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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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Something to Be Grateful for This Week? 26 New Songs! Check ‘Em Out Here

November 23, 2015

Classixx_skyelyfeWith Thanksgiving this week, of course it’s a time to appreciate friends, family and career – but we can also celebrate by being grateful for even the little things, like great new music!

I’ve come up with 26 new tunes for your listening enjoyment, so whether you’re baking pumpkin pie in the kitchen or tidying up loose ends at work before going on a few-day vacation, you’ll have a soundtrack full of fresh tracks to get through the week.

Click on the playlist below for some excellent material, including Classixx, Krayzie Bone, Erik Hassle, G-Eazy, SomeKindaWonderful, AronChupa, Savoy, Sofi de la Torre and Basecamp!

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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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Passion Pit, Gucci Mane, Kygo & 17 More Artists: New Music Monday, 2.23.15

February 23, 2015

passionpitExhausted from Oscar weekend? Luckily, I have plenty of new tunes to help you relax on this post-party Monday!

For the hip-hop lover, Gucci Mane just put out his Brick Factory 3 album and Chris Brown and Tyga released “Bitches N Marijuana” off their brand new collaborative effort, Fan of a Fan the Album

And move over, Taylor Swift! Passion Pit is also giving a little shoutout to one heck of a decade with new song “Lifted Up (1985).”

Continuing in the theme of chill music, one of my longtime favorites, Late Night Alumni, released “This This This,” keeping true to their signature dreamy sound. Kygo also came out with “ID,” Monogem finally released their self-titled EP (I’m digging “The Glow”), Allies for Everyone released “Bunker,” Lord Huron released folky “Fool for Love” and much more!

From SomeKindaWonderful to Mr. FijiWiji and AVAN LAVA, check out the playlist below of 20 new tracks!

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Skyelyfe Sounds Off with SomeKindaWonderful’s Jordy Towers

September 21, 2014

IMG_4356.JPGI met Jordy Towers for the very first time at around 2:00 a.m. in the pool area of the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California, the night before Coachella. In this huge resort where we were both staying during one of its busiest weekends, we just so happened to be the only ones wandering at this hour in this particular space. Not familiar with who he was, I decided to approach him (why not?) and we got to talking. In just one night, I heard a bunch of his then-unreleased songs, learned all about his passion for music and gained insight into the story of how his band SomeKindaWonderful came to be. We’ve stayed in touch ever since, and it’s great to see his career soar.

Now, fresh off the heels of a successful release of the group’s self-titled debut album – along with regular spins of their hit “Reverse” on L.A. radio stations KROQ and ALT 98.7, Towers and his band mates are embarking on a fall tour with Bad Suns and New Politics, which kicks off in early October. Set to play at the Fonda on Nov. 1 (for all you L.A. locals), the Cleveland-bred former freestyle rapper took some time off from prepping for his tour to chat with skyelyfe in August about the fateful (literally) night his trio came together, how being cheated on inspired his album, his surprising culinary obsession and why he considers Lady Gaga one of his musical influences.

SL: How did SomeKindaWonderful come to be and why was “Reverse” chosen as the first single?

JT: I left L.A. and went on a soul-searching mission. I went to a bar with my cousin in Ohio and I ran into Matthew [Gibson] and Ben [Schigel], and when I ran into them, Matt was playing the guitar and he was playing the melody for “Reverse.” I walked up to him and I was singing the melody to the song, which ended up being our single. So we basically met writing our single. We ended up recording the verse that night, so about four hours after we met, we had our song.

SL: What’s the story behind “Reverse?”

JT: It’s about something that actually happened to me, but I didn’t want to tell the story – see, I was cheated on, and I didn’t want to tell the story exactly how it happened. But then I decided, fuck it, I’m going to do it three layers of “Reverse.” In the story, I say that I was the one who cheated, but really she cheated on me. So the whole thing is in reverse.

SL: Who/what are some of your musical influences?

JT: My songs are written by looking at someone taking a bite of food or kissing their child or talking or reading a book – just kind of human elements. Musically, I’ve always loved Bob Marley as an artist. He actually cared about people and the world and wanted to make a difference. John Lennon was also that kind of artist. I love Gaga for that same reason. I’m more cerebral when it comes to things like that. I don’t want to do anything that ever sounds like anybody else. Alternative music needs stars. The radio game is very single driven. A lot of these people are good musicians, but there are no personalities. They don’t know how to brand themselves. That’s what we bring to the table.

SL: Where were you the first time you heard “Reverse” on the radio and what station was it? What was your reaction?

JT: I just got back from SXSW, which was our first show. I just got home and I was driving to play basketball and I had KCRW on and Jason Bentley was the first person to play my song. If people go on Instagram, they can see my reaction.

5 FUN FACTS

Last movie you watched:

Bad Words, and I loved it. It’s fucking brilliant. Jason Bateman is amazing. He’s hilarious. The movie will make you laugh and break your heart at the same time.

Last time you cooked:

I cooked last night. I make endive tacos. I chop up tomatoes and onion and mushrooms and I make a stew and put in brown turkey meat. I grate this white cheddar cheese and I take the endive and use it as a taco shell. And I make my own homemade green salsa.

Last time you couldn’t stop laughing:

I laugh almost every ten minutes pretty fucking hard. Things are hilarious. Last night I was watching a Dodger game and [Yasiel] Puig – this kid shows all of his emotions – You either hate him or love him. He shows his expressions. He’s not stoic. He doesn’t know the major league way to be. I adore him for it. I almost died last night.

Last real work-free vacation:

I don’t think I’ve ever had a vacation. I just constantly work. Maybe Coachella. Writing my album was like a vacation I guess. That was in January. I got to go out in Cleveland and rent a little cottage for myself. It was probably the best time of my life. It was -20 degrees every day.

Last reality show you watched:

I’m kind of a dork. The last one I watched was Next Food Network Star. I love Food Network. If I weren’t doing music, I’d probably be a chef. I love being creative with food.

Check out SomeKindaWonderful’s debut music video here:

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