Best of the Month
April is a stressful month. Fun, but stressful. Those in school are gearing up for finals and a wild summer. If you’re no longer in school, I’m sorry because that’s unfortunate. The music scene this month hasn’t helped out the stress that much because frankly, there was a bundle of quality music released this month. Thus, a result of more stress because of so much music to listen to. This is already an issue as I’m preppin’ for finals.
You know the saying April showers brings May flowers? Well, we were spoiled this month with music, so May better bloom into these wonderful, high expectations.
Download link below, my top 5, and then the track list after the jump!
Lucki Eck$ made some noise on the blogosphere with “Count On Me.” It appeared on our 4/20 mix, as well. Count On Me is something that’s different, but still fresh, all at the same damn time. Top 5 nod.
Give it three listens, and you’ll be hooked. You’re going to like the way you ears feel, I guarantee it.
One of the best remixes I’ve ever heard in a while. Filthy. Cashmere Cat done did Miguel’s song dirty. And Miguel is getting to the point where it’s like “c’mon guys, it’s Miguel.” Sort of like how Frank Ocean is, but not like Frank Ocean.
Another track that appeared on our 4/20 mix, makes my top 5 as well. Ghost Loft captures the right electronic sounds and synths, and combines them appropriately to create a track you don’t need to be high for (but will be better in said state).
Drake’s been on top of his game lately. Is it safe to say Drake’s got something really cookin’ for us come the next album? Girls love Aubrey, but actually.
Honorable Mention: Josef Salvat, Daft Punk, Antonio Paul, Max Frost, The Hard Knocks
Hit the jump for the track list! Continue reading “Best of April 2013” »
It was a busy, busy month for us here at SITR. Many, many posts. Tons of new songs. A bunch of spankin’ new EP’s. #NoDaysOff
No, but seriously, this was one of the tougher months I’ve had due to the fact that there was so much music to choose from. It’s only 30 songs, but could’ve stretched it to 50. Could you even handle 50 new songs that are considered the best of the month? Could you? I feel like 50 new songs would give you a midlife crisis.
Download link, top 5, and track-list below!
A beautiful journey throughout the streets of Vegas on some other ish.
P&P called it “inide pop perfection” and it is. Word to ya mothaaaaaa.
#AcidRap drops in April. Around the same time I have finals. Good luck to me.
I’ve known Collin’s music for a couple years now and he sure impressed when he was on The Voice. His versatility is crazy as he can go ahead and slow it up for you like he did on his Stark Perspective EP, or do something like this with Vicetone.
The irony in this song. Literally just last week during our ILR of JT’s new album we mentioned how Robin Thicke has been irrelevant, then he goes ahead and drops this bombshell on us. Oh, and the video is cool too.
It’s almost halfway through March, so in the spirit of giving, the Sunset fam put our heads together and came up with six of our favorite artists of this month. Hit the jump for the full list, and then click on each image to get a bit more information about them and links to be able to share the artist with your friends so you seem super cool and ahead of the curve, and you can then click through to get more information about them. Oh and we put together a playlist with some dope songs from these guys. WHERE ARE ALL THE LADIES? Next month, perhaps.
Damn you, February! These 28 days crept up on me fast, but don’t worry, I still have your best 25 songs of the month. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, with a hint of swag from Arjun, and I give you Best of February.
Download link below, followed by top 5, and track list after the jump!
Jordan’s Top 5:
Chance? The Rapper? Lead single off of AcidRap and it doesn’t disappoint. His voice, his bars, his chorus, his visuals. Still my favorite current rapper (been like that since #10Day dropped).
Chance! The Rapper! 2/2. Acid Rain is much slower than Juice, and is a more “serious” song. Second single off of AcidRap
Doesn’t have that Channel Orange feel, but the acoustic vibe with his vocals is spot on. This was a leftover track from Channel Orange, but please, don’t let that fool you. Frank for daaayyyyyssssss.
Might be the most impressive song out of the bunch strictly because it’s someone brand new that made that good of a song. First impressions are everything, and Sam Smith impressed. Fuck that, he went way beyond that.
First single off of J. Cole’s new album. Miguel with the wonderful hook, and J. Cole doing what he does best: keeping it real. You can’t beat this combo.
Honorable Mention: The King’s Dead, Juicy J, Hoodie Allen, Theophilus London
My, oh my. Haven’t done one of these in a year! I’m so funny, right?
What a way to kick off the new year then with the top 25 songs to have come out early in 2013? This mix is jam packed with a lot of gems, as it’s one of my favorite mixes in a while. Everyone should be able to find something they can jam to on this. Top 5 and download link below.
Jordan’s Top 5:
It’s poppy. It’s fun. It’s catchy. It’s addicting. Hopefully it’s not to poppy for your ears, but I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this one.
Fun little joint right here making it’s way into my top 5. Combining hip hop, and a tad bit of dubstep, this is the fusion that I like when these two genres come together.
New band that we haven’t heard of? Yes. Good first impression? Yes. Top 5 debut? Yes. While I listen to this, I pretend I’m Iron Man whose fighting the big bad boss man. In the middle of the song, I get knocked down, and just when all hope is lost, I get back up and kick some fucking ass. What’s going on when you listen to this?
THIS IS SO GOOD. It’s so infectious. The harmonies, the tribal drums, and Lizzy’s voice is just such a great recipe for success.
One of my artists to look out for in 2013 as he reminds me of OVO XO. Mulholland Drive, My Abyss (MDMA) gets trippy, real fast. Let’s get goooooone.
Hit the jump for the track list!
I know, I know. I haven’t done any of these since last year. No, but I apologize for my lateness as I was ringing in the new year at a wedding (free bar!), but have no fear, my top 25 songs of December, my top 5, and a download link is here!
Shout out to the Sunset fam and all the readers as 2012 was a blast, and can’t wait to see what happens in 2013!
Jordan’s Top 5:
Ugh, like, we kind of love these guys. What’s not to like? The dark-soothing vocals to woo you over. The backdrop to make you feel like you’re breathing.The Neighbourhood fucking rules.
Skizzzzzzzzzz, bro. You probably lead the Sunset In The Rearview league with top 5 appearances. How about that Phases project? I’ll pay for it!
Another frequent top fiver as Carousel finishes 2012 with a bang. Be on the lookout on an even bigger year from these guys as I can only imagine a debut project in the near future.
First, Django Unchained is fucking ill. One of the best movies in 2012. Second, Frank Ocean killed it. Third, Frank tweeted that Django was ill without it, meaning that “Wiseman” was recorded for it, but never actually used. Fourth, Frank killed it.
If you do a google search of this song, you’ll find two legitimate results. The initial debut from Pigeons and Planes, and then this mention right here. This is a gem that hasn’t been discovered and is probably my favorite song from December.
Hit the jump for the tracklist Continue reading “Best of December 2012” »
Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen:
This December at Sunset is going to get crazy, and this is just the start. Enjoy..
Jordan’s Top 5:
Kendrick easily dropped the best rap album of 2012. The Jig Is Up came out just a few weeks after and it’s album material. He cracks his way into my top 5 ya biiiiishhhhhh!
First single off of Skizzy’s “Phases.” Now, we just play the waiting game until Phases actually drops. We want more!
Sunset favorite, The Neighbourhood, returns with their latest single, Let It Go, which showcases their unique sound
I’ll keep it short and sweet: he’s baaaaaackkkkkkkk.
This song actually dropped over the summer, but reappeared on a mixtape this month, so I made the executive decision to include it in November because:
1. It’s Chance The Rapper.
Hit the jump for the track list.
The great thing about October is that I get to spoil your Halloween with Best of October. And what’s possibly better than candy? Great music. Trick or treat, trick or treat, gimme something good to listen to!
PS: Top 5 was challenging for me this month based off of the amount of fantastic music.
Jordan’s Top 5:
At this point, they’re one of the most consistent groups out right now. Song after song, they impress with that signature Ghost Beach sound. Despite “Tear Us Apart” being slower than previous releases, they kill it. They got tracks on tracks on tracks!
The debut song from HeavyRoc’s newest edition to their family, HAERTS, is quite the impressive one. The boy-girl duo from Brooklyn don’t disappoint with the lush, soaring vocals, and the dreamy instrumental. Their debut effort was good enough to land them a top 5 spot.
What do all four of these guys have in common? Success. A$AP is one of the top street rappers, 2Chainz (despite ability) has taken the industry by storm with his humorous lyrics, Kendrick created the best rap album of 2012, and Drake, is uh, Drake. So this song’s a fucking problem because of who’s on it.
God, oh god! First single off of his sophomore album. It’s no surprise how big of a fan myself and Andy are of Big Sean. Guap uses steel drums and it’s fantastic. Oh god (again)!
Catchiest song of the month. I can’t help it. Shwayze always does this to me.
Honorable Mention: One Room, Kid CuDi, Upper West, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper & Kendrick Lamar
Track list after the jump Continue reading “Best of October 2012” »
Best of September has dropped just in time for you to recover from a wild weekend and an awesome summer. What a great way to wrap up a crazy summer, right? For the frequent fliers, you know the drill. For those of you just joining us, why did it take you so long?
Excellent month with some hidden gems so be sure to check out every song! My top 5 and download below!
Jordan’s Top 5:
This is my favorite cut off of Best of September. This is my first time even hearing the name Johnny Rain, but this song? This song right here? One of my favorite cuts of the year. It’s like a combination of Drake, The Weeknd, Fergie, & Jesus. The amount of times I’ve sat in my room, belting out words along with Johnny, is pretty high.
TRAILS & WAYS covers Miguel’s “Sure Thing” adding their own touch and one way to describe it is “a bundle of joy with a mixture of awesomeness.” It’s pretty fucking good. They usually never disappoint.
This was overlooked, but is starting to find it’s way across the internet and into people’s computers. Jez Dior impresses with Candles, but can he keep it up? That’s the big question.
The swagged out song off of G-Eazy’s latest effort, Must Be Nice. You gotta love the Hoodie + G connection. Cause if you don’t know by now, you should probably get familiar.
It’s the dream team. This has taken over college campuses, the radio, and the internet by storm. Easily one of the best songs off of the disappointing album, Cruel Summer.
Hit the jump for the track list:
We’re back to bring you the latest songs to drop in the month of August!
There’s something special about every edition of “Best of August.” It happens to drop on August 31st, which is a pretty rad date. I turned 20 today, so throw them middle fingers in the air and jam out to this months “Best of August!”
Jordan’s Top 5:
Like, this is sort of a big deal. He’s been spotted rapping on features, but this is his first rap single since WZRD. I said it at the time it came out that it’s got Man on The Moon type feel all over it. I think the world is rejoicing.
I’m not sure if Hoodie just recently did this, or if it was a leftover like “Hey Now”, but this is a fucking jam. RJF kills it on production as the witty lyrics of Hoodie Allen flood your ears.
Mikey Mike is the shit. He wrote this on shrooms, and this song is about acid (although we don’t condone either). However, if you’re not as informed…wait…you haven’t heard? No, but in all seriousness, Mikey Mike is legit.
I feel like a cheerleader for a sport. WE. WANT. MOOOOOOOOREEEE! Phases will eventually drop, but Skizzy does it again rapping about the girls in high school and the ones who will always be in high school. Again, not his best release, but good enough for a top spot. We love you, Skiz.
This was an easy one. Enough said.
Honorable Mentions: The Knocks, Lupe Fiasco, MGK, Chance The Rapper, Logic, Radical Something
Hit the jump for the track list Continue reading “Best of August 2012” »
Best of July has dropped just in time for you to prepare for the final stretch of summer.
Besides Frank Ocean dropping the album of the year, this month was a struggle. Not in terms of the quality, but in terms of the quantity. Every month is quality, I just had fewer songs to choose from. This edition is jam packed with tracks from Sunset favorites such as Mikey Mike, Manicanparty, Ghost Beach, Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy, & Macklemore, but we can’t forget the heavy weights such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Chiddy Bang, Kid CuDi & J. Cole. Hit the jump for the track list! Download and my top 5 below.
Jordan’s Top 5:
The indie-tronic group is turning heads and takin’ names. Impressive drops they have had, says Yoda. But seriously, Ghost Beach storms into the top 5 again because of consistent releases. I want a damn mixtape/album/whatever!
Oh, and Sophia Bush approves of them.
Hey Sophia, you’re like really hot and all, but I’m not sure how I feel about sharing music. I think we can look past it though as our relationship blossoms.
Touchy subject. Hard one to cover, but Macklemore does a wonderful job. He’s setting himself up for quite the debut album in The Heist.
I don’t know what it is about Danny Brown. His voice, his appearance, his lyrics? I don’t know, but I can’t get enough of this dood! Whenever I listen to one of his tracks, I completely zone out and it looks like I was apart of the “Rella” music video. He teams up with Araab Muzik to create this hard-ass tune. MOLLY RINGWALD.
There’s more to life than being just really, really, really, ridiculously good looking. It’s called being really, really, really, ridiculously good at making music. We expect big things from them here at Sunset. Really, really, really, ridiculously big things. #Pause
Solely based on how many play counts this has, Mikey Mike gets the nod for a top 5 spot this month. He’s sort of the shit.
I feel like Kanye.
Remember when before “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” he was in Hawaii constantly in the studio and kept to himself? Only people that were in contact with him were the artists he brought out there to record with him. Well, I’ve been like that, sort of. I haven’t made a post in three weeks and you could probably care less why, but maybe some of you do. For the minimal amount that do care, I’ve been on my Kanye and smashin Kim K. Not really, but I have been in Hawaii the past two weeks and have barely been on my computer.
Just because I’ve been silent though, doesn’t mean I wasn’t working. I got your Best of June right here for ya. Boom!
I’d also like to point something out. When I decide which songs make it and which don’t, a lot factors in. Is there a mixtape or album dropping that month? Is there a lot of one artist? Mashups normally don’t make it unless I’m really impressed. Was it previously on the site (Tape Tuesday, own post, etc…). Do I think it’ll appeal to ears outside of mine?
Hit me up on that Twitter machine and let me know what you think.
Jordan’s Top Songs:
It feels like once in a blue moon that he drops new material, but when he does, I’m like a baby who was just given a lollipop. And who doesn’t like to get “trippy so the night is more relaxing”?
Ellie Goulding + Xaphoon Jones + Weeknd Cover = GOLD. Or as my co-blogger said, it’s like sex.
If you took the time to read my introduction, this was like the theme song of my trip to Hawaii. I couldn’t tell you how many times my friends blasted this song. In the car? Blasted. By the pool? Blasted. At dinner? Blasted. Playing cards? Blasted. Taking a poop? Blasted. I guess I’m at fault for showing it to them, but Real Hip Hop gets the nod.
If I have to explain any Frank Ocean song, then I’m questioning our blogging relationship.
This last spot was a toughy. I could’ve given it to so many people (peep the honorable mentions below to see who), but I gave it to Mac because I love the production Pharrell did. Just look at who he beat out below.
Honorable Mention: G-Eazy, Childish Gambino, Trails & Ways, Kids These Days, The Illz, Big Sean, King Tuff, & The Bamboos.
Hit the jump for the track list