April is underway, the seasons are changing, and today is a Monday. To commemorate our venture into spring, I’ve compiled a list of 13 eclectic tracks that’s guaranteed* to liven up your rainy day, or compliment that beautiful weather day. From Hip Hop and R&B to some Electronic, Indie, and Alternative sounds, our April Kickoff playlist is set to satisfy the musically curious and everyone in between.
*We actually can’t guarantee your mood will change (especially if you’re just crumpy, negative, or it’s just that kind of day), but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a listen* 😉
1) The Great Divide – The Mowgli’s
This track kicks off the playlist nicely. The Mowgli’s are an alternative rock band from Southern California. Their most recently acclaimed track “San Francisco” reached number 11 on Billboard’s alternative chart in 2013. “The Great Divide” however has been a personal favorite of mine for a while. I had a chance to bar hop with their drummer at last years SXSW without knowing he was actually part of the awesomeness that is The Mowgli’s. Their new Album “Waiting For The Dawn” is out now, check it here!
2) Fancy – Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
You feeling fancy? If not, this song will leave you feeling like it. This is a fun track from the Australian recording artist and model Iggy Azalea, and British singer x songwriter Charli XCX. Give the track a listen, and if you’re a lover of all things 90s and/or Clueless you definitely should check out the video below.
3) Busy Earnin’ – JUNGLE
I received this track from a trusted confident. Given their particular taste in music, I knew this song wouldn’t disappoint. The Jungle is a London based R&B group, that till recently has been enshrouded in mystery. This funky UK five-piece delivers some serious funk and groove on this track ‘Busy Earnin’ which is surprisingly(or unsurprisingly) stirring up controversy due to the groups name, true identities, and covert use of black faces. I say fuNk it, and lets groove to this eclectic post-racial R&B crew. Also, check out their video below, and if you’re inspired enough to orchestrate a remake of this dance please let me know…I’m all in!
4) Man X Woman – Mar
This track blends some electronic house sounds with some ultra smooth slow jams reminiscent of 90s R&B. Mar seems to be a fairly recent establishment given the little background info avialable on him via the interweb. He seems to have a number of mentions (here/here) on his music releases that match the quality of ‘Man X Woman.’
5) Don’t Wait – Mapei
Stockholm-based singer Mapei released the video to her song ‘Don’t Wait’ last week. This is an easy up-tempo track that’s a fun listen. The video is also chill, it doesn’t really add or take anything away from the song, except reassures its cool and hip vibe.
6) Tops – Lincoln Jesser
When I heard this song I knew it needed to be included in one of our Music Monday playlists. So here it is! Lincoln Jesser is a Los Angeles-based Indie Pop artist. This song “Tops” speaks to his genre and delivers a fun listen.
7) Hero – Frank Ocean ft. Diplo x Mick Jones x Paul Simonon
Frank Ocean recently released this new track ‘Hero’ sponsored by Converse with a collaboration with Diplo and Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. Ocean lends his classic vocals to a retro-futuristic sound that could work for a variety of music eras.
8) I’m Aquarius – Metronomy
Metronomy is an electronic music group based in the UK (there’s a trend forming here). Though I’m Sagittarius, Metronomy’s ‘I’m Aquarius’ is another fun track that can liven up any rainy day. It’s a fun song that mixes the group’s electronic identity to some up-tempo beats and other eclectic sounds. shoo doo doo uhhh…
9) The Man – Aloe Blacc
If you ever watched the HBO show(now cancelled) ‘How To make It In America‘ then you’ve heard the voice of Aloe Blacc. This American recording artist is finally catching fire. From his song ‘I Need a Dollar‘ and his collab on Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up,’ Aloe Blacc now gives us “The Man” which beautifully displays his vocals, cool, and reasons why he’s the man.
10) Home – Jess Glynne
Jess Glynne is a British singer/songwriter. She is best known for being featured on Clean Bandit’s 2014 single “Rather Be“; the song reached number 1 in the UK. This song ‘Home’ has grown on me, at first listen I was like ‘meh,’ but then I kept listening. Jess Glynne is being put on the list for a new class of artists who are looking to put the UK R&B scene back on top (so far so good).
11) Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
This Sam Smith track is great. There’s great emotion in this song, from a musician with great vocal range. The UK recording artist has collaborated with Disclosure on ‘Latch‘ and has gone off to produce his own string of hits. I’m interested to hear more music from this guy.
12) Thug Cry – Rick Ross ft. Lil Wayne
“Still lemon pepper on my motherf*ckin’ wangs…” Rick Ross kills it with this track featuring Lil Wayne. Wondering do thugz cry, Ross references his new found humbling success and how he stays true to his love of wingstops (the rapper owns over 25 wingstops franchises).
13) Never Gonna Change – BROODS
This track closes out the playlist on a chill note. BROODS are a New Zealand based brother-sister pop duo. They recently released a self titled EP earlier this year, and are expected to follow up with a full album due in August.
Like the seasons, this playlist mixes the highs and lows to bring you an eclectic variety of tunes to sooth your spring mellow.