The Modern Medley
Song - Artist - Album
Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
FaltyDL – She Sleeps (ft. Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires)
Something I always look for in the music I listen to is how smooth it is. Some songs achieve a level of smoothness where you can imagine yourself skating on top of a across a lake in the summer with dragonflies buzzing around you and koi fish splashing below you. This song effortlessly achieves this level of smoothness. FaltyDL’s beats provide a glossy, beat-centric texture for Macfarlane’s euphoric voice. There’s nothing clunky at all about this song. The only movement you can picture accompanying this song only brings to mind drifting, skating, sliding, flying, and other movements of the sort. Free, effortless and smooth.
My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow
If you’re unaware of this band, prepare to be educated in the ways of the shoegaze. Shoegaze is a microgenre associated with dream pop in which the sound consists of tons of washed out guitar effects and buried vocals. I love it, but it might not be for others. My Bloody Valentine is an extremely influential shoegaze band hailing from Glasgow and their second album “Loveless” is registered as an all-time classic and one of the best albums of the nineties.
They’ve just now released their third album, entitled “mbv” after a 22-year wait. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest and it’s extremely comforting to listen to a reunited, more mature My Bloody Valentine after all these years. All of the songs on the album have their own great thing about them that sets them apart from the others, but I chose “Only Tomorrow” to represent the album since it safely encapsulates the older style of MBV and some more matured sounds as well. There are Belinda’s floating vocals, the heavily effected guitars and a GREAT riff. Woah this is good. If you’re a die-hard MBV fan, I think it’s safe to say you’ll probably enjoy this album. But I don’t want to jinx it for you. Enjoy!
Milo – Almond Milk Paradise (ft. Safari Al)
Milo is a rapper that I think I can connect to. He’s sort of my age, he’s into the same TV shows as I am, the music, the movies… he’s very deep into pop culture but at the same time rejecting it at the same time. He has a lazy yet fun flow and raps about Dragon Ball Z, veggie bacon, collecting coins, Star Trek, and lots of other “nerdy” things. “Almond Milk Paradise” is my favorite track of his new pair of EPs, “Things that Happen at Day/Night” and features a bare yet heavenly instrumental with light piano and stylish synthesizer in the background. It’s like the nerdy side of rap that Childish Gambino tried to do but failed when he tried to pile all that emotional baggage on.
Cakes da Killa – Keep it Coochie
If you’ve been paying attention to the hip hop scene as of late, you may have seen a rise in young MCs being open about homosexuality or bisexuality. There’s Frank Ocean level coming out as bisexual, but there are also openly gay rappers like Le1f and transgendered rappers like Mykki Blanco. Cakes falls into the category of openly gay rappers, which is great because they hike up the flamboyant-ness to an extreme, making their flow very confident, quick, sassy and at times comical. Cakes is hilarious and his flow unique enough to set himself apart from other rappers in the same vein. In this song he’s rapping over a sick juke/footwork beat that makes you effortlessly bob your head along with the beat and Cakes’ pretty obscene lyrics. You can download his new mixtape “The Eulogy” for free off of Mishka, which I highly recommend.
Oliver – MYB
MYB stands for “Move Your Body” which is exactly what this song will do to you. It’s a hard-hitting piece of nu-disco/electro that’s bound to electrify clubs as well as your grandmother at your kitchen table. It’s not totally a club-exclusive piece of work and it’s super accessible and simple. Put this on big speakers and BLAST THIS THING DUDE WHAT ARE YOU DOING???