Pat Pat’s Playlist – February 2018

Lucy Dacus – Addictions

Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Will be seeing this band when they come to DC! 🙂

Lil’ Wayne – Big Bad Wolf
This is the Wayne I missed.

Jack Harlow – Dark Knight
You’re on my radar now…

Winona Forever – Heads or Tails
This song makes me :)))

T-Pain – May I
I didn’t give his most recent a thorough enough listen when I’ve enjoyed the singles I’ve heard. OOPS.

UZA&SHANE – 아른 (Wave)
I’m always discovering great music from Korea. Here’s another one.

Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
I’m not familiar at all with Dawes’ music and this song came out in 2016, but this song seemed very fitting for my mood earlier this month.

 

Stick Figgas – Hiram
I’ve enjoying the live instrumentation on their follow-up album to their debut released back in….2007?? They even redid a couple of songs from their first album and it sounds great with a backing band.

Thunderpussy – Torpedo Love
Okay, I never heard this band before, but that’s an interesting name. This is a slow burner but the patience to reach the song’s climax is all worth it. I think this is my most favorite song this month.

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Return of the Reverb

Ever since hearing Haim’s freshman album, I’ve been noticing a trend in indie/pop music. It is sounding a lot more 80’s–and it’s great! It became more evident when modern pop princess Taylor Swift released her first solo-pop album, 1989, where some of the songs are appropriately 80’s sounding.

Anyway, since then I’ve been on a hunt for new 80’s sounding songs because I have been listening to 80s music nonstop for years now and I’ve overused my 80’s pop playlists.  I just wasn’t sure how to look for modern 80’s sounding music and what to type in Google… until this Vox video came along.

The more you know…

THE GATED REVERB!

And suddenly, everything makes sense! All of these songs I totally jam to and make me happy all have the reverb (and goddamn, we have Phil Collins to thank for it). That snappy snare drum is one of the most defining 80’s sound and I am all over it and so glad it’s back.

If you aren’t familiar with the new(-ish) Vox series, get on it because it’s great. I believe it started from deep-dives into rap trends and it is so interesting! At the end of this episode, they provided a great Spotify playlist of both old and new songs with gated reverb. But because I’m excited about this, I’m here to add some more of my personal favorites.

  1. Only When You Leave by Spandau Ballet
  2. Gold by Spandau Ballet
  3. Don’t You Want Me by Human League
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  5. Love Somebody by St. Lucia
  6. Falling, The Wire, If I Could Change Your Mind, and Don’t Save Me by Haim

 

 

The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

I like this song.

 

The Black Keys are one of my all-time favorite bands. I really really liked their older albums (The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, and Rubber Factory are top picks, all having been released by 2004) with their more raw, unrefined style.  As their sound evolved into a more refined quality and digital effects, I found myself less interested in their new music. I was definitely one of those “WHY DID THEY HAVE TO SELL OUT?!” fans.

Only recently have a started to appreciate and enjoy some of their newer music (the posted song was released about 3.5 years ago, so not exactly their newest stuff). I can see why they changed their sound, and I can finally hear that the old Black Keys rawness is still the heartbeat of their music, albeit now covered up with fancy effects. I can dig it.

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Alright. I’m jumping the bandwagon. But I can’t help it!

So after debating with some friends what’s the best song out of the album, I decided to rank my favorites. Here it is.

Disclaimer: You’ll probably notice that the list is very RnB centered. I like RnB.

No Sense (ft. Travis $cott)

Favorite song out of this whole album. I listen to this in repeat almost everyday. Reason 1, it’s the perfect song to dance to. Reason 2, the dance video to this song is AMAZING (please watch!). Their outfits are so reminiscent of 90s RnB. And Reason 3, it sounds like a Beyonce song.

Mark My Words

Great first track! I love songs that don’t rely too much of instruments. It’s a great acoustic RnB song and it really showcase The Biebs voice. FR, the guy can sing.

Sorry

So fun to dance to. This song automatically puts me in a sunny and happy mood. Another great dance video (thanks to ReQuest Crew, again).

No Pressure (ft. Big Sean)

Love the acoustic background. Didn’t like this song at first but ended up liking it after the first 5 listens.

We Are

Reminds me of a Justin Timberlake song from FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Company

The chorus is really catchy. “Can we… We keep… Keep each other company”

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These aren’t the only songs I like on the album, but they are the ones I go to first.

P.S. Kudos to JBiebs for having all these dancers perform and create his music videos. He’s gets extra cool points for helping smaller artists out! Way to go!