I just wanted to start off by saying that SUMMER ’17 IS HERE, FAM. While most people have been traveling or going on adventures, I’ve spent the last few weeks binge watching T.V. shows on Netflix and eating abnormal amounts of ice cream and potato chips. I’ve even tried growing a beard, but my genetics are not cooperating with me at the moment. If my summer up to this point can be wrapped up with a picture, this is what it would be:
But now, that old Greg is in the past. I went hiking, I shaved and now I’m writing my first blog post. My first installment of Friday Fives is going to be about five songs that I have been listening to quite often these past couple weeks. These songs are not necessarily the newest or the best songs out, but for one reason or another, these are the five that I just couldn’t help but rewind over and over again.
#1) When I Come Around – Dom Kennedy
Like I said in the first sentence, SUMMER ’17 IS HERE, FAM and nothing gives more summertime vibes than slappin’ this song in your car with the windows rolled down on a hot summer day. Dom K and summer go together like Tequila and lime. Dom will never blow you away with his lyricism, but his flow and demeanor is very respectable. If baby girl don’t know the lyrics to this song, she might not be the one for me (apologies to all my fangirls who have no idea who he is). There’s nothing else to say about this West Coast summer time classic.
Favorite line: Damn you look good/ damn you look good girl and you look good!
Best time to listen: In at least 80 degree weather, in your car driving down the street with the windows down and volume at full blast.
#2) Big Fish – Vince Staples
As one of our writers wrote about in a previous article, Vince Staples is the realest rapper in the game. His upcoming album, Big Fish Theory is due to be released June 23 as one of the most anticipated projects to drop this year. Staples recruits duo Christian Rich for the production and Juicy J (yea, remember him?) for an infectious hook that will have your granny screaming, “I WAS UP LATE NIGHT BALLIN’.” This bass-heavy track has some futuristic feels to it.
“All I can tell you is that it’s current. It’s tomorrow. It’s next Thursday,” said Staples when asked by LA Weekly. “We making future music. It’s Afro-futurism. This is my Afro-futurism. There’s no other kind.”
Staples did go on tour with Flume in late 2016, so that makes me wonder if Flume had any sort of influence on his music. If this is track is any indication of what Big Fish Theory is going to give us, we’re in for one futuristic hell of a ride.
Favorite Line(s): Mix the holy water with the Voss/ Wanna be the boss then you gotta pay the cost
Learned it from the Dogg I’m from Long Beach/ That’s the city where the skinny carry strong heat
Best time to listen: When you’re cracking open a cold one with the boys.
#3) Some Girl – Goldlink (Feat. Steve Lacy)
If you look up the definition of the word, “special” in the dictionary it would say, “see artist: Goldlink.”
Ok not really, but you get the point.
I’ve been listening to Goldlink’s stand-out debut album, At What Cost everyday since It’s March 24 release this year, and I’ve exhausted all my favorite tracks from “Meditation” and “Herside Story” to “Summatime” and “Crew.” I started paying attention to the back half of the album looking for a new track to vibe to and I absolutely fell in love with this record. Goldink’s unique flow and cadence provides for great vocals, but what really got me was the groovy bass line over some well played drums.
18 year-old wonderkid Steve Lacy absolutely kills it with the production. He classifies his signature style of music as, “Plaid” (yes, just like the shirt or those shorts everyone inexplicably wore in 2007). He was at the thrift store one day looking at plaid shirts when he realized, “This kind of looks like how my music sounds,” said Lacy in an interview with Wired. “If you listen to a couple songs, it may sound like there’s a lot going on, but doesn’t clash at all.”
Favorite line: If I die, she’ll probably marry me and love my ghost/ So I had to work and get the Ghost
Best time to listen: When you’re in the shower, so you can belt out this work of art that is the chorus of this record.
#4) Broken Clocks- SZA
I’m not even going to beat around the bush: SZA’s undeniable beauty is the main reason I listen to her music. She is my ultimate woman crush. I’m not saying she is untalented. Her voice is incredible, her songwriting is underrated and she might be my favorite female act since Lauryn Hill. But I don’t really relate to curving men in a sexy, yet ruthless manner. Shit, I’m usually the one getting curved. But enough about me, lets get back to the 26 year-old goddess.
This is the third single from her album, Ctrl and it’s about how her work life is leaving her no time for her personal life. Her vocals on this song stands out to me more than the other tracks. It’s really early, but this might be my favorite track on the album.
Oh, and SZA, if you’re reading this:
Hey, big head 😉
Favorite line(s): Been about three years since I dated you/ Why you still talking ’bout me like we together?
I moved on for the better/ You moved on to whoever
Best time to listen: If you’re a woman, right after a night out of having to curve disgusting men at the bar all night.
#5) Someone That You Love – Jarreau Vandal (Feat. Olivia Nelson)
If you’re looking for a funky, future bounce record that you can’t help but dance to, look no further than this fine work of art by up-and-coming Soulection affiliate Jarreau Vandal.
His unique ability to blend neo-soul, funk and jazz into one, cohesive sounding masterpiece is an ode to his childhood inspirations.
“I love soulful, jazzy and warm music,” Vandal told Pigeons and Planes. “I grew up with it. Though there are too many directions I’m interested in to stick to one particular sound.”
London-based singer Olivia Nelson provides some serious vocals over this dance-infectious instrumental. Despite having a small body of work on the internet (two songs on her Soundcloud page, including this one), I think she is destined for a great career doing vocals for dance tracks.
Best Line: Like paper airplanes, they glide across the globe/ Gold dust in the daylight is when I need you most
Best time to Listen: When you’re cleaning your room and you’re trying to practice some new dance moves to show off to your MCM or WCW.