Welcome to week two of For The Record, weekly song suggestions from someone with music taste that is a bit all over the place. Having a stressful week? I’ve got your back with a mixed bag of singles to chill out to when you need to forget about your responsibilities.
May I Have This Dance – Francis and the Lights
If you are a Chance The Rapper fan you’ve gotten a taste of Francis and the Lights style from “Summer Friends”. At first listen, depending on your preferences, his music can feel a bit disorienting but the interesting mix of alt rock, pop and just a hint of soul grew on me. “May I Have This Dance” is a fun tune that can put anyone in a better mood.
Coming to U Live – Young Clancy
Underground Toronto crooner Young Clancy caught my attention recently and I have been obsessed ever since. It is obvious from his production that he has been influenced by the hip hop and R&B that has previously come out of his city (Drake, The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor) but his sound is a bit more delicate and relaxed. The lyrics are simple (basically repeating “coming to you live live live live live over the course of the song) but the intricate beat and Clancy’s smooth vocals draw you in keep you invested throughout the track.
Anita – Smino
I would be willing to bet this St. Louis rapper grew up adoring Outkast from the sound of his new single “Anita”. The track is as smooth as it gets, with obvious blues and jazz influence. The southern twang of the vocals and pulls together the song which Smino says he wrote to “emphasize how raw a black woman is”.
Cool Your Heart – Dirty Projectors featuring Dawn Richards
Last Friday the indie group released yet another single from their upcoming self-titled album. The track automatically captures you with production that transports you to some remote tropical island where the word “stress” has been removed from local dialect. Dawn Richards voice compliments that of lead David Longstretch’s nicely for a happy go lucky and summery jam (good thing it’s always summer in Miami).
Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid
Don’t worry, this isn’t an annoying indie Kendrick Lamar cover. “Don’t Kill My Vibe” showcases the impressively captivating voice of this 20-year old Norwegian singer, which is accompanied perfectly by airy instrumentation that evolves over the course of the track. The song starts off slow but builds by the end to an anthem for anyone fed up with people around them ruining their happiness.
Let us know what are you listening to this week!