Happy February from the CV Team! The semester is finally in full swing, but we wanted to take some time to share some new music with you. Here’s what we’ve been adding to our playlists recently:
Nick is jamming to “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” by Jamie xx feat. Young Thug and Popcaan:
This tune has all around good vibes all around. It's the perfect balance between a laid-back, chilling song and an uptempo, banger. Regardless of your mood, I can guarantee you’ll like this one!
Marcus is rediscovering Adele’s “Hello” with a version by BLACKOUT A Cappella:
If there’s a cover of “Hello” that you should be listening to, it’s this one. BLACKOUT puts a twist on the original that has just as much drama and feeling as the original songstress does while showing off the group and soloist in soft and intense lights. This cover will change the way you hear the word “Hello” forever. Try walking to class with this track playing, you’ll feel like a hero for sure.
Tyler D is beating the winter blues with The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Jump Jive An' Wail”:
Don’t let the winter doldrums get you down; find a spark in your soul and let your feet do the talking to this upbeat, fun, NOLA-style-swing tune, originally by Louis Prima, covered here by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Featuring a boisterous horn section and great dance choreography, this version is outta-this-world!
Paige discovered “Diet Coke” by The Insurrectionists:
This up and coming band features a promising debut with Diet Coke. An overall feel-good vibe makes it perfect driving music with a chorus you can’t help but sing along to. Add it to your spring playlist to mix up the vibes with this self produced, high quality song for a grungy, garage band feel.
Laura can’t get enough of “Consideration” by Rihanna ft. SZA:
This is by far my favorite track off of Rihanna’s latest album, Anti. “Consideration” is a smooth yet heavy anthem that speaks to female independence through the ever-powerful cords of both Ms.Fenty and SZA.
Morgan is digging “Olive Oil Soul” by Safar:
This track off of Safar’s EP 23 Kilograms captures exactly what I’m feeling this February. Mayssa’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are complemented flawlessly by Elie’s effortless harmonies and guitar in this song of displacement and uncertainty.
Laur is listening to “Falling Short” by Lapsley:
After falling in love with Lapsley’s ambient electronic sound in early 2014, I’m so excited for her first full-length album to come out in March! Recently, she released a four-track sampler that features this song, one of my favorites since the beginning. Her smooth voice, backed by lush instrumentals, is the perfect soundtrack for a chill winter evening.
Joe T. is reminiscing with “No EQ” by Into It. Over It.:
A few weeks ago Into It. Over It. released this as the first single off their upcoming album Standards. The song addresses the reality of getting older and nostalgia for the past over instrumentals with that same bright emo sound that has been with Into It. Over It. since the beginning.
Justin is revisiting Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love”:
One band I found I've been revisiting lately is Jefferson Airplane - due in no small part to the recent passing of one of the band's founders and guitarists, Paul Kantner. One of my favorite songs by the band is their big 1967 hit, "Somebody to Love", which later became one of the anthems of the early hippie movement. The video is also set to clips from one of my favorite movies, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Rest in peace, Paul.
Image by Laur Hudson.