This is the last Tape Tuesday before school starts back up again for me. Every summer I try to make that one mix that the few of you who religiously follow my mixes will look back and say, “That music defined my summer.” I think Rare Occasions is that mix. Looking at it from a strictly musical point-of-view, you can clearly see that R&B ruled summer 2014. It’s not even a question. From my personal point-of-view, I am hoping this mix will remind me of the rowdy nights in my new apartment that I only partially remember now. I hope it will remind me of the moments I shared with the people in my life. I hope in the future I will know which moments were significant and which were insignificant because in the moment, the view can be blurred. Maybe I will listen to this assortment of songs in ten years and regret something–or feel some type of way. That’s the beauty of songs. They are like vials for your bottled up emotions that can spill over at any given time. For example, when you are at the perfect level of drunkenness and “0 to 100” comes on at your own party or when you are driving in the rain and a song comes on and you suddenly feel like you are the main character in a TV drama. In the moments when the rhythm of the music syncs up perfectly with the pace of your life, you get flooded with lost emotion and develop a true connection with a song. Those are the moments that will stay with you forever and give you perspective on the rest of stuff going on in your life. Those are the rare occasions.
For realla, baby
*Missing track 1 (“Her” by Majid Jordan) and track 3 (“On The Way” by Kilo Kish), not available on SoundCloud.
Are you trying to tell me Kilo Kish, Kwes ,and George Maple all teamed up to make a track together? I’m going to need to check the calendar to see if it’s Christmas yet. “Gripp” is the tune they’ve all created together and it’s quite gorgeous. Each artist brings their own flavor and it works flawlessly. In the end, this turns out to be a soothing, cool, sexy masterpiece. Listen to the lovely piece below and download it for free.
It’s been another wonderful week of tunes, here are some of the highlights in case you missed anything!
(Posted by Arjun)
Nothing better than a song that gets people talking, right? All week long people have been feeling some sort of feelings towards Kendrick Lamar’s verse in particular, so you know it did what it had to do. Whether you like this track or not, you’ll probably be hearing about it for awhile. You just can’t put out this kind of fire folks.
(Posted by Arjun)
This Galimatias track is fresh as hell, to say the least. It’s hip hop but with it’s own twist. It’s chill but the textures of “Dream” are something to marvel at. Will these artists from the UK ever put out bad music? I’m starting to think it’s impossible with what’s been coming out of there the last few years. We thank you, either way.
(Posted by Alicia)
Did this track come out of nowhere and sweep us off our feet? I’m going to say yes. It’s a fusion of many genres from r&b to electronic to indie, so there’s a touch of everything for everyone. It’s soothing, catchy and just fabulous in all the right ways.
(Posted by Lydia)
This Smallpools remix is one that makes you want to drive around and not care about anything ever again, really though. To quote Lydia “I feel invincible right now, yall.” FOR REAL THOUGH. It’s fun, indie pop heaven. Nothing to complain about with this kind of music in our lives. Magic Man did the job with this perfect remix of “Dreaming”.
(Posted by Alicia)
Two amazing artists doing their thing together, what more could you ask for? Smooth as can be, a blend of Chet Faker’s soul and Kilo’s edge. It’s what we like to call a match made in heaven. “Melt” will truthfully make you dissolve into your seat because it’s that good. Hey awesome artists, keep making music together because we LOVE it.
When two great artists come together, I’d say everyone is immediately pulled in, whether its good or not. Luckily in this case, this team up is pretty damn amazing. Chet Faker brings his usual soulful, funky style and literally melts it with Kilo Kish’s edgy class. “Melt” is a match made in cool music heaven.
We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Oh, this is dope. Last year, NY artist Kilo Kish came onto the blog scene (is that a real thing?) with her spellbinding HomeSchool EP. Since then, she’s made some really cool friends and with their help, crafted this 9-track (not including the intro) project. Who are these “cool friends” you ask kind of rudely? Well, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT, and Star Slinger–just to name a few. Cop the awesome-weird, experimental project below. Really though it’s like the trippy R&B version of Royalty.
Speaking of Royalty, the CG feature…”Ghost”
When Childish Gambino released Camp last November, he got mixed reviews. It was a concept album that he felt like he had to make–for himself. Some people really liked it and could relate to it; others hated it. After a short break Donald went back on his grind. No, like the actual, traditional “grind.” We can only speculate what exactly Gambino was thinking. I think he felt like he had to earn his way back into people’s hearts. He had to earn (back) the respect of even the most pretentious hip-hop heads. He took to a select few classic hip-hop radio stations and just freestyled and freestyled and worked on his ability in front of the nation. Through this process he let people in a bit on his process and just how much he respects the art. It has steadily worked leading up to the release of this tape, named after his crew. In a lot of people’s minds, this is make or break time for Childish. The success of this mixtape will determine a large part of his fan base, moving forward with him into a sophomore release. Unlike most of the blogosphere, I listened to R O Y A L T Y before writing about it.
It’s good. Gambino successfully matches bars with some of the best rappers in the game (really though, Bun B, RZA, Danny Brown, etc.). Production goes back to a more traditional hip-hop sound instead of Camp‘s more orchestral sound. The whole feel of the mixtape is that it’s a mixtape. There’s no higher concept here, other than the fact that Childish Gambino is here to stay and has a bunch of respected, famous friends. There are also a few little cool things on this mixtape.
- CG and Bun B go in over “Nightcall” from the Drive soundtrack on “R.I.P.” Apparently, it was Bun B’s idea. Weird.
- “Toxic” samples the Britney Spear’s song of the same name.
- This project marks the first time Gambino has worked closely with other producers.
- Frequent Childish co-producer Ludwig produced HAIM‘s debut EP, and Danielle Haim is featured on “Won’t Stop,” which is produced by Gambino and Ludwig.
- Sunset favorite Chance the Rapper is featured on “They Don’t Like Me.” He does his thing on that track. Shout out to him. Shout out to the shows he’s about to do with Donald.
- “We Ain’t Them,” “Shoulda Known,” and “Won’t Stop” are first listen stand-outs. Maybe that’s because they’re the most Camp sounding tracks. The Kilo Kish collab is cool, too.
- Tina Fey is the most gangster ever.
I wanted to make a mix that could document a long, dangerous, overly emotional, fun, sad night, so I made The Night Out. This is the mix that could soundtrack those nights you spend with your obnoxious group of friends (that you love even though they are obnoxious) as you jump from place to place around the bomb ass city creating havoc wherever you go. This is the mix for those nights that start off crazy and fun and awesome and then end with short sentences and awkward goodbyes. Listen below.
Use the sleeves on my sweater, let’s have an adventure, head in the clouds but my gravity’s centered, touch my neck and I’ll touch yours, you in those little hot waisted shorts
- Sailor & I – Tough Love
- Mesita – Ken Caryl
- Art of Sleeping – Empty Hands
- Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix)
- Mikey Mike – Girlfriend (Chainsaw Love, Pt. 1)
- Charlotte Gainsbourg – Anna (Moonlight Matters Remix)
- I Heart Sharks – Summer
- Samuel – Brooklyn
- Wild at Heart – Darling
- KO KO – Float
- Get Well Soon – Not Enough
- KO KO – So Strange
- Kilo Kish – You’re Right
- The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
- Shadows on Stars – Sweat Pant Bandits
- The Belligerents – Infatuation
- matt pond PA – Wild Girl