I have been a Spotify user for quite some time now, but just recently I have realized the power of Spotify playlists, particularly the Discover Weekly feature. The issue I have with Discover Weekly is that it is too good. It is so accurate that it doesn’t offer those completely left field selections that surprise me and get me excited about music. To counter this, I had the idea for Spotify Spotlight, a new feature that will highlight playlists by Sunset writers, fellow tastemakers, and artists. These are playlists that I follow that hopefully can inject an element of randomness back into the music discovery process.
The first playlist of this feature is SAD SUMMER SIXTEEN by… me. These are the songs that I am listening to this summer, featuring everything from “Sad Summer” by Yeek to “Summer Sixteen” by Drake. I sequenced the 80+ tracks but would not judge if you throw it on shuffle, especially during long drives or in the shower. I will continue adding to and changing the playlist because much like The Life of Pablo, SAD SUMMER SIXTEEN is a “a living breathing changing creative expression #contemporaryart.”
These days everything’s in constant motion. Music, technology, and culture are moving furiously at breakneck speeds, which is equal parts frightening and exciting. Locked inside the echo chamber, it can be easy to feel lost, depressed, or lose sight of your goals, as you are constantly informed of other people’s achievements. In two weeks, I graduate college, and suddenly even life seems to be moving at a rapid pace. My friends are preparing to move on to the next stages of their careers, most following the path paved for them the day they chose their majors. I am taking a different route. And even though everything will likely work out in the end, I am scared. For practically the first time in my life, I have no real plans: no school after summer, no shitty internships, no job. So, with the last Tape Tuesday ever (!), I am asking: what now? And if someone has the answer, please let me know in the comments.
Thank you to everyone who has ever listened to a Tape Tuesday over the years. It has been a great honor to have a platform to put out these personal projects. If you ask me, that is all anyone could ask for, and if people listen, it is an added bonus. <3
And we can turn back the clock, making moves that I thought I wanted back at 21, 22, 23, 24 / Never wrong, thought I was never wrong and better off just wanting less but I knew all of me wanted more. -“Untitled” by Matthew Chaim
- Sway Clarke – Champagne Supernova
- Matt Champion – Punks
- Asaiah Ziv – Here (ft. SPZRKT)
- Alex Young – yrstruly
- Rostam – Gravity Don’t Pull Me
- Tunji Ige – War
- Broderick Batts – Fuck the New Kids
- Matthew Chaim – Untitled
- Richie Quake – Irresistable (Ice Cold)
- Mndsgn – Camelblues
- Rome Fortune – All The Way
- DJ Dodger Stadium – I Don’t Love You
- Ny Shallah – #PassOut
- Elijah Fox – Komodo
- Lil Uzi Vert – 1987 (Edit)
- Ricky Anthony – GHOST
- Babeo Baggins – Things I Forgot to Do (ft. Drake)
By now you have probably read 5-10 “Best Albums” lists compiled by your favorite music conglomerates. This list is different for several reasons. First, this is a list of my (Arjun’s) personal favorite projects from the year. I did not have to dilute my taste through a group dynamic. This is my unfiltered opinion, which I think makes for a more honest list. Secondly, I did not include any artists for political reasons, which larger sites are prone to do. Lastly, this list is a bit unusual in that it combines albums, mixtapes, and EPs under the blanket term “project,” which in the age of long EPs, free albums, and high quality mixtapes is a necessity.
I am not going to write about every album on the list. Nobody has time for that. Instead, let’s hit the highlights and the lesser known projects.
2015 came and went, some albums gave us chills, others made us want to party like it’s 1999, and then there were ones that just never seemed to arrive at all. While Adele made her surprising reappearance into the music world, Frank Ocean was probably off on an island far, far away laughing at us all as we impatiently wait for his sophomore album. He was most likely chillin’ alongside Rihanna and Kanye West, who have also been taking their precious time to release their next albums. Before we get too bitter about this, it’s important to think about all the great works of art that are likely to flood our ears in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that will (hopefully) arrive in the new year and fill our musical needs.
Drake‘s “Right Hand” was fun, a DJ Mustard-style minimalist club track elevated by Drizzy’s presence on the mic. But it certainly wasn’t among his most memorable records, especially with “Charged Up,” “Back to Back,” and “Hotline Bling” all making huge waves this summer.
Soulection producer Sango takes Drake’s original and turns it into a syrupy late-night banger. The first order of business is slowing the original down to a Swishahouse pace, giving Drizzy’s sing-song flow a wonderfully woozy quality and turning the synth melody into something far more resonant and guttural.
From there, Sango doesn’t over-complicate things, beefing up the drums and tweaking around the fringes with some soft high-pitched synths.
It’s a testament to his creativity that Sango can make a record so strikingly different than Drake’s original while still retaining all of its core parts, and “Don’t Love You Like I Do” has plenty of replay value for a SoundCloud freebie.
So, in case you missed it, Meek Mill decided to take a shot at (instead of with) Drake. Why? Who the hell knows. Maybe it’s because Drake and Nicki have been linked together in the past (Meek and Nicki are dating)? Maybe it’s because Drake is jew-ish? Maybe it’s because he pretended to be in a wheelchair for so many television years? Or maybe it’s because Drake didn’t buy Meek’s new album (in stores now, go out and cop it before shots are coming your way). Whatever the reason may be, Meek was thirsty. Some think it might of simply been a terribly thought out PR move. Again, who the hell knows, and I’m at the point of this. Even WWE got involved in the beef and took Drake’s side (sidebar: I’m a closet WWE freak). Hit the jump to figure out what exactly happened.
I am not going to talk about flowers in this writeup. The name of the tape is more of a feeling. This is morning at the beach music. You can start your day with any of the first 13 tracks — preferably in the arranged order. After track 13, the mix veers into darker territory. It is like when the high wears off, and you realize that the summer is coming to an end.
And the flower is dead. Sorry, just needed one flower reference for it all to make sense. And the beginning is like the flower of love, blooming. Ugh, gosh, sorry… two.
I know enough about being high to know you my ultimate drug
The #SunsetFam killed it this month (we kill it every month). When collaborating for these monthly playlists, we like to do what’s best for business, and you are what’s best for business. Different genres, different artists, different sounds. There’s something on here for everyone, or maybe you’re like us and everything on here is for you. Say goodbye to July, and welcome August with open arms.
Highlights this month:
RKCB makes their debut with “Ignite.” NoMBe shines with “Miss Mirage” as he takes you on a journey. Gnash drops his guard and lets you in with “I Hate U I Love U.” MIYNT channels dark-pop-magic with “Civil War.” Allday, who you may remember from working with Skizzy Mars, dropped a solid 7-track mixtape. Arjun told us we should worry about a guy named Allan Rayman. Last, but not least, Meek Mill called out Drake for being fake. Drake responded with not one,
not two, not three, just kidding, two “diss” songs because I guess rappers still do that. You can find the second one on this playlist. Oh, and our fellow writer, Andy, became Twitter famous with his tweet about Meek Mill’s response track.
Hit the jump for the Soundcloud stream and download!
A surefire way to make your record go off these days is to get Drake to bless it with a guest verse. Such is the case with recent Meek Mill and Drizzy collaboration “R.I.C.O.”, which references the federal law that punishes organized criminal activity.
In case you were thinking the already menacing production wasn’t enough, XVII (pronounced “ex-vee-eye-eye”) has come through with a traptastic remix that takes things to a whole ‘nother level. XVII hopes that this edit will make you “wanna bounce around and rage.” I have a hunch that it will do just that.
Stream the remix below and let us know what you think in the comments!
Earlier this year, Drake shocked the hip-hop world by dropping an album without prior announcement. The album, really pretty weirdly titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, completely blindsided us and has dominated our iPhones since its release. Like any Drake release, it also spawned thousands of remixes from SoundCloud producers, eager to craft a triple-fire-emoji-IRL-flame-thrower-Yeezus-All-Day-performance-GIF-dope-ass-swag-ass remix that gets passed around the blogosphere like Rachel Green sexually among the friend group in that show about friendship. I noticed that I had a lot of these remixes in my iTunes, and so far James Blake is the only producer to get a Drake remix onto a Tape Tuesday.
Most of these tracks are remixes from If You’re Reading This. Some of them are remixes of older tracks.
Connect with me on LinkedIn, and let me know what you think of the mix.
*The SoundCloud playlist is missing track 9, “Madonna (OG Ron C & The Chopstars Remix).”
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD IF I DIE I’M A LEGEND.
And that, is how we start of this edition of Womp Wednesday. This playlist is chalk full of tunes that are sure to bring your energy level up. From a hot new remix by Porter Robinson to a dance floor heaven remix by Myles Travitz. If you are feeling some hip-hop flow, be sure to check out “CADILLAC” by LUCA LUSH & Dirty Chocolate. If you are feeling the video game vibes, check out “Donkey Kong” by San Holo. I’ll leave the rest up to you, the listener. Cheers everybody.
Big Sean‘s had himself a hell of a few hours. Last night, he was featured on the debut single from Meek Mill’s sophomore album (which is also a banger), and late last night he dropped a single of his own. “Blessings” is a bit darker then we’re used to hearing from Sean, but anything with Drake and Kanye West features is destined for greatness. Dark Sky Paradise drops on 2/24.