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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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2016: New Year, New Music! RAC, Little Boots, DJ Snake and More!

January 4, 2016

little_boots_rac_skyelyfeAs we spend this chilly Monday afternoon coming down from the highs of our glorious holiday vacations, we can at least find comfort in knowing that with a new year, comes new music, a new round of music festivals and new long-awaited album releases.

Although today’s New Music Monday selection is relatively small (the new releases greatly dwindled after Dec. 18), I’ve got some fresh material by Weekender, Aquilo, DJ SnakeRAC featuring Little Boots, Michael Coveto featuring Tory Lanez, and a handful of other artists who are sure to kick of your January 2016 just right.

Click on the playlist below for the selection of 11 new tracks. And a happy, healthy, safe 2016 to all!

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24 New Tunes! GEMS, Miike Snow, Grimes & More!

November 2, 2015

GEMS-SCARS-skyelyfeIt’s November, it officially feels like fall (at least today it does), so what’s more fitting than some dark, melodic music to complement the aroma of your favorite apple-cinnamon-scented candle?

GEMS does just the trick for the vibe I am trying to achieve. The D.C.-based artists just released their 11-song album “Kill the One You Love,” and (pun intended, of course), it is to die for. Give a listen to “Scars,” which I have featured on this week’s New Music Monday playlist.

It’s also incredibly refreshing to hear new material from Miike Snow for the first time in three years! I was not expecting “Heart Is Full,” and although it is a slight departure from their signature sound, I am definitely looking forward to the release of their new album next year!

But whatever it is your are in the mood for, you have come to the right place because there are 24 fresh tracks to choose from, including Grimes, Pia Mia, DJ Dan, Night Riots, RAC, The Neighbourhood, Hekky and Frenship.

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DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, GEMS, White Sea & More: New Music Monday!

October 19, 2015

DJ-Snake-Middle-ft.-Bipolar-Sunshine-skyelyfeWoohoo! I’m seriously loving this week’s fun mix of New Music Monday tracks!

If I feel like kicking things up a notch, I’ve got DJ Snake‘s “Middle,” featuring Bipolar Sunshine. I also have Bit Funk‘s “Off the Ground,” Jacob Plant‘s “Reflections,” and Maduk and Logistics‘ “Solarize.”

If I feel like mellowing out, there’s “w/o u” by GEMS, “Never a Woman,” by White Sea, Monogem‘s “Gone,” Kill J‘s “You’re Good But I’m Better,” RAC‘s mix of On and On‘s “Drifting,” Dinka‘s “Breathe” and Leisure’s “All Over You.”

And I’ll never turn down a good hip-hop track. This week, we’ve got DJ Khaled‘s “Gold Slugs,” featuring Chris Brown and August Alsina – and Goodbye Tomorrow‘s “Noone or Nothing”

Click on the playlist below for 19 fresh tracks, also including , Minnesota, Andrew Ripp and Chairlift:

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Skyelyfe Is One Year Old! Thanks to Everyone Who Has Been Supportive Along the Way!

September 24, 2015

skyelyfe_logo_facebookMy, how time flies!

Even though so much has happened in the last 365 days, it really does seem like just yesterday that I was sitting on my couch (this was before I put together a crafty little work desk), and sending out emails to let people know that after 3.5 months of WordPress-coding/template agony,finally launched my music/lifestyle blog skyelyfe.

And now as I celebrate being one full year in existence, there is so much more I want to do in this next phase. I want people to guest report and I want to post personal essays by guest writers (should you have any submissions or ideas, please send to dahvi@skyelyfe.com). I want to start doing events for the site. I have so many ideas regularly flooding my mind.

But at the one-year mark, I am grateful that I’ve had 162 posts-worth of material I’ve been able to share on my own platform. Whether it was attending tastings, going to events and concerts, trying new fitness trends, interviewing some incredibly successful musicians (RAC, Cazzette, RAS, Cedric Gervais, O-Town, SomeKindaWonderful‘s Jordy Towers, DWNTWN‘s Jamie Leffler, Hayley Kiyoko and Noelle Bean – to name a few), creating playlists, or simply just writing about things and people I love, I’ve had the chance to share new information solely from my perspective and freely write about whatever I want.

I can’t be more grateful to all the publicists, friends, musicians, etc… for supporting what I’m doing from day one. Thank you for giving me content opportunities, reading the site and following skyelyfe on social media (friendly reminder: FB: facebook.com/skyelyfe, Twitter: @DahviShira, IG: @skyelyfeLA).

Here’s to another successful 365+ days!

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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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Carly Rae Jepsen, Chet Faker, Banks, YG & More: New Music Monday!

August 3, 2015

carly-rae-jepsen-warm-blood-skyelyfeCarly Rae Jepsen is on a roll!

Her new releases continue to be totally on point, as she proves with last month’s “Run Away with Me,” and now her latest, “Warm Blood,” which is a little dark and mysterious while still providing one of her catchy signature hooks. It’s the perfect kickoff to this week’s New Music Monday selection. Her latest are set to appear on her third studio album “Emotion.”

And while on the subject of pop, check out the DJ Mustard-produced “Sorry to Interrupt,” by Jessie J, Jhene Aiko and Rixton. RAC and Madi Diaz‘s happy-go-lucky “Falling Hard” will make you smile, and Kate Boy‘s “Midnight Sun” will make you dance. And YG‘s “Twist My Fingaz” reminds me of that classic west coast rap sound from the ’90s.

Otherwise, this week’s playlist is mostly mellow. Chet Faker and Banks make an excellent team on their “1998” collaboration, while Teen Daze‘s “Along” is perfect little jam for winding down your day, and Cannons‘ “Body Talk” is slow and sexy.

Check out the entire playlist of 12 songs (which also includes Gardens & Villa, Peking Duk, SAFIA, Coyote Kisses and Karman Line) below:

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New Music Monday: Gardens & Villa, RAC, Keys N Krates & More!

June 15, 2015

gardens-villa-new-album_skyelyfeSeeing my favorite pop star Kesha perform live at L.A. Pride over the weekend was amazing, but for today, it’s time to dig up some new material.

I’m totally loving Gardens & Villa‘s synthpop “Fixation,” Keys N Krates‘ trappy “Save Me,” Coyote Kisses‘ indie-electro “Ferrari” and indie rock by Family of the Year with “Make You Mine.” And of course I always get excited by new RAC tracks, so be sure to give a listen to “Back of the Car.”

Click on the playlist below for 11 fresh tracks as part of this week’s New Music Monday!

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Coachella 2015: This 64-Song Festival Playlist Will Keep You Busy While Venturing Through Desert-Bound Traffic!

April 8, 2015

CoachellaDid it take far too much effort to rummage through the seemingly endless list of Coachella performers to weed out who you want to see live, aside from the obvious (I’m looking at you, Drake, RAC, St. Lucia, Tycho, , Odesza)?

Well, rest assured, I have a good grasp on the acts this year and I’ve got your must-sees covered. From my newer discoveries Alison Wonderland and Coyote Kisses, to some longtime favorites Kaskade and Nero, there is a slew of solid music options between Friday and Sunday for your listening pleasure.

So, whether you’re packing your bags for the big weekend that lies ahead, or you’re getting in your car to head to the festival, sit back, relax, and listen to this playlist of 64 artists worth seeing at Coachella!

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RAC’s Andre Allen Anjos Talks to Skyelyfe About Life Post-Tour, What He Thinks of L.A. and Why It Took Three Years to Release His Successful Album Strangers

December 4, 2014
Photo credit: Nick Walker

Photo credit: Nick Walker

When I got to the Fonda Theatre recently for the second of two shows RAC and The Knocks (along with special guests including Pink Feathers, Karl Kling and Speak) put on in Hollywood, as one of the final stops on their successful Something Classic Tour, my friend and I were a little surprised to be quite possibly the oldest people in the packed venue. And not only did the crowd seem on the younger side, but they didn’t exactly seem like people who were that into music.

This was quite a change from my experience seeing The Knocks (with ASTR and DWNTWN) a few months prior at The Echo, where the intimate crowd of varying ages knew every word to every song. Additionally, the RAC fans I know are my age.

But seconds after the Fonda’s high-energy show kicked off, I totally understood why this experience would appeal to these seemingly college-aged kids. Could I blame these frat boys and sorority girls for wanting to be somewhere they could dance with their attractive significant others and make out to lively, lighthearted music? Heck, I was starting to feel instantly youthful again, but in the best way possible.

The combination of performers was just stellar. The last time I saw RAC live was at the Details @ Midnight party during Coachella weekend this past year, and as one can imagine, guests were running around all over the place, so I didn’t exactly get the full musical experience. And any time between then and the show at The Fonda, I’ve only caught some of RAC’s DJ sets.

But this particular night at the Fonda was different. From the lights, to the energy, to the vocals, to the song selection, it was just spectacular. My friend and I sang, danced, maybe tried to rub up on a 22-year-old (ok, that last part didn’t happen). But seriously, it actually took me a couple of days to recover from all of the excitement.

If the night took that much out of me, I wondered how it must have been for RAC’s Andre Allen Anjos, who was headlining his first live tour, which lasted a month across the U.S.

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“I’m still in that period after touring where I’m kind of getting used to being home,” Anjos told skyelyfe shortly after the tour concluded. “I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like I’ve been going, going, going for so long, and now when you go home and stop for a second, it’s like, whoa, what do I do? [laughs] So there’s a little bit of that. It takes like a week or two for you to adjust back to normal life, but it’s good to be home and I’m taking a little bit of a break at the end of the year to kind of chill out for a while. I’m looking forward to that.”

Aside from the excitement on stage, Anjos insists the touring experience as a whole was “nothing too crazy,” adding, “The green room ended up being a noisy place of people doing all these weird sounds to warm up their vocal chords. Other than that, it was pretty tame. Maybe a quick shot of tequila before you jump on stage to calm any nerves, but for the most part, it was pretty chill.”

Part of what put the whole experience at ease was working with The Knocks (BenB-RocRuttner and JamesJPattPatterson), who Anjos has been friends with for quite some time.

“We feel really comfortable and just try to have a good time,” the Portugal native says of the guys. “As far as celebrating after each show goes, once again, we’re relatively tame. We just go back to the bus and chill out and then go to sleep. When you do this every day, there’s not really much motive to be out celebrating [laughs]. The reality of touring is a lot more mundane than I think a lot of people expect.”

But Anjos does recall one memorable time in particular from the group’s travels.

“We did have two days off in this tiny little town Penn Yan in Upstate New York and we later found out this is where Ra Ra Riot recorded their album, The Orchard,” Anjos says. “It’s a tiny little town, which is pure coincidence. We had a great time. It was a lot of weird looks. We’re like eleven dudes all dressed in black and leather. You kind of stick out [laughs]. When we walked in the local bar at night, we got some funny looks. It was amusing to us. It was a good time.”

Obviously, the tour would not have been possible without the release of Anjos’s debut full-length studio album Strangers. Previously known primarily for his melodic remixes of everything from Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” to The Shins‘ “Sleeping Lessons,” Strangers is a solo project of all original material – but with some notable guest vocals from Tegan and Sara, Penguin Prison, Tokyo Police Club, Matthew Koma and Pink Feathers, to name a few.strangers

“It took about three years to do this album, and it wasn’t all because of the musical process,” Anjos says. “A lot of it was kind of exploratory and figuring out what I wanted RAC to be. I sort of had to nail a sound first that I wanted to develop – that I wanted RAC to be as an original artist. I worked on that for a while, and then you have to get all these vocalists to actually do something.”

But throughout the tedious process, he didn’t let his time go to waste.

“In the meantime, I’ve been working on other stuff, so I have a bit of new material,” Anjos, whose RAC moniker stands for Remix Artist Collective, says. “I’m still reworking a good portion of it, so it’s really hard to say when the next [album] will come out. But I’m definitely working on it and I’m very excited about it. I’m taking some different steps, so that’s always fun for me.”

Speaking of different steps, Anjos may be taking one in more than just the musical sense.

“I actually have been thinking about moving to L.A.,” the Pacific Northwest resident says. “I’m just kind of toying with the idea. I just signed another lease here in Portland, so I’m here for another year. I love living in Portland. It kind of has everything that I could possibly want. I’m talking about purely living life, not the music scene or anything. Like aside from all of that, it’s pretty great, it has everything.”

Photo credit: Michael Dwyer

Photo credit: Michael Dwyer

Adds Anjos: “I kind of like that it’s a little bit outside of the music industry. When you’re in L.A. and New York and London, I feel like you sometimes get stuck in that bubble and it’s kind of hard to see outside of that, so I feel kind of lucky that I have an outsider’s perspective on a lot of stuff that’s happening in the music industry, which I kind of appreciate. I kind of like not always being available for everything.”

But, hence his decision to possibly move, there are obviously perks to living in the City of Angels, which Anjos calls “arguably probably the biggest music scene in the world.”

Among the pros of relocating?

“I just had Sugarfish, which I really enjoyed,” he says of L.A.’s trendy Japanese eatery. “I thought that was really good. I just had takeout and it was pretty awesome. Umami Burger is pretty great. I can’t get that anywhere else – that I know of. It’s kind of cheesy, but I like Venice. I think it’s pretty amusing and fun and iconic in its own way.”

Missed the Something Classic Tour? Check out the 20-track playlist I compiled of my favorite songs (and mixes) by RAC and The Knocks:

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Skyelyfe’s Best & Worst of Music in 2014

November 15, 2014

BreezySome folks may beg to differ, but I’m just going to say it (in my own humble opinion, of course): 2014 was the most unsatisfying year in pop music that I can remember. Ok, Taylor Swift came through in the clutch at the end of the year with an album that took the world by storm. And there’s no denying that Ariana Grande is a cutie who can sing (even though her music doesn’t personally appeal to me). Obviously Sam Smith‘s music has a way with the ladies. And I have nothing but love for Tove Lo and Banks. But aside from that, hardly anything on the radio except for Chris Brown (despite his personal woes) resonated with me this year.

In the past, I could at least depend on a good hook in a commercial rap song to get me by, but even the so-called “hip-hop” this year was beyond laughable. Not only did every song sound the same, but I seriously can’t keep up with who anyone is or what gimmicky nonsense they’re talking about anymore. I mean, even Drake, who usually never lets me down, had me scratching my head in 2014.

That said, this is why I turn more and more to alternative avenues to find good music. From MØ‘s No Mythologies to Follow, to Tensnake‘s Glow, among many others, the year did indeed produce sounds that were rewarding to the ears.

Here is skyelyfe’s favorite and least favorite music in 2014:

10 LEAST FAVORITE SONGS (in order):

1. “Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj

2. “Rude” – Magic!

3. “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

4. “Talk Dirty” – Jason Derulo

5. “Wiggle” – Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

6. “Don’t Tell ‘Em” – Jeremih feat. YG

7. “Problem” – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

8. “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora

9. “Show Me” – Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown

10. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

10 FAVORITE SONGS (in order):

1. “Slow Love” – MØ

2. “Love Sublime” – Tensnake feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora

3. “Loyal” – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga

4. “Main Chick” – Chris Brown feat. Kid Ink

5. “Busy Baby” – Tomas Barfod feat. Nina K

6. “All of You” – Betty Who

7. “Diamonds” – Lane 8 feat. Solomon Grey

8. “Bullet Train” – Gardens & Villa

9. “Self Control” – Kate Boy

10. “Dreaming” – The Knocks

15 FAVORITE ALBUMS (in order)

1. No Mythologies to FollowMØ

2. GlowTensnake

3. X (Deluxe Version)Chris Brown

4. BlondeGhost Beach

5. GoddessBanks

6. Queen of the CloudsTove Lo

7. Dunes – Gardens & Villa

8. Awake – Tycho

9. SinglesFuture Islands

10. Noise vs. Beauty Bassnectar

11. Take Me When You GoBetty Who

12. PolyphonyLogistics

13. Strangers, Part IIRAC

14. Nabuma RubberbandLittle Dragon

15. Down to EarthFlight Facilities

5 FAVORITE LIVE SHOWS OR ACTS (in order)

1. Cut Copy @ Lollapalooza in Chicago

2. DWNTWN/ASTR/The Knocks @ The Echo in L.A.

3. RAC/The Knocks (Something Classic Tour) @ The Fonda Theatre in L.A.

4. Robyn & Royksopp (Do It Again Tour) @ The Hollywood Bowl in L.A.

5. Future Islands @ Coachella in Indio, CA

While you anticipate what’s musically in store for 2015, here’s a playlist of my top 50 tracks of the year (in no particular order):

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Wolfgang Gartner, Midnight Faces, Jasmine V and More! New Music Monday, 11.10.14

November 10, 2014

WolfgangGartnerWe all know Mondays can be brutal, but hearing Wolfgang Gartner and Bobby Saint‘s new track “Unholy” makes me want to jump out of bed and hit the gym, getting my week started off just right! The melodic tune is heavy on the disco and (thankfully) light on the bass – an easy listen for anyone!

Cut Copy put together a nice little treat for their fans. The four-man synthpop group compiled Oceans Apart, a 19-song collection by artists who are currently popular in their hometown Melbourne, but not particularly known in the states. I’m loving Knightlife‘s “Don’t Stop.”

I’m totally impressed with Jasmine V‘s “Walk Away,” from her just-released That’s Me Right There EP. The song is the perfect combo of R&B, dubstep and everything in-between. In other words, definitely not boring.

I’m kind of loving everything this week. Haim lending their voices on Calvin Harris‘s “Pray to God” is golden, as is RAC‘s always-dependable remixing skills on Young & Sick‘s “Ghost of a Chance.” And I have no idea where Pr0files, Huntar and Niia came from, but their music is quite pretty and very fall-y (even if the weather is not!).

Check out the list of 10 new songs below!

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RAC! Empire of the Sun! Goldroom! Ghost Beach! Here’s a Playlist to Honor This Past Weekend’s TBD Fest

October 2, 2014

This past weekend’s TBD Fest in Sacramento was one 2014 music event I was so sad to miss. I’ve had my sights set on this since it was officially announced at the beginning of the summer. From RACEmpire of the Sun and Goldroom, to Teen Daze, Ghost Beach, Keys N Krates and many, many more, I seriously cannot imagine a better lineup. I’m super bummed that I couldn’t make it, but either way, I still gave this extravaganza its much deserved recognition by putting a 30-song playlist together so that I could feel like I was there in spirit and share the talents of such great artists with my readers.

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Splashing Around in Palm Springs

August 6, 2014

On Friday the 13th of June, it was a full moon and Mercury was in retrograde, so instead of being thrilled about a potentially lavish weekend in Palm Springs, I was a little nervous.

Our warm welcome to the hotel. Cheers!

Our warm welcome to the hotel. Cheers!

But the occasionally superstitious side of me was immediately eliminated once I stepped foot in this incredible villa at the Viceroy Palm Springs. Complete with a kitchen, private patio, dining room and spacious, elegant bedroom, my weekend was off to a great start.

On the first night, I was joined by two of my really good friends Dave and Jen. The main reason for coming out to the desert for the weekend was to attend Splash House, an indie dance music festival that extends over three different hotels in Palm Springs (Saguaro, Hard Rock and Hacienda). After hanging out by our hotel pool, we headed to the Splash House after parties that night, and it was totally a Vegas-meets-Palm Springs scene – something I hadn’t really experienced in the 760 area code prior – But it was a blast and everyone was so much fun.

The next two days, Dave and I made it to the actual festival, which was so incredibly amazing. It was just a bunch of fun people frolicking in the water, making new friends and listening to music while sipping on drinks. Some people prefer live performances as opposed to DJ sets, but I enjoy DJ sets by my favorite artists because it reveals a lot about their personalities and it’s nice to see what songs we share interests in. Toro Y Moi, RAC and Purity Ring were highlights. But the best moment was on Sunday when we met Tycho, his wife and one of his best friends, who could not have been nicer. It ended up being by far the best weekend of 2014 up to that point in my opinion, which was hard to say, considering I said the same thing about the weekend prior. I cannot wait to go back next year.

can you tell people were having fun at Splash House?

can you tell people were having fun at Splash House?

RAC was amazing with a DJ set at Splash House on Sunday

RAC was amazing with a DJ set at Splash House on Sunday

Tycho could not have been better with his Sunday DJ set

Tycho could not have been better with his Sunday DJ set

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Splash House Steph became part of our crew for the weekend. Fun times!

Splash House Steph became part of our crew for the weekend. Fun times!

goodnight moon ;)

goodnight moon 😉