Featuring Kesha, Amir Obe, and Madlib
Our weekly playlist looked at some of the great hip-hop producers, some nostalgic bands from the early-2000’s, and classics like Van Morrison and Duke Ellington. This week, we’ve got new tracks from The National and Kesha plus classics from Madvillain and Mos Def.
Brandon Allin: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze
The Chili Peppers are one of those bands who are, at least to me, timeless. After 11 studio albums, the Los Angeles four-piece have songwriting down to a science, with each record producing at least a few instant classics. “Soul to Squeeze” is a testament to what the quartet is capable of. Smooth melodies showcasing Flea’s irresistibly tasty bass lines, and with enough room for frontman Anthony Kiedis’ vocal stylings to breathe. The perfect number for those late-night summer drives with the windows down.
Premal Bhatt – Marshmello feat. Khalid – Silence
Matt Bram: Amir Obe – Cigarettes
I fell down a rabbit hole on Spotify and eventually came across this jam. Airy vocals echo out in the background, dancing around the infectious and penetrating bass. Then the chorus kicks in and the track starts grooving hard. I’ve had this stuck in my head all week. You can’t help but move to this one as you hope the chorus repeats indefinitely.
Cody Conley: Sonic Youth – Youth Against Fascism
Publicly shame fascists. Don’t tolerate Nazis. Topple Confederate monuments. Stomp out white supremacy. Oppose authoritarianism. Vote Kaepernick/Lynch in 2020.
Grant Evan: Kesha – Hymn
Akshat Singhal: The National – Carin at the Liquor Store
The National released their newest single “Carin at the Liquor Store” from their upcoming album, Sleep Well Beast, and as we’ve come to expect from the Cincinnati band, it’s a gem. A slight change of pace from “Guilty Party” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” this track features the use of a piano as its base track before slowly adding drums. Matt Berninger’s soothing voice completes the ballad, as he sings about disappointment and love. Sleep Well Beast is due out on September 8th, and the first three tracks have done nothing but invoke more excitement for fans of the band all around.