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A few tunes I've been spinning on the replay lately...

I've been digging ALL of MisterWives recently so of course one of their songs made it on to another CTL playlists, BØRNS' "10,000 Emerald Pools" is the highlight song of the list and "Show Me Love" is that song from the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial you instantly fell in love with (ok, maybe I'm just speaking for myself here). 

What songs have you been listening to lately? Let me know below!

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These past few weeks, when I wasn't listening to Christmas music, I was jamming out to new Charli XCX (the whole album is pretty damn good btw), Omarion's "Post To Be," which I can't get enough of, "If I go" by Ella Eyre, which I REALLY can't get enough of, and a random mix of others. Pause the xmas music for a bit and check out this highly addicting playlist curated by yours truly.

Unwrap Style Playlist

I find myself in Forever 21 quite a lot because it's both cheap and trendy. But Every time I'm there I find myself shazaming more often than actually looking for clothes. Lucky for me, Forever 21 created a Spotify playlist featuring the songs they have on rotation at their stores... so obviously that's all I've been listening to for the past week. While most songs I just listen to in the background of what I'm doing, some have made onto my personal rotation because they are THAT good. Forever's playlist curators know what they are doing. Give the playlist a spin, it consists of 10 hours of really fun songs that'll make you feel like... shopping.

Review: MØ

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Last Thursday I saw Holychild and MØ perform at Webster Hall in NYC and it was incredible to say the least. Holychild was good but MØ was so, so amazing. Definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. Let’s start with Holychild… 

First off, I didn’t know to much about the band besides knowing a few of their more popular songs, but I always assumed it was a group of girls. I was wrong. There were 4 musicians on stage (though the band is a duo), only one of them being a girl. After seeing them perform I now know what tricked me into thinking there were multiple female singers in the band- voice loops (which were used throughout the set). Lead singer Liz Nistico, sported a unique look while jumping around stage accompanied with some seductive dance moves. She rocked 3 French braids tied with pink fluffy hair ties and a tracksuit that she unzipped half way through the set, revealing a super sparkly bikini top. The band describes their genre of music as “brat pop,” which after seeing them live, now makes sense.  

Nistico’s voice wasn’t quite the same live but the set was still fun and energetic. Towards the end of the set they covered Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” and although I liked the electronic instrumentation, I wasn’t crazy about her vocals. Especially after seeing Banks cover the same song at Governor’s Ball, it just didn’t compare. They also played a few new songs that I was totally into and that were super dance-y, watch out for their (hopefully soon) releases!

As for MØ, I still can’t get over her performance. She was just way too cool, way to talented and I just want to be her/her new best friend (close enough). She, along with 6 other musicians, including a small horn section, rocked the stage. Behind the musicians was a screen displaying movie scenes from The Breakfast Club to Pocahontas, etc. MØ was all over the place- walking through the crowd, dancing on the bar at the back of the venue, climbing on the balcony and crowd surfing over the audience. Her energy and unique-coolness filled the venue. Even though I was feeling a bit ill that night (ate too much at dinner and puked on the streets of NYC… guys, overeating is a real thing), while MØ performed, nothing else mattered.  

Tip- if you ever get a chance to see MØ live, DO IT. I am usually satisfied after seeing an artist live but I would see her 100 time over again. 

I’ll leave you with the closing songs of the night.

Side Note- 

Tracksuits are in.

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On the left, Liz Nistico of HOLYCHILD, performing at Webster Hall. On the right, snapshot from Elliphant and MØ's music video "One More."

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And also, buns...

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MØ performing at Webster Hall. 

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Artist Spotlight- Lily Allen

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As I mentioned in last week’s post, Lily Allen is putting out a new album, Sheezus, in May. Most of the details are in the previous post but in short- this is exciting news since it’s been 5 years since Allen’s last album. Also, the three singles off this upcoming one are pretty much all I’m listening to right now, which makes the wait even more unbearable. 

"Air Balloon" is a super catchy tune that in a way reminds me of M.I.A’s "Paper Planes" (mainly just the na na na na na na’s). "Our Time" is slower but still makes you want to sing a long, a perfect going out anthem. "Hard Out Here," which came out about 4 months ago, is a raunchy, satirical, women’s anthem that pokes fun at current celebrity trends (like her album title, Sheezus is doing with Kanye West’s Yeezus). Another reason why I love Allen, she tells it like it is. Crossing my fingers that these three singles aren’t all the album has to offer.

In preparation for new Lily, here is a playlist with her best songs. Also, check out her video for “Our Time” in the link below. It’s really weird and funny and I’m not sure why, but I love it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfACIxjsuu0

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This 6 song mix has a bunch of new songs including new RAC and Lily Allen. RAC recently released Strangers Part I, an accompanying album- Strangers Part II will be released in April. Both albums feature lots of familiar artists like Tegan and Sara and St. Lucia. RAC is usually all about the remixes but these albums have all original tunes and they’re really good!

Lily Allen’s “Our Time,” featured on the list is a new single from her upcoming album Sheezus, which will be released in May. So far Allen has released 3 singles off her upcoming album and I’m loving them all. All of these approaching releases are making me really excited for the next few months. Yay spring!

The rest of the playlist consists of songs I can’t take off repeat- new Say Lou Lou, Ages and Ages’ “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing),” Sisyphus and Lo-Fang. Listen and fall in love.

Say Lou Lou - “Everything We Touch”

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This is the playlist I’ve been constantly listening to since the beginning of January. Newer tunes by Everything Everything and Denitia and Sene and older ones by Solange and Neon Indian are featured on the list. I’ve completely warn out this playlist, give it a listen and you might find yourself doing the same. I am currently searching for new jams to obsess over for next month. New song suggestions welcome!

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Here are some songs I’ve had on repeat the last few weeks. This list includes 7 new songs from recently released albums such as M.I.A’s Matangi, Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time and Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe. WARNING: It may be extremely difficult to turn off the repeat button. 

This song isn’t on Rdio but is a must listen:                      

Grizzly Bear - Will Calls (Diplo Remix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjDL3dcnCOw 

Lily Allen- “Hard Out Here”

I can’t wait for Video Vednesday, so I’m posting this today- Video Vonday…? Anyway, I’m a big Lily Allen fan and ecstatic she’s finally back after about 4 years. Although Lily isn’t as crazy and out there as artists such as Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, she is the furthest thing from dull or ordinary and “Hard Out Here” is a prime example.

In her new song and video she mocks and calls out the current music scene and countless artists, both in her lyrics and visuals. This video is packed with lots of twerking and clever lyrics such as "Sometimes it’s hard to say, I’ll go ahead and say them anyway, forget your balls and grow a pair of tits." Lily is back, woo! 

Newbies

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This playlist features 3 artists that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. The artists are FKW twigs, BANKS and MØ.

I first checked out FKW twig after seeing Grimes and Lorde tweeting about her. Grimes stated- “ok the new FKW twigs song is very good.” Lorde replied saying, “man i know.” They were both referring to “Papi Pacify,” which was also named Best New Track by Pitchfork. Listen to it on this playlist to find out what all the hype is about.

With only a few songs out, it was surprising when BANKS was announced as the opening act for The Weeknd’s North American tour, but it shows how unique and powerful her music is. Her 4 song EP is now out and 2 of the songs are on this playlist.

Out of the 3 I’m really digging MØ’s music the most. If comparing her to other artists I would compare her style/ voice to Lana Del Rey and Zimbra. When trying to decide which of her songs is my favorite, I just can't. While 2 of her songs are on this list, make sure to check out her EP separately as well. 

I have a good feeling about these 3, definitely give them all a listen.