Uptown Bourgeois is an arts, news, and culture blog created by New York-based freelance writer Jefferey Spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

Bourgeois Playlist 10.3.15

This week's playlist represents reinvention.  As I continue to define what Uptown Bourgeois represents and continue to create new, rich content that reaches a new audience, I'm inspired by artists who represent reinvention.  Whether they're reinterpreting a great song in a new way, reinventing their sound completely, or turning an old genre on its head with new tricks, they are all inspiring me to create by recreating something tried and true.  I hope you all find the same inspiration from this list that I do.

1. Dawn Richard "Dance"- After Goldenheart and Blackheart, the former Danity Kane siren prepares for the red era.  The club track weaves back and forth between trap and electro seamlessly, and leaves the listener eagerly anticipating what's in store on her next full-length.

2. ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi "As Crazy As It Is"-This is a total 180 from the pulsating, fiery energy of ZHU's recent collab with Alunageorge.  This one simmers and stews but keeps you glued.  The reggae edge is laidback and fresh, and it would've made an unlikely summer jam.

3. Zak Abel "Say Sumthin"-This guy's got a voice on him.  Reminscent of 80s-era pop and R&B, Say Sumthin' offers a fresh and vaguely electronic spin on the best parts of a golden age in music.

4. Vérité "Sober"-The whispery chanteuse turns up the slow-burning heat on this excellent cover of Childish Gambino's retro love jam from last year.

5. Disclosure "Jaded"-I can't get enough of their new record "Caracal". And sometimes, it's great to hear these super talented guys carry a song on their own without any superstar guests.  Jaded is a fantastic love letter to 80s pop and house.

6. Mura Masa "Lovesick"-It's rare that I feature instrumentals here but the production on this track is astonishing.  Full of R&B life and hip hop bravado, it begs for a strong vocal but stands completely on its own without.

7. Skylar Grey feat. X Ambassadors "Cannonball"-It's a shame that Skylar Grey hasn't become as big as her hit songs (i.e. "Love The Way You Lie").  But maybe the angst and passion behind this one is enough to push her through.

8. Keys N Krates feat. Katy B "Save Me"-These guys are ones to watch with their hypnotic beats, and teaming up with fellow underdog Katy B is a match made in electronic-trap heaven.

9. Janet Jackson "Damm Baby"-Janet finally got back into the studio with her long-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.  And the result is the type of infectious pop we've been craving from Miss Janet for the last few years.

10. Chuck Inglish "Freaknik '96"-Chuck Inglish, the rather lively half of the Cool Kids, breaks out on his own and gets the dance floor rocking with this bass-tactic tribute to the raunchy, annual ATL event of yesteryear.

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