Campus Vinyl's February Favorites Playlist
February. The month of frost-bitten fingers, Aquarius birthdays, and funny Valentines. Between Black History month, the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day, there’s a whole lot going on. So in honor of the February festivities, the 2014 Campus Vinyl staff has selected some of our favorite jams that will get you through the coldest and shortest month of the year. Be warned, this playlist is super eclectic. Jordan Peskin chooses “Only Love” by Ben Howard
He's my favorite artist and this song really shows his talents on the guitar as well as his vocals. The lyrics are deep as well which shows how skilled he and his band are at song writing.
Zac Westdyke digs “Find You” by Zedd feat. Matthew Koma & Miriam Byrant
Earlier this week, Zedd officially released his latest song, "Find You" featuring vocals from none other than Matthew Koma and Miriam Byrant (both featured in earlier Zedd hits). This song has a classic Zedd sound; one that I would liken to a combination of "Spectrum" and "Clarity". I wasn't a big fan immediately, but the vocals and Intro are slowly turning me around! Give it a listen and find it on iTunes!
J Swirsky loves "Man of the Year" by Schoolboy Q
Schoolboy Q has come a long way since his first studio debut, Setbacks. With his recent "Man of the Year", I'm more excited than ever for his third studio album, Oxymoron, to drop late February. With the rebirth of lyrical hip hop, Schoolboy Q has carved out his own spot among the best. Look out for this kid to blow up.
Laura Yoo suggests “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé
There's no better way to celebrate the month of love then with Queen Bey's hottest new track, "Drunk in Love," featuring husband Jay Z. Unstoppable and unapologetic, music's number 1 power couple record yet another song that brings their 2003 hit "Crazy in Love" to another level.
Andrew Kilman digs “Daydreamer” by Young the Giant
A fast paced song that will make anyone happy. Young the Giant are ballers and their sophomore album is straight dopeness.
Jack Dealtry chooses “Sidewalk” by The Shadowboxers
I chose this song because I really like it and haven't found much good new music lately. The Shadowboxers are a band from Atlanta, and have not found their way to success yet. The music is great, and I'd like to spread the word to help these talented guys out.
Louise Peterson is loving “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” by Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band
Recently, I’ve delved into the realm of funky blues and jazz. The raspy power behind Mr. Bradley’s voice in combination with the smooth brass will take you back to James Brown.
Connor Small is into “Earth: the oldest computer (the last night)” by Childish Gambino feat. Azealia Banks
I think the production in this song is incredible - the song builds and builds and builds towards an explosive ending. Meanwhile, Childish destroys his verses and shows why he should be a recognized force among his contemporaries.
Caroline Carey recommends “Hide (Tropkillaz Remix)” by N.A.S.A. feat. Aynzli Jones
The cold weather calls for bangers, and this track is just that. With a fantastic drop and catchy beat, it may not keep you warm but it'll give you the adrenaline you need to face the single digit temps.
Jake Perlmutter digs “Freedom” by Tea Leaf Green
Modern day jam-band with a lot of groove and soft harmonies. Dead heads would kill for this. Let’s go!
Jen Lassen suggests “Heartbeats” by José González
I love the mellow, folk-y sound to this song...perfect for winter. Also, you can hear and feel the emotion in José's voice as he sings it. It's so authentic and pure.
Marcus Schenck chooses "Somebody To Die For" by Hurts
I chose the song because it has sort of throwback feel and it's refreshingly chill throughout. It has a really level-headed feeling about it while having Hurts' solid synth pop foundation that they're known for.
Brianna Marshall loves "I Always Knew" by The Vaccines
This song captures love in a relatable and honest way with a throwback rock sound that leaves you immediately hooked.
Justin Westdyke is into "High You Are (Branchez Remix)" by What So Not
I've been really getting into chill trap for a while now, and Branchez is basically blowing up the scene. It's great music to snowboard to, get some homework done, drive, or really basically anything. Branchez remixes "High You Are" by What So Not with this one, and it turns out to somehow be better than the original. This is a song that I just haven't been able to get sick of recently!
Annie Dempsey loves “All of Me” by John Legend
It's passionate, soulful and heart-warmingly melodic. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I chose this one for its smooth, romantic, rich vocals as well as its ability to stick in my head for days on end, in the best way possible.
Morgan Klein suggests “Lonesome” by Dr. Dog
Catchy, fun, and some seriously great lyrics. Dr. Dog is such an awesome group (just saw them live--SO good) and if you haven't yet been introduced, meet your new favorite beanie-clad-boys. This song, in particular, gets at the true meaning of Valentine's Day if you know what I'm saying. Enjoy!
Jason Hammett chooses "Can't Be Saved" by Senses Fail
Senses Fail was one of the main bands of the Emo wave of punk music. This track is also featured in my article on Nostalgia and Listening to Old Music you used to like.