I have been in this space lately where I have been downloading music at a much faster rate than I have been actually listening to music. And I don’t think it is entirely my fault. I think it is partially Ryn Weaver‘s fault. See, she probably waited for the perfect time on a quiet Tuesday afternoon to drop her perfect debut track that maybe was finished like a few weeks ago when I started having this problem. And if I had the track then, I would have just played it over and over again and stopped desperately searching the Internet for something that just wasn’t there. Like, I was searching for the next Ryn Weaver when I didn’t even know Ryn Weaver existed. Does that make sense? Anyway, I still barely know Ryn Weaver now. Her song “OctaHate” is co-produced by Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Benny Blanco, and Cashmere Cat, and is like this perfect blend of every great indie pop song since the beginning of time. Also, some creepy commenters on Stereogum sort of told her life story, and she created an account and actually responded to some of the trolls on there which makes me love her even more.
This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.
So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)
This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.
Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)
The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)
Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)
Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)