I don’t have a lot to say this Friday. Shocking, I know. It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Los Angeles and I think some part of my brain is saying, “Sleep little one, sleep until it’s warm again, just sleep…” And therefore I’ve just been a tired, sloppy mess all week. But the good news is that it’s finally Friday and that means we can all spend as much time as we need with our heads on the pillows. And when you’re not zzzZZZzzzZZZzzz-ing the cool days away, have some nice songs for the weekend to listen to, preferably in bed, or curled up in a flannel with mulled wine somewhere. Or, just go wild. That’s your prerogative. (Stream these songs, and the rest of the music from The Sundaze at Sound Cloud. Link to the “2nd 100” playlist here).
Jimi Charles Moody “Death Row” This song will seriously give you goosebumps as you’re air guitaring through the kitchen and hitting things while pretending they’re drums. And then it will make you re-evaluate every time you’ve thought you’ve been in love and loss. And then you’ll start to wonder, “But who is Jimi Charles Moody?” And then you’ll realize we have no.fucking.clue. who Jimi Charles Moody is. But you know what? That’s fine by us as long as he keeps releasing music like this.
PUMAROSA “Priestess” It begins slowly, and then it picks up, just enough you might try some interpretive dancing around the house. Just enough that if you have it on in public, you might just forget you’re in public and break into interpretive dance wherever you are. If you’re good at interpretive dancing, maybe people will understand. If you’re like the rest of us, good luck dodging all the weird glances you’ll be getting once you realize what you’re doing. Just interpretive dance your way right, out, the, door.
Emmi “60 Minutes” Like some magically soulful pop anthem, this song is the perfect successor to Emmi’s wildly popular “Sleep On It” and “My Kinda Swag.” Viral songs are great, but viral artists with real staying power are the kind you keep a real eye out for (and I think we’ve got one in Emmi).
EVALYN “The Hills X Nightcall (Prod. Louis Vivet)” Ummpgh. Whatever that noise is, it’s the noise you’ll make as this track seamlessly flies between Kavinsky and The Weeknd. Yeah. It’s flawless and sexy and the stunning solo vocal debut of artist EVALYN. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we’re looking forward to more. Oh and uumpgh-ing.
Ryan Hemsworth and Lucas “From Grace” OK I really dropped the ball on this one. I first heard this track around the time of its original release, about a month ago, and I could have sworn I shared it with everyone. Because I know I listened to it more than once. Maybe a few times. A few dozen times. Over and over. Yeah, it’s really good and I listened to it a lot of times. So shoot me. Please don’t. Because now you have it, and you can be as happy as I was when I first heard it, and still am, probably like 10,000 listens later.
And as a bonus, would I even have cred as a real music blogger if I didn’t include a quick re-cap of the Kanye West storm that happened this week? As if I needed another defense in my arsenal for arguing for the fact that Kanye West is a creative mastermind (maybe an asshole, but a fucking brilliant one), he teamed up with Caroline Shaw (Pulitzer Prize winning composer and violinist, aka another musical mastermind) to re-release “Say You Will” off his “808s and Heartbreaks” album. And Kayne does what Kayne does best, he remixes Kanye. He also released “When I See” which samples The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends.”