Five Fun Songs For This Weekend
Here's the truth about summer in southern California: it's cloudy, especially in the mornings. Gray May turns into June Gloom, which stretches into July. You don't really get those perfect beach days until August and September (and sometimes even October, long after the kiddos head back to school).
But spring: spring is glorious. Crisp, bright mornings and warm afternoons. More daylight in both the mornings and evenings. Everything is green and the beaches are still empty. And, for some reason, I start to think about what the song of the summer will be (my early guess this year: Finesse [Remix], which--as much as I hate to admit--has been in heavy rotation over here).
To transition into Spring, here are five great songs that I have been listening to recently.
- Sylvan Esso "PARAD(w/m)E" -- weird spelling but a catchy tune. Christy is a big fan of Sylvan Esso--I think it's because one of their first singles was called "Coffee."
- Mura Masa "Love$ick" -- this 22-year old British producer makes some great beats, and the addition of A$AP Rocky helped this track make an impression stateside. I love the steel drums.
- NVDES "D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)" -- NVDES makes great dance music out of LA. I bet this band would be a blast to see in a small club ("Turning Heads" is another favorite that the kids love to jump around to). "D.Y.T." was also an immediate add to my running playlist.
- Dua Lipa "IDGAF" -- It stands for, well, yes that. Another great breakup track from Dua Lipa, following her "New Rules" last summer. The chorus and the video put "IDGAF" over the top.
- Kendrick Lamar and SZA "All The Stars" -- The Black Panther soundtrack--overseen by Kendrick Lamar and featuring talent from his label Top Dawg Entertainment--came out in early February. By the end of the month, eight songs from the soundtrack had charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (crazy, right?), led by this track at #9. The whole album is worth checking out.
What are you listening to so far this year?