BEST OF INDIE POP - WEEK 22

5/30/18

I may have had too much America this past weekend. It’s Wednesday and I’m still feeling the effects of this country's’ finest water. Mixing PBR and Bud Light on an empty stomach was probably my second worst thing I’ve done this past week. Oh well, live, learn, and forget until you do it again. I’m going to lay down for a bit as you all enjoy the latest Indie Pop music featuring Dresage, Opia, Sophia Black, and more. If these names don’t ring a bell than lucky you because today you get to discover something new.

 

A$AP ROCKY - PURITY FT FRANK OCEAN

A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean want you to know that fame comes at high cost. In Rocky’s new released album Testing, the single “Purity” features the standout collaboration of Frank Ocean. Together these two take Lauryn Hill’s “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind,” and layer a  a melancholic reflective version of what they’ve lost for the sake of fame. 

 

YYXY - LOVE4EVA FT GRIMES

Darkness and light come together in “love4eva” and it’s delicious! Sure at first it’s a head scratcher because just exactly where does Grimes fit in all this? Well, if you play the song backwards you can hear c aka Grimes giggling in the background. Just kidding, but for the sake of music and art … the stranger the better and Grimes and K-pop band yyxy are strangely good. Why settle for the same basic ballad when you can have fresh taste of a sound that breaks free from traditional pop.

DRESAGE - "GALLERY"

Dresage’s  “Gallery” invites you to step outside of your own emotions and see achievements and failures from the outside in. It sounds counterintuitive but true healing happens when you step outside of your thoughts.  The once aspiring jazz singer has balanced the pensive style of jazz twisting it to blend in with the pop of today all while lacing it with a beat that carries you straight to the dance floor.

 

ALEC BENJAMIN - LET ME DOWN SLOWLY

I apologize in advance if today’s featured pop songs make you reflect. I hate feeling emotions just as much as you  and I swear this was not intentional, but Alec Benjamin’s pleaing single “Let Me Down Slowly” is too dang good to pass up. Sounding sharper than previous releases, this track marks a strong impression for the singer/songwriter. 

 

DON DIABLO FT NINA NESBITT - PUT IT ON FOR ME

We interrupt our feed to take a dance break. Watch the visuals for “Put It On Me” and let your body move to the beat and dance like a freak.

 

SOPHIA BLACK - BLESSED FT LUNCH MONEY LEWIS

Positive vibes feeling strong and coming at us from Sophia Black who is making us feel blessed for releasing “Blessed.” This little gem is a helpful reminder to take any negative situation or thought and turn it into something good. “I wrote ‘Blessed’ during a time when I was in a very negative headspace. It felt like all I could think of was bad stuff, so when I got into the studio with Naz, I started writing down every positive that was opposite of what I was thinking… and voila! Blessed!  Sophia Black’s EP Hi Sweetie drops this summer.

 

OPIA - FOUR WINDS

Los Angeles electronic duo Opia has literally woke us up. Just as we were about to call it quits on curation for the day, “Four Winds” pops up and perks our ears and drops our jaws. The electro funk pop single offers some sweetness in light of a not so sweet relationship.

 

THE INTERNET - COME OVER

Today is a funky fresh great day because R&B group The Internet is back with another single from their LP Hive Mind, out this July. And let me tell you something else, “You’re beautiful babe / You’re really something / Stylin’ I gotta say / T-shirt designer jeans /
You got me open / Filled with emotion / Living in ecstacy / Just want you next to me.”

 

MAGGIE ROGERS - FALLINGWATER

Maggie Rogers is a beast! The song, the visual, the dance, she is killing it. Sounding more confident than before, Rogers gives way to better things to come now that’s she shited gears into a brighter direction.

 

BADSHAH  FEAT GRINI - YOU’RE GOLD

I took four semesters of Arabic in college and all that stuck to me was how to order food like a boss. Little did I know it would come in handy later on in life when trying to figure the meaning of “You’re Gold,” by superstars Badshah and Grini. But thanks to the internet “You’re Gold” is all positive message all about boosting self confidence with rhythmic beats as strong as the message.

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That’s all for this week’s pop music. Drop us a comment on Instagram and let us know about the music you’re listening to … we might just feature it next week.

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

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Beca Arredondo is easily unamused with all things not related to her interests. On her good days you can catch her avoiding the California sun and glued to her Mac plotting the next big thing. If you happen to run into her on the street and notice her wearing headphones do NOT disturb her. She is not responsible for any possible damage. Aside from the above she's very sweet and perky and responds well to good music and food.