Chill Kick Ass Tracks #MusicMonday

Let’s jump right on in — here’s our #MusicMonday Pick 10 for your listening pleasures! Happy Monday! -MK

Pick 10

1) Simplethings – Miguel

Miguel just wants the simple things in love: someone real, someone true, someone to laugh with and, mostly, someone to smoke with. The R&B singer shared his feelings in new song “Simplethings,” the latest track from the second soundtrack to Girls. Read more at Rollingstone.

2) Second Heartbeat – Shy Girls


As his alter ego Shy Girls, Dan Vidmar has become known for funky, lovesick tracks that recall nineties R&B crooners like Prince and Boys II Men, but in reality, the Portland-based artist only moonlights as a producer and vocalist. By day, he works with mental health patients at a local hospital. “What I do in the emergency room really helps people, but our mental health system is so broken,” he laments. “Some days, I feel music is a better route for me to make the most change.” Read more on Shy Girls/Dan Vidmar at Vogue.

3) Good Sex – Kevin Drew

Last December, Kevin Drew put out a casting call for real-life couples who would be willing to get, um, “engaged in passionate and intimate sexual moments.” Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Broken Social Scene co-founder has shared the (um) fruits of that project: the video for “Good Sex,” the lushly romantic first single from upcoming solo album Darlings. Read more about Kevin Drew at Spin.

4) I Don’t Need Much – Sway Clarke II


Sway Clarke II is a Toronto born, Berlin based singer/songwriter. Upon his introduction, his music was compared to Frank Ocean, Lorde, Miguel, The Weeknd, Mikky Ekko and Coldplay. I Don’t Need Much reminds me a bit of a Kid Cudi track with a Saway Clarke II groove.

5) Take Me To Church – Hozier

 Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter whose debut EP “Take Me To Church” premiered in early July 2013. “Take Me To Church” is one extended metaphor comparing a lover to religion. It attracted attention after the release of its music video, which criticizes Russia’s anti-LGBT policy. Read more about Hozier at Huffington Post.

This song’s video is pretty powerful.

6) Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust


Music Sounds Better with You” is the only song by French house music band Stardust. The vocal performance of the song was provided by Benjamin Diamond of the band. The song uses a sample of the song “Fate” by Chaka Khan,[2] which appeared on her 1981 album What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me.

7) Love Is Real – Theophilus London


Theophilus London is a Trinidadian-born American rapper from BrooklynNew York City. According to critics, London’s “genre-bending approach draws from a range of styles, from soul-pop and post-punk to electro and contemporary R&B,” citing influences that include Michael Jackson and Prince as well as Kraftwerk and The Smiths.”

8) Adore You – Miley Cyrus

“Adore You” opens Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz on a soft note, giving no hint to the chaos to come. It’s an acoustic love ballad tinged with Miley’s need to know if he’s by her side. Good chill kick ass track from the wrecking ball Cyrus.

9) Bust It Baby – Plies ft. Neyo


This one is a throwback jam.  Plies brings Valentine’s Day-worthy quotes to the table, the kind you’d love to see sweetly scribbled on a yellow post-it note to remind you of how special you are. “Speakin’ for the goons, thank God for makin’ you” is just one example. Plies also provides alternative pet names (“wet wet” and “lil boo”) all packaged together in under four minutes.

10) Is This How You Feel? – The Preatures


The Preatures are a rock and roll band from Sydney, Australia. The Australian outfit usually specializes in tight, lively rock & roll that wouldn’t be out of place between Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours and the Bee Gees‘ Spirits Having Flown, but their minimal rendition of “Is This How You Feel?” allows singer Isabella Manfredi to shine even more than she does on the original. Read more about The Preatures at Rollingstone.

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About the Author
Mariel Kanene is Founder and Editor of and lead storyteller with a focus on music, startups and travel. His passion for storytelling was born in Kinshasa, Congo and bred in Washington, DC where he resides. By day, Mariel spends his days slowly trying to change the world—one meaningful interaction at a time. He loves reading factual-fiction, good podcasts, traveling, health and fitness, foreign languages and good conversations over good coffee and even better rum. He hates talking about himself in third person.Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. Find me on: Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Website.

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