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.
Maybe you’re going to Pitchfork Festival this weekend or maybe you’ll be sitting at home daydreaming about it. I’ll be doing a bit of both, to say the least. Either way, there are a lot of great acts to not only catch live but have a listen to even if you’re not there. The diversity at Pitchfork Festival is definitely clear, one second you’ll be dancing and the next you’ll be in a soothing trance. There’s a lot to hear and see so here’s a little guidance. Here’s my list of must-sees, some obvious choices and some that may have you newly hooked:
Frankie Rose will be sure to have you’re attention with her lo-fi indie jams. Definitely no need to get too worked up in the heat during her set because it’ll be cool, chill and the perfect beginning to the weekend.
Mac DeMarco and summer festivals are two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cheesy thing to say? Sure, but I merely speak the truth here folks. Mister DeMarco will be sure to bring his spunky indie rock to the stage this weekend and get people to perk up in that dazzling sun.
Does it get more obvious than this pick? We all love the guy around here, if you couldn’t tell. Will his set be a total party on Saturday? Is that even a real question? Really though, Ryan Hemsworth will be sure to get the party started at Pitchfork and no one will be able to deny it.
Solange is a firecracker with soul and some serious fierceness. I’m sure this comes to no shock when you’re part of the Knowles family. Solange is known to put on quite the energetic, fabulous show so you’d be crazy to miss her rock it.
Sky Ferreira is what you would call a triple threat. Whether she’s modeling, singing or writing, she’s ridiculously awesome at it all. Her music varies from pop, indie, to just pure rock. She’s a star on the rise and a definite must see at this rate.
After falling helplessly in love with their sophomore release Something, I knew Chairlift would become a band I couldn’t ever get sick of. From trippy 80’s sounding pop songs to simply beautiful ballads, they can get you feeling all sorts of things. If you want something fun and unique this weekend, Chairlift can give you that craving.
This list has a dash of everything but don’t forget to see all the other great acts too. (I know everyone will be getting their booty shaking on at R.Kelly, I see you). Enjoy this weekend if you’re going, or even if you’re just pretending to go in your mind.
“One” (WAWA Remix) – Sky Ferreira
Another week, another Friday at Five!
“One,” by Sky Ferreira, has been stuck in my head for weeks. And I haven’t minded it one bit. Matter of fact, it’s given me a hop in my step the whole time, and I wasn’t sure I could ask for much more. …Until I heard this spectacular remix. That’s when I realized that the good, my friends, sometimes just does get even better.
I think this here calls for a bit of a role reversal, Mr. Weekend. I’ve had enough of your usual, “Lydia, are you ready to get your butt kicked?” nonsense. Today, WAWA and I propose this question: “Weekend, are you ready for us?”
Head to ground, I don’t ever want the beat to stop.
“Stand Back” (Stevie Nicks cover) – Sky Ferreira
I don’t think I’ve put enough emphasis on how much I like Sky Ferreira’s voice. Her cover of Miike Snow’s “Animal” was what really got me drooling. This song is good-it doesn’t show off her vocal powers quite as much, but it’s a hip, dance groove that brings out the power of dancing in even the worst dancers.
Side note: I haven’t quite figured out how such a powerful voice comes out of such a young-looking girl. She’s crazy though (check her Twitter if you don’t believe me), anything seems possible with her.
Oh and one more thing – here’s an electro-house-disco remix of this jam.
“Stand Back” (Skeet Skeet Big Room Remix) – Sky Ferreira:
To me, covers that rival the originals are rare. Very rare. Same as my opinion on remixes. I tend to like when the cover artist puts a good amount of their own spin on it, unless they are covering an absolute classic, like a Beatles cover band, or maybe a Journey cover band…in that case, stick to the books, please. But if you’re covering new music, I give you my permission to do your thing. And here are 2 examples of people doing just that, and succeeding.
Kate has added a bit of sadness and perhaps even despair to this song that, in its original form, is an automatic party jam. Amazing how that can work.
As crazy as this girl is, her voice is outstanding. Beautiful acoustic piano in this edition. Sounds like an acapella version of the original. Similar effect that Kate has on Empire Of The Sun. I could definitely put this on my naptime playlist. Cannot say the same for the original.
Thanks to AudioMuffin for the tracks!
“Happy Dre” – Sky Ferreira
Check out this girl’s singing over a beat by Dre. Dope. And I like how she doesn’t sound over-produced, particularly at the end of the song, where you can tell it’s her voice…none of the autotuning/correcting stuff that happens all too often in studios these days.
Happiness is a warm gun
Download “Happy Dre” (right click and save)