Landcruisin’- A. K. Paul
I have been awaiting the return of the brilliant producer Jai Paul and, finally, through their new website, the Paul brothers are back and poised to take over the world. With the signature, Paul production- progressive, hard hitting, sharp, and completely original, this song kicks in and holds your attention through every second. Smooth vocals and soulful harmonies perfectly complement the complex beat that includes a rock guitar riff, electronic percussion elements and sounds you would never expect to hear in a song, let alone sounding this good. Just trust me on this one, you’re going to want to know the Paul brothers.
By: Rachel Blackman
Send Me Out - Kelela
This was one of the best yet longest weekends of the entire year. It all started on Wednesday with Anderson .Paak and ended on Saturday with the Alpha probate. In between the Fashion Conscience show with Tory Lanez, our women’s basketball entering their first Final Four in history, Young Thug and Metro, and our men making it back to the Final Fourt, this weekend has been sensational to say the least. I heard this song last year at the Fashion Conscience show with Ty Dolla Sign and it hasn’t dwindled down for me yet. This track is heavy and has become a piece of my heart. “Send Me Out’ musically reflects the ending of this weekends festivities. I feel emotionally and physically drained, but in a good way.
Intro (Just Keep Swimming) - Lil Yachty
After seeing the young Atlanta rapper live at this year’s SXSW, Lil Yachty’s Lil Boat mixtape has been on straight repeat for me. On the intro to the project, Yachty samples Finding Nemo, introducing his 2 personalities, “Lil Yachty” and “Lil Boat.” The sample combined with the multi-character narrative of “Lil Yachty” and “Lil Boat,” creates the aesthetic of a children's story, which contrasts with Yachty’s lyrical subject matter, resulting in a unique sound. Yachty’s child-like melodies and lyrical simplicity only add to the aesthetic. On the Intro, Yachty raps first from the perspective of “Lil Boat,” before turning it over to “Lil Yachty” for an intriguing second half of autotuned singing, somewhat reminiscent of 808s And Heartbreak. All in all, Yachty’s versatility, catchiness, and uniqueness are showcased better than ever on this intro.
By: Lucas Markham
YOUTH- Troye Sivan
“YOUTH” might just be my new favorite song, my jam. YOUTH's upbeat melody and steady beat make it the perfect song to bump on the way to class or at the gym. I came across this song just a few days ago and haven’t stopped playing it since. Troye’s voice parallels the OG Justin Bieber light-hearted fan- girl tone. It is somewhat a guilty pleasure, but one that will never get old.
By: Genna Schindel