Savage by Ben Khan
A lot of people compare 21-year-old London musician Ben Khan to Jai Paul. I get the similarities: R&B-inspired beats and a lot of dark synths. But, Khan’s latest track is a little more experimental and a lot funkier. He’s pretty elusive as he only started posting music 4 months ago, but his Soundcloud already has almost 500,000 plays. Check out his two other songs here.
Here’s 50 of my favorite holiday-themed tracks to help you get through this month. Feel free to follow me on Spotify for more playlists.
Don’t Hang Around by The Death of Pop
Lately, I’ve been listening to The Death of Pop’s first EP Hang that was released earlier this year. Aside from having an awesome band name, they have a cool sound that they describe as “janglegaze” on their Soundcloud. This track kind of sounds like if WU LYF and The Feelies had a baby.
Time Will Tell by Blood Orange
This is one of my favorites off of the latest Blood Orange LP, Cupid Deluxe. I’ve been following Dev Hynes’ career since he was known as Lightspeed Champion, and I think he’s writing and producing some of the best music right now. He produced and co-wrote Solange’s True EP last year as well as Sky Ferreira’s single “Everything is Embarrassing.”
Modern Love by David Bowie
I rewatched Frances Ha recently and was reminded of how great this song is.
Will Calls (Diplo Remix) by Grizzly Bear
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of their album Shields, Grizzly Bear released a bunch of demos and B-sides, one of which was a track called “Will Calls.” You can download this remix for free here.
Carry Me by Bombay Bicycle Club
This is BBC’s first single off their fourth studio album, which will be released next year.
Here’s Devendra Banhart’s music video for “Für Hildegard von Bingen”, off his latest LP Mala.
Nightchain (Wale x Kavinsky) by The Hood Internet
Chicago-based duo The Hood Internet mashed up Kavinsky’s Nightcall and Wale’s Chain Music. You can find more mashups on their Soundcloud here.
24 Hours by Sky Ferreira
After waiting almost 4 years for Sky to release an LP, I was super relieved to hear just how fucking perfect Night Time, My Time is. It’s definitely in my Top 5 albums of the year. She’s going on tour with Miley Cyrus and Icona Pop next year, which, you know, will be absolutely ridiculous in the greatest way.
A playlist of songs to listen to late at night in a motel room in the middle of nowhere.
Knee Socks by Arctic Monkeys
"Like the beginning of Mean Streets / You could be my baby" is one of my favorite lyrics ever.
Silhouette by Active Child Ft. Ellie Goulding
I’ve been listening to Active Child’s new EP Rapor a lot lately and it’s really pretty. I’ve waited for this collaboration ever since Ellie covered AC’s song “Hanging On” on her 2012 album Halcyon.