I have to admit, February was a difficult month to only pick my top 5 songs to show off. That doesn’t mean it was lacking, rather there were so many quality songs I thoroughly loved. You may have seen my sneak peek Tweet yesterday with me exclaiming just how good this playlist was. After a lot of pondering, I think I am satisfied with the chosen ones. Let’s see if you agree.
1) Make Me Feel – Janelle Monáe
Can we talk about how much of a bop this song is? When Janelle Monáe announced her upcoming album Dirty Computer with an accompanying visual album, I knew we were in for a good time. “Make Me Feel” has raucous keyboards, staccato rhythmic guitars, and all the funk that her former mentor Prince would’ve provided. It’s a super sensual and sexy song, that is also fun to dance to. Bonus: Tessa Thompson makes an appearrance in the music video.
2) 1950 – King Princess
King Princess is a 19 year old new artist whose first debut is to launch Mark Ronson’s new label Zelig. Her music is self-produced, self-written, and self-playing of all the instruments. Talk about talent. There’s a reason why she’s one to watch and already getting plenty of buzz. “1950” is soft and airy, but has a bittersweet quality to it that almost feels haunting at times.
3) Come Wander With Me – Brian Fallon
Formerly the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, Fallon is known for his lyrical prowess. “Come and Wander With Me” is a reflection of a broken relationship full of fragility and strength. This song is Fallon at his best with quality introspective rock. (Any Butch Walker fans out there? This is a song for you to check out in particular.)
4) Saturdays – Twin Shadows (Featuring HAIM)
“Saturdays” is a perfect song encompassing all possible vibes of it’s namesake. There’s a pulsating guitar layered on the shimmering vocals that create a unique mystique. With clear 80s influences, this song manages to pay homage without feeling vintage. A solid pop song that has widespread appeal to both indie and mainstream audiences.
5) Pray For Me – The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar
Black Panther soundtrack does it again! “Pray for Me” is a track that is meant to reveal the internal monologue of the film’s protagonist King T’Challa. A strong bass line runs throughout the contemporary electric sound and propels it forward. The two rappers fuse together two different styles in one epic combination. (PS: If you haven’t listened to this entire soundtrack and enjoy rap, r&b, and hip-hop…it is a MUST.)
Honorable Mention: “Want You Back” – 5 Seconds of Summer. There was a summer a few years ago when 5SOS was in One Direction’s touring pocket and I found myself a pretty hardcore fan of these guys. Then, they went out on their own and the appeal was quickly diminished due to their repeatedly problematic nature. (Even if their debut album was great.) Here we are years later when I thought I was good and clear of them and they pull me back in with a great song. I don’t think I’ll ever stan them like I did once upon a time, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find me jamming to their new album when it is released.
The February playlist below contains 40 tracks. It even has a few never-before seen on my playlist surprises thanks to the K-Pop focus during the recent Olympics. (Bonus points if you can point out any of the three songs I became obsessed with due to figure skating last week.)
Do you have an artist whose music you love, even if you don’t particularly like the artist?
Until next time,