Music Monday | Go ’80s

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I have been jamming ’80s music so much lately. Not sure what inspired it, but I’m wanting it all and I’m wanting it loud. Billy Ocean! Phil Collins! MJ! The Clash! Wham!

In light of this, I’ve been updating my ’80s playlist and figured y’all should get in on that glorious action (or should I say, Heavenly Action…*)

*That was an Erasure reference. Really hoping at least one of you got it.

So here’s my playlist – still a work in progress.
It’s got your ’80s cravings covered from Boy George to Bruce Springsteen.

Music Monday | Dead Times

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More white guys slayin’ R&B jams? That’s right. You know what else is slayin’ it? Those pants!

Today, Dead Times - from Tempe, AZ – are Calvin Markus & Travis Bunn. In the words of Mostly Junk Food, these guys have swooped in “on a rush of rubbed down vocals and slinky R&B notes of romantic grandeur like a driving nightcall that would make Ryan Gosling swoon.” Can’t beat that description so why try?

Head over to Soundcloud to download this track for free. And it’s also on Spotify.

Music Monday | Shy Girls

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Is it obvious yet that this summer I’ve mostly been listening to white guys under other aliases with killer R&B vibes? Let’s keep rollin’ with it, shall we?

Enter Portland’s Dan Vidmar, aka Shy Girls. His Timeshare – EP is, well, just really hot. He’s been described among multiple articles as straightforward, seductive and sincere.

The track I share below is one of the catchier songs from the EP, but still sexy, and definitely my most played. And since I’m not a professional music critic, I’ve got to throw in this description for good measure because it was my favorite one I read about the EP (via The Fold) -  “bedroom eyes shine dewily upon these tracks.” YEAH THEY DO.

Stream: “Voyeur’s Gaze”

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I can take it off when you’re lookin’ at me…
I can keep goin’ if you like what you see…

*INSERT HEART EYES EMOJI HERE*
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Timeshare – EP
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P.S. I just ordered this on vinyl - only the second one I’ve purchased not at an antique store.

Music Monday | Ben Khan

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I’ve been playing this track from Ben Khan‘s 1992 EP like crazy. London based and 21, his music has been described as “glitzy R&B” and “neo-soul.” I’m digging it a lot and really looking forward to a full album.

Stream: “Youth”

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Music Monday | Thomston

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There is so much more coming out of New Zealand that demands attention besides Lorde, who in my opinion, could use a little less. 

Enter Thomas Stoneman, aka Thomston. He’s 18 and he’s cranking out some solid jams that he describes as “pop/r&b/electronic.” His latest EP release, Argonaut, meets every bit of that description topped off with some hip-hop vibes. It’s a tad dark, a tad catchy, and a lot of the sweet voice you hear in “Caffeine” (below) – my favorite track. 

Here’s to hoping Thomston doesn’t stay in the shadows of Lorde for long, a place he doesn’t want be and doesn’t deserve to be…

“Any New Zealander who releases pop music is instantly the second coming of the Lorde,” he explains. “I’m a fan of her and her music, but the comparisons are growing tiresome. Plus, I haven’t got Grammys so I’m like the lame, non-famous, less cool, and not critically acclaimed version of her.”

I disagree with the lame and less cool part. Now, onto trying to get him famous…


Download his Argonaut EP for free on Soundcloud | Stream on Spotify.

Music Monday | How To Dress Well

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It shouldn’t be news to you how deep my love for good R&B jams goes. So when I came across Tom Krell, aka, How To Dress Well, I sort of lost it, and I couldn’t believe he’d been hiding from me all this time. His new album “What Is This Heart?” has just about everything I love wrapped in one incredible gift. And bonus points for having dubbing one of the best stage names in the game.

Since my first listen a little over a week ago, it’s been my most played album by far. I can’t quit it. To directly quote Rolling Stone, his “velvet voice is at his best when he’s most vulnerable…His early recordings were grief-stricken and raw; subsequent releases have expanded and refined his sound without ever quite reaching the same heights. Krell’s third LP continues to elevate his R&B-inflected music into sonic clarity, though his emotions remain muddled as ever.” Velvet voice. R&B-inflected music. I can’t stop won’t stop.

Stream: “Repeat Pleasure”

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Go jam What Is This Heart?
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Music Monday | Iggy X Reba

I just can’t get over how much I love this mashup by Dan Chamberlain

Stream: “Fancy”

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This is on his Heat EP, which you can download for free here.