August 18, 2017

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Happy Friday! Coming at you live from Portland, Oregon! I’m here to provide you a brief break from the reality of (most of) America (just) waking up to a racism problem (understatement), and I come bearing a lot of music. So much, I got it coming out my ears and into yours (that sounds gross).

Before I share the SEVEN tracks I’ve scooped up for you this week, I’d first like to give a shout out to my friend Elise. She’s the header picture for this week’s edition of cmd+f, and she’s getting married this weekend (that’s why I’m in Portland!). I’ve spent this past week dusting off the cobwebs of some ancient iTunes playlists in my archives and compiling a list of songs I remember we listened to whilst living together in college (that was 7 years ago!!!). I remember when Gaga’s “Bad Romance” demo leaked and I played it on repeat for hours in our room, and the rich irony of me snapping at her for playing La Roux’s “Bulletproof” everyday. I got her a gigantic poster of Eric Northman for our dorm because we were obsessed with True Blood, we danced to Metronomy regularly, and bonded over our fascination with Patrick Wolf. The list is evergreen and I’ll dump new tracks in there from time to time, but it’s mostly a time capsule of tunes circa 2010. I get strong emotional attachments and associations with songs -  and I can say 100% of the songs dumped onto this playlist bring me such great memories of my friendship with Elise.

You can listen to my mix for Elise anytime here. Love you, girl!

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“Waking Up Slow” -  Gabrielle Aplin | This little slice of pop perfect has been on loop for the most of this past week. It’s got the lowkey sunpunched mellowbanger quality of a Carly Rae Jepsen track, aka it’s amazing AND will implant itself in your brain. Gabrielle’s had massive international success the past few years, particularly in Brazil, mostly pushing soft vocals over acoustic instrumentals… but Gabrielle Aplin the cinematic power pop princess? Into it. More, please. Listen here

“Water Me” - Lizzo | Lizzo is a damn goddess. “Water Me” is a celebration of her entire self, declaring she is her own source of inspiration, embraces the practice of self-acceptance and love, and she’s the source of her own personal growth. As a fat woman of color myself, Lizzo truly is the most refreshing and exciting acts out there killing the game. She is marching her way into the spotlight as a proud, big black woman, and she has written anthem after anthem about how much she loves being in her skin. The “Water Me” video takes it a step further, and celebrating the outward beauty of blackness. Beautiful, beautiful song. Listen here and Watch here

“Hot Mess” -  GIRLI | I know what you’re thinking - another GIRLI song?! So long as she cranks out these bops… I will not stop until she’s somewhat of a household name in the pop music community. “Hot Mess” is frantic, bold, fun, and high key relatable. Listen here

“Warning Signs” - Boilermakers feat. KLP | Boilermakers is Matt Okine, a jack of all trades of the entertainment industry from Australia. Beat is dope, but the hook carried out by KLP is luuuuush. “Warning Signs” is smooth as hell. Listen here

“Every Day’s the Weekend” -  Alex Lahey | Heyya! Would you look at that? Alex Lahey is another fellow Aussie cranking out fun, relentless rock tunes. “Every Day’s the Weekend” is a delirious, insatiable flask of indie pop. Listen here

“Favorite Girl” -  Henrik the Artist | Henrik the Artist stems from the self-proclaimed “first club music boi band” collective Rytmeklubben which they blend club and pop music. “Favorite girl” is cut from the same vein as the UK’s PC Music producers, but in this instance he mixes a slightly less demented and softer brush of late 90s/early 00s commercial pop vibes. “Favorite Girl” is a sticky, sweet delight. Listen here

“Black Cat Heavy Metal” -  Dan Luke and The Raid | Last but certainly not least is the debut single from Dan Luke and the Raid - a fast and heavy psych rock jam. With a weighty distortion on the vocals, the only words I can manage to slur my way through deciphering are “black cat” and “neon sign,” but I can’t help pretending how to sing the words all the way through. The hook on that chorus is so clutch. Listen here

BONUS

  • BRAND NEW RELEASED (their final????) AN ALBUM !!!!!! A select handful of fans who pre-ordered the album today, but you can buy and download Science Fiction here

  • A$AP Mob’s most consistent member A$AP Ferg dropped a surprise Still Striving mixtape and it’s doooooooope. “Plain Jane” is my shit. Tape includes features from everyone relevant in rap right now and Meek Mill Listen here

  • Justin Bieber has released yet another country song disguised as a pop bop. Producer BloodPop had his hands in this one so it’s fuego Listen here

  • New Weezer album is in the horizon. For now, listen to their new song “Mexican Fender” if you are in a mood to rawk out  Listen here

  • 1000% not fronting: Miley Cyrus’ new song “Younger Now” bangs Listen here

  • Katy Perry has added Purity Ring and CARLY RAE JEPSEN as openers for her upcoming tour. Yep, Jeppo is opening for KPez. Bet that woke you up

  • The sound of 2008 has evolved: Alice Glass, formerly of Crystal Castles, has released her debut EP and it was produced by Jupiter Keyes formerly of HEALTH, and I forgot how much I missed a wet, juicy bass line. Listen here

  • Dance yr nite away “tonite” with new LCD Soundsystem Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal August 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

August 11, 2017

What a WHIRLWIND few weeks it’s been. This time NEXT week, I will be enjoying a box full of Voodoo Donuts LIVE FROM PORTLAND, OR! One of my best college friends is (finally) getting married, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I’ve spent most of my week obsessively listening to Aphex Twin to help keep my brain focused on getting as many things done before I’m reunited with the Pacific Northwest. Between every loop of “Xtal” and “Avril 14th,” I managed to track down 5 new tracks from emerging artists that I’m fairly certain you’re going to enjoy.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“My Smile is Extinct” -  Kane Strang | New. Favorite. Song. This is not an exaggeration. I strongly considered only put this song down five times in a row, as I knew nothing else I listened to this week could grab my attention well enough to listen to anything else! “My Smile is Extinct” is, mathematically, a perfect song. Clocking in just under 3 min 30 seconds, every segment is as memorable as the last, and you’ll be signing all the lyrics after the first few spins. “Kill me now/ I want to die/ I heard there’s a chance at an afterlife,” the chorus kicks off. The vocals are all delivered in a keen level of monotone that verges on suppressing every level of emotion to not go postal. This song is the Pringles of all songs - once you pop, can’t stop. Put this puppy on repeat, and after about 30 minutes you’ll forget when the last spin of the song started. I actually discovered New Zealand’s Kane Strang on YouTube of all places after craving a music video binge, and the title “My Smile is Extinct” got a chuckle out of me. The rest is history. Listen here

“Motion Sickness” - Phoebe Bridgers | Been really deep inside my feelings this month. “Motion Sickness” is a stunning, evocative lyrical painting. Each line paints a vivid narrative of restlessness and anxiety. Haven’t stumbled across a song I can high key relate to in terms of trying to absorb and metabolize my anxieties, relationships, environment…  "I have emotional motion sickness / Somebody roll the windows down / There are no words in the English language / I could scream to drown you out." Also feel obligated to give a shout out to Phoebe for being a fellow Pasadena native! Really exciting to showcase someone this talented from my city. Listen here

“Mermaid” -  Skott | If you’ve been going HAM on whole wheat with Lana’s Lust For Life LP and want to switch things up a bit, may I introduce you to Skott? Imagine Lana went a bit more Kate Bush than Stevie Knicks, and you’ve got “Mermaid.” The Swedish siren has also dropped an artful clip to help completely set the mood on this ballad. Listen here and Watch here

“Adrenaline” - BOSCO | My gut reaction to this song was “holy shit.” The frantic, haunting production at first had me thinking this was a SZA b-side until I noticed it was an entirely different artist. “Give me a reason to love you through the pain” - like, YES GIRL! Tell! Them!!! Absolute banger. Listen here

“That Much” -  Buddy | While Kendrick Lamar has completely re-defined the Compton flow, Buddy has taken that vibe and wrapped it up in “That Much.” Back in May, I poked at Buddy’s lyrical content on his KAYTRANADA produced “World of Wonders” with a bit of an eyeroll, but warmed to it for that insatiable beat. Last month I got to experience Buddy live for the first time, and he surprised the hell out of me. I then later realized he’s been at this game for over 8 years and is only 23 years old. DAMN! Listen here

BONUS

  • Kesha’s highly anticipated first sans-Dr. Luke LP Rainbow is here. It’s got not one but TWO (high key) Beth Ditto-esque collabs with Eagles of Death Metal, and a fab duet with country legend Dolly Parton Listen here

  • Everyone’s fav punk goths turned neon wave shoegazers The Horrors are BACK with a new single [wails] “Something To Remember Me By”, and it’s a MASTERPIECE Listen here

  • For those reading who do not have TIDAL (which odds are approx. 97% of you), JAY-Z’s “Moonlight” video is now available for us plebs to experience on YouTube! Please talk to me on the side about this video especially, as the LEVELS of cultural commentary are just dying to be unpacked. SO, SO GOOD. Watch here

  • Allegedly the new Liam Gallagher tune “For What It’s Worth” is an open, public apology to “everyone,” but I’m sure now he’s especially sorry to his new pal A$AP Rocky whom he thought was actually named “Whatsapp Ricky.” Listen here

  • Rita Ora! Out here! Reminding everyone she a musique artiste! Swedish hit making producer Avicii may have quit performing live FOREVER, but he’s back in the studio and ready to crank out a whole new crop of earworms. Love this new lil bop called “Lonely Together,” T B Q H Listen here

  • World’s second more popular Albanian pop star Bebe Rexha has shared her All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP. Highlight is club ready jam “(Not) The One” Listen here

  • New Fifth Harmony track “Angel” is gonna make LAPS on the airwaves; what a bop Listen here

  • Please head over to Emre’s Twitter Account for a link to the new Exit Kid music video for “Caesar” (because it wasn’t live by the time I sent this out, but you should be sure to take a peek - all previews look wild)

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal August 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

August 4, 2017

This past week has been a long, luminous blur. I’ve had approximately 4 hours of sleep per night, met some incredible people, and somehow managed to dig up five sweet tracks from artists you may have never heard of or have flown under your radar.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“LMK” -  Kelela | Kelela is simultaneously not a secret, yet is THE secret weapon to experiencing sonic bliss. Her 2013 release CUT 4 ME made her an instant cult sensation, and her 2015 EP Hallucinogen was met with massive critical acclaim. Those in “the know” and on top of the coolest of cool music are no stranger to Kelela - her buttery smooth vocals have been featured on the Gorillaz’s latest album Humanz, and Solange’s A Seat at the Table. “LMK” is the first single off her highly anticipated debut album, and I could not be foaming at the mouth any harder than the moment this song dropped. Kelela's vocal delivery is sultry over the crisp, vivid backdrop produced by Jam City. You can sway to it, sing in the shower to it, initiate a hook up at the club to it…. Summer ‘17 has officially been blessed by “LMK.” Listen here

“You’re Mine” - Lola Marsh | While “You’re Mine” has a cool 8 million+ streams on Spotify, “You’re Mine” is a song that has to be approached from all angles. What drew me in on the first listen was the lush, sultry alto swooping over a delectable bass line. Lola Marsh’s Yael Shoshana Cohen turns the dreamy pop tune from sounding like a Velvet Underground deep cut in the studio recording into a charming coffee shop ballad. When I heard “You’re Mine” from a live recording with an acoustic guitar, stripped from that sinister, heavy bass, and it took on a more romantic facade. Listen to the studio version here, then get your coffee shop ballad on here

“Monday” -  Moon Regiment feat. Dominique | Firstable, TGIF - but may I introduce you to “Monday?” If Grimes worked with Sally Shapiro to produce an Italo Disco track, it’d 1000% sound like “Monday.” Moon Regiment is a Swedish producer I know next to nothing about, only than the fact that "Monday" is great and he’s been composing music for over a decade. Listen here

“Magazine” - Sløtface | Norway’s more-punk-than-pop Sløtface are stirring quite a buzz recently. I first heard them on BBC Radio 1 several moon cycles ago, but I’ve seen their name mentioned across a handful of publications in the past week. As a big believer in “signs,” the universe was obviously shining a blinding neon sign over Sløtface. I jumped back into their tunes, and their sound’s gotten so much heavier since the release of their single “Kill ‘Em With Kindness.” What hasn't changed is their chorus hooks are still undeniable. The group cite late-90s/early-00s teen romance film soundtracks as a huge influence on their sound, and what’s better than a Norwegian “Teenage Dirtbag,” baby?? Keep your finger on the pulse of this band - Sløtface are the new indie darlings and are going to burst through 2018 at breakneck speed. Listen here

“Deep Summer” (Burial Remix) -  Mønic | As the dog days of summer begin to soak into the skin on our backs from the moment our pinky toe steps out the door, we immediately settle in a “mood.” For me, if it’s over 90F and humid, I’m immediately stricken with grief. There is something so bittersweet about Summertime after you’ve gone through proper schooling and your dream Croatian beach vacation fund is really your emergency fund that somehow always goes toward your monthly credit card payment…. Wow, this got personal real quick. In “Deep Summer,” leave it to Burial to cast a humanized element over Mønic’s drowsy soundscape. The remix is bursting with life: tropical xylophones, the crisp “ktch” of a spliff catching fire, sharp inhales and wispy chuckles. It’s Burial at his best, transporting you straight onto a city block, and for ten minutes, your mouth will begin to water at the sound of the ice cream truck’s bell, sweat will cradle your shoulders as a campfire crackles in the sweltering heat. Get ready to dive head first into “Deep Summer.” Listen here

BONUS

  • Lorde’s new single is “Perfect Places” and I wanna vacation in every single location this video was shot - in the elaborate designer garb and all Watch here

  • This headline: LOL - laughs aside, producers literally realize a song into existence…. With that, if there is a song you are really, really digging right now, go find out the producer of that particular track, then see what other songs they’ve produced. It’s fun, and producers need love, too - especially in hip-hop.

  • Each new epic the War On Drugs song that comes out blows my friggin’ mind. “Pain” is divine Listen here

  • Meanwhile, Bebe Rexha out here releasing songs Camila Cabello’s label WISHES they could snatch from her. Her new single “That’s It” features a slick trap beat, Gucci Mane, and 2 Chainz. Smells like a hit, sounds like a hit, bangs like a hit; must be a hit. Go IN, Bebe!! Listen here

  • Innovative experimental producer of the decade Actress has dropped “Audio Track 5,” a new track from his forthcoming collaborative LP with the London Contemporary Orchestra. News broke yesterday that Actress and the LCO will be be debuting a performance via Boiler Room sometime this autumn. From the fragmented, distorted dystopian haze heard in “Audio Track 5,” rest assured this is going to be one sick livestream. Listen here

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New month, new playlist! If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal August 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

July 28, 2017

I’ve spent approximately 7 hours of my week chin-handsing it on my desk watching Charli XCX’s “Boys” music video. When I first heard about this entire concept of a seemingly endless list of male celebs and models doing soft, swoon-worthy things, nothing could have prepared me for it. It’s a 2 minutes and 47 second choose-your-own-internet-boyfriend ad, flipping the Male Gaze in on its head. It’s got Diplo doing bicep curls with puppies, Joe Jonas seductively licking at a milk mustache, Vance Joy savoring a donut, Chromeo having a pillow fight, Riz Ahmed cuddling a gigantic plush teddy bear…. And about thirty other pure, divine clips of “guys doing all the sexy things that girls usually do in videos.”

The video’s gone viral, you’ve most likely watched it 70+ times by now, but since then, people have been pitching their own personal “Boys” dream-casting. My top 5 personal favorites I’ve seen mentioned are:

1. Tom Holland testing lipstick swatches on his arm

2. Oscar Isaac watering ferns

3. Tom Hardy blowing bubbles

4. Chris Pratt doing long division in his head

5. Sufjan Stevens trimming a lawn with a pair of scissors

Who are and what would your top 3 ideal “Boys” dream-cast scenarios? Hit me up on Twitter!

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“Mattress” - Leland | If you’ve never heard OF Leland, you’ve definitely heard Leland in some capacity – he’s a hit-making songwriter who’s responsible for Daya’s runaway hit “Hideaway,” half of the tracks on Troye Sivan’s debut album Blue Neighbourhood, a bulk of Allie X’s catalogue, and most recently the mastermind behind Selena Gomez’s newest single “Fetish.” What’s special about Leland’s lyrical content is how vivid the descriptions are – even if they can be a tad corny. Successful pop has a bit of nonsense tucked into it. In “Mattress,” Leland takes the mic this time to lament about letting a lover go and wanting nothing more in the freakin’ world than to have his body on their mattress. Listen here

“Sunny Days” -  Bel Heir | This song sounds like it belongs on an advert between breaks during an episode of The OC or even the background of a house party in a late 90s teen movie. Not sure if it’s the record scratches and bouncy guitars that give it a tinge of nostalgia for summer evenings on the beach, but I’ve been digging this tune all week. It’s been nagging at the back of my mind with a sense of familiarity and delight. Listen here

“Fire Dancing” -  Holy Oysters | Holy Oysters! Don’t think I can recall any Parisian psychedelic pop artists off the top of my head, and these dudes are killing the game. They sound like Kevin Parker produced a track for Arcade Fire - which we know would sound like swishing pop rocks and Coke in your mouth after snacking on some mushrooms. “Fire Dancing” is vibrant, electrifying, and so much fun to listen to. Listen here

“Celebration of the Disease” -  Cabbage | Cabbage are one of the most exciting new punk acts coming out of Manchester at the moment. Serving up classic, anarchist punk titles like “Uber Capitalist Death Trade” and “A Network Betrayal,” and lending their sound to stirring guitars and relentless chants. “Celebration of the Disease” sounds similar to early The Horrors tunes – a bit sinister, yet liberating. Listen here

“Midnight” - Jessie Ware | G I R L ! My mind is clear, my soul is cleansed, my world is aligned. For all the years I’ve been following Jessie’s career, I’ve immersed myself in the overall essence of her music from her debut album Devotion  – a touch cool, mostly soothing – but home girl came to COLLECT on this comeback single. As soon Jessie starts to belt out the chorus as it bursts through an Elton John-esque piano step, I. Am. Bald. Listen here

BONUS

  • RIP to the iPod Nano and Shuffle

  • Arcade Fire’s FIFTH studio album Everything Now is out and does not disappoint Listen here

  • Hallelujah! BØRNS is back! New single is titled “Faded Heart” Listen here

  • Cardi B has jumped on a remix of DRAM’s “Cute” and it’s delightful Listen here

  • From one cooky ass producer to another, PC Music founder AG Cook covered Aphex Twin’s IDM classic tune “Windowlicker” note-for-note and it’s a sugary, demented hyperfantasy Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal July 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

July 21, 2017

I was really looking forward to talking to y’all about how I'm not going to FYF Fest this weekend and Raf Simons’ new collection he showed this week, but there I feel there is nothing else I could open this week’s letter with other than the news that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park is dead. Reports state he died by suicide in his Los Angeles home this week.

A friend sent me a text asking if I had heard about Chester, and my first thought was he had been in an accident or diagnosed with a disease - but nothing could have prepared me for this. It’s all still fresh and doesn’t feel real.

So, I took a few breaths before I started to silently grieve at my desk. The loss of Prince and Bowie felt much different - they were legends of another space and time. Chester’s impact hit me so much harder as he was a huge presence in my life during my tween years.

Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory came out when I was just 10 years old. When my best friend in 6th grade introduced me to “In the End,” as corny as it sounds, I felt I had listened to music that ‘spoke’ to me for the first time ever. Being 11 years old in middle school with vicious bullies who verbally abused you wasn’t easy, but like most angsty teens who turn to music to find meaning for their existence, I found a way to cope by obsessively listening to Hybrid Theory and scribbling down a lot of poetry in my locked diaries from Claire’s.

As I matured through middle school, my love for Linkin Park never waned. My identity became synonymous with Linkin Park - I talked about them all the time, purchased all of their CDs and DVD sets, ordered my first book online through Barnes & Noble for their coffee table book. I tuned into every damn interview or Making the Video they had scheduled on MTV or FUSE. These dudes shaped my worldview at such an impressionable age: Linkin Park, particularly Chester and Mike Shinoda (who are inarguably the mouthpieces of the band), introduced me to loads of new music, and showed compassion through their extensive charity work.

Young, anxious teen me cared so much about Linkin Park because Linkin Park’s music became a reflection of myself. Their sound reflected my feelings, their lyrical content resonated with my own dark thoughts - Linkin Park truly were a revolutionary and game-changing sound for music at the turn of the millennium. I know it’s become a mockery in retrospect within the last few years - that entire “nu metal” genre of gritty rap rock with overproduced bionic beats. Laugh all you want: Linkin Park were a cornerstone for a major shift in the sound of mainstream rock.

I’m so grateful to have grown up with Linkin Park. I’m so grateful to have admired Chester for being open about his own depression and personal traumas.

Rest easy, man.

If you or someone close to you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feel like there is nobody you can turn to, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. Lines are open 24/7.

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Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“Virtue” - Kllo | What a breath of fresh air. “Virtue” is Kllo’s first single off their forthcoming debut album, and it’s a blissful, euphoric UK garage bop. Sounds very much like candy floss, and that feeling you get when you’re sipping a ginormous margarita whilst floating down a lazy river. Listen here

“That’s The Way It Is (Survival of the Sickest)” -  Rude GRL | BRAT POP CONTINUES TO THRIVE! Rude GRL are Ben Langmaid (formerly????) of La Roux and the very talented MC Jenna Dickens. They’re absolutely killing it on their DEBUT single with this Run-D.M.C. sample on a hyperloop smeared in Vaseline. That lo-fi charm sounds a bit like a long lost J.J. Fad demo tape unearthed from a dusty attic in Wales. It’s the first release off RAT BOY’s new label SCUM RECS. What a damn bar to set. Listen here

“Real Thing” (Jim-E Stack Remix) -  Lower Dens | Imagine: Ra Ra Riot singing a sad-ballad with a Prince twist. Lower Dens typically sound much more like a dreamy-pop The Walkmen, but this Jim-E Stack remix has “Real Thing” emerge as a strong contender for a Drive sequel soundtrack. Listen here

“Frontier” -  Queue | Love me some dreamy, 90s indie rock inspired tunes with a female lead vocalists. “Frontier” is a brash, frenetic whirlwind of a song. Best bit: when the subtle  tambourine jumps in the chorus. While rattled with layers upon layers of noise, it’s a tightly crafted instrumental with no second wasted between each wavering guitar string. It’s a good amount of busy, like a beaded Alexander McQueen gown. Quality tunage, y’all. Listen here

TTYN” - vivienxo | Sometimes I wish Carly Rae Jepsen could just spit it out and casually slip a grandiose “fuck you” into one of her seemingly endless catalogue of bops. Instead, Jepsus remains the Queen of Keeping Things PG, but I can’t complain since she never misses the mark on crafting a pop hit. Since Jespsus has yet to deliver it so blatantly, cue vivienxo dishing up one fantastic anti-fuckboi anthem we were WAITING to hear on the EMOTION B-sides album. Listen here

BONUS

  • DECLAN MCKENNA’S DEBUT ALBUM WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CAR? IS OUT AND YOU SHOULD REALLY PRIORITIZE LISTENING TO IT Listen here

  • Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life album is out now. She has two songs with A$AP Rocky and one song with Stevie Nicks. Twitter is buzzing about this, so if you wanna but up on The Culture... Listen here

  • Louis Tomlinson (of One Direction, because I have a moral obligation to always report their wearabouts in solo careers [Speaking of; Harry Styles’ acting debut opens this weekend in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, and appaz Hazza does surprisingly well in his role, and you should see it on IMAX but definitely take a Xanax beforehand - this is all hearsay]) has a new solo single with Bebe Rexha called “Back To You.” Was really hyped because the promo aesthetic and the instrumentals are DOPE. Ultimate verdict: it’s a country folk ballad dressed in Ventements Listen here

  • Tyler, The Creator’s album Flower Boy dropped today. Standout track is “I Ain’t Got Time!” feat. A+ sampling of “Groove is in the Heart”  Listen here

  • GO ANALOGUE, BABY!!! Sabrina Carpenter continues to follow in Selena Gomez’s Disney-star-to-pop-star footsteps with her newest banger “Why” (which I’m high key in love with). She shared the music video for it on Wednesday starring her and Casey Cott (aka, Kevin Keller from the hit TV show ~Riverdalé~), and my favorite bit in the video is them eating Chinese in candlelight. Watch here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal July 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

July 14, 2017

Happy Friday, y’all! Overall, it’s been an uplifting week. I’ve been thinking about Spider-Man: Homecoming since I saw it last Saturday (please go see it ASAP if you haven’t yet), Raf Simons dropped a Blade Runner meets Joy Division/New Order inspired collection (which, if you know me, it's the most high key on brand fashion collection practically made for me of all time), and I finally booked my trip to Portland for my friend’s wedding next month! It’s been two years since I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest – looking forward to having Marionberry flavored everything the entire weekend, and hopefully I’ll get through a few rolls of film while I’m there.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on Twitter with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe to never miss a weekly roundup!

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“Summer Sound” - ROMES | This right here: the content we truly deserve. This is the second time ROMES have made an appearance on cmd+f – this week, I’ve been OBSESSED with their new single “Summer Sound.” Absolute BOP! When their self-directed music video for the tune dropped Monday, I had this song on repeat for hours at work. The day coasted by much more quickly as I started singing along with the chorus at my desk [cue me bopping along to “Say ‘Oooh, I’m good!’ The rhythm is here to stay!!!!!!” like, YES IT DAMN WELL IS]. Ultimate result: my spirits were lifted, crops were watered, skin cleared, etc. Listen here / Watch here

“We Dance” -  Crush Club | As a staunch disco never died advocate, Crush Club are giving me LIFE. “We Dance” is a classic disco tune, loaded with an easy to groove 4/4 fiesta, bursting with smooth piano stabs and liberating vocals. I almost guarantee you’ll want to rip your clothes off and bathe in glitter on a dancefloor by the second chorus. Listen here

“I Wish I Was A Bird” -  Luke Rathborne | This tune came my way through a press email, and I was delightfully surprised. “Don’t Call Me Baby” is one of two new releases from Luke this week after the new announcement of his signing to Ribbon Music. Full well knowing Ribbon Music’s roster of artists (most notably John Maus, whom I’m still low key obsessed with), I instantly knew Luke’d be a special addition. From the first note of “Don’t Call Me Baby,” I was warmed by the jovial nature of the tune, but the real star is the 8 and a half minute monster ballad “I WIsh I Was A Bird.” Don’t let anyone fool you that long songs are a waste of your time – I’m here to tell you that this one is very special. Listen here

“anemona” -  slenderbodies | If Glass Animals whispered over a Foals instrumental with Alt-J levels of harmonizing, then you’d get something sounding very close to “anemona.” The guitar picking and sonic flourishes are insane, to the point I’m convinced the song is actually 3-dimensional. It builds on so many layers compressed down onto the same notes at about five separate angles. What I’m describing make me sound insane, but once you give it a spin, you’ll hear exactly what I mean. Listen here

“Rush” - Lauren Faith | My first thought when I heard “Rush” was that JLo’s team would have snatched this song up in a heartbeat if it was written during her prime reign in the era of velour track suits. Trop-house lite production at the start of “Rush” aside, once the drums kick in 30 seconds in, the grooving only goes up from there. While I haven’t found much info about Lauren Faith, and only seeing this is her second official single, I can get behind this sound. Listen here

BONUS

  • cmd+f alumna San Mei has released her debut EP, and it’s top notch hazy rock goodness Listen here

  • The new Arcade Fire track “Electric Blue” is a hypnotic masterpiece Listen here

  • Mura Masa’s debut album is FINALLY HERE!!! Listen here

  • Rising pop darling Billie Eilish dropped “COPYCAT” - vibes are reminiscent of early, early Lana Del Rey Listen here

  • Speaking of Lana Del Rey: Listen here

  • More evidence 2017 has been a fever dream: Coldplay have a new EP and Big Sean is one on of their tracks. Listen here

  • With Soundcloud being on its DEATHBED, there’s an even more horrific story looming in the background: one of my favorite sites I visited religiously throughout high school, Hype Machine, is facing a rough patch in this stream-heavy culture. If you’re unfamiliar with HypeM, it’s a website that helped track and prioritize the most “hyped” about tracks during the height of the independent music blogging era circa 2007-2012. I would spend hours scrolling through HypeM discovering new artists, glistening disco-fied remixes, and tricked out bootlegs from all over the net. It was my number one new music source for a solid 5 years, all through Uni, up until, erm, Spotify came around. HypeM runs on humanized data, not computerized algorithms, and it’s one of the last honest places in music to offer such a service. They keep the opinions of little guys (like me!!) at the forefront. Unfortunately, the three-person independent team is asking for our help to keep them afloat. Think of HypeM as your local indie bookstore - they’re helping curate honest opinions of music consumption without influence of a PR team. HypeM is formative to my personal music tastes, and helped blossom me into the tastemaker I am today. If HypeM has touched you and your love for music over the years, please consider pledging your support to help keep the future of HypeM up and running. Support here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal July 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

July 7, 2017

I don’t mean to be that boring person who talks of the weather, but when it’s so hot you can hardly breathe, it’s difficult to think about anything else. The fact I sweat out a liter of water trekking across the parking lot by the time I step foot inside my work office or into Target is NOT OKAY. As I prepare to melt into the asphalt the moment I even consider stepping outside this weekend, I present to you five tracks I’m 100% you’ll take a chance on and listen to this week.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on the cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

P.S. If you would like to have this letter sent to your email every Friday, please head over to this link right here to subscribe and never miss a weekly music roundup!

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“Film Club” - Childcare | What a breath of fresh air “Film Club” is - churning guitars, giddy lyrics, insatiable hooks. The guitar licks peppered throughout the chorus are the star of this jam - or are they audio recordings of someone screaming “AaaAAAaAAAH!” ?? Whatever that sound is, it’s the GOAT. Go forth and marinate in this tune. Sonics aside, lyrics are high key relatable: “Film Club” is about attending a film club mostly to see/meet with someone they admire (or are secretly obsessed with????) more than the films. I recall considering taking up some unusual hobbies once upon a time around high school and my early college years in hopes to get close to someone. Is it safe to say we’ve all been there, or did I just read way too much YA lit in my formative teen years? Listen here

“overbehind” -  Flor | LA-based Flor have racked up several million streams across the net from their latest album come out. you’re hiding. A perfect blend of those last-era pop punk instrumentals flourished with a bit of BØRNS-esque infectious hooks and vocals, “overbehind” was a song I was trying my darndest to resist loving it the first time I heard it. After spinning it endlessly and never skipping it once this week whenever it came on, I knew it was a keeper for this week’s letter. Listen here

“We Stayed Up All Night” -  Tourist feat. Ardyn | I am LIVID this slipped past my radar the day it dropped! How on earth did this get lost in the sauce??? (It was released on a Wednesday….) We’re so lucky I didn’t go another week without hearing this song, or you’d hear me screaming from over 10,000 miles away. Tourist hangs up the synth-heavy house productions for a surprising, dreamy little pop number with Ardyn. If The OC was still on air, this song would fit PERFECTLY onto their iconic soundtrack mixes. Listen here

“Someone” -  Anna of the North | Anna of the North is no stranger to cmd+f - I featured the Norwegian/Kiwi duo’s single “Oslo” in the very first letter. “Someone” is a shimmery synth-pop JAM. I am so, so in love. Listen here

“Durbaan Ka Ii Tuma” - Waayaha Cusub feat. Desiigner | Guess what Spotify did this week? In a bold as fuck political move TWO DAYS after Independence Day, Spotify launched their “I’m with the Banned” music movement. The initiative links six American artists with six artists from the Muslim-majority countries listed in 45*’s (attempted and continually ruled unconstitutional) travel ban. Oh, yes. Spotify pulled a Degrassi: they SO went there. Of all six tunes, I picked this BOP by Somalia’s Waayaha Cusub featuring Desiigner. Listen here

BONUS

  • Zedd and Liam Payne have a song out - “Get Low.” At first I wasn’t sure about it, and then I spent approximately 5 hours of my day yesterday listening to it on repeat (this is not a hyperbole). As a proud militant Liam stan, I have to be completely honest: I still feel like the song needs some more flourishes (i.e. Liam belting out some crazy ass runs in the final two bridges), but I really cannot complain when I’ve been gifted 3:22 continuous minutes of nothing but Liam Payne singing over an entire instrumental. Very pleased with this sound/direction. More this and less Sheeran, Payno. Listen here

  • Whole new HAIM album is out Listen here

  • Brian freakin Eno produced the new Coldplay track “A L I E N S” Listen here

  • I completely missed Liam Gallagher sharing another new solo single?????? It is of course incredibly listenable and enjoyable and what a time to be ALIVE for the return of Liam f*cking Gallagher, amirite? Listen here

  • The two new Rhye songs are A+ Watch here

  • For your entertainment, I started a playlist composed of Halsey imposters to document the growing trend of Halsey-esque vocalists cropping up in pop music as of late Listen here

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New month, new playlist! If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal July 2017 playlist. There I will be dumping in new (and occasionally throw back) tracks as the month carries on. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

June 30, 2017

It’s Independence Day next Tuesday here in America, and global affairs and chaos aside, I’m very much looking forward to enjoying a four day weekend. Part of me thinks a beach may or may not be involved, but for sure fireworks, my camera(s), and a whole lot of crazy food from local vendors and barbecues will be gobbled up across these days. Bring on all the Korean dumplings, short ribs, and mangonadas, y’all.

This week I’ve hand-picked six tracks to help you shimmy your way into the long weekend.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on the cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Try to Fight” - Cathedrals | Oh. My. God. Remember Alphabeat???? Cathedrals are filling the void Alphabeat has left in my heart. “Try to Fight” straight up sounds like Keisza singing over a Years & Years instrumental. With a relentless bass looming beneath a bubbly synth and infectious hook, “Try to Fight” is “King” at half-speed, but still gets full marks on the campy electro beats. High key suprised this hasn’t made it onto the H&M In Store Music playlist, to be quite honest. Listen here

“Body Bounce” -  Lao Ra feat. Konshens | This is the second time I’ve thrown Lao Ra down in the cmd+f letter (here is the first), and she’s thrown down yet another fine “pineapple pop” dancefloor banger. “Body Bounce” features Jamaican artist Konshens, fusing a delicious blend of Lao Ra’s Colombian roots with tropical and dancehall beats. Get ready to pop-pop-pop-pop. Listen here

“Flash” -  The Belligerents | Damn: The Belligerents’ new single “Flash” is better than good. Underneath all that psychedelic flare, this song is undoubtedly bigger than it was likely intending to be. This song deserves to be performed in a damn stadium. I want to hear this at full volume, amps screeching. “Flash” is the first single off The Belligerents’ upcoming debut album (!!!), and I honestly can’t WAIT to hear what they pull off.  Listen here

“Lonely Now” -  Lover | Who on earth is Lover? I’m surprised there hasn’t been an artist already named Lover by this point, but here we are. UPDATE: he actually goes by LØVER, but he’s on Spotify as just Lover. Anyway, LØVER is an R&B-lite artist from Norway. “Lonely Now” sounds like a long lost Michael Bolton track in a 1980s teen movie, meaning it’s essentially perfect. Listen here

“Trampoline” (Saint Etienne Remix) -  Kero Kero Bonito | Sickly sweet J-pop (in English) reworked over a ska beat - sounds like it’d be a mess, but I assure you it’s BRILLIANT. Kero Kero Bonito have been around for a minute, churning out ironic, blissfully bonkers pop music on speed. Saint Etienne have kicked “Trampoline” down a few notches and rubbed the tune down into a beachy-keen day dream. Listen here

“Call Me Out” -  Sea Girls | I leave you with one last big tune: Sea Girls have come out the gate at breakneck speed with “Call Me Out” - it’s an unrelenting, contagious tune. What a freaking debut single, my friends. I’ve sent this off to two people this week, and both of their reactions were variations of “into it.” If you’re a fan of British indie pop (a la The Kooks, et al), BUMP THIS. Listen here

BONUS

  • JAY-Z dropped his 13th studio album 4:44 on TIDAL. Literally everyone who has a TIDAL subscription confirms it’s incredible (likely to justify the fact the have a TIDAL subscription). And if you’re curious and don’t have a Sprint phone plan, seems like you’re “never” going to hear this album as it’s not only a TIDAL exclusive, but it’s now a TIDAL with Sprint exclusive. It’s like this man thinks he’s Beyoncé or something...

  • Astrid S is ready to take on the globe!! The Norwegian pop princess has dropped her new Party’s Over EP  Listen here

  • The only album you’re gonna need with you by the pool this weekend: Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Listen here

  • EVERYTHING I DREAMT UP ONCE UPON CAME INTO REALITY IN A MUSIC VIDEO!!! The xx’s new video for “I Dare You” was styled AND DIRECTED by Raf Simons and Alasdair McLellan, filmed in Los Angeles at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House and John Lautner’s Rainbow House, starring Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things, and Ashton Sanders in a crisp ass turtleneck. WHEW! Watch here

  • Mura Masa has dropped two new tunes: one with Christine and the Queens, the other with the legendary Damon Albarn. Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

June 23, 2017

The summer solstice has already eclipsed here in the northern hemisphere. I officially have to check if the tires of my care haven’t melted into the asphalt before I start my car, have taken to liberally applying sun cream on my face every 2 hours, and still haven’t increased my water intake. If this heat continues to press on like this, you’ll be receiving music recommendations from a golden raisin starting next week.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on the cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Times We Had” - SG Lewis feat. Toulouse | Let me start off by apologizing for holding out on you. I was initially going to drop this tune in last week’s letter, but it was very late and I wanted to have enough clarity and peace of mind to completely GUSH about “Times We Had.” UK producer SG Lewis has once again blown my mind. The mysterious Toulouse (who’s dropped a handful of tunes over the past year) offers up some soulful vocals over the kicks and snares. I swear me talking about it do it justice, so I’ll stop talking and let you go have a listen. Listen here

“As If It’s Your Last” -  BLACKPINK | If you’re a K-pop music fan, without a doubt you’ve already seen/heard this BOP. At the time I’m writing up this newsletter, the video has been up for 20 hours and has already amassed over 11 MILLION views on Youtube. Gah damn!! I saw a lot of friends screaming about this on Twitter when I came home from work last night, and so I turned it on and got my damn life. This is the gummiest, bubbliest, sweetest chorus. The melody will burrow its way into to your ear, and you’ll be sashaying your way through the day. Listen/watch here

“Desolately Devoted” -  Denai Moore | From the first note I heard come out of Denai Moore, I was moved. My entire core was soothed, I just clocked with her music instantly. Her new album We Used to Bloom is a seamless, glorious 37 minute journey. The first time I ran through it, I felt like i was covered in aloe after a day in the sun. I was sold on “Desolately Devoted” as soon as the choir came in toward the end. Listen here

“Will You Dive” -  Hot Dreams | This tune is a ghost of an early 90s Madchester daydream. Stuffed with delicious reverb, the tune starts out begging for a bit of shoegazing, all until it goes all balls out in the last minute and a half. It balls itself up before all crashing down on a loud, vicious jam session. Rock out, my friends. Listen here

“Reborn” -  Rae Morris | For those who do check out/listen to my monthly playlists, you’ll likely have heard this little joint already. It’s been placed in my June 17 playlist for the past two weeks. What made me put it in the letter this week happened this week after listening to Switched on Pop, a music podcast that breaks down and dissects pop music theory. Their latest episode broke down a few contemporary examples of songs riding on the “rule of 3s” in which the song can be split between three different distinctive layers in order to gain our maximum level of attention. While a seemingly simple formula, the listener can focus more on the content of the song. Using less also leaves open for more, while I be extra flourishes here or there. Well, what would you know: “Reborn” fits right on in with that rule of 3s.  Listen here 

BONUS

  • If you’d like to listen to the full episode by the Switched on Pop podcast I mentioned above, the link is here. I can’t recommend their podcast enough; Nate and Charlie break down pop music in a way that’s interesting, and exciting. They’ve actually helped explain the appeal of so many hits on the charts I could not wrap my head around!

  • VINCE STAPLES’ BIG FISH THEORY IS THE MOST WELL PRODUCED AOTY. THE HD BASS?? I SWEAR YOU HAVE LITERALLY NEVER HEARD ANYTHING LIKE THIS. KEY TUNE: “Yeah Right” Listen here

  • Rita Ora’s video for “Your Song” is out, and I want names for this corporate affair she’s “working” at that allowed her to stroll in wearing a fishnet Comme des Garcons piratesque two piece suit and ballet flats because I wanna drop them my CV Watch here

  • The xx have dropped a deluxe edition of their new album I See You. The star bonus track is “Seasons Run” - very much the seasonal affective disorder cousin of Lana’s “Summertime Sadness.” Go give that baby a few spins Listen here

  • Go give ASAHD a pat on the back for all his hard work: DJ Khaled’s Grateful LP is out today (fav tune is “I Love You So Much” with Chance the Rapper) Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

June 16, 2017

Feeling very strongly about the tunes I’ve picked out this week! I’ve dabbled across several genres this week, really digging for some sonic surprises. Enjoy!

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or on the cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Not Enough” - Lido feat. THEY. | Hold onto your ass: “Not Enough” is gonna be the best song you’ve heard all year so far. Not to set the bar so high, but you’ve got to trust me on this. Frankly, I’m shocked Lido had it in him to crack out this tight, funky new jack swing beat. Oh, and he got THEY. singing on the track giving me whiplash: I thought I was listening to some Bell Biv DeVoe bootleg deep cut. Bet you can’t listen to this without the urge to get up and cabbage patch your way through the rest of the day. Listen here

“Aura” -  Bicep | This one is very special this week, y’all. To start, Bicep are legends in the dance music community. The Belfast duo started up their website Feel My Bicep where they’d dust off and upload long lost dance tracks. I’m talking serious ass Italo Disco deep cuts, Detroit techno mastery, beats spanning from the birth of Chicago house. Eventually they formed the DJ duo now known as Bicep where they put together these sick ass mixes AND produce their own tunes. After years of dropping one of singles and EPs, yesterday they announced they’ll be dropping their debut self-titled album (congrats!) in September. Needless to say, I’m really stoked. Listen to their spanking new cut “Aura” for a taste of new Bicep. Listen here

“Fizzy” -  Rosa Nutty | Kicking it down a few notches with Irish singer songwriter Rosa Nutty and her tender ode to being depressed in Dublin. Well, the themes can apply in any city, but I’ve been to Dublin and it can get a bit bleak. Everyone knows everyone; how do you even try to get out of your block and people out of your business? “Pick yourself off the floor, you don’t hurt,” she assures over a melancholic, echoing loop of her vocals. A high key #mood “Fizzy” is. Listen here

“Because” -  Smerz | MOCA recently announced a summer music series and I noticed Smerz was on the bill under Zola Jesus. Plucking “Because” back on here, as the tune fucking bangs. Phil Taggart rinsed this one pretty hard last year every chance he could. The constant, choppy hi-hat looming under wonky, wet synths are lush, I just wanna bite into this song. Reminds me of a bit of Sally Shapiro meets FKA Twigs meets Little Dragon. Listen here

“Humongous” -  Declan McKenna | You remember the first time you heard Arctic Monkeys? I got gooseflesh up my arms and on the back of my neck within the first seconds of “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor” while sitting on the couch listening to satellite radio on a Saturday afternoon back in high school. It’s moments like that you know an artist has something really special going on, and that’s how I feel about each song Declan McKenna has dropped. If you followed my song recs in the pre-cmd+f days, you may recall Chris giving a shout out to young Declan. For those who’re new here and haven’t heard a single note of a Declan McKenna song, you’re in for a real treat. Hailed as THE new face of indie pop in the UK, and only having turned 18 last December, “Humongous” is a HUGE track. He really has no business making tunes this incredible so early in his career. Watch the video here. Listen here 

BONUS

  • Yes, Lorde! Melodrama has arrived. Listen here

  • If you’re in the mood for sexy, churning guitars, new Royal Blood album is waiting for you to give it a spin. Listen here

  • King of getting outside and turning off your phone and soaking up the sun: George Ezra is back with an ode to tuning everything out, and I can say it’s made this week much brighter Listen here

  • New The Killers is pretty incredible, isn’t it? Brandon Flowers is morphing into David Byrne and I am HFT. Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

June 9, 2017

What an emotionally charged week. Can ya feel it in the air? In ya bones?

I’ve spent about 18 hours of my week at my day job listening solely to podcasts about government conspiracy theories and serial killers to take the edge off the Comey public hearing and UK snap election results that happened yesterday, and oddly enough it helped! Feeling pretty good about my Friday now, though I could go for a pitcher of sangria.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or at the brand new cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Not About You” - Haiku Hands | Y E S. YES. YEEEEES. Fuck me up!! Melbourne’s Haiku Hands have come out of left field with this bratty banger I’ve been blasting in my car all damn week. This is their first single, and I’m hooked. The production takes me back to those halcyon days when I’d pirate episodes of Skins in high school and rinse Klaxons and Hadouken! records for hours on end afterward (I thought I was really, really cool). “Not About You” has purely addictive, cheeky lyrics and brazen bursts of energy. I can’t wait for more from Haiku Hands. Listen here

“Until You Feel Good” -  San Mei | I bring yet another tune from Down Under, this time from Gold Coast’s San Mei. This hazy, post-beach come down with lush vocals and fuzzed-out guitars is intoxicating. The melodies cradle you with a sense of comfort whilst San Mei croons about being sure to take care and go easy on ourselves. Listen here

“Glory” -  Dermot Kennedy | Dermot is on his way to be THE next male singer songwriter, mark my damn words, y’all!! Most of you may already be thinking, “not another one,” or “don’t we have enough of those?” Can’t argue with you there, but Dermot, like those who’ve garnered a steady fan base over the years, has that something special factor, all bundled up in his vocals and songwriting. I initially had his new single “Boston” up for this week, but I fell back on his track “Glory” to really grab you by the balls. Strap in: the conviction and strength in his vocals will knock out of your seat. Oh, and did I mention he’s Irish? If you live in LA, be sure to RSVP for School Night and see Dermot for FREE at the Bardot in Hollywood (and let me know if you’re going)! Listen here

“It’s All Good” -  Superorganism | This is the shit I live for right here! Part Architecture in Helsinki, part early Gorillaz met with cut n’ paste production a la The Avalanches, “It’s All Good” is a demented piece of audible mastery. Appaz Superorganism is a trans-continental supergroup of 7 musicians from London scratching up beats for a 17-year-old vocalist name Orano who lives in Maine. Or at least that’s what they’ve said… their first song got taken down for an unauthorized sample clearance (despite Frank Ocean playing it on his Beats1 blondeRADIO show). When “It’s All Good” was polished and ready for released, they somehow nabbed a premiere on Beats1. Kooky origin story aside, “It’s All Good” bangs. Listen here

“Lose My Cool” -  Amber Mark | I’m excited as hell for Amber Mark - girl has got some serious pipes and a true gift for songwriting on all levels. Her production is smooth and heavily influenced by her nomadic life of growing up around the globe. You can hear traces of Samba and classic R&B. In one of her interviews, Mark says her sister best described her sound as ‘tribal soul.’ It’s a breath of fresh air, and each track on her 3:33am EP has a life of its own. Listen here

BONUS

  • Again - Dermot Kennedy is performing Monday June 12 at the Bardot Hollywood for FREE for the weekly It’s a School Night showcase. Former cmd+f pick Ten Fe will also be making an appearance that night! Hit me up if you’re going and say hi! Click here to RSVP

  • Exit Kid (Emre of Years & Years and their touring drummer Dylan’s music project) have their debut EP out today! D O P E Listen here

  • Ten Tonnes has dropped his Born to Lose EP today Listen here

  • Best new Lorde release has arrived - “Sober” Listen here

  • About damn time: SZA coming through with a new album! Listen here

  • Only gonna mention Katy Perry has a new album out (listen to Allie X’s CollXtion II album instead Listen here)

  • Need to feel like you’re living inside a romanticized summer on the InterRail across Europe, riding rented bikes around cities all day, getting drunk on 2€ bottles of wine every night and reckless heavy petting on park benches and cobblestone streets? #bigmood - Phoenix have an album for that. Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

June 2, 2017

Welcome to the midway mark of 2017!… Can you believe we’re starting the second half of the year already? Summer festival season is in full swing. A boatload of major albums are about to drop over the next few months or be announced for quarter 4 (praying Years & Years has some answers for us soon). On  the other hand, summertime approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere means I’m crippled with embarrassment to go out in public in sandals because I need a post Spring pedicure.

While the earth is going up in flames, do know I’ve got a nice selection of five songs this week for you to enjoy, and an armada of bonus content this week. Take your mind off some things, kick your feet up - enjoy!

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or at the brand new cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Jinx” - IDA KUDO | I have to admit: when this song first came on, I almost switched it. I was trying to focus on a project at work, and luckily for the song, I couldn’t touch my phone in that moment and had to ride the song out. Good rule of thumb is to give a song at least 30 seconds– and if you’re patient, give it the whole damn song.It was worth sitting through because this chorus BANGS. For fans of Grimes and Little Dragon, “Jinx” is by far my most exciting song I’ve dug up this week. Not much literature floating around about IDA KUDO, but what I have found out she’s a Denmark-based Danish/Japanese artist making incredible experimental electropop pretty consistently over the last few years. Listen here

“Techno Parties” -  Lustgas | The Swedes strike AGAIN! Even LESS information out there about this artist. This is the only song I’ve found by Lustgas (though to be honest I haven’t tried too hard). “Techno Parties” sounds a bit like a cross between Peter Bjorn and John at their campiest meets The Von Bondies (aaah, remember them?) forged together during the rise of peak early 80s Blondie. Sounds like a lot happening? Well, it’s ultimately a bangin pop tune. Listen here

“Further” -  TOPS | Every music journalism outlet is losing their minds over the new TOPS tunes. I’ve fallen for it, too. Pitchfork describes their sound as “honey-dipped guitars and twinkling keyboards,” and “paint a picture as stark as heartbreak” with this track “Further.” When you hear the track, these descriptions will make a whole lotta sense. Listen here

“Fire Sign” -  Sensible J feat. REMI and Sampa the Great | Australia got bars. Like, serious ass – Iggy Azelea has managed to make herself the face of Australian hip-hop, meanwhile they’re down there hiding REMI, Sensible J, and Sampa the Great!!! “Fire Sign” is fucking dope. Honest, groovy, funky, free. This got that pure 90s New York vibe. Listen here

“Theresa May (Bullshit)” - Cherryade | My babes Cherryade have bust out an anti-Conservative club ANTHEM. Never in my life did I think I’d want to shake my ass to “hide your shit like Theresa May.” The production on this is crazy as hell, and would go the hell AWF in a club. Speaking of Theresa May: the UK election is next week. I’m here to remind y’all if you are reading this and live in the UK, please remember to cast a vote for your local PM!! Listen here

BONUS

  • Those who are close to me know one of my faaaavorite genre’s of music to listen to is house music. NPR’s podcast Code Switch, which explores race and identity in American (and sometimes global) culture, have released an incredible episode on house and techno music. The episode highlight its origins in black/Latinx/queer communities in Chicago and Detroit in the early 80s, and explore dance music has devolved into yet another music culture imperialised and dominated by white male musicians in Europe. For music nerds like yours truly, those who aren’t familiar with the origins of dance music, or if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, it’s imperative you give this a listen (and share with your friends). Listen here

  • LOTS OF NEW MUSIC THIS FRIDAY- BEAR WITH ME, BUT WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS

  • Feeling stressed about the state of the world? Arcade Fire will make it sound slightly more optimistic for at least 5:03 consecutive minutes. Listen here

  • Dua Lipa’s debut album is finally here! Don’t get too worked up though as half of the tracks have been released as singles……………………………………………. Nevertheless, I assure you’re still gonna bop till you drop. Listen here

  • NEW! BETSY! SECOND COMING OF CHER IS TOO REAL!! Listen here

  • Haven’t listened yet, but Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom dropped today. I can assure you it’s more a pop album than an alternative album. “Strangers” is the best song on it. Yep, I have determined “Strangers” is peak Halsey. Can't tell me otherwise Listen here

  • Liam Gallagher has gone solo. Like, purely solo - no Beady Eye bullshit. Still not as good as anything Noel’s written for him to sing, but it’s still a fucking belter. 9/10. Listen here

  • Oh, and have you had the chance to follow the official cmd+f Twitter and Instagram?

  • Once more, with feeling: IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK, PLEASE VOTE NEXT THURSDAY, 8 JUNE!!! REMIND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

May 26, 2017

Holy bananas, y’all. Today is today. It’s here, you and I are breathing, and I want to take a moment to thank you once again for indulging me and reading this little letter.

I’ve been subtly hyping this up for a couple weeks now, but I am very pleased to share with you the official cmd+f website.

Yup–you heard correctly: a real ass website! Wahoo! I’ve archived all of the past letters onto the site, including a nice little gallery viewing area of the 35mm film headers that link you to the letters. I also wanted to have all the content aggregate onto a tidier looking page with the potential to expand content without having to link you to ten different social media pages. From here on out, you can visit cmdf.me and (hopefully) find everything you need.

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or at the brand new cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.

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“Dynabeat” - Jain | If you’re looking for a new song to wild out to at the gym, let Jain’s “Dynabeat” be your new anthem. The purest, feelgoodiest funky beats remind me of a handful of funky one hit wonders from the early 80s. So good, it’s made it onto my (slowly) growing Poolside Jammery playlist. Anyone else feel like causing a traffic jam with an improvised dance routine in the middle of your block after listening to this? Just me? Listen here

“Hold on to Me” - Tsörf | Don’t let the “ö” fool you – Tsörf is actually from New Zealand, forging gorgeous and somber pop. “Hold on to Me” is an ode to making your way out of darkness. I can practically hear her fingers slipping up her grip, yet there’s a current of grounded-ness wavering beneath it. This song is pure love. Listen here

“Merv” -  The Hubbards | This tune comes courtesy of BBC Introducing in Humberside. I haven’t listened to a lick of radio for at least two months at this point, and this was one of the first things I heard. Completely obsessed with unpacking that opening bass line that burns into your brain from the jump. After listening to their EP this week for a few hours, I can attest The Hubbards have a knack for crafting a tune. “Merv” is their standout track, and one of my favorite tunes I've stumbled across this month. Listen here

“Life of the Party” -  Chelsea Jade | Can you believe I’ve got another Kiwi on the letter this week?! Well, New Zealand’s cranking out some fantastic pop tunes. “Life of the Party” is a Broods song on Benadryl. Now that I’ve said that, it sounds completely offensive and implying it’s boring. On the contrary; I mean it more in the sense Chelsea Jade’s vocals are softer, relaxed, and dreamy. Listen here

“Carry On” (Dubbel Dutch Remix) -  Tkay Maidza feat. Killer Mike | Australia’s Tkay Maidza’s debut album dropped last year, but a handful of remixes breathed new life into her track “Carry On.” I first heard Tkay on a feature for a Troye Sivan song a couple years ago. She cropped up on stage for a guest performance at Troye’s teeny tiny show in a 200 person capacity venue I saw him perform at before Blue Neighbourhood came out. She’s got a lot of elements that remind me of Santogold in her music. Of all the remixes of “Carry On,” Dubbel Dutch plays on the whimsical flare laced in the original song, strapping on some pseudo-island vibes. The bubbly synth upgraded this to straight up “certified bop” status. Listen here

BONUS

  • Once you’ve moseyed around the cmd+f site, shared the link with a few friends (thanks in advance), please follow cmd+f on Twitter and Instagram!

  • Big day in pop music for the gays: Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, Sia, Little Mix all have new singles out today, and Lana Del Rey has confirmed a release date for her album Lust for Life (“July 21 fam”).

  • Bisexuals unite! Halsey and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony have dropped a synth-heavy lady loving anthem. Sounds like a bionic Stevie Nicks song. Taking bets on how long for MUNA to Tweet about it. Very much looking forward to this music video. Listen here

  • Lil Yachty got an album, y’all!! He’s even serving up some island vibes on a track with UK rapper and cmd+f alumna Stefflon Don. Listen here

  • Rita Ora’s taken a break from hosting TV shows, red carpet events, landing on the front page of The Daily Mail, and hung up the phone with Nick Grimshaw to remind you that, yes, she is indeed a career musician. Excuse me while I go bop to “Your Song.” Listen here

  • Today is too much. Too many single releases. I am both wired and tired.

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal May 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

May 19, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

Before I start this week’s letter, I need to address a very obvious elephant in the room: for those who are unaware, there has been an incredible revelation regarding PWR BTTM, one of the five artists I featured in last week’s cmd+f. Allegations of sexual assault from one half of the group have come forward, and since PWR BTTM have been dropped from their label, had their album pulled from streaming services, and their tour canceled.The backlash has been swift and ruthless, as it should be against sexual predators. But the backlash has left others shocked how quickly PWR BTTM’s relevancy has been crumbled whilst other aggressors in the music industry continue to maintain careers.

While there are a lot of thinkpiece-y Twitter threads on this that floated around last weekend, I would ask you to take a moment to read about the situation filtered through the POV of a friend of mine who is actively involved in the queer DIY music scene. Please note the article contains themes revolving around sexual assault and emotional abuse.

Click here to read “It’s Bigger Than PWR BTTM” by Reed DeLuca

With that, SCHOOL’S OUT!!! I’ve got some great track up my sleeve that I’ve been excited to share with you.

P.S. School does not very much suck. I kinda miss it.

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“Feel OK” - GIRLI feat. Lethal Bizzle | GIRLI  has returned in all her hot pink glory to serve us the most electric one night stand anthem we've heard in years. I’ve dropped GIRLI into cmd+f a few months ago, and that tune was vastly different from “Fuck Right Off Back to LA.” Whilst that was more a novelty jam, “Feel OK” is a serious ass pop jam. I love GIRLI, and I’m ELATED to know she had this mulling inside of her. Could honestly listen to this on loop all day. Listen here

“April Flowers ” -  Jesse Jo Stark | Got a new sad girl jam for y’all: this one's got me feeling like I'm back at my windowsill in Seattle watching the rain patter outside while looping Hole for hours on end avoiding my Victorian Lit dissertation and how things could have been if I didn't let me crippling anxiety keep me from going to another part the night before. Yeah; one of those kinda sad girl jams. Listen here

“Awake and Pretty Much Sober” - Violents, Monica Martin | This track is my own personal surprise of the week. For those of you who haven’t checked out the podcast Switched On Pop, they have an episode where they break down The Chainsmokers. I hope you’re still reading this, and as much as I personally have never vibed with a single The Chainsmokers song, the hosts break down their song formulas and why they work so good, and it’s because they tease the chorus right from the start. In “Awake and Pretty Much Sober,” we get the instrumentals for the chorus straight away too, establishing that melody and ultimately some emotional intimacy with the song. It’s a damn nice chorus, the entire song sprinkled with cinematic qualities (including a brilliant strings interlude 3 minutes into the song before a bridge breaks through). It’s easily one of the most gorgeous songs I’ve listened to in a long time. Listen here

“Dead for seconds” -  Moto Boy, Nina Persson | I have been sitting on this one for a week now after going down a Scandinavian music hole. Moto Boy’s latest album is surprisingly enough titled New music, and it got me through a tumultuous week clogged with over time and exhaustion. The morbid romanticism of being “dead for seconds when you look at your object of affection. Let's be real: high key relatable theme as I know feeling very well whilst watching Tom Hardy on screen. Listen here

“World of Wonders” -  Buddy | If you listen to the lyrics too closely, I am like, “you’re really gonna push this, you cocky MF.” With lyrics like, “gonna make you love me long time,” and “what you got on underneath that? I wanna know,” it warrants some serious eyerolling, but honestly I think Kaytranada’s smooth production on the instrumentals brings down the cringey . I can’t help but groove to this, and I made it through the whole song a few times, and it gets better with each listen.  Listen here

BONUS

  • For the past five years, I have harrowed through a tumultuous journey, traveling across the country for three consecutive summers, wept, screamed, clawed, yearned, and prayed for this day. For this moment. To hold onto the meaning of this feeling. The feeling of Liam goddamn Payne as, finally and rightfully, a solo artist. Listen here

  • To follow up my previous bullet point, my well thought out takes on “Strip That Down:” lyrics are very Ed Sheeran (who wrote it, and when you hear it, you can’t help but agree), also they’re so simple and not too raunchy so Midwestern moms are gonna love this. Beat is good, bangs in the car better than on my computer, wish they could have pushed the chorus to go a little harder. iHeartRadio producers/DJs are loving it and tbh those are the only people who matter when it comes to churning out a hit. Fun bop, and I’m glad it happened.

  • Excuse the fuck out of Katy Perry! I have whiplash! I nearly turned my back on her after “Bon Apetit,” because I have no time for cunnalingus elevator music featuring verses from rappers who’ve never been eyelevel with a vag since birth, but she Did the Thing. “Swish Swish” is a god damn bop. Listen here

  • Selena Gomez samples Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” for her new song “Bad Liar,” and I felt a whole lot of emotions about it. Listen to “Bad Liar” and then “Psycho Killer”

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal May 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

May 12, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? I’M CURRENTLY WRITING THIS ON MY PHONE AT A CONCERT WHILE I WAIT OUTSIDE OF THE PHOTO PIT BETWEEN SETS. IT’S A BIT LOUD IN HERE, BUT I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO GETTING SOME NEW MUSIC TO YOUR EARS FOR THE NEXT WEEK. YOU READY?

Before we roll, let me keep my usual bit tucked in here: Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“Who’s the Madman” -  Louise Burns | If Morrissey wrote for The Go-Go’s, I reckon it’d sound a bit like Louise Burns. “Who’s the Madman” is a the opening track to her latest album Young Mopes. Give that a spin if you’re into this track and you won’t be disappointed.  Listen here

“Principle” - Ronika |  Ronika girl serves up some Kylie (Minogue, this should go without saying) REALNESS in this funk-driven bop. LOVE IT! Listen here

“On My Mind” - Disciples | While we can't all be Pete Tong on a beach in Ibiza, we can sure try and feel like we are. I know Disciples are huge in the EDM community, rightfully so, especially after their smash single “How Deep Is Your Love?” with Calvin Harris, but I'm sure they've for the most part slipped from the general public’s ears since.”On My Mind” is a perfect dance track that I promise will have you feeling like you maybe are Pete Tong on a beach in Ibiza. Listen here

“Real Ting” (Remix) -  Stefflon Don feat. Giggs | Y’all: UK rap is no longer fucking around. Between Skepta and Stormzy pushing through Stateside, the whole gang is hungry. The last female UK rapper I name dropped in cmd+f was Lady Leshurr, but make sure you keep your eyes on Stefflon Don. Channeling nearly everything down to image and biting flow, she’s the UK’s very own Lil Kim, throwing down the hardest bars in the highest heels. Keep your ears on her. Big things are brewing in Stefflin Don’s camp this year. Listen here

“Big Beautiful Day” -  PWR BTTM | The absolutely fabulous glitterbomb punk band PWR BTTM’s sophomore album Pageant officially dropped today. If you haven’t listened to it yet (which if you have, you likely streamed it via NPR this week), know you’re in for a treat. I think “Big Beautiful Day” was their lead single for this album, and it’s glistening punk goodness. Listen here 

BONUS

  • Harry Styles officially has a solo album under his belt! And it’s so good. How would I know? I listened to it on the way home from the show I was shooting last night.  Listen here

  • It took a lot of strength to not share Tove Styrke’s “Say My Name” five times in a row this week. With dignity, I am just gonna slap down a link to the official music video for that dropped yesterday. This song is a ridiculously good earworm, and the visuals are pretty mesmerizing. Watch here

  • Disclaimer: get ready for me to be so extra next Friday. Just. You. Wait.

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal May 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

May 5, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

Hello. Let me make this brief: six songs for this fantastic Friday. Some exciting bonus content is in the works! Stay tuned. Thanks for allowing me to share music with you every week. I genuinely look forward to it, and thank you for indulging me.

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“I’m Dead” [Pretty Edit] -  DUCKWRTH feat. Sabrina Claudio & Sad Money | This appears to be the latest single from Duckwrth’s I’M UUGLY album - a bouncy “Pretty” edit of the track featuring an added appearance by Sad Money. Kaytranada fans will love the shit out of this. Highly recommended to throw this on next time you bump in the car. Listen here

“Second Chance” - Mating Ritual |  I feel so blindsided. Mating Ritual has a very strong and dedicated fanbase, and I tried SO desperately to immerse myself in the music. And you can’t do that! If you can’t ride the wave, don’t force it. “Second Chance” ironically popped up in a radio playlist this week, and I was astonished to see if was by Mating Ritual. It’s a complete bop paired with Ryan Marshall Lawhon’s gravelly vocals. The hook is begging for you to sing along. I'd imagine this garners massive audience participation points at Mating Ritual shows. Listen here

“Love Me Better” - Love Thy Brother feat. Ariel Beesley | Y’all: I faced a massive conundrum this week. I stumbled across the remix of this song first… remixed by none other than Love Thy Brother themselves. In said remix, the Brethren added a few wavy flourishes, well-placed reverb, and guitar licks under Ariel Beesley’s vocals, and the result is exactly what we’d expect from sky Ferreira's long lost Masochism album we’ve been waiting on for nine million years. In the end, I couldn’t settle on including the original recording or the reimagined remix, so for your convenience, I’ve linked both. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know if you prefer one over the other. Listen here (and the remix here)

“Say My Name” -  Tove Styrke | Tove! Styrke! TOVE! STYRKE! I hear you, girl! “Say My Name” has been stuck in my head all damn week. I’m beyond excited Tove Styrke is back, and I’m so ready for a fresh crop of ear worms from her. Listen here

“Stay For Real” -  Young Galaxy | Dropping this in here to go a little more left on the pop vein. “Stay For Real” is a stunning, gauzy day dream.  Listen here

“My Nature” -  Little Cub | Been looking forward to Little Cub’s debut album Still Life for a minute! It finally dropped last week and I’ve had the week to really let it marinate. The London trip has listed LCD Soundsystem and New Order as major influences on their music, but I’ll have you know they sound a bit more like Depeche Mode on opiates. I’m a sucker for a glorious synth, and “My Nature” has a few woven throughout, pushing and pulling at a pulsing thrum. If you like “My Nature,” give all of Still Life a spin. Listen here

BONUS

  • One of my favorite bands of all time, shoegaze legends Slowdive, has dropped their first album in 20 years. Based on the singles released prior to the album drop, it’s incredible. They can do no wrong. Listen here

  • New Flume track “Hyperreal.” Honestly lost my mind the first time I heard this all the way through-it lives up to the name. It’s insane, and can’t believe the level of quality production that’s in this. Flume has yet to make a song that’s disappointed me. Listen here

  • Might as well make a habit of mentioning someone from 1D in this letter every week: so far, Niall’s dropped the most exciting and compelling solo release. “Slow Hands” is going to be a summer hit. Still disappointed it’s not an Interpol cover. Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal May 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

April 28, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

Harry Styles announced a world tour this morning and I ceremoniously apologized to my credit card nearly ten times this morning between my wiping the sleep crust out of my eyes. I’m so used to 1D pulling that kind of shit, I figured the tickets would go on sale at 10am this morning, but it turns out I have a week to mentally prepare for this bloodbath for tickets to The Greek.

This isn’t the reason cmd+f was sent out late today; it’s just there was TOO MUCH NEW MUSIC unleashed today that I couldn’t keep my brain together. Well, I managed to wiggle the list for today down to SIX tracks and a bounty of bonus content.

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“Nights With You” -  MØ | Nights With You,” a so conspicuously obvious sapphic proposal to ditch the D for a weekend of lady love was so BLATANTLY dusted over by a number of music outlets when it dropped last week, and, well, it’s the most important part of this damn song. So I’m including it in cmd+f this week because it’s a culturally important song!! When’s the last time you’ve hear a female pop singer propose getting down with some lady love? Huh? Also, the track was produced by Cashmere Cat (who has a highly anticipated [by like inter-label standards and general hype] debut album that dropped today if you feel like listening), and PC Music affiliate SOPHIE, who’s dabbled in a few of Charli XCX’s recent projects to help map out a demented pop landscape I yearn to hear more of in the coming years. Give me all the wonky, saw-seared synth cuts. I also wanted to throw this bop in here for my lady loving friends in lieu of lesbian visibility day that happened this week. Listen here

“Thinking of a Place” - The War On Drugs | I know it’s considered pretentious as hell these days to make a song longer than 5 minutes. With our brains hardwired to twiddle between Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and out email apps every two minutes, it’s kind of hard to get a grip on how to focus our attention for longer than a handful of minutes. The War on Drugs consistently recall on the days when rock gave zero fucks, took up a whole B-side on one track. “Thinking of a Place” is a song that you actually want to never end from the second it starts, and it travels so many moods, it’s four songs in one, all oozing with the essence of the Golden Hour at sunset. If you can handle a song over 10 minutes, please take sometime and plug in for “Thinking of a Place.”  Listen here

“Regrets” -  Zipper Club | Lissy Trullie has a side project! And gosh, is “Regrets” insanely good. I’m in love with this composition, starting out as a bumbling, shy track that swoops and sways between the hesitant verses, and then eventually sputters out to an aggressive, punked out headbanger.  Listen here

“Up All Night” -  David Archuleta | Yes, that David Archuleta from American Idol. For those who refuse to get down from your high horse, may I remind you this whole newsletter is about digging up songs that may have flown under your radar or you may have likely glossed over. This track came to me last week whilst listening to the New Music Friday Latin music list, and I was confused because it was the only song that popped up not in Spanish. I then noticed it was none other than David Archuleta. Serious, serious shock, y’all. “Up All Night” is a great, beautifully crafted pop song that could easily get lost on the current trop-house saturated radio market, but what really did it for me was the cinematic quality to the track. It sounds ripe and ready to score a film trailer. David’s got a new EP coming out in a few weeks, and this song has definitely piqued my interests. Listen here

“Lover’s Letdown” - Goldmyth |  I wasn’t sure about this song until I got at least 30 seconds into it. And that may happen to you, too, so just wait for it to really juice up and kick in, because the payoff is delicious. What a fantastic hook. Listen here

“Your Love” -  HAERTS | Calling all my Stevie Knicks loving sad girls (and boys): this one is especially for you. Go forth and prosper. Listen here
 

BONUS

  • Hailee! Steinfeld’s! New! Single! “Most Girls” !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Listen here

  • Wale dropped his album a week early and he made sure to tuck in a rip roaring summertime banger called “My Love” featuring none other than Major Lazer (requisite for establishing summerygoodness, duh), WizKid, and Dua Lipa Listen here

  • Lady Leshurr dropped an entire EP yesterday, and it is fiiiiire. Listen here

  • Will link you to Ryan Tedder’s Newsweek interview for posteriority in which he gloriously reveals Liam Payne is ready to eat my soul and churn out a pop career. Read here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal April 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

April 21, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

This is where I usually write a quirky intro about what’s happening in music while vaguely referencing my week in music exploration, but my brain has turned to oatmeal. I will note: remember how last week I had 12 songs stashed in my cmd+f arsenal? Well, I sat on the tunes that didn’t make it into the letter last week, and they’re not so fresh anymore. Only one of the five songs listed this week survived the lot of leftovers from last week.

As for the Anchor recordings, those are definitely on hiatus indefinitely. I’m working on adding new features to take cmd+f to a whole ‘nother level. It’s all under wraps, but it’ll roll out soon enough.

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music – it's why I started this letter! Let me know what you’re listening to so that I can let everyone else know they should be listening to that too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“Shell” - Charlotte OC |  “Shell” is stacked with melodic surprises: opening as a thrumming, melancholic power ballad, the pensive verse bursts through as a hopeful, dazzling chorus. It literally echoes the emotions of gently basking in the freedom that comes with letting go of a bad past relationship, and recognizing that void inside you is left behind for you to fill up with something fresh. I could honestly listen to the transition from the verse to chorus on loop for hours on end; it’s just that perfect. If you can get out of looping “Shell” endlessly, please do give a listen to Charlotte’s new album Careless People. Listen here

“Mo(u)rning” -  Anne Dereaux | “Mo(u)rning” is Anne Dereaux’s debut single, and consider me scalpt. I can tell you right now, she’s destined to be a music journo’s DREAM to gas up. She’s got sick production, incredible vocals and tone, an entire look to go with her vibe. The journo’s are already foaming at the mouth, lurking in the shadows awaiting her debut Book of Lolita EP to drop. And to continue to blatantly hyping her up so more, Rick fucking Rubin emailed her the day after this song dropped, so needless to say her career trajectory is only going exponentially upward. Consider this your notice: all aboard the Anne Dereaux train. While I’ve seen a few write ups dub her sound similar to BANKS and FKA Twigs, I’d say Anne sounds much more like Kelela, Jorja Smith, and Tinashe when she's on her slow jam R&B tip. Listen here

“Minimum” - Charlie Cunningham | Before I even get into the music: if you stare at Charlie’s profile picture on Spotify long enough, your brain will start to confuse him for Chris Martin. I wonder how often he’s told this…. As for the music, “Minimum” has racked up a whopping 8+ million spins on Spotify. Most places with comment sections enabled that claim the song’s cropped up on a lot of people’s Spotify playlists and it's moved them. The song certainly stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it, leaving me slack-jawed and immediately filing it away into my cmd+f playlist queue. With the airy production overlaid in moving Cathedral-level reverb, “Minimum” is haunting, soothing, and absolutely stunning. It almost makes you wonder what the song would sound like performed in a church (definitely click that previous link to satisfy your curiosity; it’s as good as the studio version). Listen here

“Drum Machine” -  Lao Ra | While I initially had Lao Ra’s new Pablo Escobar inspired track “Bala,” I found myself looping her bop “Drum Machine,” and it was only fair to share it with you, too. Early interviews with the Colombian-born London-based artist labeled her music as “pineapple pop,” dubbing her a Latinx M.I.A. The comparisons are fair when you see her boldly colored and collaged album covers – but the sound is still so clearly deeply rooted in Latin American musical influences. “Drum Machine” dropped last July, and I can assure you my ass will still be dancing to it this coming July. Listen here (and listen to it in Spanish here)

“It’s Cool” -  Exit Kid | Emre Turkmen of Years & Years launched a new music project with Years & Years’ tour drummer Dylan Bell this week called Exit Kid. I never thought I’d see the day when Emre’d get behind the mic, but it is here, and it’s… fucking great. After spending months of obsessively scrubbing every inch of YouTube to watch every Years & Years live performance and interview ever recorded, I recall Emre living in a battered Elastica tee for approximately 78% of them whilst continuously listing Radiohead as a major musical influence. “It’s Cool” is dripping in Brit Pop vibes, but then again the Brit Pop "genre" was so nuanced and varied over the years that it was more a movement in rock music than a true sound. That history lesson can be saved for another day. Anywho, Emre and Dylan absolutely crush it with their first song for this project. Exit Kid’s debut EP drops next month on May 25. Listen here

BONUS

  • Pop’s current darling without a debut album Dua Lipa dropped a new single with Miguel and it’s rather good. Listen here

  • Pop’s other current darling Sigrid officially has a second single to her name for people to gas up. Listen here

  • While not exactly music, this is very much sound-oriented: stress is inevitable, but for those who have a difficult time falling asleep or trying to calm/sooth your brain, ambient/white noise simulations may help you tune out and relax. I use myNoise.net, and my personal favorite is the fireplace noise. You can calibrate the volume levels to your own liking so your ears can hear the noise even at a low volume.

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 If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal April 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

April 14, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

I know it’s going to be really hard to focus on anything else today between the release of DAMN. and mentally preparing oneself for Harry Styles’ first live performance as a solo artist ever broadcasted live coast to coast on Saturday Night Live tomorrow. From the bottom of my heart: thank you for taking time out of your day to pause Kendrick Lamar’s new album to have a gander at my little letter.

This week  I scaled back on my compulsive podcast marathoning while at work and decided to focus more on music. Like. Way more. Like, I spent over 8 hours a day listening and finding a shit ton of cool playlists to dig into whilst sat at my desk. With all that audible heavy lifting, my eardrums are flexed and I ended up “””””finding””””” 16 songs! An Easter/Passover miracle!

Unfortunately for you, I only have five of those sixteen songs in the letter today. Those included this week were the first five I found, and I still feel very passionate to share them with y’all. Don’t fret: the others are stacked in my arsenal for a future week. You’ll hear them soon enough!

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!

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“Kryptonite” - George Maple | if you enjoy club music, odds are you’ve heard George Maple a time or two. Dear George made her grande entrance as a vocalist for a song on Flume’s debut album a few years back, and has since gone on to lend vocals for Goldroom and DJ Snake. My girl (yes, George is officially one of my girls) is rightfully making strides to set a name for her damn self, and her latest single “Kryptonite” is a smoldering, silky R&B-fused bop. Fans of Jessie Ware and Kelela are definitely going to love “Kryptonite.” Listen here

“Physical” - The Aces | Well, well, well, it was only just yesterday the HAIM sisters decided to come out of hiding from the last four years. And the day before yesterday, I settled in on including this The Aces track. Now, to connect these two sentences, The Aces share a lot of elements of HAIM-esque pop-driven guitars in their music.  These girls are stirring up a lot of buzz, and 2017 is definitely their launching pad – and they know it. Head over to their website, and they introduce themselves as “FOUR GIRLS ABOUT TO RULE THE WORLD.” Hell yeah. Well, prepare to have “Physical” on repeat all week. If you live in LA, catch them at the upcoming School Night! at the Bardot in Hollywood (and maaaaybe you’ll run into me there, too….)  Listen here

“I’m Easy” -  Merk | Shout out to Coup de Main Magazine for keeping me posted with what’s coming out of the Kiwi music scene. “I’m Easy” dropped at the start of a sizzling summertime in the Other Hemisphere, and only recently dropped an official music video for the track that caught my attention. Merk’s not only got sunny-side-up egg glasses, but he’s got some really groovy tunes. “I’m Easy” passed my “windows down and driving 80mph in the fast lane at night” test. His debut album Swordfish is going to be rinsed heavily these coming summer months. Listen here

“Rodeo” - Pssy Pwr | WOOOOOOO!!!! Scream hallelujah! Pssy Pwr come through with a fucking BOP. I had to do some digging to figure out who the hell crafted this MASTERPIECE, and it turns out Pssy Pwr are a duo formed by none other than songwriting genius’ Anjulie and Oren Yoel, who both have an impressive roster of hits under their belts (Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop?! And so many more?!). Good on them, as “Rodeo” has been stuck in my head ALL week. I washed my dishes humming the hook, yodeled “hallelujah” in my dog’s face when scratching his ears, had the song on repeat as I pecked out documents all day at work, and even couldn’t help but dance to it in the middle of my room a few times. Give it a spin - do note the song is best enjoyed at a high volume. Listen here

“To Swim” -  Petrie | Embarrassment be damned; Petrie is the Level of Cool I drag my ass through the tumultuous desert of discovering damn good music every week in search of. “To Swim” initially dropped last November, but Petrie did include it on his new Slurs EP that came out a few weeks ago. It’s still a stand out track dripping in absolute quality, sexy alt-pop. Listen here

BONUS

  • Little Dragon’s new album Season High is out and you should definitely listen to it sometime ASAP. Listen here

  • Michelle Branch is back with a FULL ALBUM and you should DEFINITELY pencil in an hour of listening time for this comeback. Listen here

  • I never thought I’d be typing this… but Linkin Park, Pusha T, and STORMZY dropped a single. Listen to it to believe it actually happened, tbh. For those who are fans of Grime: do you think Stormzy is going to break into the US mainstream before Skepta?

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal April 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!

April 7, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

Today is pretty historic. In a way. Kinda. I mean, I guess.

I had a bit of deja vu: I stayed up until Midnight to tune into BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw to tune in to hear Harry Styles’ solo debut. As a recovering 1D superstan, the dormant moonlit jitters in anticipation for a new damn song has not been at this level since 1D premiered a song and announced an album circa 2013. At that time, I was unemployed and suffering from insomnia, so the level of euphoria was rather different this round. Waking up this morning is terrible. Awful. God, help me. Please excuse any (possible but most likely very much scattered throughout this newsletter) gross spelling and grammatical errors.

With that: it’s another week of no audio recordings for cmd+f. I sincerely apologize for this, but look at the bright side: this is in your inbox on time, and I’ve committed to giving you five sick tracks to enjoy this week!

Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other form you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.

As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments, and from recent encounters, I know it’ll really make their day.

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“Give It All Up” - RÉN | Yes girl! Make it RÉN! Seamless! Pop! Perfection! RÉN has been teasing us with some incredible tracks for a few years now with absolutely no debut project in sight (c’mon, girl! Tell us what we can do to scrounge up an EP?) The Brooklyn vixen dropped “Give It All Up” at the end of 2016, a minty-fresh power-pop jam serving up some serious MUNA-esque vibes. The song is laced with lush, silky-soft vocals, and bursts through with a spectacular hook. Listen here

“Grifting - Timber Timbre | My god, what a TUNE. Straddling on some seriously funky 1970s Bowie vibes, “Grifting” is captivating and totally addicting. This came on shuffle while I was cruising through West Hollywood circling the block for a parking spot. I had my windows down, cranked this up, and felt cool as hell. Listen here

“Lucid” -  Kelly Lee Owens | Tapping into my inner love for the more cerebral with this Kelly Lee Owens track. The SmalltownSupersound signee joins the ranks of electronic music Scandinavian royalty (Lindstrøm, Neneh Cherry to name a couple), and has been receiving a shit load of rave reviews for her debut self-titled album. If you enjoy experimental, ambient electronic music, you’re going to fall in love with Kelly Lee Owens.  Listen here

“Someone” - ROMES | Who the heck are ROMES? They surprisingly have a wikipedia page that tells me they formed after meeting in Wicklow, Ireland (which, after having a brief stint living in Ireland, OF ALL PLACES) in 2015, and are now based out of Toronto. 2015!! Only two years old as a band and they got this alt-pop down pat. Oh, and allegedly our favorite honorary lesbian Hozier loves the heck out of them, too. Then again, everyone in Ireland knows everyone in Ireland. This is a well known fact. I’m willing to put money down that Niall Horan’s foaming at the mouth over ROMES, too. In fact, Niall and Hozier talked ROMES on a golf course in Dingle. In all seriousness, pop “Someone” on to help marinate into those springtime vibes (or as your chase away the last dregs of warmth as autumn fades in if you’re in the lower hemisphere). Listen here

“Heathen” -  Colouring | Let’s take it down a notch with Colouring’s newest single. Sounding very much like an ironed out Radiohead, the band are still full force in their blue period, visually (as seen on all of their cover art released so far), and sonically. They’re honing in on a more personalized and accessible sound – I’m very into this direction they’re taking with “Heathen.” Listen here 

BONUS

  • I need to give a special shout out and wish my girl Bridget a fabulous birthday. I’m going to immortalize this day in a cmd+f newsletter. For those reading who do not know who Bridget is, well, I’m sorry for hiding her from you. She and her friend Brooke host a fab AF podcast called SPLAT! Each week they dissect an episode of Sex and the City from the perspective of twenty-somethings living in New York 20 years after the revolutionary TV aired. Get familiar (and wish Bridget a happy birthday!) – SPLAT! Online: Twitter | Instagram | iTunes

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal April 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.

A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.

See you next week!