Taylor's Tune Round UP
Ah, the start of the year means impressions for many industries. What type of movies can we expect for the year? What new realms is television going to take us? And most important, what are jamming out to for the year. January did not disappoint with some absolute bangers from surprising and not so surprising artist. As a monthly round up, I am going to go over the tunes I have been bumping to during the bitter cold start of the year.
James Blake Assume Form
Alright so to start off the year, I haven’t given James Blake a listen outside of his guest spot on some of 2018’s hottest hip hop records. I heard his album was exceptional, but was too weary to give it a listen. Boy, when I tell you the sad boy aesthetic is in full force on album. The soft and haunting lyrics in tracks like “Lullaby for My Insomniac” gives me chills up and down my spine. My favorite track hands down goes to “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow”. It sound like you finally met the love of your life and you are physically floating on Cloud 9. 9/10 go give this album a listen as it warms your insides during this icy winter.
Toro y Moi Outer Peace
Speaking of other hip hop collaborators, Toro y Moi’s experimental sound has always attracted my ear. From his guest on Travis Scott’s “Flying High” I knew I was hooked on what he was selling. Outer Peace shows his wide range as an artist and proves he could escape the grasp of the short lived genre of chillwave. It’s sound reminds of a retro 60s space film with latex boots, shimmery glitter and galactic dance parties all around. Truly just makes you want to shake your ass. Favorite track has to go to “Monte Carlo” featuring Wet. It still merges 60s space dance party but if Playboi Carti hopped on the track. It’s a subtle banger where Toro y Moi just talks about his amazing car. 8.5/10 definitely worth some time digging into.
Vampire Weekend Harmony Hall/2021
We can’t talk about the month without talking about Vampire Weekend. Their latest album was released in 2013 and fans, including myself, were clambering for what they would do next. What type of sound were they hoping to make? Would it be worth the wait? To answer the latter, yes the two singles released so far have been on heavy rotation. They experimental East Coast sound is refreshing during this era of music. “Harmony Hall” reminds me of the experimental 90s mixed with folk tones in the mix. Makes me want to be a more responsible person in 2019. I will definitely add this song to any summer BBQ playlist this 2019.
Billie Eilish bury a friend
Billie Eilish is looking to be one of the next great musical titans of our time and new single from her upcoming debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go is an instant hit. The horror movie aesthetic and honest lyrics makes this song one of her strongest song to date. “Bury a Friend” music video proves her creativity at such a young age makes me excited to see what else she has to offer on her album.
Ariana Grande 7 Rings
I’m going to be honest with you… this song slaps. Ariana Grande has proved time and time again she can handle pop ballads like no other, but “7 Rings” allowed to finally flex on everyone and anyone who has ever doubted her. This song is her “7/11” moment. A song she can have doing and where she doesn’t give a f*** what the haters have to say. Looking at you Princess Nokia.
Lizzo makes some feel good music for the soul like nice warm meal that your momma has made for you. “Juice” is an anthem we needed for 2019: to be unapologetic for our own greatness and never settle for second best. Plus I can get up and dance to disco-inspired single. I knew she was in it for the long haul when she got the co-sign from Haim.
Bhad Bhabie Babyface Savage
I know for a fact I’m going to get fire flamed roasted for listening to Bhad Bhabie and I could care less. “Babyface Savage” featuring Tory Lanez proves she utilized her fame and made a name for herself in the music industry. Her flow is catchy and her attitude ain’t nothing to play with. One of the best female rappers…. no best rappers periods to come out last year and her XXL Freshman snub was felt by me. Give this song a listen to. It’s great for when you want to pregame or in the mood to fight someone.
That was all the new music I’ve listen to in January. If you are interested in any of the tracks here, you can go listen to my playlist on Apple Music and let me know what you have been listening to in January as well as your most anticipated releases.
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