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 10.23.15

Photo by SahedPhotography.com

Photo by SahedPhotography.com

We spend a lot of time planning, rushing, moving, and shaking.  If you're anything like me, you don't have a lot of downtime.  It's those moments in-between appointments and work that need to be cherished.  And they can really be enriched with great music.  Listen below for the songs that have been filling my in-between moments with excitement, grooves, and a little booty shaking.

1. Gwen Stefani "Used to Love You": This earnest, honest, reggae-tinged single is the third new one from Gwen this year.  It's reminiscent of some of No Doubt's strongest ballads from their Rock Steady era.  A promising sign of things to come?

2. DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine "Middle": DJ Snake is back after resurrecting Alunageorge's "You Know You Like It".  This one's a little further on the mellow side, but Snake's signature drums are still there to get the party going.

3. Miguel feat. Chris Brown and Future "Simple Things" (remix): Easily one of the best songs on Wildheart because of its lack of construction, Simplethings is reimagined here as a full song ripe for R&B radio.

4. Timbaland feat. Tink & Future "UFO": I'm a Timbaland fan for life.  His production is still just as out of this world as it was back in the 90s.  UFO, a song about a lover who might be cheating, is no exception.  Spaced out hip hop beats and a star turn from Tink make this a worthwhile listen.

5. Judith Hill "Cry, Cry, Cry": The Voice season 4 standout and accomplished backup singer stuns on this bluesy, torch song.

6. Kiesza feat. Djemba Djemba "Give It to the Moment": The electropop starlet expands on the pop/dance mashup that began on her collaboration with Jack Ü.

7. Ta-ku feat. Wafia "American Girl": This sleepy, sexy cover of Estelle's hit song removes the disco groove and replaces it with quiet fire.

8. Snakeships feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper "All My Friends": This song is all about the huge chorus.  It's got the laid-back groove we've come to expect from Snakeships, but this time, there's a lot more pop sensibility.

9. Cape Cub "Keep Me In Mind": The vocal and the instrumentation build together until they both explode.  This song doesn't stand out so much for any one portion as it does for the sum of its parts.

10. Adele "Hello": She's back! The Brit phenomenon returns with a haunting, emotional peek into her next record.  Her voice is in peak form here, and everything you've come to love about Adele shows up.  25 just might be the album we've been waiting for.

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