Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Playlist: July 2014


Boom Clap | Charli XCX
Charli XCX has remained relatively underground until recently, but after some big name collaborations, she released the great "Boom Clap" from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. I really haven't bought into this whole "typical tragic romantic story with a spritz of cancer exploitation," so I really can't watch the music video without feeling annoyed, but it's a great song.

Cruel World | Lana Del Rey
This song struck me immediately while taking my first listen to Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence last month. It's such an ambient song that waxes and wanes like a full cycle of the moon; at some points it's a half-lit, lonely tune, while other times it grows into a full production of emotion. The light alternative rock sound of the entire album is perfect for warm summer days.

Stay With Me | Sam Smith
Sam Smith is an extremely talented act to come forth this year in the United States. Paired with his feature on Disclosure's "Latch," "Stay With Me" has skyrocketed his soulful voice onto the radio. In the song, he explains why he is no good at a one-night stand and would much rather have a meaningful relationship. It's a beautiful song with an even more beautiful meaning.

Drowning | Banks
When Banks announced the September release date of her debut album, Goddess, I knew it was too far away for my liking. Luckily, she has offered up multiple tracks from the album to hold us over until the album drops, including the single "Drowning." This song holds her signature glitchy, sultry sound and is perhaps one of her best cuts yet.

Uptight Downtown | La Roux
La Roux's follow-up album has been a long time in the making, but the lead single "Uptight Downtown" proves that the act is coming for synthpop-infused blood. A boosted instrumental and wails of the song's namesake make the song's chorus make the song extremely catchy, while not losing that special La Roux touch. I'm pumped to hear the rest of the album this month, as well.

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