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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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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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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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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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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 😉