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New Tracks from Jhené Aiko, Mura Masa, Silk City, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj + The Weeknd, Amber Mark + DJDS, ZHU + Majid Jordan
August has so far been solid with new album releases! Some favorite tracks this summer include: throwback 90s vibes from the beautiful Jhené Aiko, Mura Masa, some awesome dance moves from Silk City on Loud (feat. GoldLink & Desiigner), on top of Travis Scott's release of ASTROWORLD and Nicki Minaj (her track feat. The Weeknd is fantastic) are keeping our ears and hearts happy as clams.
WOLF FEATHER HONEY
A beautiful and sultry slow mix of romantic and emo love playlist. This playlist was aplified at Wolf Feather Honey where it echoed through a valley of iconic California desert. Swoon.
Today we're listening to the 2014 compilation TheSoundYouNeed featuring artists like FKJ, Banks + Snakehips, Flume, Alina Baraz, Chrome Sparks and more.
The first song I discovered on this album was the Led Zeppelin cover of "Whole Lotta Love". It blow me away. I then had to sit and listen to the whole album. When ever I play tracks from this album people always ask me what it is. I think because it is some of the less known Tina jams.
The Jamaicans originally started out as a band known as the Cool Shakes. They cut two tracks for Duke Reid with Treasure Isle Records (known for his love of jazz, blues and soul), and in 1967 at the Island's Festival Song Contest, the band took home 1st place with the super fun, ska/rocksteady pop song Ba Ba Boom, written about the Jamaica Independence Festival.
You may know Amber Mark from her 2017 track Love Me Right. Her "lounge-quality" sound is a perfect blend of instrumentals and lyrics— soft and sweet but with emotional depth similar to Sade 😍. I love Monsoon (feat. Mia Mark) and Lose My Cool from her 2017 album 3:33am. “I want this EP to have a bigger meaning, and I want people to feel even more emotional with this than they did with the previous one,” states Mark in an interview with Pitchfork.
Last year, New Zealand favorite BAYNK released Someone's EP, featuring tracks including Poolside, What you Need (feat. NÏKA) and Come Home. His easy sound is reminiscent of Hayden James, Bon Iver and even Autograf— perfect for summer weekend mornings.
He has a great interview with Redbull music about finding his potential as a musician, as well as his finding inspiration from artists like Travis Scott and Mura Masa, here. He's playing June 9th in San Diego for those of you looking to add a show to the calendar.
In January, a community based pop-up art show took over a warehouse space in the downtown Los Angeles area bringing together some of the most talented artists, musicians, and activists working for us today. The themes of the show were based around topics of "Justice as a Human Right", "Together We Rise", "No Human Is Illegal and No Human Should Feel Unsafe", "Love, Peace and Empathy", "Manifesting Solutions", and "This Moment in History." With powerful exhibits and moving panels, this was a positive and humbling event that lead those who participated to question their part in today's call to action.
I was lucky enough to DJ at this event and put together a playlist of some of the songs I played.
ZHU recently teamed up with Australian psychadelics Tame Impala on a new single — My Life. Despite mixed reviews, there are parts of the EDM track that have a pretty solid bounce.
In what's reminiscent of Prince, Steven Zhu is an interesting artist in that he prefers to remain anonymous outside of his stage name, ZHU, so that "fans can focus on the music rather than who's behind it." The pace and diversity of rolling sounds in the well-queued synth-pop + unique monologue integration in his summer 2016 album GENERATIONWHY make it a recurring album in my playlist rotation and definitely worth a listen.