Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playlist: May 2014

"Fancy" | Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
What a great jam... The lyrics are on-point from the start, as Azalea spits out "First thing's first, I'm the realest / Drop this and let the whole world feel it." Charli XCX comes in a gleaming Gwen Stefani style as she sings the chorus: "I'm so fancy / You already know / I'm in the fast lane / From L.A. to Tokyo." The looped trap beat is stripped back a bit to allow Azalea and Charli's voices to shine a bit but that doesn't kill the song at all.

"West Coast" | Lana Del Rey
This song is perfect for the upcoming summer months. A seductive, sultry rock sound oozes from this song, while Del Rey whisks her way through the airy vocals: "I can see my baby swingin' / His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up / On the balcony and I'm singing / Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love." Thanks to producer Dan Auerbach's help, this song is like a perfected version of what Lana Del Rey's pre-Born To Die material sounds like.

"Y.A.L.A." | M.I.A.
M.I.A. outdid all of her previous album with Matangi, and "Y.A.L.A." has to be one of the most infection beats of the past year. In this song, the popular phrase "Y.O.L.O." was contorted into a Hindu re-incarnation bit and placed over a killer club beat. The breakdown barrels down the listener after M.I.A. proclaims, "Alarms go off as I enter the building." Everything about this track is aimed for the jugular of the club scene and I absolutely love it.

"Ain't It Fun" | Paramore
After the moderate success of their pop radio-friendly "Still Into You," Paramore has decided to follow-up with "Ain't It Fun," a fun, disorganized alternative rock song about growing up, being an adult, and loneliness. Let's not forget the little breakdown, in which a choir sings behind front woman Hayley Williams: "Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world." It's obviously not the most complex song ever, but it's catchy.

"Hollaback Girl" | Gwen Stefani
This month's throwback goes back to 2005, the year that "Hollaback Girl" fired its way across the globe. The lyrical content of this song is so stupid, but overall it's such a bad ass bit that nobody cares. Gwen Stefani was, and still is, the bad girl on the block, which she makes concrete in this song as she tracks down the girl that was talking shit about her. And just a quick post-script: This shit is still bananas after all these years. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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