5 unexpectedly great songs on repeat this week

I feel like it’s always good to be open to different music genres and listen to songs freely without trying to categorize them. This week there are 5 new songs that are either from artists you probably haven’t heard of or artists you’re not particularly a fan of. But trust me they’re really great pieces of musical work, so relatable, they’re pretty likely to move you in some way, unless you don’t have a heart of course. In that case, leave this page right now and go listen to some angry trap (don’t get me wrong, I love me some angry trap music from time to time). Anyways, here we go.

Back 2 you - Selena Gomez

Back to You – Selena Gomez
This is a song about not being able to let go of that one particular person no matter how hard you try. What I love about this song is that Selena manages to convey this feeling without using a lot of big words. The line “You could break my heart in two, but when it heals it beats for you” is both tragic and genius at the same time. Also the chorus is very car-driving-shoutable. So Go Gomez! You did that!

 

Sunglasses - Hopium

Sunglasses – Hopium
This one is just greatness! I am personally a big fan of subtle, ironic metaphors for big feelings and what is greater than the line “I keep my sunglasses on so you can’t see inside my soul”. Also this basically describes our whole generation, always having their guard up, trying to avoid real feelings at any cost. I also highly suggest watching the video to the song right here!

 

Obvious - Shaqdi

Obvious – Shaqdi
Pure driving-into-a-sunset-with-your-windows-rolled-down-vibes! I suggest turning the volume all the way up on this one in order to be able to hear all the details of this unique sound. My favourite line in this is “So visible like cellophane, you can see right through me, so obvious”. Yessss!!

 

Charlie Puth - Voicenotes

Patient – Charlie Puth
This mellow track from his album “Voicenotes” is a heartfelt apology, which mainly lives from its chill sound and Charlie’s soothing voice. He’s singing to a girl that he wants to be patient with him because he seems like he’s not quite ready to give her what she deserves yet. It’s up to you if you want to believe him when he says “I know I’m not what you need, but baby I’m gonna be”. I’m not sure if I do but what I believe for sure is that this is a great song.

 

Roll (Burbank Funk) Kaytranada Remix - The Internet

Roll (Burbank Funk) Р The Internet (Kaytranada Remix)
When I heard the original song I was super excited of course because it had been some time since the last The Internet release and it’s a great vibey song no doubt. But I’m telling you when I heard the Kaytranada remix…YO! I really think Kaytranada is able to make every great song a thousand times greater by remixing it. It’s like he comes down from another planet in his spaceship every now and then in order to bless us with another otherwordly remix that will have you feeling like you’re floating in space yourself for a second. At this point I would like to suggest you listen to one of my favourite Kaytranada remixes “Be Your Girl”¬†right here, which is unfortunately only available on Soundcloud until this day.
If you like these songs and want to stay updated on the latest music releases then go follow my “Freshnesss” Spotify playlist where I filter out the best new music for you every Friday. You’re welcome!

Heatwave forecast for June

Attention fellow advocates of real good music. I know, I know man’s not hot but you should consider leaving your jacket in the closet because June will be a very heated month. Here’s a list of the artists releasing their new projects in June – after Pusha T’s album on May 25 which is produced by Kanye:

June 1 – Kanye West

June 8 – Kid Cudi (joint project with Kanye titled “Kids See Ghosts”)
June 8 – Jorja Smith (debut album, not produced by Kanye titled “Lost & Found”)

June 15 – Nas (produced by Kanye)

June 22 – Teyana Taylor (also produced by Kanye, duh)

And of course Drake’s new album titled “Scorpion” (exact release date tba) – not produced by Kanye…or is it? Nah, the executive producers on this project are Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib, but after their little vacation in Wyoming it is pretty safe to say that Drake will appear as a feature on Kanye’s new album.

So my suggestion is to make a little adjustment to our calenders this year to:
January, February, March, April, May, Kanye, July, August, September, October, November, December.

I’ll let you start your mental preparation now and in order to make the wait more bearable for you here’s my Freshnesss playlist where you’ll find the freshest of the fresh releases updated every New Music Friday. You’re welcome.

 

 

You NEED some NAAZ

You don’t know who NAAZ is? If you’re reading this it’s not too late! NAAZ is a Kurdish girl from the Netherlands who’s only 19 years old. She writes, records and produces her music herself in her freaking bedroom (wow, I know right?) and even though I haven’t met her I feel like she’s the most authentic and sincere person ever. This shows in her lyrics which are like little beautiful poems scribbled into a notebook. In fact, this is how she discovered her love for music, by starting to sing the poems she had been writing since she was 6 years old. You know how they say some people are really old souls? That is definitely the case with NAAZ.

Her debut single “Words” was released a year ago when she had just started producing herself but that just proves she was born to do this. The track (which is my personal favorite by her) is also featured on her debut EP “Bits of NAAZ” which just dropped two days ago on April 20. There are 8 songs on the EP and each one tells a story. I would describe her sound as hopeful, honest and liberating. Her music is meaningful but not heavy, which is not an easy thing to create. Her EP tells a story about taking risks, going for your goals, believing in yourself and living life to the fullest. Her song “Pretty” is an anthem about embracing who you are; “Sometimes I’m insecure, at least I’m sure ’bout that, but does it really matter when I know it ain’t all ’bout that, you can go feel my energy, it’s nothing but good vibes, nothing really matters, no I ain’t gotta hide”, she sings. And we’re all like hell yeah! Good vibes only!

So what are you waiting for? Go listen to her NOW!

Oh wait! One more thing, NAAZ is a huge Kanye fan and she recorded the most magical otherworldly cover of one of my all-time favorite Kanye songs “Ultralight Beam”, where she even kills Chance The Rapper’s part, so make sure you go check that out on Spotify as well! K, now you can go.