she, alice smith – because you like sangin’, and original songs, and songs about all the different aspects of love and heartbreak. because alice is on par with the best vocalists singing anywhere today. because her cover of cee-lo’s fool for you smashes.
jake bugg, (self-titled) – because you like bob dylan but always wondered how it would be if his voice was a bit more tender. because you really like simple lines well delivered – ‘broke my heart when i knew/that i could never be with you’.
reincarnated, snoop lion – because it will make you feel like your regular life is smoking weed in l.a. and you’re on vacation in jamaica discovering your greatest self. all summer.
nomad, bombino – because you need gorgeous expansive road music that can play on repeat, and this touches that sacred ali farke toure place.
haim – because sometimes you need dramatic music that harkens fleetwood mac and the 80s and you’ve played your florence & the machine albums too much.
blah, blah, blah, denitia and sene – because you are unafraid of pretty, blatantly cool and well-produced pairings.
overgrown, james blake – because his voice is unique and meta-gender and the album is calm and sexy and kind of feels like bubbling up from a deep place.
ghost on ghost, iron and wine – because you have guests over and you want something warm and cozy and mature and easy on in the background.
passalaqua – because you want some detroit hip-hop that makes you laugh and feel your nerdy swag.
james linck – because though he is harder to find (has some stuff on soundcloud) he’s into making magic electro-soul falsetto music.
indicud, kid cudi – because some songs (not the whole ambum) are magnificent. primarily unfuckwittable and afterwards with michael bolton.
the 20/20 experience, justin timberlake – because it’s smooth and funky and unashamed of being pop. this is going continue to be good all summer.
queen, janelle monae featuring erykah badu – because it’s actually too good to even talk about. song alone, or video.
#beautiful, mariah carey and miguel – because i am loyal.
what y’all listening to?