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LYSA – Beats And Battle Drums

Some vocalists have a talent that feels straight up generational and while I’m definitely jumping the gun I’ve gotta say I hear that with LYSA!! There’s so many artists coming out of Sweden right now but she’s one of the first to make me literally stop what I was doing the first time I heard her music…that voice is just so weighty and powerful and doesn’t feel like it’s simply using the beat as a background… She feels at one with the instrumental, like she’s always perfectly in sync with each little drum kick and synth sound.

This song also just makes me think about how fucking much I *love* pop music. I used to be such a snob but I realized that there was a reason why people like pop so much…it makes you feel instead of sit and overthink and that’s something I’ve had trouble with throughout my life! If a pop song can also make me think enough to write an essay on it then that’s great but I try to approach pop by really paying attention to how it makes me feel…each little flutter I get in my stomach, each smile that cracks on my face, every head nod along with the song, all of that makes up the most important part of pop. It’s a test of how much I enjoy a pop song that “Beats And Battle Drums” passed with flying colors, so stop listening to me ramble and listen to LYSA!!

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Shaun Frank – No Future (ft. Dyson)

So many songs I’ve been hearing lately are about rough breakups where the people involved aren’t sure if they’re making the right decision but this new song from Shaun Frank flips that trend on its head!! It’s called “No Future” and Dyson lays out some serious truth by singing about how it’s so damn obvious that her and her lover have no future together anymore…the sex isn’t the same, the emotions are gone, and there’s nothing left except some phone calls when they’re lonely.

I love how natural her vocals sound cause it makes the whole situation feel even more matter of fact which is how some relationships that are ending should be approached…no drama, just a mutual parting of ways between two adults. And hey I’ve gotta give it to Shaun Frank too, his production makes the end of a relationship almost sound straight up fun!! The song has such bouncy carefree vibes that are *perfect* for the honest and straight forward approach to Dyson’s lyrics. There’s nothing to be ashamed or sad about here, just another part of life to appreciate and even celebrate cause we’re living another day on this beautiful planet we call home!

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Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking

Chainsmoking is something I enjoyed *a bit* too much during my smoking days. One cigarette was nice but once I got that buzz and calming relief I just wanted more and more of it (here’s to addictive personalities!!). After months without smoking, I recently picked up a couple packs during a stressful stretch and realized I was going straight back to my old ways…even if I was hanging out with friends and enjoying myself I still felt the need to go chief down a couple cigarettes because they were giving me a buzz that my body couldn’t naturally. That might not seem like a big deal to some people but I know myself well enough to see the path I was going back down…

Fortunately I caught myself and am learning to be content with things that make me feel naturally happy like good company or good music. Jacob Banks’ newest “Chainsmoking” is a perfect example of something that makes me feel naturally great. The guy has a ridiculously powerful voice with so much soul that would sound amazing over classic tracks just as much as it does over this song’s modern approach…I love autotune and vocal effects a ton but damn, it’s phenomenal to hear a dude come through with such a naturally attention-grabbing voice! I hadn’t heard of him til this song came out but there’s no doubt I’m gonna be anxiously waiting to hear whatever he graces us with next!!

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Melf – GUILTY (feat. Maja)

Guilty…we’re all guilty of something, there’s no doubt about that! Whether it’s casually fibbing to a friend or making an illegal u-turn cause we need to get somewhere faster there’s likely *something* from our lives that we’re guilty of. It’s great to be able to take a step back and recognize if you might be guilty of these things cause it allows you to become a better person and evolve into your best self…you can’t do it if you think you’re perfect!! On the flip side though, people can feel too guilty for their actions even when they shouldn’t which is something I’m learning to deal with.

As I’ve learned to get to know myself more over the past few months I’ve become in tune with my emotions again which has been a double edged sword…I’m so grateful to start feeling whole again but at the same time my emotions can be super strong since I’m still learning how to handle them again. If I do something I feel like I shouldn’t have, even if it’s just eating way too much greasy food during a day, I take it as some sign that I’m guilty of not doing my life *exactly* how I should be which is just fucking ridiculous! I’ve gotta use some perspective and be happy about the person I am today compared to the one I was, say 4 months ago. I’ve improved so much and I can’t let feeling guilty for a bunch of little things add up into feeling guilty about who I am right now!

I’m gonna continue trying to take things easier on myself, and while I do that, some good music helps. Big ups to Melf’s new song “Guilty” for not only starting this important train of thought but providing a banger for me to enjoy while I work on enjoying life more and feeling less guilty!

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The Geek x Vrv – Love Is All Around You

Love is all around you!! Even if you feel like you’ve hit the bottom and your life is at a dead end, there’s still love around you to experience just by nature of being a human on this massive wonderful home we call Earth! Humans can be selfish people sure, but I think it’s in our nature to care for the well being of each other. If you reach your hand out and ask for help, I’m *positive* that someone will be there waiting with their hand out ready to pick you up and help you get back on the right path.

Hell, I’ve experienced that feeling myself for months now. I found myself at a dead end where I was either going to continue ruining my life or seek help from my fellow humans to change my path…low and behold when I asked for help, I was quickly swept up into the most *loving* embrace of people who wanted to see me succeed and be my best self. It’s such a beautiful part of our existence…even when we can’t see the light it’s still there waiting for us. I feel that positivity in The Geek x Vrv’s song…it’s like a hip-hop based celebration of love and joy that I can’t help but nod my head along to and smile. That’s what happens when love is all around you!

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Pretty Sister – West Coast (Lenno Remix)

Pretty Sister is an absolute fucking gem that I *always* find myself vibing to! His west coast sound makes me feel like I’m transported onto a cool beach with palm trees and constant waves and beautiful people and it doesn’t matter where I’m at…it could be in a fluorescent lit office with no windows or a pitch black room and I’d still be put in the best mood!

So it goes without saying that I’m *very* excited about the new remixes Pretty Sister has put out, especially Lenno’s remix of “West Coast.” He takes all the sexy, kicked back vibes of the original and speeds it up into a song that makes me want to dance my ass off at a beach concert instead of laying out and soaking up the sun…god, I just wanna drive to my nearest beach as I write this! And with spring quickly approaching, it could be sooner rather than later that I’m able to live that little daydream out! I might even bring my little bluetooth speaker, blast Lenno’s remix, and really live it out the fullest, cause positive vibes and experiences are what make my life such a happy one.

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PSSY PWR – Rodeo

“Pussy, power, power to the pussy!” It’s international women’s day and while women aren’t defined by what’s below the belt (shoutout to trans women!) this song is a rally cry of a pop banger that I can’t get enough of! It takes that crazy collision of rock and pop that Sleigh Bells used to rock so hard and gives it a more traditional pop structure that I fuck with more than I can even put into words.

Plus the power over men that they sing about makes me think about all of the powerful women in my life… I have friends that are killer producers, pr agents, journalists, vocalists, artists, the list goes on and on and on…they’re such talented people that start out with less respect than a dude would in their field because of a bullshit patriarchy yet they’re more talented than virtually everyone around them!! That’s not even considering how much shit they have to go through everyday from harassment to discrimination and everything in between…

I’m in awe of how not only my female friends but females all around the world straight up kill shit day in day out with the odds stacked against them. They have so much more resolve than I ever have or will, so here’s a middle finger to the patriarchy and a massive shoutout to all the women across the world!

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Jay xero & LondonBridge – Gonna Go With You

Okay so I know this is a weird train of thought but follow along with me here…the song in question is called “Gonna Go With You”, and when combined with the cat on the album cover, it made me think of the loyalty animals in our homes have… No matter what’s going on in our lives, they’re *always* there for us showing love that humans don’t always give to one another. Even if they’re not having us pet them and cuddling up we’re the centerpiece of their world.

And low and behold the concept Jay xero had for this song is passing thoughts of love between people while neither recognizes it and moves on with their day. We can take moments like that for granted, just like we can take the constant love of animals for granted. It’s so easy to miss a special moment when we don’t stop to think about the love that someone else might have for us.

So next time your heart feels warm whether it’s for an animal or a person in passing, let them know! It’s a privilege we have as beings on this earth to make others’ seconds, minutes, and hours better.

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Illenium – Fractures (feat. Nevve)

Alright so I’ve heard Nevve on some tracks before, but this one…this one is just straight beautiful. The producer of this song Illenium is a master of making music with good vibes all around and he uses Nevve’s vocals in a way that sends chills up my spine with every damn listen! There’s just so much to love about this song, but the hook might be my favorite part when Nevve sings “Coming after, tiny fractures”…

It makes me think about how tiny fractures that happen everyday can lead to an earthquake sized fracture. It might not be right after the tiny fracture, but weeks or months or even years after… This is why it’s so important to make sure we’re always taking care of ourselves and taking inventory on how we’re feeling and dealing with situations throughout the day… And no, I don’t mean micromanaging yourself into oblivion cause that can be just as bad…but pay attention to your thoughts and actions and see what makes you happy and what makes you unhappy. Then, the tiny fractures will heal way quicker and you won’t have to deal with a fault line wreaking fucking havoc in the future!

It’s simple but it’s such an important way to keep yourself on track…and hey, it makes listening to “Fractures” even more enjoyable when you’re already feeling good!

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Eva Shaw – Rise N Shine (Justice Skolnik Remix)

Rise and shine people!! It’s a beautiful Thursday morning and I’m feeling rather refreshed! I’m usually a night owl that struggles to get out of the damn bed every single day, but I woke up bright and early and you know what…it was fucking fantastic! I had two *giant* cups of coffee, did some reading, meditated, and got some quality work done, all before the time I would usually even wake up. A few hours later, I’m already deep into my tasks for the day and I feel *so* productive that I’m pretty sure I could take on anything right now!

I feel so much of those positive vibes in this brand spanking new remix of Eva Shaw’s “Rise N Shine” by Justice Skolnik. It’s one of those songs that’s perfect to slap on in the morning and dance around my place to while I get ready on early days like today! And I’ve gotta say, I love a specific little lyric in here: “don’t let anyone take your light away, rise and shine.” I can relate to that so damn hard…after a few really tough days internally, I had to say fuck how I felt the past 72 hours and instead get stoked on the 24 hours ahead of me. I’m so glad I went with rising and shining today, cause I feel so much better for it… It goes to show that an early morning here and there can be a key to satisfaction even for the most nocturnal night owl!

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