Dinner Date

Songs of the Week: July 17-23

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.

1. Mikky Ekko – Kids

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)

2. José González – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

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.

3. Akono Miles – Gotta Be Loved

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)

4. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

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)

5. Fjords – Observer Drift

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)

6. Migos – Versace feat. Drake

7. Drake – Jodeci Freestyle


8. Drake – The Motion feat. Sampha


9. Party Next Door – Over Here feat. Drake

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)


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The Chuckness Presents: Overlooked #1

New Overlooked!

(Written by Chuck at The Chuckness)

The art of collaboration is an undeniable force.

A little over a year ago, I linked up with the hip-hop oriented site Refined Hype on a feature that we called “Overlooked.” The deal was simple: I provided their audience with my favorite non hip-hop songs of the week, and their team hit me with a handful of tracks that slipped under my radar. Both audiences benefited in that they were introduced to new music entirely outside of their respective comfort zones.

I’ve been following Sunset in the Rearview for a while now, since Lydia was freshly graduated from Duke, and it’s been exciting watching the site grow from one personality to many. Arjun came out of left field by combining a dynamite music taste with hysterical writing, and he swiftly became one of my favorite contributors of the site. This all led to where we are now: a new round of “Overlooked.”

I’ll be hitting the SITR crew with three tracks that I think they missed over the course of the month, and Arjun will be providing three picks that he thinks we airballed on over at The Chuckness.

A collaboration for the people.

Hit the jump to find out what three songs we overlooked this month… Continue reading “The Chuckness Presents: Overlooked #1” »

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