkers read his last name as "Pecorino"... like the cheese or something.
As always, take a listen and let me know your thoughts.
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