Push Play is back to give you a reason to actually enjoy your Monday. This week’s collection is more on the mellow side of the spectrum, so if you are off to a rough start this morning, this playlist will help you ease into the rest of your day.
1) “One Thousand Times” by James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow claims he grew up “wanting to write songs like Neil Young but produce them like The Neptunes,” which naturally posed a level of difficulty when it came time to realize such visions. His newest album, We Move, was recorded partially in Dublin, London and Toronto as he sought out some of the industry’s topnotch producers. Contributors include Frank Dukes (who has worked with Kanye West), Two Inch Punch (Years & Years) and Nineteen85, the production half of the DVSN duo. The efforts of cross-genre producers and McMorrow’s mellow tones have churned out one incredible album.
2) “Mixtape 2003” by The Academic
The Academic is a four-piece alternative band whose members include Craig Fitzgerald, Stephen Murtagh, Matt Murtagh and Dean Gavin. The band formed in Mullingar, Ireland, in 2013, but their debut EP didn’t surface until 2015. This single is their newest work yet, and fans are hoping it will precede their first studio album.
3) “All About You — Dan Bravo & WNDR Remix” by Cheney
Fans of AlunaGeorge will find something familiar and comforting in the vocals of Cheney, a London-based singer-songwriter. Still unsigned, the progress of this track in the last week is incredible. Where this Brit will go next in the music scene is unclear, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on her.
4) “Better” by Dallas Hill
This song feels lush from the jump. Its beat is like a fur coat: classic, timeless and luxurious. This track comes out of the studio mixing equipment of Dallas Hill, a member of the Rich Rolling Rebels, a collective from Halton Hills, Canada. It has certain element to it that will attract fans of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Blackbear alike.
5) “Hallucinating” by Elohim
Elohim is perhaps one of the brightest things to come out of the Los Angeles music scene. Her voice is dynamic and familiar at the same time, fostering a sound that naturally draws people in. Her name, which means “God” in Hebrew, was taken to capitalize on an invisible image she attempted to instill; she even used to conduct phone interviews through a computerized text-to-voice system. These days, more information is surfacing regarding who is behind the enigma of Elohim. Until all is revealed, enjoy her latest and greatest single to date.
6) “Psycho Lovers” by Local Natives
This indie-rock band has been working together since 2005, when they were nothing more than your average high school band in Orange County. Finally, in 2010, after the original members graduated college, they filled out the rest of the band, moved in together and released their debut album, Gorilla Manor. The band has undergone a few reworks on the roster, but the undeniably enjoyable and eclectic element of their music remains.
7) “24 Hrs” by Janelle Kroll
Janelle Kroll’s Facebook humorously lists her genre as “emotional.” The Chicago-born singer-songwriter just opened for Corinne Bailey Rae last week, even though her debut EP Outsider is not due until Sept. 30. Until the five-song compilation graces the world, enjoy the songstress’s new single.
8) “Enlighten Me” by Grouplove
This five-piece synthpop band blew up in 2011 with their track “Tongue Tied,” which released under their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song. The album came shortly after the members forged their band at an artist commune in Crete, went on tour with Florence and The Machine and signed to Atlantic Records. In a few short years, they would come to be known as pioneers of their genre, respected for the color-laden chaos that is their music.
9) “Hurts” by Emeli Sandé
The charged vocals of this Scottish singer smashed charts in 2012 with her love song “Next To Me.” Following the release of the album that accompanied the track, Sandé went into hiding to record her sophomore album. Similar to the realizations of Sia, Sandé told Billboard that felt she “just wanted to disappear. I just had this overwhelming sensation and the realization that everything had to stop.” With this single, however, comes the announcement of the album she slipped away for three years to record, and longtime fans are thrilled by the news.
10) “Congratulations” by Mac Miller feat. Bilal
The Divine Feminine makes Mac Miller’s much-heralded GO:OD AM look like child’s play. The Pittsburgh rapper’s fourth studio album feels like one giant redemption and rebrand of Miller’s familiar house party sound. The album is smooth, deeply rhythmic and cohesively expressive, something Miller has been trying to do for years, mostly to no avail. “Congratulations” is the introductory track of the new album, giving it a Miller stamp of approval as the ideal initiation into the new project.
I will be back next Monday with a brand new set of tracks and artists to help you brush up on what is new and now in the music scene.