One of life’s most beautiful and scary aspects is evolution.
Sometimes it’s an ascent into the unknown. Sometimes it’s a slow burn you didn’t even notice.
Sometimes it’s a choice. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s against our strongest wishes. And sometimes it’s the best thing that ever happened to us.
A wise woman once told me, the best artists and groups are the ones that are able to evolve. You see it in the greats, and sometimes you’re lucky enough to see it in those first loves you’ve followed from the beginning.
A new chapter never forgets where it came from.
We want what we loved but don’t even realize how much more we could love it.
Evolution is scary until you realize it’s beautiful.
Some of my favorites have turned that page lately and their new sound is startling but infectious. Artists bravely and even recklessly finding joy in a new sound and style. I take my cues from them and try and find my own kind of evolution because of it.
What we find important, who we want to spend our long weekends with, where we find peace and how many times we'll say fuck in a day will always be in flux and the sooner you accept that and find your shine in the flow, the sooner it gets fun.
FULL SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE:
1. "Ride Or Die (The Knocks VIP Club Mix)" The Knocks feat. Foster the People [Big Beat Records]
I truly love when artists remix their own song and smother it with that extra hot hot sauce for a spicy uptempo bouncing banger. Why do they do it? Maybe for their DJ sets, maybe to give the fans something to party a little harder to or maybe just for fun. The Knocks churn out hit after hit, upping their game with the Foster the People feature and then they smack us on the toosh with this weekend widow maker. Makes me wanna lick a palm tree like a lollipop.
2. "Higher Ground (Flight Facilities Remix)" ODESZA [Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records]
If they're not making some of my favorite songs, Flight Facilities is remixing others. What a complimentary combination! Whatever genius decided Flight should remix ODESZA deserves a raise and a high five from me. The remix has a healthy pour of FF's homeland Australia on it's breath, capturing the country's wild flavor and Byron Bay babeliciousness.
3. "Over You" Kasbo feat. Frida Sundemo [Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records]
The endorphins will be pulsing once you press play on Kasbo's debut record Places We Don't Know released two weeks ago on ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective label. The Swedish producer gives us elated banging beats and melodies throughout the cohesive LP and this track featuring Frida Sundemo really stands out as one of those songs of the year. This young producer can be found gracing the DoLab Stage weekend one of Coachella this year. Be there and get wiggly.
4. "Coming Up" SG Lewis [PMR Records]
A veteran of this chart, I've been following the Brit for quite a while and like he sings in the song, "now we're coming up together." SG Lewis is poised to explode on the scene with his three part Dusk, Dark, Dawn album. Part one Dusk debuts today (April 6th) with singles 'Aura' and 'Coming Up' getting the music world STOKED. His two-parter intro track 'Sunsets' is melting and mesmerizing to say the least. Move over The Weeknd, we got a new baby making beat maker on the scene.
5. "Catch 22" Junge Junge & Valentine
That perfect balance of house, pop and guitar melodies is hard to achieve without going full cheeseball but veteran German producers Junge Junge walk the line and have fun doing it. Find out more with our premiere here.
6. "Never Say Die" CHVRCHES [Glassnote Entertainment Group]
We love CHVRCHES and we love this heavy handed big production we're hearing from their latest singles leading into their third album out later this Spring. Lauren Mayberry and company stay true to their sound but this track especially elevates the track to Pop Music stardom. I am so excited to see them play Outside Lands this year in San Francisco.
7. "Go up High" Neon Cassettes [Enormous Chills]
What a heavenly tune from Australia's Neon Cassettes. No vocals, no problem. It's sunshine synthy buzz will keep you lifted up. It's that perfect windows down, no pants on, driving along the coast track.. Not that I've done that, but I might have.
8. "Blaze of Glory" Anna Lunoe [HYPERHOUSE]
Speaking of evolution, the past year both personally and musically have seen Anna Lunoe transform. She is her same big beat bopper but trying out new sounds like 'Blaze of Glory' and bouncing the cutest babe on her knee to the beat. I absolutely love the sound and it's always a treat to hear her infectious voice on tracks. Hoping for more of this. Check out her cheeky and fun one shot wonder music video HERE.
9. "Turn off the Lights" Chris Lake feat. Alexis Roberts [Black Book]
Chris Lake - producer, big beat boss and now record label owner. The first release on his newly formed Black Book Records comes at his own hands with this seductive bedroom and dancefloor igniter 'Turn off the Lights'. Love his tribal beats always.
10. "Song For You (Jacques Greene Remix)" Rhye [Loma Vista Recordings]
We're gonna slow it down now. Gotta cool off and feel the vibe. One of the songs of the year gets remixed by one of our favorite producers of late and the music blogosphere explodes. Jacques Greene has some incredible remixes under his belt now from Frank Ocean to Rhye now.
11. "Modern Romance" B00TY [Geffen Records]
I've heard this duo that met at UCLA is one of the most fun shows to experience, complete with a horn section and full band. This is my first taste of the funk & disco-tinged duo and I'm digging their bouncy groove. Pair this with a tasty martini and some beautiful eyes to lock into.
12. "Half-Light - Night Version" George Fitzgerald [Domino Recordings]
Yes I have featured George on the all my charts in 2018 and no I am not sorry for it. His album All That Must Be dropped in March and this track really stood out to me. Is there a Day Version coming? According to Lane 8, he has a couple remixes of George Fitzgerald on the way. I heard one at Mr. 8's live show recently and HOLY BUCKETS is it fly.
13. "You Again" Tyde [Mineral Records]
UK duo Tyde's new Mosaic EP is a brisk and light two-stepper breakthrough, with 'You Again' making me excited for sunburns and beers on the beach all summer long.
14. "Diary" RYI [Snap-B Music]
Those dreams you wake up from and want to fall back asleep into is soundtracked to something like this. I find myself instantly somewhere unexplainable and luminous listening to this project from Dutch producer Nick ten Broeke and guitarist Koen Segers. I almost get some Darkside feelings from them.
15. "Explicit" Papa Ya
Lets close things out with something fun. The dastardly duo responsible for this wild and free jam is Papa Ya and they're making some moves over this past year. With a couple singles with over one million Spotify plays and more music ready to release we are excited for what's to come.
Thanks for listening!