Despite the perceived democratic nature of the annual Song of the Summer battle, there really can only be a handful of contenders. We’ll hear Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” OMI’s “Cheerleader,” and Justin Bieber’s emo redemption track (via Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where Are Ü Now”) all summer long, but personally, I’m more interested in relaxed-fit grooves. To me, funk is ideal summertime music because it’s wildly jubilant in nature but also laid back. Even among the pop, rap, and EDM bangers that stream out of car windows this time of year, I find myself gravitating to those where a sense of soulfulness creeps through. With that in mind, here are ten songs I’ll be keeping on repeat all summer… Read More
Late spring and early summer are pop music primetime, as Song of the Summer contenders start to jostle on the charts. In terms of albums, there’s no shortage either, particularly this week with the release of Major Lazer and Florence + the Machine’s new (and extra poppy) ones, plus anticipated debuts from Jamie xx and Girlpool. The rest of the month isn’t too shabby, either: Jenny Hval, Hudson Mohawke, Kacey Musgraves, Miguel, and… Read More
Slide these new jams into your Memorial Day playlist — especially Jamie xx’s good-timing new collaboration and an emo-revival highlight from O-FACE’s “740 Turbo.”
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Some weeks it’s all about the indies, and other weeks it’s all about the stars. This week saw the release of the Rihanna’s anticipated followup to “FourFiveSeconds,” titled “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and Jamie xx dropped a Romy Madley-Croft-featuring single from his debut solo album In Colour. We’ve got some Syrian stuff, some chill stuff, and some pure ’90s indie rock stuff for you, too.
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There are very few things music fans universally agree on, but each summer we’re somehow able to come to the consensus that a handful of mainstream hits will soundtrack the season in a big way. This year, we see various combinations of Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande leading the fight for the crown, with Lil Jon and DJ Snake and Ed Sheeran trailing closely behind. Whichever hit takes the title will be memorialized as 2014’s Song of the Summer, but there is something to be said for our own personal Songs of the Summer — the ones whose significance is rooted more in our memories than in chart history. That’s why we asked 21 musicians from across all genres to name their own Songs of the Summer… Read More
The art of the remix is an interesting one — depending on context, it can be a fascinating reinterpretation of an existing track or a throwaway four-to-the-floor cash cow. There have been some great remixes over the years, of course — indeed, some have ended up being more definitive than the original (we looked at some such tracks here). And then there’s the remix album, which is a whole different beast. Like, for instance, the fantastic Philip Glass remix album, which has been on high rotation at Flavorpill central of late — since it’s soundtracking our countdown to the apocalypse, we thought we’d take a look at it and some of the other great remix albums from throughout the history of music. As ever, let us know (nicely) if you reckon we’ve missed any.
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