APRIL FIRE 🔥
SOFI TUKKER - JOHNNY (MOON BOOTS REMIX)
Sofi Tukker makes catchy electronic music that is guaranteed to have you feeling right. This remix of their hit Johnny takes the song to a new level of delight and could easily serve as the background for most of your summer activities.
VIBE: LUCIOUS, SEXY, SUMMERY
STEVE LACY - MORON
If you haven't heard of Steve Lacy yet, expect that to change soon. Not only is he part of cult favorite indie band, The Internet, he also produces for J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Oh, and he makes his own music too.
VIBE: BLUESY, EASY, FUN
MARCH FIRE 🔥
DENITIA AND SCENE - THE RUM DIARIES (JACK ON THE ROCKS REMIX)
This beat will have you at hello. The blend of heavy synth bass, along with Denitia's angelic voice is just the perfect grimy pretty that keeps this song on repeat.
VIBE: DARK, ENERGETIC, GRIMY
KIMBRA - SEIGFRIED (FRANK OCEAN COVER)
Full disclosure, Seigfried is my favorite track on Frank's Blonde album. The lyrics seep into my soul and take over my mind. It's near perfection theatrical moodiness, but Kimbra manages to capture the vibe and give it her own spin.
VIBE: THEATRICAL, MOODY
SAMPHA - 4422 (KID GHOST EDIT)
4422 is one of my favorite tracks off Drake's More Life "playlist." Ironically, Drake isn't even in it. Kid Ghost manages to give this track a slightly different vibe without stripping the integrity of the original away.
VIBE: SMOOTH, EASY LISTENING
FYNER THINGS - YOU_ME
Using an Isaac Hayes sample is a good way to reel a listener in, but keeping them for the whole song is another question. Fortunately, Fyner Things blend their vocals perfectly with Mr. Hayes, giving us a perfectly balance bluesy R&B track.
VIBE: SMOOTH, BLUESY
FEBRUARY FIRE 🔥
SNOH AALEGRA - NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD
This track uses a Portishead Glory Box sample in the most perfect of ways. This tune creeps into your psyche and arrests your attention. Don't be surprised if you find yourself in a mischievous mood after a listen.
VIBE: MISCHIEVOUS, INTROSPECTIVE, INTRIGUED
LITTLE DRAGON - HIGH
When does Little Dragon ever disappoint? Whether upbeat or downbeat, they consistently deliver those crucial good listening vibes. This track is the perfect mellowness to round out your week.
VIBE: CHILL, DREAMY, SUMMER AFTERNOON
NAO - GET TO KNOW YOU (KAYTRANADA FLIP)
If you haven't given Nao's For All We Know album a listen already, you really ought to do yourself the favor. For this remix Kaytranada does what he does best—takes a good song and gives it his signature jazzy vibe.
VIBE: CHILL, EASY LISTENING
ALICIA KEYS - THAT'S WHAT'S UP
You know that great interlude on Kanye's The Life of Pablo album that you wish someone would turn into a song? Well, Miss Keys did just that. And it's glorious as only her raspy gospel goodness of a voice can be.
VIBE: GOSPEL, HOPE, SOULFUL
JANUARY FIRE 🔥
THE CODE - CRAZY
The Code delivers their stellar cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy single by putting their signature moody and melodic spin on it. I've fallen for almost everything The Code has done, and yet can never seem to find any information on them. They let the music speak for itself.
VIBE: MOODY, DRAMATIC, ETHEREAL
J. COLE - VILE MENTALITY
J. Cole's album 4 Your Eyez Only was a tipping point in his career. He's finally stepping out of Jay Z's shadow and putting his own stake in the ground. This single pairs his raspy voice over a smooth piano and the outcome is just perfection.
VIBE: SMOOTH, UNEXPECTED
ABRA - BOUNTY
Abra came on the scene in 2016 with her LP Princess, which is absolutely worth your time. She always fuses some darkness into her R&B vibe, from the production to her voice. Abra keeps her delivery minimal, preferring to ride the beat rather than wail over it.
MOOD: DARK, SEDUCTIVE, FRESH
TWO FEET - GO F*CK YOURSELF
Pardon the language but I didn't name the song. This track starts off slow, but when it gets going, I promise it's worth it. The title makes is seem aggressive, but it's actually much more bluesy than angry.
VIBE: BLUES, BOB YOUR HEAD
DECEMBER FIRE 🔥
RUN THE JEWELS - TALK TO ME
Pretty much every Run The Jewels single is like a shot of coffee. You won't be lacking energy after this track either. Talk To Me has that RTJ signature momentous flow that builds and sustains the heat.
VIBE: HARD, MELODIC, FIRE
CHILDISH GAMBINO - REDBONE
Gambino has been a long time coming. Many people didn't even know he could sing, but after his show Atlanta took off, no one is sleeping on his talents any longer. His high vibrato against this funk beat feels oh so right.
VIBE: FUNKY, EARTHY, SMOOTH