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Songs of the Week: July 10-16

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, but I am back with a new feature on the site that I will be curating each Sunday recapping Sunset’s favorite songs of the week. If you fall behind on music any given week, we hope this post will get you back in the loop!

G Eazy – I Don’t Believe You feat. Team Robot

Young Gerald dropped a new single featuring long time contributor Team Robot (you’ll know them from “Run”). This is one to get turnt to.

Avicii – Wake Me Up feat. Aloe Blacc

If you’ve been following Avicii since his controversial Ultra performance where he blended live country music with his set, you’ll know he’s going in an interesting direction as of late. This one features Aloe “Needs a Dollar” Blacc, and fuses Avicii’s club-ready instrumental’s with country guitar and Aloe’s beautiful, jazzy voice.

Vicktor Taiwo – Only Love (Ben Howard Cover)

This one is really incredible. Vicktor Taiwo, who Arjun recently introduced to the site, cover’s Ben Howard’s song “Only Love.” Vicktor’s exceptionally unique R&B combines with the instrumental to make a dreamy, driving, gorgeous song. Perhaps my favorite from the entire week.

Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

Thanks to Dusty for bringing this to SITR, Milky Chance is an artist I had formerly been unfamiliar with. They’re kind of like Feist meets Guster meets Miike Snow, but their sound is unique and a lot of fun. With an amusing, acoustic instrumental and the lead singer’s voice that recalls Noah and the Whale, these Germans are poised to become very popular in the States.

Trails and Ways – Nunca

It’s tough not to start dancing to this one. Trails and Ways describes their sound as “bossanova dreampop,” and I think that’s really the best description possible for what they have released on their new album, Trilingual. Listen to my favorite track off of that EP below, and hit the link above to stream the new EP.

Paul Otten – Breeze

Paul Otten’s “Breeze” sounds like a song that could be a breakout single this summer. Perfect for the beach and backyard barbeques, this song is simple, fun, and guarantees a good mood. Breeze will certainly be in heavy rotation in the weeks to come.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar

Given that this one features two of my favorite MCs of the moment, it almost makes the list by default. That being said, it clearly came with high expectations, and in my mind, it exceeded them. With great verses from the two of them, TDE kills it as always.


Dream Big

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NP #4: Kodaline, FrankMusik, Josh Record

New Now Playing!

There seems to be an infinite amount of talent in the world at any given moment. I listen to a lot of music, but I could always listen to more. The job of a music blogger is never truly done, which can be frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. Below are three amazing artists I have recently discovered, and I would like to formally apologize to the thousands of other worthy artists that I have failed to acknowledge.

Hit the jump to discover who is Now Playing (#NP4) on my iTunes… Continue reading “NP #4: Kodaline, FrankMusik, Josh Record” »

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Tape Tuesday: Best Kind

The title “Best Kind” actually came from a really obscure line at the end of this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man. It was when Peter Parker’s teacher told him not to make promises he can’t keep, and he said, “But those are the best kind,” with an arrogant smirk. This exchange became an inside joke between a friend and me, but over the last month, “best kind” has taken on a greater meaning. This tape was supposed to be a gushy, old-fashioned 20-song love story. I mean, the cover looks like it’s straight out of an grown-up version of Moonrise Kingdom. However, as I was compiling these tracks, the mix became something different. It was angry, rushed, hateful, depressing, and incredibly happy. It is a love story. But it could also be not that at all, depending on how you listen to it. Whatever it is, it’s a story open to interpretation that is filled with real and powerful emotions, and at the end of the day aren’t those the best kind?

When you took me by the hand and said that you would never break my heart again, I think I told you that I’d never leave, I guess that was a lie.

  1. Ben Howard – Old Pine (Ianborg Remix)
  2. Aiden Grimshaw – Curtain Call
  3. Air Traffic Controller – If You Build It
  4. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running
  5. Sun City – The Follower
  6. Stars – Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
  7. Frank + Derol – Barely Love You Too
  8. Kisses – Funny Heartbeat
  9. Carl Barat – Run with the Boys
  10. NAMELESS – 7 Days in the Sun
  11. The Crookes – Where Did Our Love Go?
  12. Gypsy & The Cat – Sorry
  13. Chance The Rapper – Missing You
  14. The Eastern Sea – The Match
  15. The Enemy – Like A Dancer
  16. Air Traffic Controller – Hurry Hurry
  17. Milo Greene – Take A Step
  18. The Eastern Sea – A Lie


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