Banks has always been the r&b princess that stole our hearts, but she’s got a new flavor that will have fans feelin’ her (and possibly themselves, too) even more than before. It’s been a little too long (okay, only about 2 years) since we got Banks debut album in our hands, but she’s back and she’s bringing things to another level. “Fuck With Myself” is the ultimate “I love myself” anthem for all of us that need it. The message is clear, but the video for the track takes the mood to a dark, slightly creepy place. It’s like an obscure horror movie, starring a beautiful female lead. Needless to say, it’s absurd in the best way, just the way we like it. If this is any indication of what Banks is about to bring, our souls are about to get a piece of lovely darkness. Check out the disturbingly beautiful video for “Fuck With Myself” below.
The concept for this playlist was built around the line in the opening track by Chance The Rapper that says “I woke up this morning / I woke up this morning / Gotta smile when I say that shit / I woke up this morning!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that line since I first heard the song. I could go into a long monologue about ‘what a time it is to be alive,’ but honestly I don’t feel like sharing all of that today in my own words. I’ll share a few, but mostly I wanted to put together a playlist of songs old and new that sum up my feelings about the world.
It’s funny – I think I get a certain way at the end of every year as my team is putting together our Best Songs of the Year playlist; I think it makes me pause and think about what music really means to me. It’s weird to be able to connect so deeply to the words and art of people you don’t know at all. But when you do feel that sense of connection, it’s a really beautiful thing.
This is a collection of songs that I feel a connection to. It’s a mix of all-time favorites, recent favorites, and songs by some new artists I’m into. For one reason or another, each song gets me excited to wake up each morning. And I’m thankful to be reminded of what a gift that is.
Sofi De La Torre just dropped “London x Paris”, a slow jam about the struggles for control in a troubled relationship. This track is a tasty preview of the Spanish singer’s upcoming Mess EP, due out November 20th.
De La Torre croons over downtempo production by Jonas Karlsson, and blurs the line between infectious pop and heart-wrenching R&B. Near the end of the track, Karlsson pitch shifts the line “You’re so good at loving me, only temporarily”, stretching and warping De La Torre’s voice in a truly infectious way.
This time last year Banks’ debut album was still in heavy rotation for many, but the last few months she’s been a bit quiet with her r&b sassiness. Luckily, London artist TĀLĀ has decided to reel in Banks for the perfect partner in crime inspired track, “Wolfpack”. It’s a bit of pop, a sprinkle of r&b, and the right amount of back and forth between TĀLĀ and Banks. The importance of two artists colliding is evident as Banks tenderly sings “We’ve still got each other and I’ve got your back…You are my wolfpack“. This wolfpack is definitely one that’s meant to be. Check out the perfect team up track below and check out TĀLĀ’s EP MALIKA, out now.
For the first time in what seemed like years, a drop of rain didn’t hit the Lollapalooza grounds. Sure, a looming thunderstorm threat caused the festival organizers to evacuate concertgoers Sunday afternoon for a bit (and they even shut down headliners that night 30 minutes early), but Lollapalooza 2015 looked more Coachella than Tough Mudder competition for once. It was three days overflowing with underdressed teenagers melding and moshing to classic rock, new age hip hop, electronic dance, and blissful pop while the sun beamed down and set to a perfect Chicago skyline each evening.
Between A$AP Rocky, Kygo, Paul McCartney, and everybody in between, #SunsetFam was represented over the long Lollapalooza weekend. Below, enjoy a day by day recap of the most righteous sets, and be on the lookout for an official Sunset SoundCloud playlist to relive the sounds from the festival over and over again in the coming days!
With Lollapalooza about to hit Chicago like a fiery, musical comet this weekend, hundreds of thousands of concertgoers will flood Grant Park to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd among others, rock the fuck out. Sure, the headlining acts typically prove to be the best sets. They’re polished, have an expensive stage design, and possess a catalog of hits that, in some cases (cough Sir Paul cough), stretches decades.
But what about the ‘little’ guys? The blog-certified up-and-comers. The indies about to boil to mainstream. The sub-headliners that could very well be taking the main stage in the not so distant future. Not to worry, we got your back. Here are the 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners at Lollapalooza this year, conveniently broken down by day and set time.
Believe it or not, Garrett Borns (or simply BØRNS) earned his chops as a professional magician before he hit it big with jams like “10,000 Emerald Pools.” Don’t miss his groovy, psychedelic brand of pop at Lollapalooza this year. He’s sure to have a trick or two up his sleeve.
Young Thug (6:50-7:30)
Thugga Thugga has been a surefire hit machine between his own cuts and guest verses alike. His eccentric flow, fashion-forward style, and summer-friendly beats will make for a must-see set on Friday night. I know there’s gonna be good times.
Sylvan Esso (7:45-8:30)
If you’re searching for something that’s equal parts folky and electronic, look no further than the duo Sylvan Esso. Chilled out, synthesized beats will meet seductive female vocals at this set. Expect lots of eyes closed swaying and swooning.
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“Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.”
― Mr. Miyagi
It may be nearing the last month of summer, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be having a few more addictive warm weather jams coming our way. “Don’t You Love” is everything right, especially for your long summer nights. It’s sexy, smooth, and as catchy as they get. The combination of Lil Silva’s soul and Banks’ soothing vibe, you just can’t go wrong. Trust in the fact that this track will have you in the right vibe and will definitely be on repeat for the rest of your summer days. For more goodness, check out Lil Silva’s EP Mabel, out August 4th.
BANKS has premiered the lead single, ‘Goddess’ from her upcoming album, which is setting-up to make a lot of noise in the music scene. BANKS, Los Angeles-based artist, first popped on my radar when I saw her play a show in San Francisco last year…and I haven’t looked back since. This young goddess is turning everything she touches to gold. Listen as she lights up each track she’s on with passionate, thought-provoking lyrics. Combine this with ambient-esq R&B vibes and the ability BANKS has to hypnotize people with the very first word to the very last…add it all up and you’ve got: BANKS. Scroll to the bottom for the entire album track-list!
Lyrical Music Video
Bonus (Club Anthem)
GODDESS Track Listing:
STANDARD EDITION: 1) Alibi 2) Goddess 3) Waiting Game 4) Brain 5) This Is What It Feels Like 6) You Should Know Where I’m Coming From 7) Stick 8) Fuck Em Only We Know 9) Drowning 10. Beggin For Thread 11) Change 12) Someone New 13) Warm Water 14) Under The Table
DELUXE EDITION: 15) And I Drove You Crazy 16) Bedroom Wall 17) Fall Over 18) Before I Ever Met You
Over a beat sampling Banks‘s Shlohmo-produced, slow-burner “Brain,” OnCue croons about his lust for a girl, and his words are so relatable–it is almost sickening. For example, listening to this song right now, I am getting this devastating feeling at the pit of my stomach, which I am pretty sure is the feeling of a burning angst for someone and not the after effects of the weird chicken I ate for lunch.
Because I love it so much, check out the sample.
With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, it’s no secret that the must-see performance of the festival is OutKast on Friday night. The dynamic duo is celebrating their 20th anniversary and haven’t hit the stage together in years. Muse and Arcade Fire will be sure to hold it down as the other two top bills on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but what everybody else?
If you’re heading down to the desert this weekend, be sure to check out these other great non-headlining acts.
Sexy and sultry, Banks’ mysterious sound will remind you of a female version of the Weeknd. This alternative r&b songstress hails from L.A., so expect a hometown crowd cheering her on.
The young crooner from New Zealand absolutely took over the charts last year with her moody, yet pop-friendly hits. Although she’s only 17, she’s helmed the spotlight smoothly, playing on stages as big as the Grammy’s. Plus, her awkward, jerky dance movements are a sight to be seen.
5. Chance The Rapper
Hailing from Chicago, Chance has made big waves off a couple of mixtapes that have landed him features with the likes of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. But where the young MC really shines is under the stage lights. His raw energy and passion is contagious.
4. Calvin Harris
If you’ve been out to any bar, venue, stadium or outing in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve danced foolishly to a Calvin Harris jam. The Scottish DJ just knows how to make a crowd move, and the Sahara Tent will be no exception.
Beck is a true living legend. Making his rounds in the 90s, Beck infused hip-hop, soul, funk and rock with seamless ease. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see a this veteran, American musician in sunny California.
Love him or hate him, Skrillex knows how to throw a party. The energy he brings to his shows is infectious and his drops will definitely melt your face off. Be ready to rage if you’re going to catch this set on Saturday.
1. Pharell Williams
Skateboard P has been sculpting pop’s landscape for the past couple of decades, but this past year has been his best yet. His slot at Coachella should be a surefire party of number one hits. Don’t be shocked if he brings a surprise or two on stage with him either. The guy has probably worked with half of the festival’s lineup, after all.
Banks continues to reel us in with her passionate dark pop and she’s now managed to make us swoon with her cover of the Aaliyah hit “Are You That Somebody”. It’s safe to say many of us still adore the great Aaliyah, so it’s always appreciated when someone brings a bit of light into a classic like this one. Banks covers this one with gorgeous simplicity and it works far too well. Time to sit back, listen to this cover and maybe break out Aaliyah jams right afterwards.