The worst time of the year is upon us here in Southern California. No, I don’t mean tourist season, when the population of our favorite local seaside haunts spike, when the pier shakes below the weight of groups of people taking “jumping pics,” and when the sunset is blocked by hoards of old women taking photos with their iPads. There is a worse time here, and it’s what we affectionately call June Gloom. Now, I know it’s not June yet, but I have this theory that El Nino is causing this to start early, because this whole week, it’s been… Cloudy… In the morning. Yep, that’s it. That’s the worst time of year down here, the time of year when it’s cloudy every day until noon and then it’s 75 and sunny again until the next morning. But those mornings, man, they make it hard for us. Good thing I found some killer tunes for you, regardless of whatever weather hell you may find yourself in this weekend, there’s something for you in this weekend’s playlist. (Stream these songs, and the rest of the music from The Sundaze at Sound Cloud. Link to the “2nd 100” playlist here).
Willa “Hey” Hey. You. Yeah, you. This song is fantastic. “I could be making cash, I could be busting ass, I could be making a meal, but I’m still at your place… I could be reaching fame, I could be making a name, I could be catching a break, but I’m staying at your place today.” C’mon, what’s not to love about this? It’s the ultimate fun-love song, it’s bouncy, it’s catchy, and it’ll make you want to dance even if you’re single af. And it’s part of Willa’s debut album “Criminals + Dreamers,” which as a whole is just as fun, just as addictive, and just as totally relatable as “Hey.” 10/10 think you should listen today.
FRAEA “Trouble” THEY’RE FROM MINNEAPOLIS! And I found their music before I discovered that, but it’s a definite bonus that they hail from my homeland. Their EP “Bend Your Bones” is out, and in its entirety, it’s a powerful and hypnotic experience. “Trouble” seamlessly fades between soft and soulful verses and a sweeping, bending, groovy chorus. Highly recommended, and if you’re in Minnesota GO SEE THEM LIVE WHEN YOU CAN! (And then tell me all about it so I can live vicariously through you).
Bleu Nuit “Oblivion” Ahh, these are the songs I like to find on my Sound Cloud timeline. Fresh new sound, fresh new artist. It’s a little retro sounding, but there are a few nods to contemporary production throughout, and the lead vocals are distinctive, dynamic, and the range creates a fully engaging experience. Leaves ya wanting more, and we’ll definitely be on the lookout for what comes next.
Jojee “Low Key” We’ve shared Jojee’s music a few times before (here and here) but she continues to impress with her newest release, “Low Key.” True to her signature, it’s moody, smooth, kind of jazzy, with lots of fun audio juxtapositions. Her EP, “Low Key” is available on Spotify as of Wednesday, and all together, I think it stands as a strong testament to what we’ve heard from her in the past 12 months. I’m ready for some live performances, now!
Radio On “Coast” It takes a lot to pull my attention away from doing layout design at work. Every pixel counts and more often than not, I find myself spending hours at a time pushing things around in the single digit pixel range. It takes a lot of focus, and music nearly always plays the role of “blocking out co-workers chatting” instead of center stage. But this song grabbed my attention even as I was having the time of my life pulling bleeds and pre-flighting an entire book (graphic designer problems). It’s fun and summery, like if AWOLNATION sounded like he was having a good time. Have some fun with this one.