1. LION BABE – Treat Me Like Fire
“Hey boy, I like your style.
Come over here, let’s talk awhile.
Yea you, I’m curious what we would do, the two of us.
What would you like to do? I’ll introduce you to
my eyes, my lips, my hair. If you’re good we’ll go from there.”
2. Elli Ingram – Sober
I’ve been in love with Elli since I first saw her glorious rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.” I might be biased here, but EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HER BECAUSE SHE’S AMAZING. She’s an auditory aphrodisiac, and let me tell you, I’m into it.
3. Marc E. Bassy – Faded
Bonus – check out his entire EP, East Hollywood, on SoundCloud.
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I’m kind of obsessed (in a totally healthy way…)Tell him Ari sent you so he maybe decides to be my friend..? Eh?
4. Kehlani – The Way ft. Chance The Rapper
If you haven’t heard of Kehlani yet, you’re about to. Oakland native, Kehlani, is this young ball of talent and maturity — it’s kind of incredible to watch. I’m going out on a limb here to say her mixtape You Should Be Here is one of the best music projects of 2015. She’s been grinding for a while and it’s beautiful to finally see everyone recognizing she’s such an authentic and shining star.
5. Kilo Kish – Wax
“It’s no words no more
just bodies dipped in wax
we’re just hoping to crack
still chipping at that.”
6. Chet Faker – Release Your Problems
Oh, Chet Faker. You’re too good to me.
7. Sonny Shotz – Lisa ft. Oncue
If you’re into this jam, listen to all of American Summer. I just stumbled upon Sonny Shotz and it was such a happy accident. He’s dope as hell.
8. Zak Waters – Pony
The original version by Ginuwine is already a classic, and this Zak Waters spin is also very, very…hm…what’s the phrasing I’m looking for? OH YEAH – A DAMN PANTY DROPPA!
9. Jack Garratt – The Love You’re Given
“I’ve been trying to give you my love
But you won’t let me, won’t let me
I’ve been trying to give you some space
But you won’t let me, won’t let me.”
10. Låpsley – Painter (Valentine)
OW. FEELINGS. IN MY HEART. AND MY PANTS.
11. Astronomyy – Nothin On My Mind
“Take me to a place
Where we both don’t have to face
The things we faked
There’ll be nothing on my mind.”
12. IYES – Glow
EXPLOSION IN MY EARS! IN A GOOD WAY! – sorry, just got too excited. I’m better now.
13. Elijah Blake – I Just Wanna…ft. Dej Loaf
Mmmmmmmmmm. MMMMMM. Getting excited all over again.
14. Autre Ne Veut – Ego Free Sex Free
I was first introduced to Autre Ne Veut by a boy I had a MASSIVE crush on, so there’s some nostalgia going on for me when I listen to this. But damn. Damnnnnnnnnnn. Reminds me of Prince, but with a new contemporary spin.
15. flor – ocean
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This was another happy accidental discovery. Predicting big things. A chilled out alternative-ambient sound with impressive lyrical prowess.