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Celebrate Pride Month With 44 New Songs That Are Sure to Make You Happy!

June 5, 2017

Happy Pride month, everyone!

June is the perfect excuse to not only celebrate equality for all, but happiness, too! This is always an exciting, memorable month, so let’s kick it off with 44 fresh new tunes.

In the spirit of all things equality, I find it perfectly fitting to showcase Halsey‘s brand new album hopeless fountain kingdom, which features breakout song “Strangers,” a collab with Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui about two female exes who no longer speak. Although the subject matter is sad, the song is pure perfection—and quite frankly, the album as a whole isn’t far from it. Obviously the tragic hit “Closer” was an unfortunate career catapult for Halsey, but if you listen to this album and her former Badlands, you will see she is actually an incredible artist.

Speaking of albums, you may recall last month’s featured song “Gimme the Highlights,” by Hortlax Cobra, (aka John Eriksson from Peter Bjorn and John). The artist just released Hortlax Cobra’s third album, which features another one of my favorites, “I’m Still Here.” If you’re a fan of mysterious, melodic electronica from one of Sweden’s most talented artists, this album is for you.

Other songs specifically on my radar are “Get Lost” by Washed Out (it’s been a while for them!), “Had to Let Me Go” by Nite Jewel (super sexy), MisterWives‘ very lively “Coloring Outside the Lines” (they are also on the new album radar with Connect the Dots), “Mind” by Slow Magic f./one of my favs Kate BoyLeon Else‘s synth-pop “What I Won’t Do” and an incredibly catchy “It’s a Vibe” by 2 Chainz f./Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko.

For the full list of 44 new tunes, check out the playlist below!

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New Music May: Hortlax Cobra, Little Dragon, SNBRN, Foster the People & 35 More Artists!

May 9, 2017

While I’m sad to see those April showers go, entering a new month means another selection of fresh music—and this month we’ve got some quality sounds from artists we haven’t heard much of lately.

Little Dragon released their latest full-length album Season High, and I’m loving the song High in particular. Our beloved Foster the People are back as well! And while not with an entire album, we at least get a three-track EP, oh-so-appropriately called III. They sound significantly different from how they’ve ever sounded in the past, but the new material is great nonetheless! Speaking of new sounds and names we haven’t heard in a while, do you guys remember David Archuleta from American Idol? He’s back with Up All Night, and it’s clear his sound has matured a bit. I really like the song!

But my favorite new tune this month is definitely Hortlax Cobra’s “Gimme the Highlights.” I’ve been a fan of HC for quite some time, and enjoy being able to rely on their distinct sound.

The rest of the playlist is a big smorgasbord of electronic (SNBRN, Laidback Luke, Pat Lok, Seven Lions), hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar, Mannywellz, D.R.A.M., Omarion) and everything in-between (Goldroom, Future Islands, RAC, Stalking Gia, Grace Mitchell and more!).

I just went through the whole list, and I’ve gotta say, this is one of my favorite compilations of songs in quite some time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Celebs, Swag & Sun: Photos and Details from Coachella’s Hottest (No Pun Intended) Weekend One Day Parties

April 20, 2017

One weekend down, one to go!

As any regular Coachella attendee knows, the first installment of C’chella each year is the major one, with the Empire Polo Fields and semi-neighboring parties filled from head to toe with celebs, tastemakers and pretty much everyone transplanted from L.A. for the weekend.

Well, this year was no exception, with the typical expected guests hitting the desert hotspots when they weren’t checking out their favorite acts at the festival.

Keep scrolling, because skyelyfe has the scoop on some of the hottest day soirees of Coachella season. And I’m getting exhausted just writing this—for all the right reasons, of course!

#REVOLVEfestival

Joining forces with Billboard Media Group, Revolve clothing put on another Coachella weekend party for the books! Moving locations this year to the Merv Griffin Estate, the hugely popular online retailer brought out droves of stylish stars, including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Kaia Gerber, Joe Jonas, Sofia Richie, Nicole Richie and Louis Tomlinson, among many others. Over the course of the weekend, guests took in live performances by Rick Ross and Migos, while sipping Ciroc cocktails, snagging swag from ColourPop cosmetics, Schutz shoes, Lovers & Friends apparel, Joico InstaTint hair spray and Impressions Vanity Co.—and frolicking through the incredibly spacious, picturesque space.

Photo Credit: BFA

Photo Credit: BFA

Photo Credit: BFA

Photo Credit: BFA

Photo Credit: BFA

The Lucky Lounge Presents: Desert Jam Produced by BMF Media

Still fresh to live performance life, Noah Cyrus put her best foot (vocals) forward, giving guests a mini three-song show at Palm Spring’s Ingleside Inn. In between taking in the live music, partygoers (including Sia, Ashlee Simpson-Ross and hubby Evan Ross) had the option to snag free apparel from Lucky Brand, sip Heineken beer, Deep Eddy vodka and High Brew coffee and score swag from One Two Cosmetics.

Photo Credit: Vivian Killilen / Getty Images for BMF Media

Photo Credit: Vivian Killilen / Getty Images for BMF Media

Katy Perry’s Easter Sunday Funday Recovery Brunch Produced by John Terzian’s The h.wood Group

There were no kitty cats, only bunnies, for Katy Perry over the weekend during her hosted Easter boozy brunch. The pop star not only flaunted her newly shorn hair, but also debuted her footwear collection. Guests at the Thermal, Calif., estate, were treated to oxygen bars, a Cover Girl-sponsored Easter egg hunt, massages and beats by Mia Moretti, Balthazar Getty and Bobby French. And topping things off, everyone had a first chance to shop Katy’s new kicks.

Photo Credit: Rony Alwin

Photo Credit: Rony Alwin

American Express Platinum House

For partygoers seeking a healthy reprieve from the otherwise debaucherous happenings over the weekend, the American Express Platinum House went as far as offering on-site Soul Cycle classes by famed spin instructor Stacey Griffith. Spinning or not, all guests were treated to tacos, popsicles, veggie skewers, handcrafted flower crowns, a live performance by Bebe Rexha and a DJ set by Hannah Bronfman.

Photo Courtesy of Ari Perilstein, Getty Images

Photo Courtesy of Ari Perilstein, Getty Images

Photo Courtesy of Ari Perilstein, Getty Images

Photo Courtesy of Ari Perlstein, Getty Images

The Zoe Report’s ZOEasis

Swag and style were the name of the game at this gathering. Guests, including Kate Bosworth, Brooklyn Beckham, Olivia Culpo, Louise Roe and Rachel Zoe herself made their way through the gigantic Palm Springs space, where they took in a performance by The Aces and DJ sets by Pamela Katz, May Kwok, while walking out with hundreds of dollars in beauty products, handmade bracelets and gift cards galore.

Galore x Grindr Present Queens of the Desert

Dope performance by Charli XCX? Check! Free shoes by Melissa? Check! Slews of Grindr swag? Check! Cute, shirtless gay boys? Mega-check! Palm Springs’ Coral Sands Inn was transformed into the Galore Motel for a packed pool party that included DJ sets by Simihaze, Jordyn Woods, Alie Layus and Taryn Manning—and lots of Stillhouse Whiskey & Bourbon (yes, I drank whiskey drinks that day).

Chevrolet Bolt EV Launch at the Bootsy Bellows Estate

This party was a who’s-who of Hollywood, boasting appearances by Katy PerryNick JonasJoe Jonas, Ryan Phillippe, Kendall Jenner, Ariel WinterHailey BaldwinJeremy Scott and a slew of others. VIP guests rolled up to the Rancho Mirage-based party in the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV, while regular partygoers took in a live performance by Lil Yachty and swooped up goodies from PacSun‘s festival-inspired pop-up shop.

Photo Credit: Rick Williams

Photo Credit: Rick Williams

Photo Credit: Rick Williams

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Cruise to Coachella with This Playlist of 48 Artists Worth Seeing at the Festival!

April 10, 2017

Road trips are great and all, but when it comes to Coachella, we really have the mindset of just get me there already, right?

But unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way, and sometimes we are stuck cruisin’ for hours to get to the coveted Coachella Valley desert area.

That said, what gets us more amped for the festival than a little taste of what’s to come over the next few days? Well, clearly not traffic! Forget about your traveling woes and scroll to the bottom of the post for a playlist of the 48 artists skyelyfe encourages you to see. IMHO, if you miss Gucci Mane, Shura, Classixx or ScHoolboy Q, why did you even bother showing up?!

But regardless of who you watch, if you’re feeling reminiscent about last year’s festival, listen to my must-see playlist from Coachella 2016. And above all else, safe travels!

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The Substance You Should Take at Coachella, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

April 9, 2017

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Dust off your headpieces and crop tops, because Coachella is finally here!

This festival has it all—music, art and a ton of people offering up all sorts of drugs for you to try.

Not sure if you should stick with smoking a joint, chugging a beer or going on a wild hallucinogenic trip with shrooms? Scroll below to discover the illicit substance your zodiac sign thinks you should try at the festival.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Adderall

The go-getter of the zodiac, you never show any signs of stopping. Your “live life in the fast lane” attitude gets you in trouble often, but you don’t care. You have no problem charming your way out of the situation. When you’re at Coachella, you’ll be fluttering from place to place, like the busy bee you are. You need a substance that’ll keep you extra energized over the three-day-long festival, and Adderall will do just the trick. Its time-release effect will keep you going strong throughout each day, while still keeping you focused on the acts you want to see. Sounds like a win-win!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Cocaine

As boujee as you are, you need a drug that will satisfy your appetite for the finer things in life. No other illicit substance will do that for you like cocaine. It’s a high-class drug for a high-class individual like yourself. So make like Halsey allegely did below, and treat yourself to a few bumps as you grind up on potential lovers during the performances of your favorite artists at Coachella.

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Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Weed

Ruled by the twins, this is the reason there are two opposing sides to your character. You can be the life of the party one day, then you’re the most introverted person the next. You definitely need to take something that’ll satiate both halves of your personality. Weed can totally do that for you. You can switch between a Sativa or an Indica for different effects, depending on what you’re feeling. Or you could opt for the best of both worlds by smoking a hybrid. Either way, you’ll be in for one heck of a time at Coachella.

(Photo by Connor Limbocker on Unsplash)

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): OxyContin

Though many may not notice it, you have a lot of pent up feelings that you hide away from the outside world. You act tough, but you’re really just one big softy underneath that harsh exterior. You need to feel a lot less of this, especially if you want to thoroughly enjoy all Coachella has to offer. OxyContin makes for the perfect potent substance for you. You won’t feel a single thing. What more could you ask for?

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Molly

Proud Leo, you love, love, love being the center of attention. You crave endless admiration from your peers so badly, that you’re willing to do just about anything for it. We all have our things—constant praise happens to be yours. If you really want to keep your time in the spotlight continuous, taking Molly will work for you. Once the euphoric feeling takes over, you’ll breathe new life into the festival. Everyone will remember you. Everyone.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): None

Being the perfectionist you are, you’re way too innocent and responsible to do any sort of drugs at Coachella. Because of your analytical approach to life, you can’t help but always play it safe. Risk-taking isn’t a term in your vocabulary. But that’s totally fine, because at least you’ll be the one to make sure all of your besties aren’t puking in porta potties or making out with way too many randos.

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Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Lean (Sizzurp)

Libra, oh, Libra. You’re the type of person who’ll be joined at the hip to whomever you’re going to Coachella with—which is actually a great thing, because you tend to be the only person who can keep the peace when it all goes haywire. To add to your calming presence, find yourself sippin’ on some sizzurp to leave you even more tranquil. Ingesting this mix that includes Codeine, Sprite and Jolly Rancher will have you feeling cool as a clam, even when the festival chaos comes out swingin’!

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): PCP

You’re a true mystery, Scorpio. Not a single soul has you figured out and you intend on keeping it that way. One thing’s for sure: You’re full of passion and don’t let anything hold you back from following through with your plans. No one is willing to take more risks than you, which is why such a dangerous substance like PCP could only be enjoyed by a Scorpio. It’s wild, but so are you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Shrooms

Free-spirited and adventurous Sagittarius, you’re the first one people call when they want to try something new or go somewhere they’ve never been before, because you’re always down. You’d literally drop whatever you’re doing to take a trip to some far off place. While you can’t always be in a new place every second, tripping on shrooms at Coachella will make you feel like you’re on another planet while you’re listening to musicians perform or checking out the art installations.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Alcohol

Acting a little uptight and controlling at times, you often get a bad rap for being boring and dull. But that’s not the case. You know how to let loose and have a good time, but you definitely set your parameters, of course. This is why gulping down all the alcohol at Coachella would suit your needs best. You’d be able to enjoy yourself, but not too much to the point where others would be worried about your safety. Chug! Chug! Chug!

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Ketamine

While you’re known for being the humanitarian of the zodiac, the thought of being surrounded by hordes and hordes of people doesn’t really wet your whistle. You’d much rather spend your days indoors with no one but yourself as your only company. Unfortunately, you paid a ton of money to be at Coachella, so it’d be a waste not to go. You really need something that’ll sedate you, so say hello to Ketamine. You won’t feel at all irritated by the monsters surrounding you, because this drug will keep you in a peaceful trance all weekend long (provided you don’t overdo it and put yourself in a temporarily paralyzing “K-Hole”).

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Xanax

You’re that one friend who constantly puts everyone else’s needs above their own, which is fine and all… until it’s not. Listen, people have their own lives and sometimes they don’t need you to hold their hand through it. Sorry to be blunt, but you had to hear it from somebody. Coachella is time for you to sit back, relax and take a chill pill—aka Xanax. You’ll be able to keep your cool like no other, thanks to this handy-dandy substance.

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Dance Through April Showers With 45 New Tunes from Chris Brown, Betty Who & More!

April 5, 2017

April isn’t just for rainshowers and tiny, scantily clad tweens plowing through Coachella.

This month also brings on a slew of fresh springtime tunes, and I’ve gotta say, there’s a pretty solid selection going on right now.

Chris Brown, who I am beyond stoked to see live at The Forum on May 23 (!!!) just released the very explicit “Privacy,” and this blast-worthy jam obviously has me all sorts of excited for what else is to come from him at this time.

And another musical fav, Betty Who, just released her latest full-length album The Valley. Sticking true to her signature poppy sound, the selection of 13 tracks is every bit upbeat and carefree. I’m especially feelin’ “Some Kinda Wonderful.”

While we’re on the pop theme, please tell me you’ve given a listen to Charli XCX‘s incredible new album Number 1 Angel. It came out at the beginning of March and I do not feel like it’s been given the proper attention it deserves. OMG, I’ve been jamming away nonstop to “3AM (Pull Up)” f./.

You can listen up to aforementioned three tracks, along with fresh selections from Spirit Twin, Fickle Friends, Gryffin f./Daya, Little Mix, Party Nails, Crystal Bats and plenty more with the 45-song playlist below!

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21 Seemingly Forgotten Rap Tracks That Will Make You Miss the Mid-’00s

March 13, 2017

When most people think about the best (and certainly most iconic) era of rap music, it is without a doubt the early ’90s (1993 was particularly memorable with Ready to DieDoggystyle and Strictly for My…, among others).

And believe me, I am all about that time.

But while that magical moment in music stands out, many people may have forgotten about (what I personally consider) the next best era of rap: the mid-’00s.

I have fond memories of dashing home from college classes to catch A.J. and Free‘s daily rundown of top music videos on BET‘s 106 & Park. Hmm, or what about Big Tigg on Rap City: Tha Basement? Those were the days, man.

Don’t get me wrong, the era does get current radio representation—”Ridin’ [Dirty],” “In Da Club,” every song by The Game… but there are heaps of tracks from 2003 – 2007 (’03 was epic!) that went from being chart-topping hits to being seemingly swept under the rug—and so many of these former hits are still amazing.

And in a time like today, where everything is an autotuned, unmemorable, poppy piece of homogenized garbage, we seriously need to appreciate the good ol’ days.

I was listening to KDAY the other day and I can’t recall which song came on, but it set off this idea in me to compile some throwback gems I used to listen to all the time. Believe me, there are so many more tracks than the ones that lie in the playlist below, but consider these old-school jams—by everyone from T.I. and Yo Gotti, to Cam’Ron, Rich Boy, Paul Wall and more—a start. Enjoy!

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Frolic Through February With 29 New Tracks from Ryder, The Knocks, Symon, Sia and More!

February 1, 2017

It’s officially February, which means a lot of things: Valentine’s Day, Grammy Awards, National Strawberry Day!

But, most importantly, it means another roundup of new music brought to you by yours truly ;).

Let me begin by saying I recently came across L.A.-bred artist Ryder who newly released a song called “Nirvana,” and like its title, the song itself is pretty heavenly. It’s the perfect melodic type of tune that has always resonated with my soul, so please give it a listen!

Additionally, you must hear the sexy, empowering “No Way,” by Symon, the disco-danceable “Trouble” by my favs The Knocks (featuring Absofacto).

If you’re looking for some trap, bass and all in-between, tune in to “Right Here,” by Keys N Krates (featuring Krane), “Tension,” by Fred V & Grafix (featuring Kate Westall), “All I Want,” by Alok, Liu and Stonefox and “Hey Baby,” by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo and Kid Ink.

Scroll through the playlist below to browse through all 29 songs, which also include Sia, SOHN, The xx, Satchmode, Milky Chance, Party NailsFenech-Soler and a major blast from the past—Jamiroquai!

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Skyelyfe Takes You Behind the Scenes of Interscope Artist Dreezy’s ‘House Party’-Themed Music Video for ‘Wasted’

January 27, 2017

Hip-hop artist Dreezy (born Seandra Sledge) dropped the video for her latest track “Wasted” last month, but skyelyfe just got its hands on never-before-seen shots taken from the libation-filled day of filming.

Noisey’s “Queen of Chicago Rap”—who has collaborated with Gucci Mane, Jeremih, Wale and T-Pain—had everyone on the L.A. set feeling relaxed with plenty of Electric Sky Wine to go around.

The wine, which touts three variants (Rose, California Red Blend and Pinot Grigio), has quickly become a favorite among music festival goers and celebs alike, including Christina Milian and Kristen Bell.

As evidenced in the photos, “The vibe of the shoot was festive,” Daniel Sena, Head of Digital Marketing for Interscope Records, tells skyelyfe. “Even though the cast was composed of actors, everyone was getting along like they’d known each other for years. Maybe it was the house party-like setting, but it had the real feel of a house party.”

Photo Credit: Meeno

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Jam Out in January to 18 New Songs by Yo Gotti, Krewella, Adventure Club and More!

January 4, 2017

yo-gotti-they-likeIt’s time to accept the hard truth that the holidays are behind us, New Year’s Eve isn’t for another 350+ days and it’s back to the grind of the workday.

But, hey, what better way to get us into the groove (pun intended—ha!) of 2017 than with some new tunes?

Yo Gotti brings us some fresh hip-hop with “They Like,” featuring TFN Lucci, while Big Sean, Chris Brown and Post Malone also bring some tracks of a similar sound.

If you have a case of post-NYE blues and still feel the need to dance, give a listen to “Save Me,” by Adventure Club, “Team,” by Krewella, “Closer to You,” by Tyzo Bloom and Jnna and “Feels Right (Galloway Remix),” by Jocelyn Alice.

Regardless of what you’re into, there are 18 new tracks to keep you going during those tough adjustments into 2017. Let’s hope these set the tone (once again, pun intended!) for better music to come all throughout the year than we had the (dis)pleasure of hearing in 2016.

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Skyelyfe’s 20 Best Songs of 2016

December 22, 2016


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Time to bid adieu to 2016, the year rap and hip-hop officially died.

The genre has been getting increasingly worse over the last few years, but this year really solidified its transition into an auto-tuned genre of its own called hip-pop. Yeah, I hate it. And unlike in 2015, this year we didn’t even have a Nic Nac Beats to swoop in and save the day with his supremely produced Chris Brown tracks. Whether it was rap, pop, electronic or otherwise, there definitely seemed to be more bad than good (in fact, you can check out my worst songs of 2016 list).

But, not all is atrocious. After much thought, I’ve managed to scrounge up a handful of redeeming tracks I genuinely love, and I’m sharing them below (in particular order):

20. “Champions” – Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz

Not a fan of Kanye solo, but I’ve always said that when he collabs, his songs tend to be much better—and this song is no exception. Great track-mates, great hook, great song.

19. “Might Not” – Belly f./The Weeknd

Honestly, this track may have made it higher up on the list if it weren’t for that gawd-awful 2 Chainz remix. Like if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it! Ugh

18. “Into You” – Ariana Grande

This song stands out because it is says OK, I can be sexy and I don’t even have to be trashy to do so! A rarity for this artist. Great track.

17. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd f./Gucci Mane

Mike WiLL Made-It + Gucci = no-brainer recipe for perfection

16. “Say It (Clean Bandit Mix)” – Flume f./Tove Lo

If you read my Worst Songs of 2016 post, you will see my distaste for nu-school Flume. But this track happens to be great, and might I add that Tove Lo’s Lady Wood album (though this song is not part of it) is the best of the year.

15. “Want You” – Bearson f./Cal

While Bearson definitely identifies with “electronica,” he hasn’t nailed a signature sound, which is great, because I love all of the varying tracks he sends (via airwaves) my way—and this song is no exception.

14. “Either/Or” – Mt. Si

If you dig Classix, you’ll love Mt. Si.—which makes sense, given that 1/3 of this trio is Michael David of the incredible electropop duo. Seriously, it does not get better than this sound.

13. “The Winds of Change” – St. Lucia

Granted, nothing by this artist compares to “Elevate,” but this jam is pretty darn awesome. If you like that sound, you’ll love this, too!

12. “Valley of Dreams” – Cavaliers of Fun

See No. 4

11. “Be the One” – Dua Lupa

Dua Lupa has a beautiful voice/face/hair/sound etc. That is all.

10. “Freeway Lights” – Goldroom

I’ve been listening to Goldroom since he first debuted in 2012—and while it was definitely weird (and a little hard) to see his album featured at the Interscope pop-up shop at Hollywood & Highland alongside Lady Gaga, among others, I refuse to call him a sellout, because while perhaps slightly more produced than before, his sound is overall the same, and this a very light, sweet track that should appeal to everyone.

9. “Bullet” – Chelsea Lankes

How this girl is not a household name is beyond me. Each of her songs are well-produced, well-articulated and relate to everyone. This track is super uplifting and empowering.

8. “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake f./Justin Bieber

Personal woes aside, Justin Bieber is an incredible artist. Granted, this track goes to DJ Snake, but Bieber’s vocals are definitely an invaluable asset to this recording. This is a genuinely wonderful song from start to finish. It’s pretty, powerful and poignant.

7. “Innerbloom” – RUFUS DU SOL

This is your universally appealing track. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it.

6. “Into the Night” – Cardiknox

This track is fun and light. Do NYE makeup in your mirror to this! It will get you pumped up–promise!

5. “Goin Up” – Deorro f./DyCy

Let’s be honest—when we think of Deorro, we think “Five More Hours,” right? Welp, he’s got a catchy new little jam called “Goin Up,” and (no pun intended), it’s quite uplifting.

4. “Astral Division” – Cavaliers of Fun

Like their name suggests, these guys (guy?) are quite fun — well, at least judging by their music. Granted, I don’t know what this song means and I don’t know anything about the people (person?) on the track. They’ve done quite the job of maintaining a mysterious presence (we’re talkin’ 249 Twitter followers, folks!), but that’s what makes them all the more fun! Anyway, they are the only act to make this list twice (see No. 12), and I really hope to hear more (maybe learn more?) of them in 2017!

3. “Somebody Else” – The 1975

How this song wasn’t nominated for a Grammy is beyond me. Not only are the lyrics hard-hitting, but the melody is exceptionally beautiful. I will forever stay stumped while blasting on repeat.

2. “Kiss It Better” – Rihanna

I believe Rihanna was still dating Chris Brown when this song was in production, so it’s your guess as to whether or not he is the subject matter of this incredibly powerful song. But the highly underrated track allows you to feel both her desire and pain.

1. “In the Morning” – Kaskade/ZHU

I love this song from start to finish. I don’t think I’d ever get sick of it. It’s so reminiscent of old-school Kaskade, circa 2004. If all songs were like this, the world would be a much happier place.

**To note: “The Middle” by DJ Snake technically came out last year, so it was no. 3 on last year’s list, even though it didn’t break out until 2016. I feel the need to acknowledge that so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle 😉

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Skyelyfe’s 20 Worst Songs of 2016

December 21, 2016

songs-worst-2016For so many people, 2016 is considered the worst—and the selection of music releases this year has been no exception to contributing factors.

From Meghan Trainor‘s typically obnoxious, overbearing ditties to Lady Gaga‘s eyeroll-worthy “comeback,” to some very questionable collaborations, I just could not with these year’s tunes.

But it’s not all bad news, folks! Come back tomorrow for my list of 2o best songs of 2016!

In the meantime scroll below to see my least liked (in particular order):

20. “Starboy” – The Weeknd f./Daft Punk

The Weeknd’s album with this song’s same name is definitely not a disappointment, but the song itself is douchery at its (not so) finest.

19. “For Free” – DJ Khaled f./Drake

UGH. Again, douchery at its (not so) finest. Sorry, call me a hater, but present-day Drake is so annoying.

18. “Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga

I’m sure I speak for others when I say I’m not buying Lady Gaga’s folky, “real me” schtick. I think people want to hear and see her based on the reason they liked her in the first place: her over-the-top character image and her poppy persona. I don’t take this Joanne nonsense seriously at all. I mean, heck, I am the first to admit I even love Artpop, for crying out loud!

17. “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 f./Kendrick Lamar

For such a strong lyricist, you’d think Adam Levine could come up with something a little more crafty than “I don’t wanna know, know, know, know who’s taking you home, home, home, home and loving you so, so, so, so…” Also, I have an issue with songs that throw rap verses in when it doesn’t really serve a purpose.

16. “Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay

Come on, Coldplay, you can do so much better than this!

15. “oui” – Jeremih

I’ve never been much a fan of Jeremih, and this whiny, pathetic track (with terrible lyrics to boot) doesn’t help his case. “Hey, there’s no we without you and I” (<–well, duh!)

14. “Me, Myself & I” – G-Eazy f./Bebe Rexha

Luckily for Bebe Rexha, she had some decent material this year, post-this horrible song. G-Eazy on the other hand? I can’t get behind any of his 2016 material.

13. “Never Be Like You” – Flume f./Kai

As someone who has been listening to Flume since 2012, this radio-heavy track is such a terrible downgrade from the Australian’s incredible signature, under-the-radar experimental electronic sound. In fact, the whole Skin album is a disappointment. Sorry.

12. “One Dance” – Drake f./WizKid and Kyla

I meannnn…. see No. 19

11. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” – Mike Posner

I totally agree with Time‘s take on this song (in fact, I agree with most of Time‘s 10 Worst 2016 Songs list altogether): “Originally conceived as a folksy pop song in the vein of Jason Mraz, there was something clever about Posner’s withering takedown of drug-taking EDM bro culture. But the much more popular Seeb remix sapped it of its wit, turning it into the exact thing it was satirizing. What a comedown.”

10. “A-YO” – Lady Gaga

It’s funny how we go from last year’s No. 1 skyelyfe track “Ayo,” by Chris Brown and Tyga, to this cringeworthy country-pop tune by Lady Gaga. Yes, I’m aware they have nothing in common except the title, but still, this a far cry from the 2015 tune.

9. “Bad Things” – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello

I saw Machine Gun Kelly live in 2011 at the now-defunct West Hollywood House of Blues, where he was another white, aspiring gangsta rapper. Welp, guess that life didn’t pan out for him so well, because now he’s lending his lyrics on a terrible hip-pop rendition of Fastball’s “Out of My Head” with now-former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello.

8. “NO” – Meghan Trainor

The song’s title speaks volumes.

7. “Me Too” – Meghan Trainor

If you’ve followed me on social media at all this year, well, you know all too well how I feel about a particular artist…

6. “Make Me…” – Britney Spears f./G-Eazy

The only thing worse than this song is quite possibly the music video (but, at least with the video, it’s entertaining in its own special way). It’s hard to believe this was the first single from the hotly anticipated Glory album. The album was actually pretty good, but with this (among a few others) as the so-called “breakouts,” it definitely didn’t sell me.

5. “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots

The two Twenty One Pilots dudes said it best themselves at the American Music Awards: “I think we’re only getting these awards because we were the ones who showed up!” Yeah, I mean their songs got more play than almost any others I heard on the radio this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I would definitely be a-ok with never hearing them again!

4. “7 Years” – Lucas Graham

I think I speak for many when I say I have no idea what this dude is talking about, and quite frankly, I haven’t been able to make it all the way through the song to find out.

3. “Private Show” – Britney Spears

See the third sentence in No. 6

2. “i hate u, i love u” – gnash f./Olivia O’Brien

The only thing that gets me misty-eyed over this melodramatic, aspiring tearjerker of a tune is that it got so much airplay this year. OY so bad.

1. “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

See No. 5

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PHOTOS: Top 6 Things You Missed If You Didn’t Attend KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas

December 14, 2016

It’s still technically fall, but it felt every bit winter over the weekend at KROQ‘s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas.

The two-day event brought out newer artists The Head and the Heart, Bishop Briggs, X Ambassadors and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, along with classic acts Weezer, Green Day, Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World, among many others (M83, Kings of Leon, BastillePhantogram).

In case you weren’t at The Forum in Inglewood to experience the high-energy event yourself, skyelyfe was on hand to take you behind the scenes—from the concert seats to the food-filled VIP area packed with musicians.

Below are six fun things you missed out on if you didn’t attend!

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1. A Legitimate Winter Wonderland

Going back to what I said above, the event epitomized wintertime, decked from head-to-toe in festive lights, Christmas trees, cotton ball-designed “snow” and plenty of holiday season photo opps. The only thing missing was rain, but the chilly weather outside plenty sufficed!

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2. The Ultimate Ice Cream and Dessert Station

If you were lucky enough to make it down to the VIP Forum Club lounge, you were treated to an endless array of toppings to perfectly suit one of three flavors (strawberry, vanilla and chocolate) of ice cream. In case this still didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, there were also two cakes fully decked out in KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas logo. And if sweets were totally not your thing altogether, a few steps away was an area devoted to breakfast foods (scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, ok, you get the idea…).

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3. Speciality Vodka Cocktails

A specialty version of a Moscow Mule was just one of three different cocktails whipped up all throughout the venue with the event’s official vodka sponsor, Reyka.

4. Up Close and Personal Moments With Show Performers

The Forum Club lounge also hosted the event’s performers after taking the main stage. VIP guests were treated to intimate photo opps and brief conversation before the bands respectively grabbed a mic and headphones for a post-performance radio interview.

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5. An Insane Visual Performance by Weezer

From dripping ice cream cones, to a wild ride through all of Los Angeles, Weezer gave the crowd quite the eye-full throughout their entire six or seven-song set.

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6. Some Very Young Crowd Participation with Green Day

Green Day proved age ain’t nothing but a number. The band brought some very young fans on stage at various points in their headlining performance. One girl knew the lyrics better than perhaps Billie Joe Armstrong, himself (no, not really, but she was damn with it!) and another started from being super shy to suddenly crowdsurfing, per Armstrong’s advisory. I’m not even a GD fan, but I was definitely taken by the energy of the overall performance.

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Until next year….!

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Dance Your Way Through December With New Music from AlunaGeorge, Zara Larsson and 30 Additional Artists

December 1, 2016

alunageorge-blow-you-upFirst of all, yes, it really is December.

Secondly, when I think about this month, I think of either holiday tunes, Frank Sinatra or very, very mellow, stay-in-bed-all-day kinds of sounds.

Well, consider this year different, because most of the new material I’ve uncovered in the last month is pretty upbeat. So even if it’s raining outside, you can host your own dance party inside. 

AlunaGeorge and Zara Larsson bring it with fresh, upbeat electro-pop tunes, while a usual skyelyfe favorite Bearson released an equally lively “One Step at a Time” with Natalola. And if additional electronic music is what you crave, Seven Lions‘ “Cold Skin” and Marshmellow‘s “Ritual,” among others, also make up this list.

Pop lovers will dig Little Mix‘s empowering love anthem “Nothing Else Matters,” while The Weeknd, Vallis Alps, Day Wave and LIV slow things down with new songs as well. And skyelyfe’s pal Genesee released “Block Party,” featuring lolo.

Click the playlist below and get the party started:

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Tove Lo, Empire of the Sun, Craig David & 18 Additional Artists: New Music November!

November 2, 2016

toveloladywood-1476454330-640x640Let’s be honest—There have been a slew of major music releases this year, but many (most) of them have been a letdown (at least IMHO).

That said, as we get closer to ending the year (<– I can’t believe I’m already typing that), we actually have some top-notch new tracks and full albums that deserve some serious recognition!

Tove Lo‘s Lady Wood and Empire of the Sun‘s Two Vines, which were both just released, are at the top of my list right now. Both acts continue to stay true to their original sound, unlike so many current artists who succumb to whatever vibe is trending on the radio. I’ve got to respect artists who continue to go with what they know best.

But in addition to these two, there are 19 other artists with fresh material sure to keep your fall days hot, even when the temperatures are dropping.

From Craig David (‘memba him?) and Mr. Little Jeans, to this combo between Tycho and Wild Nothing I’ve found called Coma Pony, to fabulous folks skyelyfe has interviewed (lookin’ at you, Alexx Mack, Foster, Aston), I’ve got 21 songs that’ll tide you over from the lull of post-Halloween until the excitement of Thanksgiving nears. Happy New Music November, everyone!

Check out the playlist below:

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Rising Dance Artist Aston Celebrates Debut EP Release with Skyelyfe & ‘Spooky’ Halloween-Themed Cocktails

October 31, 2016

Rising dance artist and LGBT activist Aston has a lot to celebrate—and she’s sharing much of her joy with skyelyfe!

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Not only is it Halloween (she’s dressing up as the female version of Michael Jackson in the “Thriller” music video, BTW), but she also just released her debut, self-titled EP, and it is everything you need to turn your costume party up a few notches.

As you listen to her six-track collection (scroll to the bottom to check it out), you can mix up her own specialty cocktail, appropriately named Aston’s Dark and Dreary Halloween Cocktail (recipe also at the bottom).

“This Halloween cocktail is super easy to make and it’s delicious!” she tells skyelyfe. “The floating rum at the top gives it a spooky effect, and you can add the Halloween garnish of your choice to make it your own (gummy worms work great with this cocktail, too!).”

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When it comes to Halloween, it’s no surprise this is one of her favorite times of year.

“I absolutely love dressing up, whether it’s for a performance or going out, and Halloween is the perfect excuse to get super creative with your costume,” she says. “The great thing about a Halloween costume is that you can plan for weeks and put together something super extravagant costume Heidi Klum style, or you can throw something together last minute with things you probably already have in your closet! And candy—who doesn’t love candy?!”

Aston’s Dark & Dreary Halloween Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:

– ½ ginger beer
– 2 teaspoons of lime juice
– 1 – 2 shots of dark rum
– Halloween Candy for garnish (I used bubblegum eyeballs!)
– Wooden Skewer (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

Fill a glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer and lime juice. Slowly pour the rum into the glass to give it the “floating effect.” Garnish with bubble gum eyeball or your choice of Halloween candy!

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Röyksopp, Tritonal, Scavenger Hunt & 26 More Artists: New Music Monday!

September 12, 2016

royksopp-feat-susanne-sundfor-never-ever-495x495Fall is nearing, but there are a handful of artists in this week’s New Music Monday playlist who can’t seem to shake the summer vibes.

From Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør‘s “Never Ever” to Pat Lok‘s “Let Me Show You In,” along with a slew of others, there’s a dance party in the making.

Right up there on that list is Tritonal‘s upbeat melodic “Running Into Me,” from their just-released album Painting with Dreams.

But if you’re feeling on the more mellower side, you should give a listen to Teeth & Tongue‘s “Do Harm,” “Ride to Die,” by The Shallows, “I Still Wonder,” by The Chain Gang of 1974, and Psychic Twin‘s “Running in the Dark,” from their debut album Strange Diary.

Click the playlist below for 29 new tracks, which also includes Elohim, Oliver, FRENSHIP, Rameses B and more!

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Dua Lipa, Alexx Mack, Empire of the Sun & 46 More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 29, 2016

Dua-Lipa-skyelyfeAnother week, another slew of awesome new tunes.

The music selection has been particularly amazing lately, and this week brings you 49 more stellar sounds.

I’m so excited about Empire of the Sun‘s upcoming Oct. 28 album Two Vinesand I’ve included their brand new track “High and Low” on this week’s New Music Monday playlist.

Additionally, I’m totally digging Dua Lipa‘s high-energy “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” and my girl Alexx Mack‘s collaboration with Goldhouse called “Pleasure.”

There’s something for everyone this week. If EDM is your thing, check out Borgeous‘ “Higher,” if you like hip-hop, you’ll probably enjoy Dej Loaf‘s “Miami.” Into rock? Give John Travoltage‘s “Heist” a listen or Bad Suns‘ “Heartbreaker.” And for you pop lovers, had to include a little Britney on the list. I’m surprisingly digging Glory, and I added “Slumber Party” to the list. Speaking of pop, “Higher” by Carly Rae Jepsen is the perfect retro-sounding tune.

Check out the full playlist below:

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Justin Bieber, DJ Snake, Warpaint, Porter Robinson & 40+ More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 15, 2016

Justin-Bieber-DJ-Snake-skyelyfeLove is in the air!

Well, at least according to the songs in this week’s New Music Monday playlist.

Let’s start with Justin Bieber, who is clearly on a roll right now. Fresh off the success of “Cold Water,” which is just the latest of a slew of recent hits, the pop star lends his voice on the melodic electronic track “Let Me Love You,” off of DJ Snake‘s new album Encore. There’s zero doubt this will be a huge hit.

Warpaint also made the list with the love-dovey “New Song,” and let’s not forget about Porter Robinson‘s new collab with Madeon in “Shelter.”

There’s plenty more as well. I’m totally digging A R I Z O N A‘s “Cross My Mind,” Savoir Adore‘s “Savages,” Colouring‘s “About You,”–and heck, even One Republic won me over this week with their new track “Kids,” which sounds a bit different than what I am used to hearing from them.

Time to bust out your headphones and scroll through the playlist below, because this selection of 45 new songs are my favorite in quite a while! There’s still a little bit of time remaining to lock in that summer romance, so let these tunes be your guide!

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5 Must-See Acts at Outside Lands This Weekend

August 3, 2016

Outside-lands-skyelyfeThe thought of Outside Lands is a breath of fresh air compared to other 2016 music festivals.

Lacking the sweltering heat and EDM-heavy, hip-hop-pop-filled lineups that so many of these other three-day events provide to their thousands of music and party-loving consumers, San Francisco-based Outside Lands brings a slew of folk, dream pop and low-key alternative acts (Radiohead, Lana Del ReyRyan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Lord Huron, Foals, Diiv, to name a few) to its stages, with additional performers who also bring on a much “softer” vibe.

The festival has always boasted a much mellower ambiance–with the exception of 2014’s Kanye West-headlining year.

I haven’t been to Outside Lands since 2012, so it will be interesting to see if it still remains living up to the hype of this post. While I anticipate this year’s experience, I figure I may as well pull up my picks of five acts I absolutely must see at the festival (in no particular order):

1. Radiohead

Radiohead is among the few truly iconic acts on the bill this year (can’t discredit Lionel Richie and Duran Duran). Fresh from their latest May album release A Moon Shaped Pool, the brooding band is likely to perform new material, while bringing on all of the nostalgia attached to their collection of melodic classics.

Must-Hear Song: “High & Dry”

2. Miike Snow

I’d be lying if I said that I’m particularly fond of Miike Snow’s last two albums (iii and Happy to You), but perhaps that’s because the Swedish electronic trio set the bar so incredibly high with their 2009 self-titled debut. Their biggest fans resonate most with that first set of songs, so there’s no doubt in my mind that a strong selection of throwback sounds will make their way to the stage.

Must-Hear Song: “In Search Of”

3. Third Eye Blind

If you attended high school in the late ’90s or watched pretty much any high school-based film or TV show during that time period, you are most definitely familiar with TEB. To this day, their self-titled debut album is one of my absolute favorites of all time. Sure, they had five chart-topping singles from the 14-track compilation, but the emotionally charged album is incredible all the way from start to finish. Even following that release, their further releases continued to be enjoyable, and I’ve always admired how they never changed their sound over the years.

Must-Hear Song: “Motorcycle Drive By”

4. The Knocks

Three words to describe this NYC-based duo: disco-infused deliciousness. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this electro act live a handful of times, and their music has the most upbeat energy. I’m obsessed with pretty much everything they’ve put out there from day one until now, and I’ve got no doubt that they will get the mellow festival-goers on their feet!

Must-Hear Song: “Dreaming”

5. St. Lucia

Jean-Philip Grobler (St. Lucia) was pretty much my 2015 soundtrack to that oh-so-lovely, long walk from the Uber drop-off to the Coachella entrance. Yes, it was unfortunate that I wasn’t front and center to watch such an incredible act perform, but I definitely got an earful (in the best way possible) regardless. It will certainly be exciting to see him live this time, even though I’ve already heard him live in the past.

Must-Hear Song: “Elevate”

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Solidisco, White Sea, Miley Cyrus & More: New Music Monday!

July 25, 2016

solidisco-summer-heat-skyelyfeIt has been scorching hot this past week, but I’m able to take just a little bit more in the form of Solidisco‘s new track “Summer Heat.”

The upbeat tune–despite its title–is enough to take my mind off of these sweat-inducing, sleepless nights and focus on potential fun in the sun!

This week’s New Music Monday is full of lively songs of the same nature, including “Fade Out,” by Viceroy and Gavin Turek, “Love Me Crazy,” by Sultan and Shepard and “Invitation,” by Yellow Claw.

Click below for the full playlist of 11 new tunes, which also includes Pitbull, White Sea, Aeroplane and Purple Disco Machine, and Miley Cyrus yet again with Lolawolf.

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Neon Hitch Tells Skyelyfe She Hopes ‘Vulnerable’ New Music Will Shake ‘Party Girl’ Image

July 20, 2016
Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle (@sequoiaemmanuelle)

Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle (@sequoiaemmanuelle)

Neon Hitch is back and more raw than ever.

This time around, as she embarks on the July 22 release of her new album Anarchy, the foulmouthed singer, most commonly known for her 2012 dance track “Fuck U Betta,” is ready to show the world she’s more than “just a party girl.”

“You can expect a very honest Neon–from my favorite food (fried chicken at night), to the things I used to get up to when I was a wild child back in London,” she tells skyelyfe. “And you really get to hear the more vulnerable side of me. This album came together very naturally and most of the songs are actually freestyles so they were written by my subliminal mind.”

Given the nature of her past work, the electropop artist–whose birth name is, in fact, Neon Hitch–acknowledges why she may have a certain reputation, but she notes that she’s widely misunderstood.

Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle (@sequoiaemmanuelle)

Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle (@sequoiaemmanuelle)

“I actually am a very sensitive and caring person who has been a lone warrior for a long time and my way of survival has been to have this tough emotional armor on that some people misinterpret as unapproachable,” she explains. “That’s something I plan on changing with this album.”

The artist, who collaborates with Liam Horne, Calix and Collie Buddz on this latest compilation of tracks, describes it as “lots more urban than my other work,” adding with a laugh, “My alter ego right now is ‘Tracy Trapman.’ ”

As for what she generally wants to get across in her music, regardless of genre, she says, “My message is always freedom and standing for what you believe in.”

Hitch, who has in the past collaborated with Tyga and written for Kesha, says she would “love to do a song with” the Spice Girls. And hey, now that three of them have decided to reunite (albeit under a different moniker), she may have a shot!

Collabs or not, the British singer, who recently gave a surprise performance at L.A.’s No Name bar, is thrilled about her upcoming 14-track album, and thrives off of having music as a platform “to make a change,” she says. “I would love to hear more lyrics that inspire people instead of singing about how much money they have or how many bitches they fuck.”
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