Summer’s gone, and school has started. It all sounds about as depressing as it feels, and as we embark on the ongoing cycle of school, weekend, school, etc. it almost feels as if something is being stolen from us. So we go out on weekends and wreck shit up and engage in behavior our parents’ would probably not be proud of. So this tape, like almost every Tape Tuesday before it, is sort of a toast to being young. It’s about the lasting effects of summer and lots about love. Also, I’ve totally been playing Grand Theft Auto IV again lately. It’s a problem.
- Obey City – Reflect Effect
- The Coopers – Summer’s Child
- Antonio Paul – Coloured Screens
- Zak Waters – Penelope (Radio Edit)
- Mikky Ekko – Kids (Max Martin’d by Djemba Djemba Trollmix)
- Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
- Budo – Barcelona
- Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (ft. Frank Ocean)
- X Ambassadors – Power Trip (J. Cole Cover)
- San Mei – Brighter
- Thief – Broken Boy
- Whinnie Williams – Break Hearts In Your Sleep
- Mikal Cronin – Weight
- Party Supplies – Love Song
- Moonlight Mask – What’s That? (Gimme That)
- Jaymes Young – Northern Lights
- Enth Degree – I Heart You
- Seekae – Another Girl
I would tell her all these fairytales, the ones I tried to write
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)
Mikky Ekko is becoming one of those few artists who is embraced by both the blogs and the mainstream à la Daft Punk or Lana del Rey. His newest offering is produced by certified hit-makers Benny Blanco and John Hill. It is a gorgeous little tune about the carefree nature of childhood. This one got melodies for days.
Mikky Ekko can talk about love. I don’t know why or how, but that is his gift. He can candidly discuss the most complex human condition in simple, relatable musical terms. “Disappear,” a demo from his debut album, is no different. When he croons, “I hope you want to disappear, too,” it feels as if the words melt the world and mold it into something completely new. Yeah, that’s love.
Mikky Ekko entered my life when Arjun introduced me to his music last year, but since then, it seems he’s blown up. He wrote a song for Rihanna and the two performed together at the Grammy’s, which obviously launches Mikky Ekko’s career forward in full speed, if it wasn’t already headed in that direction. His breakthrough song “Pull Me Down” was originally released without a video to go with it, but a few days ago, he released the official video for the single. The vibe matches the song perfectly: it’s got a solitary, dark, solemn vibe to it. It’s a bit haunting, but it’s alluring. Mikky, if you really want to be my man, I’m willing to entertain the offer. Call me, okay?
Bonus: Mikky Ekko Performs “Pull Me Down” for YoursTruly
There are many definitions for “ghosting.” That’s why I chose it as the title for this mixtape. Ghosting is kind of everything right now. Tomorrow on election day (crazy) people will attempt to cast “ghost votes.” As the temperature gets colder and colder, we’re starting to see the water vapor we breath (also this). That’s ghosting. Most importantly, however, in college, it can be incredibly difficult not to feel like a ghost. Dragging your tired feet from class to class in silence and getting lost in a mob of your talented peers. That is ghosting, and over the past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of that–just going through the motions without truly experiencing them. It’s a problem, and this tape really isn’t the solution. Instead, it is a peek into a day in the life of a ghost.
Oh baby, are you free now? Still living for the weekend?
- T0W3RS – Scout
- Lincoln Jesser – Silver Haze (ft. Kyle)
- The Zolas – Knot in My Heart
- Pear Shape – The Coca Cola Kid
- Alice Jemima – By Your Side
- Tim Myers & El May – Me & My Friends
- The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Chromatic
- Lukas Graham – Drunk in the Morning
- Junica – The Dream
- Theme Park – Ready for the Floor (Hot Chip Cover)
- Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down (Prod. Clams Casino)
- From The Airport – Colors
- Ofei – London
- Benjamin Francis Leftwich – In the Open
- Neighbors – Diamonds
- Yellow Ostrich – Ghost
- Texture Like Sun – One Great Prize
It’s hard and weird not to know how your day begins, so I’m lying next to someone new