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Finish Off 2017 With 31 Fresh Tunes by BAUM, Sigrid, Satin Jackets and More!

December 11, 2017

Whew! 2017 is less than a month from being over, so while you’re in the middle of rejoicing (as I’m sure most of you are!), do so with some fresh new music.

As the year comes to a close, the music is mellowing out, so prepare to cozy up in cold weather to 32 chill new tunes. I had this playlist on repeat over the weekend while I cooked and hung up new apartment decor. I couldn’t have picked a better selection of sounds to accompany my tasks.

From BAUM and Sigrid, to Satin Jackets, Aquilo, Chelsea Lankes and more, hopefully the songs I’ve chosen will keep you hopeful of the new music to come in 2018.

Check out the full playlist below!

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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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Three Rising Indie-Pop Artists You Need to Listen to Right Now!

March 29, 2016

allie-x-chelsea-lankes-party-nails-skyelyfeWhen it comes to pop music, I feel like we are in dire need of some fresh talent.

There’s only so much I can take on the radio currently (missing you immensely 2010, 2011 [ie. Loud, AnimalPink Friday, Teenage DreamFemme Fatale]).

That said, I have not lost complete hope in the state of pop. Besides, the realms of Top 40 rotation aren’t where I should be looking in the first place (obviously).

So, I bring you a list (and playlist at the very bottom) of three incredible up-and-coming independently signed artists with beautiful voices, powerful lyrics and catchy melodies that don’t make me want to drill my head into a wall.

Ok then! Keep scrolling to learn about Chelsea Lankes, Allie X and Party Nails:

  • Chelsea Lankes – Don’t be fooled by this singer’s Fort Worth, Texas, upbringing. She is anything but country! The edgy sometimes-brunette has already racked up an impressive selection of tracks about love and heartbreak in her short career, with vibrant melodies to accompany her strong lyrics. For those who still have energy after Coachella week one, check out Lankes live at The Satellite in Silverlake on Monday, April 18!
  • Allie X – The 30-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter (aka Alexandra Hughes) is on the brink of making it big. Not only does she have a handful of solid synth-pop releases, but she has also notably penned multiple tracks for previous tour mate Troye Sivan, while receiving a nod of acknowledgement from Katy Perry in regards to her biggest single “Catch,” which the “Roar” singer Tweeted is a “spring jam.”
  • Party Nails – The name says it all! Fresh on the music scene with two energetic singles, New York native Elana Belle Carroll wastes no time posting manicures and other such happenings around town on her social media pages. By the electro-pop sound of the 20-something’s songs and her vibe in Cyberspace, there’s no doubt we should all want to party with Party Nails — or at least hear her songs at parties. Get one step closer to that goal by checking her out at The Satellite on Friday, April 8.

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New Music! Elizabeth Rose, Kate Boy, Santigold & More!

November 9, 2015

Elizabeth_Rose_skyelyfeElizabeth Rose never lets me down with her music, and “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” is no exception. This catchy, electro-pop gem is from the Aussie’s forthcoming full-length debut album Intra, and I can’t wait for its release!

This fresh track is one of 14 that are a part of this week’s New Music Monday. Also joining the list? Kate Boy‘s “Lion for Real,” which embodies every bit of the Stockholm-based electro group’s unique signature sound. The act finally released their long-awaited debut album “One,” after a handful of singles since 2012’s “Northern Lights.”

Santigold also brings us new music with the happy-go-lucky “Can’t Get Enough of Myself,” off her upcoming LP 99¢, which is her first since 2012’s Master of My Make-Believe.

Click below for the full playlist, which includes a really dope track “Working for It,” by ZHU, Skrillex and THEY, as well as Mura Masa‘s “Love for That,” Lazyboy Empire‘s tropical-inspired “Vampire,” Party Nails‘ “No Pressure,” Chelsea Lankes‘ vocally empowering “Home,” and “LA,” by Ty Dolla $ign, James Fauntleroy and Kendrick Lamar. I also couldn’t leave off “Adventure Of a Lifetime,” Coldplay‘s uptempo little step into disco.

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From The Shins to Death Cab for Cutie, Here’s a Chill 31-Song Playlist for the Fall Lover In You

September 22, 2015

autumn_music_playlist_skyelyfeThe wind is blowing, the sun is bothering me less and my mood is increasingly heightening. Hmm, must be fall!

Although my most beloved season doesn’t technically begin until tomorrow, I will be busy then in Yom Kippur services atoning for my wrongdoings, so I figure today is the best time to post a little ode to my pumpkin-filled time of joy.

If you attended my annual fall party last year, you heard my 50-song playlist perfectly fitting for the mellow mood of this time of year. Well, I’ve put together a completely different one for 2015. Click below to hear this year’s chill fall playlist, featuring 31 songs by artists including The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Milo Greene, Amason, George Maple, Chelsea Lankes and many more.

Happy fall frolicking!

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21 New Songs to Get You Set for September!

August 31, 2015

RAC-new-music-skyelyfeI know I say this every 30 days, but I seriously can’t believe tomorrow is already [insert month – in this case, September]!

And with a new month comes some fresh tunes to enjoy from some of the most favored artists of the moment.

From RAC, The Weeknd and the Biebs, to Avicii, Keys N Krates and SomeKindaWonderful, click below for a diverse new playlist of 21 songs you’ll be sure to enjoy as the weather (hopefully) gets cooler and fall gets nearer.

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Kate Boy, Major Lazer, Borgeous, Chelsea Lankes & 18 More Artists: New Music Monday, 3.9.15

March 9, 2015

kateboyhigherDid Daylight Savings Time leave you feeling a little unenergized this AM?

Fear not, because I have 22 songs that are certain to get you going today as part of this week’s New Music Monday!

There’s a little something for everyone this time around, ranging from that Houston rap sound you know and love by Paul Wall (featuring Alley Cat and Frank Wyle) to some disco house by Kali, pop by Kelly Clarkson and pure soft melody by Cinnamon Chasers.

What I’m especially feeling this week is Kate Boy‘s “Higher.” The Stockholm-based electro-pop trio has been featured on skyelyfe before. They’ve only released a handful of songs since coming on the scene in 2013, but everything they touch is pure perfection, so I’ll accept quality over quantity, as much as I’d like to hear more!

Major Lazer‘s upbeat collaboration “Lean On” with (a favorite of mine) and DJ Snake was a huge cyber success and I am also a huge fan of this debut track off ML’s forthcoming album.

In addition, Borgeous featuring Delane‘s melodic EDM track “This Could Be Love” is catchy, and I’m still totally digging sexy-sounding Chelsea Lankes (who I also wrote about last week). This week, give a listen to her latest, “Too Young to Fall in Love.”

And if you’re a fan of Deorro‘s “Five Hours” like I am, you’ll love “Five More Hours,” which is a vocal extension of the original and it features Chris Brown (so the combo of the two is just perfect!)

Scroll through the playlist below for a slew of fresh tracks, which also includes a poppy melodic “Problems Problems” by Frankie, Urban Cone‘s “Come Back to Me,” featuring vocals by Tove Lo, and much more!

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Purity Ring, Madeon and 14 Other Artists: New Music Monday, 3.2.15

March 2, 2015

CarlyRaeJepsenShe’s ba-aaack!

Carly Rae Jepsen has cyberspace all riled up (in a good way!) over the release of her new single “I Really Like You,” which comes about three years after she skyrocketed to success with “Call Me Maybe.”

The pop starlet is just one of the 17 artists featured in this week’s New Music Monday, which also includes Purity Ring‘s “bodyache,” along with Madeon featuring Passion Pit on “Pay No Mind” and Big Sean featuring Jhene Aiko on “I Know.”

The list this week is pretty dance-heavy, with some melodic EDM by Tritonal, Mooij, Shaun Frank, Morgan Page and Eric Prydz Vs. CHVRCHES.

I’m also totally into new artist Chelsea Lankes. She has a soothing voice and a sexy sound, which is demonstrated on the Carousel remix of “Down for Whatever.”

Check out the playlist of new songs below:

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