Update Your Party Playlist
Matt McMahon | Thursday, March 20, 2014
Returning from spring break is always bittersweet — the weather and classes bitter, the parties and reuniting with friends sweet. During the break, though, a handful of songs have cropped up that would make your party mixes even sweeter. Check out these recommendations for updating your playlists:
“Los Awesome”- Schoolboy Q ft. Jay Rock
One of the best non-singles to come from the grizzly West Coast rapper’s major label debut “Oxymoron,” “Los Awesome” features a bobbing hook and the latest ear-burrowing production from hit-maker Pharrell Williams.
“Move That Dope”- Future ft. Pusha T, Pharrell and Casino
Mike Will absolutely destroys the production on Future’s fourth lead single for the rapper’s upcoming album “Honest.” In the vein of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Clique,” this posse track has a persistent, deep beat and killer verses from each guest.
“Sanctified”- Rick Ross ft. Big Sean and Kanye West
“Sanctified” is bound to be the latest hit with the release of Ross’ new album “Mastermind.” Produced by West, the track features both West and frequent cohort Big Sean. West employs his signature soul-sampling and lays down a wicked verse, including rhyming “sanctified” with “handkerchief.”
“Birth in Reverse”- St. Vincent
The lead single off of St. Vincent’s excellent new album, “St. Vincent,” combines Annie Clark’s expertise in beautiful, inspired songwriting with the punch of previous collaborator David Byrne’s art rock. With her accompanying instrumentation, Clark beats her dancy chorus into a wild frenzy.
Previously featured on his 2012 mixtape “Dark York,” rapper/producer Le1f’s single “Wut” could find a second life after being re-released on the “Hey” EP, his first project for Terrible Records. “Thrift Shop” before “Thrift Shop” dropped, “Wut” is built upon a looped horn sample and rapid handclap percussion and is undeniably infectious.
“Say Something”- Timbaland ft. Drake
Apparently Christina Aguilera recently teamed up with pop duo A Great Big World on a track called “Say Something.” I have not heard this song, but I have heard someone complain about it by name, which spurred me to recall the hook from the Timbaland and Drake song of the same name and find it firmly stuck in my head. All in all, this one is more of a selfish plug for my own enjoyment; I want to hear this song no less than three times every weekend night until I’m sick of it again.
Bonus Party Staples:
“Countdown”- Beyoncé, “Oblivion”- Grimes, “Dip”- Danny Brown, “Higher Ground”- TNGHT, “You Oughta Know”- Das Racist, “Get Free”- Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman
These songs should be played at every party, get-together, casual hangout — or however you want to refer to your gatherings — ever. I’m assuming you all already have Britney Spear’s “Toxic” on queue.
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