Happy March! Happy (almost) Spring! Here's a collection of my favorites right now. I've been playing these songs on repeat—no matter my mood. I love universal playlists. The past few weeks I’ve been taking the long way back to my dorm after my classes are done for the day. I’ll plug my headphones in, click play and just walk. Try it—take a walk. Look around. (Tip: go right at dusk—it’s pretty dang rewarding.)
1. Love and Happiness - Al Green
I love this man with all of my heart. This entire album is golden, but this song… It’s a fantastic feel good song, and a great way to start off.
2. Don’t Touch My Hair - Solange
Solange is so good. Everything she touches is so good….I guess thats why she lets no one touch her hair. (Ha, I’m the worst… sorry). Anyways - this is my favorite song on the album. It’s so groovy but smooth at the same time. And the track features Sampha, so that’s another plus.
3. With The Ink Of A Ghost - José González
Ok, I’ve been listening to José for as long as I can remember, and I finally got to see him in concert a few weeks ago. He came to my school - it was so amazing. He’s incredible…so talented. This song is absolutely beautiful, and I hadn’t heard it before I saw him perform. When he played this live, I had chills the entire time. I was totally transported. Needless to say, it’s my favorite of his now. Fun fact: his girlfriend illustrates all of his album artwork. Ah, I love creative couples.
4. Dark Red - Steve Lacy
I don’t even need to explain this one, you already know. (p.s…if you haven’t explored his SoundCloud, do that afterwards).
5. A Tune for Jack - Lemon Jelly
Lemon Jelly is rad. They’re a British electronic duo. I love their sound - it’s like something you’d hear on a Hôtel Costes album.
6. Count To Five - Rhye
Milosh’s voice sounds like butter. I love Rhye, they make such good music. This is one of the tracks off their new album, Blood. Take a listen to the whole album, it’s beautiful.
7. At All - KAYTRANADA
This is one of those songs that triggers a major clubbing mood. I heard this in his Montreal Boiler Room set (which you can and should watch on youtube), and I’ve had it on replay since. Such a groove.
8. Agitations tropicales - L’Impératrice
This song came up on my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify a few weeks ago. Ridiculously good - french disco!!!
9. Lemon - N.E.R.D, Rihanna
Try not to move to this song - I dare you. Pharrell is a genius, this song is incredible. Plus… Rihanna.
10. Call It Fate, Call It Karma - The Strokes
I love every song on Comedown Machine, but this one is my favorite. I love the old, kick-back, stereo vibe it has. It’s nostalgic and feel good at the same time.
11. I Loved Another Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac is the best era of Fleetwood Mac. Classic blues, so good.
12. Fields of Blue - Tennis
This song is so much fun. Tennis is one of my favorite bands right now. I saw them perform at Coachella and also an intimate little venue in San Diego. See them live if you ever have the chance. They’re a couple with such cute on-stage chemistry - plus, they look like they were plucked straight out of the seventies. They have a sweet, mellow indie sound that’s an ode to the fifties. LOVE!
13. Nice Boys - Temporex
I love how magical this song is. One of my friends in school introduced me to Temporex. He’s only seventeen! Pretty cool.
14. Ritual Union - Little Dragon
Little. Dragon. Is. Amazing.
They are definitely in my top 10 at the moment. This is a song off one of their older albums, but Season High (the most recent) is also brilliant. Yukimi’s voice is really unique and funky
15. River - Leon Bridges
This song is a pure work of art. I love that Leon Bridges is keeping soul alive. Watch this music video when you get a chance, it’s absolutely stunning. Major chills.
16. Oblivion - Grimes
Grimes is so badass. This song is my favorite of hers. There is an interesting contrast between the heavy subject matter and playful tone of the song.
17. Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan
Vashti Bunyan has a hauntingly beautiful voice. This is my favorite song off of her album “Just Another Diamond Day” - from the 70’s. This entire album has an eerie vintage sound, and I just love how simplistic her music is - just her and the guitar.
18. Look Up - Zero 7
This song reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to play Zero 7 all the time. This is one of my very favorite driving songs.
19. The Wolves (Act I and II) - Bon Iver
This is a perfect ending song. Bon Iver is a genius, and this song is absolute gold. That’s it.