5 New Songs for Your Weekend Vibe
What are you up to this weekend? Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby are out of the way, so this weekend seems like an afterthought (especially with the grey skies we are having in San Diego, instead of last weekend's absolutely perfect weather). We are continuing to celebrate the twins' birthday, with their doggy-themed birthday party scheduled for Saturday (pushed back from last weekend when the whole family came down with a case of crud).
As Christy recently mentioned, it's been a difficult few weeks at our house, with different challenges with all four kids. We are discovering that the most effective strategies are splitting the kids up, two and two (Christy joked we might not see each other for the next 10 years), or putting the kids in the car and going for a drive (as I did on Tuesday after a particularly unhappy trip to the playground).
I know that things will get better, but in the mean time, there's still coffee in the morning, an IPA at night, HQ Trivia twice a day, and new music to listen to. I just finished my May 2018 playlist, which is a 73-song masterpiece of flow and musicality. But if that's too much for you, here are five new songs from the playlist that I can't stop listening to—I'm sure they will be in heavy rotation at the party tomorrow (yes, it's a kid's party, but who says we can't have some adult music).
Tom Misch - "Lost In Paris" (feat. GoldLink) — I first stumbled across Tom Misch through one of my favorite U.K. rappers, Loyle Carner. With a sound that fuses electronica, hip hop and jazz, Tom Misch started putting out mix tapes in 2015, before catching the attention of the hip hop world, both new school (Anderson .Paak) and old school (De La Soul). This track, "Lost in Paris," starts out with a quick jazz riff on the guitar before the drum machine kicks in and the sound fills out. Halfway through, DC-based rapper GoldLink drops a quick 16 bars before a jazzy trumpet solo. I plan on playing this song (and album) non-stop this summer, and, hey, it's approved by two of my four kids!
Leon Bridges - "Bad Bad News" — We are big Leon Bridges fans over here at Casa Shannon (and have been ever since he released his first single in 2015). In 2018, he released his second album, Good Thing, and while he is trying to shake that retro Sam Cooke sound, "Bad Bad News" definitely draws from his roots but somehow sounds modern at the same time. I highly recommend this track, as well as his collaboration "Katchi" with another neo-soul revivalist Nick Waterhouse.
NoMBe - "Drama" feat. Big Data — Noah McBeth aka NoMBe is an LA-based recording artist who pulled off one of my favorite stunts last year: he released a song a month for the entire year (two of which were good enough to make it into my Top 25 Songs of 2017). While his songs straddle the electronica genre, it's the guitar riff in this song that gets me every time. Plus he references Jumanji in the lyrics—I think he's talking about the original movie (not the recent remake, which I have heard okay things about but refuse to see on principle, because the original is timeless).
Young Fathers - "In My View" — I would say that I choose 95%+ of the music that plays in the house. But when Christy hears a song and calls it to my attention, I definitely take notice. She's a more passive music listener than I am, so when a song breaks through the background enough for her to say something, it's usually a banger (and I'm usually jealous I didn't hear it first). So when we were sitting around both working on our computers a few weeks ago and she said, "Wow, I really like this song—who is it?" and I didn't know, I immediately had to know. And if you are one of the early subscribers to the 19 Streets newsletter, you knew a few weeks ago. Young Fathers are a Scottish band that I'm surprised I had never heard of: they won the Mercury Prize in 2014 (one of the few best album awards that consistently gets it right) and had six tracks featured on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack. "In My View" is dark, moody, and sexy—maybe it wasn't the best song to share in our first newsletter, but I've listened to like seven times in a row tonight and I'm still not tired of it.
Chloe x Halle - "Hi Lo" feat. GoldLink — I know, another track featuring GoldLink. But this song is way more about Chloe x Halle, two extremely talented sisters (they also act in the Freeform series Grown-ish) who went from posting covers of Beyonce songs on YouTube in 2011 to appearing in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade in 2016. Right around the same time, they released the song "Drop," an infectiously slow-burning track that bridges R&B, jazz, and rap that sounds like one vision of the future. Their debut album The Kids Are Alright just came out, and it sounds like with these kids, the future of music is alright. I highly recommend the 10-minute film that accompanies the album and features some of the tracks.