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Skyelyfe’s Quarantine Soundtrack, Featuring All New Songs Since Lockdown

July 7, 2020

Since coronavirus-induced lockdown, there’s clearly been much more spare time to dig through new music press releases and Spotify playlists. So, naturally, I’ve been adding and subtracting to my “April 2020” ever since. Therefore, I came up with a playlist of the best new music releases during quarantine.

As of today, I decided to officially change the name to “Quarantine Turn-Up” and post this overdue list of songs. This has literally been the soundtrack to everything I’ve done in the last four months.

If this song is on the list, that means it made it through all the ups and downs leading to this publish date. I will continue to update the list as the months of quarantine continue, so feel free to continue checking back for new tunes.

For now, here are almost 30 brand new songs that make up the soundtrack to my quarantine experience. From The Magician and Aluna, to Kaskade and even some Migos and Tyga, scroll below for your listening pleasure.

 

Now that you’re in tune with the best new music releases during quarantine, HERE‘s how quarantining with your significant other will affect your relationship in the long haul!

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Embrace Magical Fall Months with Blissful New Music by Astrid S, Tove Lo and 15 More Artists

October 16, 2019

cozy socks embrace fall weather with pumpkins and coffee

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Whether you unabashedly gulp down PSLs like they’re water, you live for Halloween, or cooler temps are totally your thing, there’s no denying fall has something for everyone.

Even if we disagree on the best part of this cozy season, I think we can all say it isn’t complete without just the right music to set the tone.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of fresh new tunes just waiting to be on your fall playlist rotation. While summer 2019 brought on some dance party anthems, we’re switching gears with some mellow music that’ll help you ease effortlessly into the slower-paced weeks ahead.

Embrace magical fall months with blissful new music by 17 artists, including Astrid S, Tove Lo, Lane 8, Adventure Club and The Knocks!

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Live Up the Rest of the Season With the Only Summer 2019 Playlist That Matters

August 21, 2019

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Whoever says summer’s already over is probably just too eager for fall.

Usually I’m that person, but seeing how most of my friends are just now leaving for their extravagant seasonal getaways, it definitely still feels like summer.

That’s probably why I don’t feel like it’s too late to post the ultimate summer playlist, full of the best releases in the last three months.

Let it be known that I spent the entire season—leading up to literally today—going through every press release I received, rummaging through all my Spotify new music playlists and Shazaming every new song on that struck a chord (pun intended) with me on Sirius radio.

After months of adding new songs and deleting others, I came to my finalized 37-song, ultimate summer 2019 playlist. This includes everyone from PNAU, Kelsey Lu, E-40 and Flux Pavilion (earlier in the summer), to PVRIS, Phantoms and Shallou (later in the summer).

Give it a go below:

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May Flowers—and Music! 21 New Tracks by Olivia O’Brien, A-Trak, Goldroom and More

May 1, 2019

It’s officially May—which means Coachella is a thing of the past, people are slowly slipping into their swimsuits and your workout classes are filling up faster than ever.

While not quite yet summer, May marks the peak of Spring, when people are showing a little more skin and embracing the time change. That said, everyone needs just the right playlist to help them get into the spirit, and we’ve got just that.

A nice departure from the more somber songs of months past, May’s playlist is an upbeat transition into sunnier seasons. Kicking things off is “Just a Boy,” the breakout track from Olivia O’Brien‘s debut album, Was It Even Real?. She describes the bop to Paper as “one of the most fun and empowering songs I have ever made,” and that makes perfect sense, seeing as it’s a big F-U to guys who have screwed her over, but the melody just makes us want to dance. Summer anthem, anyone? We’ve spotted it!

Following are some upbeat electronic tracks by A-Trak, Goldroom, Eden xo, Lipless, LUXXURY and more. If these don’t scream springtime frolics, then I just don’t know what does.

Scroll through the playlist below of 21 new songs you need to listen to this month!

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No April Fools Here! Just New Music by Felix Cartal, Alesso, Bonnie McKee and 25 More Artists

April 1, 2019

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it seems like there are way more April Fools’ Day pranks and jokes circulating the web today than any year prior—and some of them, while silly, are especially amusing to Angelenos.

But as much as I’d like to say I came up with the time to get all sorts of creative for April 1, all I got down to was coming up with a list of 28 new tracks—many of which are the perfect kickoff to festival season (no kidding!).

With the sun shining brightly and spring break in clear view, it’s time to put away the solemn melodies and bust out the songs that make us want to dance.

Felix Cartal teamed up with Lights for the upbeat track “Love Me” in Feb., but it (shockingly) hasn’t picked up much traction yet, so I’m including it in this list of new songs. I’m also loving Alesso’s “TIME,” Armin Van Buuren and Bonnie McKee‘s “Lonely for You,” Vicetone‘s “Feel Like,” Audien‘s “Favorite Song,” featuring Echosmith, and lots more!

Keep scrolling for all the tunes you need to get you through Coachella prep and beyond!

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Beat the Winter Blues With 24 New Tunes by Kim Petras, Le Youth and More

January 4, 2019

The Christmas lights have come down, the new year’s resolutions have likely already been broken. We’re now in the thick of winter, folks—with nothing groundbreaking on the immediate horizon (unless, of course, you’re nominated for a Grammy).

Grammy or not, we luckily all have music to turn to—and while this exact time isn’t exactly known for bringing us the bangers, I’ve managed to dig up some songs worth listening to while we wait for things to pick up again.

Scroll through the playlist below for 24 new tracks by Cheat Codes, Kim Petras, Le Youth, Years & Years, Touch Sensitive, NERO, Tycho and more:

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38 New Songs to Catch Up on During Thanksgiving Break

November 21, 2018

Whether you’re traveling or simply trying to stay busy/avoid people during the few days you have free for Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to catch up on new music.

For the last 2.5 months, I’ve been gathering songs that’ll take me into the rest of 2o18. With a tiny lull in the year, it seems like the perfect time to put these 38 tracks into a playlist.

Allie X is definitely my artist of 2018. I’ve featured her on numerous playlists this year, and “Girl of the Year,” off her new album Super Sunset, is absolutely a standout (along with so many others on her latest compilation of tracks)—but I decided to give this month’s top spot to Hailee Steinfeld, who came through at the very end of the year with her electropop “Back to Life” from the Bumblebee soundtrack, and hands down one of the top 5 pop songs of 2018.

Scroll below for what’s about to become your Thanksgiving 2018 soundtrack (I promise you won’t be disappointed):

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Kick off the Best Season of the Year With New Music by Wild Nothing, Allie X and 29 More Artists

September 6, 2018

Two things of major importance here: Fall officially starts on Sat., Sept. 22, and every day this week has felt like the season is already in full swing.

This never happens in L.A. I mean, last year it was 90-degrees in mid-December. So, anyway, yeah, I’m super excited. And what better way to welcome the best season of the year than with some amazing music? Lots of chill stuff here for your ears to consume.

Let’s start with Wild Nothing‘s fourth album Indigo, released last week. The 11-track, mellow dream pop playlist somewhat resembles their second album Nocturne, which is pure music to my ears—and perfect for setting the fall mood.

Another album standout is Death Cab for Cutie‘s Thank You for Today, their best full-length release since 2005’s Plans. Though Plans is pretty untoppable, this album is pretty amazing, not to mention there’s a song called “Autumn Love” (come on now!).

For all of this and much more (including new music by Emma Blackery, Allie X, Seven Lions, Troye Sivan, Bassnectar, and A R I Z O N A), scroll through the 32-song playlist below:

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Robyn Releases First Single in 8 Years (Plus 26 Other Songs to Know in August)

August 1, 2018

If the quality of this playlist is any indication of how this month is going to go, then it’s going to be a good one!

Subdued and sultry, most of the songs that make up August’s new music selection don’t really fall into the sound of a typical summer month—but that’s ok, because this is one of my favorite playlists in a long time.

Before I get into everything else, I must acknowledge one very important tidbit of musical information: Robyn just released (as in an hour ago) her first single in eight years! Titled “Missing U,” fans of the Swedish electropop legend will be delighted to know nothing (as far as her sound is concerned) has changed since 2010’s Body Talk Pt. 2.

Now that I’ve got out of the way, the rest of the playlist is comprised of mostly moody melodies that may not kick up your dance party, but will certainly evoke emotion. Sizzy Rocket‘s “High,” Allie X‘s “Focus” and Cannons‘ “Round and Round” are pure beauties, as are Transviolet‘s “Undo” and Eli & Fur‘s “Something Is Real.”

If indeed you need a little pick-me-up, scroll down the list for Dillon Francis‘ “Never Let You Go,” Cosmo’s Midnight‘s “Polarised” and ARIZONA‘s “Freaking Out.”

For the full playlist of 27 fresh tracks, scroll below!

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Get Your July 4th Playlists Poppin’ With G-Eazy’s New Banger (and 15 Other Fresh Tracks)

July 4, 2018

It’s July 4th!

This means BBQs, red, white and blue popsicles—and more “Party in the U.S.A.” spins than your ears can handle.

Not that there’s anything wrong giving love to a Miley Cyrus classic on the day of year that seems most fitting, but given the season, wouldn’t you also like to have those patriotic-themed pool parties surrounded with some new sounds as well?

If you were unprepared in the music department today, rest assured we have you covered. G-Eazy just released what we think should be the song of the summer. It’s called “Drop,” and it will have you dropping to the floor with its infectious beat. Like, we’ve seriously had this on repeat since we first heard it two weeks ago.

But that’s not all! If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, you’ll probably enjoy “Under the Sun” by Roosevelt or “Soweto” by Michael Brun and Shirazee.

Keep scrolling for the full playlist of 16 new songs we’re loving this July!

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Have a Magical May with New Music By Rusko, FRENSHIP, Heather Brave and 26 More Artists

May 8, 2018

Spring has sprung (aka it’s starting to get really hot outside), which means you’ll probably be driving around and going out a lot more—which also means you need a whole new set of songs to accompany your adventures!

For the month of May, we found 29 fresh tracks to spice up those sunny days ahead.

We’re especially loving Rusko‘s “High,” off the Dubstep guru’s newly released EP, Has Made Five More Songs. But as usual, we’re delivering a little something for everyone—whether it’s pop by Jake Miller, R&B by Bazzi and Mya (yes, that Mya!) and pretty much everything else.

Listen to the playlist below, and enjoy the rest of the month!

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March Into Spring With Incredible New Music by Penguin Prison, 3LAU, ASTR and 33 More!

March 23, 2018

It’s still a wee bit chilly (aka torrential downpour) in L.A., but as of March 20, we officially welcomed one of the sunniest seasons.

Though Spring is not my favorite, I’ve gotta say, the playlist ringing it in this year is definitely one of my favorite in a long time.

We’ve got upbeat, characteristic-to-the-season sounds by Penguin Prison with “On Your Side,” sexy electronic with 3LAU‘s “Touch,” a comeback track by longtime skyelyfe fave ASTR and 33 additional songs that will definitely brighten your spring day (if that’s what you’re going for).

From Youngblood Hawke and Vance Joy, to BAUM, Coma Pony, Sleeplust and much more, scroll through the playlist below for 36 tracks that are sure to keep you feeling the freshness of spring, regardless of what you’re in the mood to hear!

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Frolic Thru February With Fresh Tracks from Peking Duk, Skott, Troye Sivan and More!

February 7, 2018

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, why not honor the special date (or month!) with what you love most: music?

This February, I’ve got 39 new tracks from a slew of varying artists. Let’s start with electro duo Peking Duk, who I was supposed to see live at The Roxy last week, but to my dismay, the show was postponed ’til June (WTH?!). That said, I still love them no matter what, and their song “Wasted” is my favorite new track of the moment.

I’m also loving “Russian Soul,” by Skott, a newer artist who has a sound reminiscent of Zella Day. Skott’s entire four-track EP “Stay Off My Mind” has been in my regular rotation, and I definitely recommend giving it a listen.

Additionally, I’m enjoying the upbeat “My My My!” by Troye Sivan, which is a depart from his characteristically slower sound.

To hear all the fresh tracks for yourself, check out the playlist below, which also includes The Neighborhood, Migos, Lane 8, Keep Shelly in Athens, Emilie Brandt, Captain Kidd, Mt. Si, Mannywellz and more!

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New Year, New Music: 13 Fresh Tracks from The Neighbourhood, Win and Woo, Jeezy and More!

January 5, 2018

It’s officially 2018, which means it’s time to let go of last year—and time to regain faith in good music (because we all know there wasn’t much of it in 2017).

While I don’t have a whole lot to kick off January with, there’s so far quite a bit on the horizon with upcoming album releases, including Camila Cabello (Jan. 12), Craig David (Jan. 19), Fickle Friends (March 16), and a bunch of TBDs. Sadly, after just hearing “Filthy,” the debut single off of Justin Timberlake‘s Feb. 2 Man of the Woods album, that’s one release I’m not looking forward to, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

In the meantime, let’s appreciate the 13 songs we’ve got in this month’s New Music January playlist, shall we?

The Neighbourhood just released “Stuck with Me,” the perfectly mellow tune to help you relax during those cold winter nights. If you want to stay on that chill path, Captain Kidd‘s “Wild” is the way to go. But if you want to kick things up a few notches, keep your ears perked up to electro tracks “In Love Again,” by Win and Woo and “Embrace” by Manics. And we can’t not give love to Jeezy FKA Young Jeezy, who teamed up with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar on his latest single “American Dream.”

Scroll below for the full playlist, which also includes Party Nails, Scavenger Hunt, Allies for Everyone and POWERS:

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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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44 New Songs to Be Thankful for This November, Including Tracks by Ghost Loft, MØ and Bon Iver

November 7, 2017

November is without question one of the best months of the year.

The laidback feel of fall, combined with the excitement leading up to Thanksgiving, can produce a wealth of happy emotions.

While we’re in thankful mode, why not add new music to our list of necessary gratitude? As we know, music warms our soul, keeps us dancing, heightens our mood, helps us capture memories and is the soundtrack to our relationships. So, take these 44 new songs I bring you this month and embrace not only the beautiful season, but the wonderful vibe these tracks create.

Not to mention, listening to this playlist will give you something to do when your relatives get the best of you at Thanksgiving dinner!

Keep scrolling for fresh new music from Ghost Loft, , Bon Iver, Autograf, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, The Brinks, Miranda GloryMansions on the Moon and many more:

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Fall into October With Fresh Tracks by PVRIS, DJ Snake, Illenium, Tove Lo + 64 More Artists

October 3, 2017

October is officially upon us, and this just so happens to be the month that I’ve found the best songs of 2017 so far.

Sadly, though October is arguably one of the most favored months, this year’s is already an incredibly somber one, and we’ve barely just begun. With the unfathomable tragedy in Las Vegas, combined with the death of legendary Tom Petty, it’s been a slight breath of fresh fall air to stumble upon these 68 new musical gems.

I’m giving an extra special shoutout to PVRIS (and their track “Anyone Else” off their incredible new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell), because I recently saw them and Lights (also on this playlist) at the Novo downtown on the first night of fall, so they hold a special little place in my heart.

Also, there are a handful of releases from artists I’ve interviewed, so I’ve got to give them shoutouts, too (SomeKindaWonderful, JOEY, Little Good Bad‘s Rachel B, and Logan Henderson).

In addition, loving DJ Snake‘s newest track “A Different Way,” and I can’t get enough of Illenium‘s new album or ODESZA‘s. Also, Tove Lo recently released “Disco Tits,” and it kind of got swept under the rug (probably because of its non-radio-friendly nature), but it’s unique and fun, so I definitely recommend giving it a listen!

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, bundle yourself up in your coziest fall getup and check out the playlist—which also features Ty Dolla $ign, Trina, DJ Dan, Above and Beyond, The War on Drugs and Gorgon City—below!

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Pompeya, RAC, SomeKindaWonderful, DWNTWN + 23 More Artists: New Music August!

August 3, 2017

I don’t know about you, but musically speaking, to me, August signifies the arrival of Kesha‘s hotly anticipated Aug. 11 comeback album Rainbow.

But while we eagerly await the 14-song selection, let’s get into some recently released tunes, shall we?

Some of my regularly rotating favorites (Foster the People, RAC, DWNTWN) each released new albums within the last couple of weeks and they are so good! I commend FTP for sticking true to their original sound with each new release. Their new album brings so much happiness to my heart—especially the song “Sit Next to Me,” which I’ve included in this month’s new music playlist. In addition, you must check out RAC’s “Unusual” and DWNTWN’s “Love Someone.”

But the song I’m featuring in the forefront this month is indie new wave act Pompeya‘s “Somebody Else,” off their new four-track EP Domino. Anyone who’s been following skyelyfe knows the Moscow natives have been been on my radar for years. I always get excited when they release new material because they’re one of the few acts to never let me down.

I also advise checking out SomeKindaWonderful‘s “Wheels Up,” a bit of a different sounding venture for the alt-rock band, who collabed with Casey Veggies on this mellow hip-hop electro track.

Scroll below to check out the playlist of 27 new tracks worth listening to this month, which also includes Don Diablo, Rhye, Decco, Bryce Vine, Snakehips, Body Language and Grabbitz!

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If You Love That Animated Hot Dog on Snapchat, You’ll Dig the Dancing Cactus in This Adorable New Music Video

July 20, 2017

If you’re crushing as much as I am over that animated hot dog roaming all over social media lately, brace yourself, because indie-pop rockers Flights Over Phoenix have discovered the real-life version—in the form of a cactus!

Yes, I was immediately taken by the trio’s brand new music video for their upbeat track “Middle of the World.” Not only I am legitimately digging the uplifting tune, but seriously, this video is totally entertaining, especially if you live in L.A.

Taking place partly in the middle-of-nowhere desert, and graduating on to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and later to the beach, there’s nowhere this green little guy can’t conquer, and you’ll see that for yourself if you scroll to the very bottom of this post.

“We had a blast working with Flights Over Phoenix,” Eric McCoy, of directing duo Mccoy | Meyer, tells skyelyfe, of working on the memorable shots. “These guys trusted us implicitly with the vision of the video, and even showed up at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of the desert to get the perfect sunrise performance. We couldn’t be more proud of this!”

Skyelyfe also chatted up the three L.A.-based guys themselves—who recently performed at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood—so keep reading and get to know more about Keith Longo (lead singer), Jordan Nuanez (drummer) and Chris Santillo (guitarist)!

skyelyfe: How did you come up with the name of your band?

Keith Longo: The name of the band is a reference to the Phoenix Lights which was a UFO sighting that happened in the ’90s. It has nothing to do with the music, I’ve just always had a deep curiosity of what else is out there and where we come from, as I think most people do. It’s fun to think that maybe we could witness something that could give us those answers someday, something that defies normal logic. I’ve also always been interested in the Phoenix bird in mythology. The idea of rising from the ashes speaks to me, so the name Flights Over Phoenix felt right. And, most importantly, nobody else on Facebook had taken it yet [laughs].

SL: How would you define your sound or genre?

Jordan Nuanez: I think we’ve kinda taken our cumulative musical interests and allowed that to influence our sound as a band. For instance, Keith loves ’90s music, and some of those bands and artists have incredible songwriting and powerful vocal melodies. I personally think some of that comes through in the songwriting. Chris digs songs that have a great vibe and great modern production techniques. So that’s where we get some of our more interesting and synth-y sonic nodes. I personally appreciate any music, so long as it feels good. All of us have a pretty broad pallet as well, so we like to take some rock from here, a little synth sound from there… Really though we are trying to create our own sound that is of course reminiscent of some other styles and genres, but that is also distinctly us.

SL: Who are some of your musical influences?
Chris Santillo: We all come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and influences. Keith is a big fan of Phil Collins and ’90s grunge, Jordan likes reggaeton and Latin music, and I love everything from ’90s music to blues to soul music, but equally love modern artists like The 1975. I love when artists are able to blend live instrumentation with synthetic instruments. It’s always a tough balancing act that I constantly try to get better at. I also love Bruce Hornsby-type music, it really just depends on my mood.

SL: In a current era where pretty much everything sounds the same, do you find it difficult to find your own style and set yourself apart from other on-the-rise artists?
K.L.: I’d agree that if you are listening on certain platforms, certain radio stations for instance, a lot of the music can start to sound similar. I would say that is probably true in every decade though. Music is like fashion in that way. Certain trends become popular and after a while they change. But, there is so much music out there in the world, and with all of the platforms to listen to music on, I think there is great variety. With that said, I do think finding your own voice as an artist is crucial. It can be difficult to find the essence of who you are as an artist and to present it in the best way possible, but that’s always the goal. It can definitely be tempting to hear what is popular or successful at the time and try to replicate it, but I think the key is listening to that little voice in your head. If you feel good showing people your music and you feel it represents you well, that’s usually a good sign. If you don’t feel like sharing it, maybe it’s because you aren’t being true to yourself in that song.

SL: Who do you think does a good job of setting themselves apart from others in the music world today?

J.N.: The world is so saturated with artists and bands these days. Honestly, it can seem daunting as an artist at times. But I also don’t necessarily think it’s such a bad thing. Since there is so much out there, so many people listen to such a wide array of music. You’ll have someone who appreciates going to Coachella to see Lady Gaga, but also wants to see Kendrick Lamar, Martin Garrix, and some obscure band from Norway or something like that. But really, all those artists are successful in part because they just own what they do. They do it 100%. I think that is the key to setting yourself apart. Work hard at it, perfect your craft, get tight as a band, work on your songwriting and live shows. That all comes across to the audience. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve put a lot into this. We’re trying to make it so that when people leave our live show, they walk away feeling that we owned it. We consciously try to build Flights Over Phoenix, and not just fit into other scenes.

SL: When you are in L.A., where are your favorite places to eat, shop, check out shows and grab a drink—if you drink?

C.S.: I was born and raised here in L.A., but surprisingly enough I don’t go out and explore much of the food scene. I usually just make dinner at home so I don’t really have a list of go to food spots. As far as shopping though, I love going to Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Co. and stores like that. I always find the most unique stuff there. For shows, lately I’ve been going to School Night at Bardot [in Hollywood]. A lot of phenomenal upcoming artists play there so it’s always humbling to watch and it’s a place we would like to play soon. I also like going to Sayers Club and The Peppermint. As far as bars go, I love going out by my parents house where I grew up in Montrose to a bar called Basin 141. It’s total hometown vibes and I always see people I know there.

SL: What can fans expect from you through the remainder of the year?
K.L.: Right now we are writing a lot of songs and just trying to focus on playing shows and making people more aware of us. We’ve considered releasing singles or a second EP, and at this point, I’m not sure which we will decide, but one way or the other we will be releasing new music soon enough. And, if you can’t wait, you can always come to our live show.

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Skyelyfe Exclusively Premieres Indie-Pop Trio Wolves’ Sexually Driven Debut Single ‘Animal’

June 23, 2017

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It’s the first Friday of summer 2017!

And going off of that, I can’t think of a better song to kick off the season’s first weekend than indie-pop trio Wolves‘ debut single, “Animal.”

The upbeat track, being premiered here on skyelyfe, comes from L.A.’s Sean Carney, 29 (Lead Guitar/Background Vocals), Phoenix’s Rockwell “Rocky” Sands, 26 (Drums/ Guitar/ Keyboard/ Background Vocals), and Chicago’s Marc Avery, 32 (Lead Vocals).

Scroll to the very bottom to hear the sexually empowering song, but before you get there, read on to learn about the song’s backstory, how the trio came together despite being from totally opposite sides of the country and what the three guys like to do outside of the studio.

skyelyfe: How would you describe your sound and who are your musical influences?

Sean Carney: We would say that the best description of our sound and our musical influences are Coldplay, Michael Jackson, and The Eagles. We like to think that we have a solid blend of the past and the future that hasn’t been heard before. Being from different parts of the country and coming from different walks of life, our music definitely paints the picture of the diverse landscape that we live in.

SL: What is the backstory behind “Animal”?

Rockwell Sands: “Animal” came organically. Once we had the production pretty much finished and the melody together, one of us came with the line, “Love me like an Animal!” The rest of the song came pretty easy. This song is a celebration of a woman who is completely in tune with her sexual being. On a deeper level, women catch a lot of shit for being sexual in the eyes of the public and that’s total bullshit. The song is telling women not to be afraid to indulge in their carnal instincts when it comes to the bedroom.

SL: How did you form as a group?

Marc Avery: Well, each of us are songwriters and producers, and have been doing this for a while. Sean and Rocky met each other at a songwriter’s expo about two years back and worked on a few songs and projects here and there. I met Rocky while I was bartending in Hollywood. He was getting hammered and we talked about how the two of us were songwriters. We ended up working on a few songs for placement when the conversation of starting a band came up. Rocky began production on a track and brought Sean in later on to add the flavor it needed. That track eventually turned into “Animal.”

SL: What are your hobbies when you’re not recording and listening to music?

R.S.: Nothing! No, honestly I enjoy playing video games and going to the movies. I’m a huge comic book fan, so I love all the superhero movies… well, most of them.

S.C.: I like going surfing and going to the beach. I also like partaking in “seaweed,” if you get my drift. I have two cats at home, so I like to hang out with them sometimes.

M.A.: I enjoy movies as well, but I am a huge sports fan! I’m really the only sports fan in our band. So I love almost anything that is competitive on a high level; basketball, football, baseball—Go Cubs! A good whiskey or “seaweed” is always welcome as well [laughs].

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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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Music

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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