2018’s Best in Music

Alrighty, it’s about that time of year where I look back at the songs, artists, and albums that got me through the last 365 days.

I feel like all the artists in 2018 were putting in overtime (looking at you, Uppermost)! Like, damn! So many amazing musical projects came into fruition this year.

Here are the best in music for 2018:

1. “Midnight Summer Jam”, Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods. Is it even possible for JT to make an album that isn’t good? I don’t think so.

2. “blazed”, Ariana Grande ft. Pharrell Williams, sweetner. Ariana killin’ it as usual, and Pharrel just adding some extra pizzaz.

3. “Count to Five”, Rhye, Blood. I could literally listen to Rhye until I die.

4. “Mona Lisa”, Sabrina Carpenter, Singular: Act I. What kind of person would leave a girl like Sabrina hanging like that?

5. “LA Girls”, Charlie Puth, Voicenotes. I’m not from LA, but Charlie kinda makes a girl wish she were.

6. “Crybaby” Paloma Faith, The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition). Thank you, Spotify Chromecast tutorial, for introducing me to Paloma Faith.

7. “Dreams”, Uppermost, Given by Nature. So enchanting.

8. “Atoms”, Uppermost ft. Birsen, Perseverance. When Uppermost does the most in 2018 ūüėČ

9. “Damn (what must a woman do)”, Christine and the Queens, Chris. Idk man. I just don’t. Sigh.

10. “I Want You”, Elohim, Elohim. You tell him like it is, girl.

11. “Couples Retreat”, Jon Bellion, Glory Sound Prep. I bet Jon’s wife melts like chocolate whenever she hears him sing.

12. “Ride or Die”, The Knocks ft. Foster the People, New York Narcotic. Such a feel good tune, and overall album.

13. “walk from here”, lovelytheband, finding it hard to smile. Those guitar chords get me every time.

14. “Towel”, The WLDLFE, I’m Not Worried Anymore. So glad I discovered these guys this year.

15. “When We Drive”, Death Cab for Cutie, Thank You for Today. Death Cab, hitting you with a big bag of emotions since 1997.

16. “All the Work”, Amber Mark, Conex√£o. Definitely want to see this girl perform live someday.

17. “Change Your Mind”, Miike Snow, 50 Shades Freed Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. What are we supposed to do now that all the films have been released and there are no more soundtracks coming?! ūüė•

18. “Glitter”, Keys n Krates ft. Ambr√© Perkins, Cura. Ugh, this album shines “like glitter.”

19. “Something”, Henry Green, Shift. Keep the slow jams coming, Henry.

20. “Happy Without Me”, Chloe x Halle ft. Joey Bada$$, The Kids Are Alright. Can’t wait to see what these girls put out next. So. Much. Talent!

Happy New Year 2019!

Advertisements

Got It On Vinyl: ‘Paradise’ by Lana Del Rey

Got It On Vinyl is finally back, and I’ve got a new record player setup!

Enjoy Lana Del Rey, melancholic vibes, and old Hollywood glam via her EP Paradise.

See you in November with another vinyl record!

 

Fan Art Fridays: Capital Cities

capital cities band fan art

Capital Cities duo Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant just made my Friday with the release of their new EP Swimming Pool Summer.

I was so caught off guard when I heard their voices coming through my headphones at the office while listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday!

The EP is super summery and upbeat. Long-time fans will not be disappointed.

In celebration, let’s enjoy this fan art I found on Twitter by Filipino Capital Cities fan @imnotjess. I love how vibrant and fun the colors are in this poster-like fan art. Perfectly matches the personality of the band!

View the original fan art here, and check out Swimming Pool Summer.

2015’s Best in Music

dance-club-736374_1280

Guys, my favorite moment of the year is here! I absolutely love looking through my Starred playlist on Spotify to curate my list of the best songs, artists, and albums of the year! This year’s list got pretty lengthy, so I decided to be very selective (which was almost impossible thanks to Spotify’s Discover Weekly) and cut my list down to 25.

Some fun international artists made it on to this list, as well as some artists that I’d heard in the past on mix albums and short EPs. I even got to see Trails and Ways and Neon Indian‚ÄĒtwo artists on my list below‚ÄĒlive this year!

Enjoy my list of 2015’s Best in Music!

1. “Le Bal Des Oubli√©s,” Paradis,¬†Couleurs Primaires.¬†This EP snuck up on me. I didn’t know it existed until like three months after it came out but it’s an absolute French delight!

2. “I Give It,” Night Beds,¬†Ivywild.¬†Even though I can’t understand what’s coming out of Night Bed’s singer Winston Yellen’s mouth 95% of the time, the tone of his voice is just so good it doesn’t even matter!

3. “Company,” Justin Bieber,¬†Purpose.¬†No matter what crappy thing this boy does to worsen his reputation one thing is certain: he will always deliver good music.

4. “I Can’t Be Your Superman,” Skylar Spence,¬†Prom King.¬†Don’t doubt yourself, Skylar Spence.

5. “Dream About Me,” Trails and Ways,¬†Pathology.¬†These guys sound amazing¬†live. You’ve gotta love a band that even lets the drummer sing lead on a track!

6. “Slumlord,” Neon Indian,¬†Vega Intl. Night School.¬†Psychedelic dreams, this one. I’d enroll in Vega Intl. any night.

7. “Science Fiction,” Christine and the Queens,¬†Christine and the Queens.¬†Words cannot explain how happy I am that she decided to release an English version of this album! Also, enjoy this live performance and choreography (you won’t know what hit you at 1:08!):

8. “Light Up,” Mutemath,¬†Vitals.¬†I hadn’t heard these guys since the¬†Twilight¬†soundtrack they were on ages ago. I really hope they come out with a music video for “Light Up” at some point.

9. “Molecules,” Disclosure,¬†Caracal.¬†It was so hard to choose just one song that I loved from¬†Caracal,¬†but I went with “Molecules” because Disclosure sounds damn good singing on their own tracks without featured artists too!

10. “Me and the Rhythm,” Selena Gomez,¬†Revival.¬†This song was on repeat from the moment the full album was released and I regret nothing.

11. “Dopamine,” B√ėRNS,¬†Dopamine.¬†You just have to love¬†B√ėRNS with his light pitch and the dopamine-like effect of his captivating lyrics.

12. “Learning for Your Love” (feat. Marcus Marr), Chet Faker,¬†Work.¬†This EP was such a pleasant surprise! I think Chet and Marcus should work together more often. Also, can somebody do a ballet choreography for this?

13. “Undiscovered,” Laura Welsh,¬†Fifty¬†Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).¬†One of the best soundtracks of the year hands down. But like, really, how awkward would it have been¬†if this film had a bad soundtrack?

14. “FOOLS,” Troye Sivan,¬†Blue Neighbourhood.¬†Troye just keeps making his YouTube fans prouder everyday!

15. “Don’t Need Nobody,” Ellie Goulding,¬†Delirium.¬†Although I do miss her old folktronica and alt-pop sound, I don’t think this is a bad phase for her.

16. “True Believer,” Avicii,¬†Stories.¬†I don’t know why Avicii went that far in manipulating Chris Martin’s voice but it’s definitely laughable. So just laugh.

17. “I’m In Love With My Life,” PHASES,¬†For Life.¬†Such a fun song and music video!

18. “We’re Coming to You,” the bird and the bee,¬†Recreational Love.¬†I can’t explain the utter bliss I feel whenever I hear this song, but it is quite welcomed.

19. “The Line,” Seoul,¬†I Become a Shade.¬†Almost got to see them live. Seoul is such a beautiful mixture of melancholy and tranquility.

20. “The Less I Know the Better,” Tame Impala, Currents.¬†WHERE HAS AUSTRALIA BEEN HIDING TAME IMPALA?! Gosh, they are amazeballs.

21. “I’m a Ruin,” Marina and the Diamonds,¬†FROOT.¬†I was shocked to find how depressing some of the lyrics were on this album but that doesn’t take away anything from its greatness.

22. “Beautiful Now” (feat. Jon Bellion), Zedd,¬†True Colors.¬†Beautiful now and forever.

23. “Testarossa Music” (feat. Gallant), Zhu, Genesis Series.¬†Testarossa music? Try Testa-sexy music! Amrite?

24. “High Up,” The Maneken,¬†Soulmate Sublime.¬†Never in a million years would I have imagined taking a liking to a Ukrainian artist’s music, but I just love The Maneken’s accent!

25. “Spark,” Until the Ribbon Breaks,¬†A Lesson Unlearnt.¬†Until¬†the Ribbon Breaks kind of reminds me of Anberlin. I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got in store for future projects!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

2014’s Best in Music

2014 music

2014 was another amazing year for music. So many new artists came onto the scene and killed it! This year’s list includes not only albums, but EPs and official motion picture soundtracks as well. And, of course,¬†Taylor Swift’s¬†1989¬†would be on this list under the song “Wildest Dreams,” but she pulled her music from Spotify and I don’t want any holes in the playlist.

In no particular order, here are my 25 picks for the best songs, albums, and artists of 2014:

1. “I Should’ve Guessed” ft. Speak, RAC, Strangers Part II:¬†There’s just something about that light pizzicato in the chorus. It gets me every time.


2. “Speeding,” LIGHTS, Little Machines:¬†LIGHTS, we don’t want you to stay still. Keep speeding, girl.


3. “Mind Over Matter,” Young the Giant, Mind Over Matter:¬†Don’t shake the world too hard now,¬†Sameer Gadhia.


4. “Are You What You Wanna Be?,” Foster the People,¬†Supermodel:¬†Questions to ask yourself in the new year…

5. “I Want It All,” Karmin, Pulses:¬†Amy and Nick need to go elope already.

6. “I Need You,” M83, Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:¬†So many amazing songs on this soundtrack, and M83 did fantastic job with this ballad.

 

7. “Freakin’ Me Out,” The Ready Set, The Bad & The Better:¬†The song itself won’t freak you out. I promise.


8. “Feelings,” Maroon 5, V:¬†I’ve got some¬†feelings¬†about Adam Levine’s falsetto…


9. “Dust Clears” ft. Noonie Bao, Clean Bandit, New Eyes:¬†This song was my alarm tone¬†all summer. Noonie Bao adds some serious sass to this tune, and I just can’t get enough!


10. “Runaway,” Ed Sheeran, x:¬†Just don’t run away without releasing and¬†√∑,¬†Teddy.

11. “Happy Little Pill,” Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill: Mr. Sivan, you’ve done your fans proud, YouTube and beyond.

12. “Stay With Us,” Seoul, Magestic Casual 2:¬†As long as Majestic Casual releases another mix album, I’ll stay. Keeping a close eye on Seoul as well!


13. “Run-Time,” Imogen Heap, Sparks:¬†Imogen Heap can do no wrong.


14. “Together” ft. Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Motion: Honesty time. Every time the bridge comes around I fall into a state of utter bliss and whisper, One day…”.


15. “Simple and Sweet,” Jon Bellion, The Definition:¬†Jon Bellion was a very pleasant surprise this year. He’s got a very nice balance between philosophical and impulsive creativity on this album.


16. “Roses,” Angus &¬†Julia Stone, Angus &¬†Julia Stone:¬†Hearing “Roses” for the first time made my heart skip a beat. Indietronica! YES, PLEASE.


17. “This is Not a Game,” The Chemical Brothers ft.¬†Miguel, The¬†Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I OST:¬†It most definitely is¬†not¬†a game, guys. Lorde, this soundtrack is sheer brilliance.


18. “Little Bit More” – Bodhi Remix, Bo Saris, Bondax & Friends – The Mix Album:¬†Can I just take a moment to thank Bondax and their friends for this stellar mix album?


19. “Young Love,” Jesse McCartney, In Technicolor:¬†Jesse McCartney brought some lovely color to the music scene this year.

20. “Teacher,” Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas:¬†My Jonas fever will never die for this one…

21. “Espoir,” Darius, Romance: “Espoir” is French for¬†“hopeless.” Darius might be hopelessly in love, but I have high hopes for his music.

22. “Why” ft. Nate Salman, Le Sins, Michael: “Wanna go there?” Chaz Bundick and Nate Salman take you there on this track. Still trying to figure out who¬†Michael¬†is though…


23. “Vanilla Chocolat” ft. Connect-R, Alexandra Stan,¬†Unlocked:¬†This Romanian beauty took all the romance languages she could find and used them to connect with her fans on this album.¬†All¬†the vanilla chocolates for you, my darling…


24. “Shot Me Down” ft. Skylar Grey, David Guetta,¬†Listen:¬†David Guetta demanded that we listen, and listen we did. And Skylar Grey, don’t let ’em shoot you down.

25. “Two Bodies” ft. Emma Louise, Flight Facilities, Down to Earth:¬†Emma Louise, your voice is precious. Flight Facilities, your rhythms capture the essence of life’s absurd conundrums. And Rod Sterling, thank you for inspiring the glorious intro portion of “Two Bodies.”

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Album Review: Jesse McCartney’s ‘In Technicolor (Part 1)’

In Technicolor Part 1

After three years of silence in the music industry, Jesse McCartney is back with his new EP In Technicolor (Part 1), out today, December 10, 2013.

For those of you who are a bit puzzled, the answer is yes, Jesse McCartney is the kid that used to look like this:

Except now he’s 26, his hair is dark brown, and his music has more of an R&B feel instead of the pop tunes he sang back in the 2000s.

In Technicolor (Part 1) is a short EP of four songs, totaling 12 minutes.

The EP begins with the introductory 1:41 track “In Technicolor (Part 1).” The first chorus hits home, as McCartney sings,

Get a job, pay the rent,
Rinse, wash, repeat do it again, oh
We all live in a black and white world
But let’s face it, while time’s wasting,
We’re all here with the same motivation,
Trying to find that someone who sees your worth.

This verse sets up the premise for the song, which is the concept of living a life with the main goal of finding someone to be with as it all unfolds. This person makes your dreary, everyday, black and white world turn technicolor.

How beautiful!

“Back Together” and “Tie the Knot” sound very Justin Timberlake, with their funky, upbeat, R&B feel, complete with trumpets and bass guitar melodies.

“Tie the Knot” features some impulsive elope-sounding lyrics. “I’m ready, you’re ready, we’re ready, been ready / Come on girl let’s tie the knot,” he sings excitedly. Is there something you’re not telling us about you and Katie Peterson’s relationship status, Jesse?

The EP concludes on a serious note with “Checkmate,” the only ballad on the album.¬† “You are gonna lose ’cause you chose to make the moves you make” is the lyric in the chorus that stands out the most.

It’s nice to hear Jesse McCartney’s voice back on the market again. I’m assuming there will be a part 2 to this sometime in the near future?

Please don’t take another three years to release it, Jesse!

Listen to In Technicolor (Part 1) on Spotify.