Since I’m constantly listening to music from different genres, it’s no surprise that this playlist represents music from across the board. First up is Skrillex and my faves from his latest album, Recess. While he is best known for his contribution to dubstep (and this album is definitely still steeped in this genre), he does branch out a bit from it with some of these songs. The songs I was most drawn to and have included here veer a little bit off of his typical path. I’m still not completely sold on this guy, but I can say that I am a fan of some of his music!
I jump from Skrillex to Pete Yorn. This album, Back And Fourth, was released six years ago, but I’m just now getting to it. It really snuck up on me. He does that too. When you first hear his songs, they’re almost throw aways. But when you listen to them again and really hear the lyrics, that’s when you start to connect; Then the music kicks in and it’s over. At least that’s how it works for me with him. Yorn’s one of those artists that I really dig, but don’t listen to nearly enough. The four songs I’ve included in this playlist are really great. Take a few listens to really let them sink in.
The last contribution to this playlist comes from Bria Valente’s Elixer. This album was also released by Prince (her mentor) in 2009. I really am not crazy about this album. The three songs I include here are absolutely my favorites on the whole album. A couple of her songs bordered on easy listening while others had more of a jazzy quality. That jazzy quality in her voice reminded me of Amel Larrieux, an artist whom I really like. But for some reason, Ms. Valente did not stand up to the Prince test for me. I’m a huge fan of Prince, but I feel like he didn’t make the most of this young lady’s talents on this album.
The music I’m including in My Picks are kind of all over the place…in a good way. The first set of songs from FKA Twigs’ LP1 are sultry, sexy yumminess. The first thing to go through my mind upon first listen to this album was, ‘this girl’s the female counterpart to The Weeknd.’ Yup, the bare, electronic, but very sensual music is just a backdrop to her no-holds barred lyrics. She says what’s on her mind with no regrets and she’s lured me into her web of music…I totally dig this album.
Do any of you remember Judith Hill? Back in the days of my watching The Voice, I bore witness to an amazing talent in Judith Hill. Man, this woman can sing!! I thought she was fantastic when I saw her on the show, but I didn’t hear anything about her after she was prematurely voted off. Then the other day, I received an email from Ticketmaster with a link to a free download of her new album, Back In Time, produced by none other than Prince. Yup. Discovering that this legendary artist (one of my favorites) backed Ms. Hill made me more than a little curious to check out the whole album. Her first release since her appearance on the show is a collection of several genres, R & B, Funk, Blues, & Pop to name a few. I like the album and I definitely hear the Purple One’s influence on some of her songs. I wonder how much of this music comes solely from her. I like the album, but I don’t LOVE it. These four songs are easily my favorites and are a good representation of what she offers on this album.
Oh, Weezer, I will always love you!! Even this latest album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, gets me excited. I’ve been a fan of this band for over 20 years now. It’s hard to believe that they can still put out new music that I LOVE!! Many of these songs have the signature Weezer sound, which is part of their charm and one of the reasons I am still a fan. The grungy guitars, the fantastic harmonies…what’s not to like? These four stand-out songs combine these two elements and are my faves. Sometimes you just have to go back to your roots and they definitely do that in this album!