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 8.20.15

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For some, 2015 will be remembered as the summer without an anthem.  Many artists tried but failed to release that one definitive song that would forever be associated with the sticky summer of '15.  Despite the lack of offerings, there are still a few great jams circulating out there that are my go-to's to get my day started.  Take a look at the first-ever Bourgeois Playlist below, and if you're a member of Apple Music, you can access the public playlist here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/bourgeois-playlist-8.20/idpl.683b723ce2454425a23c938ec6e49059.

1. Hudson Mohawke feat. Miguel "Deepspace"-You might know Hudson Mohawke as part of the team responsible for the colossal beats on Kanye West's Yeezus album, but this tender collab with Miguel is one of those yearning love songs that'll leave you mesmerized by its fragility and emotion.

2. Jamie XX feat. Young Thug & Popcaan "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"-If I had to choose an official song of summer, I'd pick Jamie XX's feel good single from his initial solo offering, In Colour. The song is club ready with breezy lyrics and a catchy, sing-a-long hook.  All the great things that summer songs have to offer.

3. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith "Omen"-I don't know about you, but I can barely contain my excitement over Disclosure's sophomore album (out this September). And this second official single, reminiscent of the best 90s soulful house, is one their best singles to date.

4. LION BABE "Impossible"-Cheerleader, power girl stomp at its finest.

5. Major Lazer feat. Elliphant and Jovi Rockwell "Too Original"-A crazy mashup of every genre you can think of.  The only way this song won't make you dance is if you're dead.

6. MS MR "Criminals"-I've always thought of MS MR as a more accessible version of Florence and the Machine (straightforward lyrics, strong vocals, pop musicality). Everything I love about them is here in this first single from their second album.

7. The Weeknd "The Hills"-With its horror movie intro, The Weeknd takes us to the emotional trap on this warped, dark single.

8. Chris Brown "Liquor"-Say what you want about his personal troubles, this guy just keeps churning out good music.  Liquor is one of those sexy, moody club songs that'll get you warmed up for a night out on the town.

9. Dr. Dre feat. Anderson.Paak and Marsha Ambrosious "All In A Day's Work"- Dr. Dre's soundtrack to the blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton might just be the most epic thing that's happened in music this year.  And this song finds the doc in fine form as both a rapper and producer.

10. CeeLo Green "Robin Williams"-This heartfelt tribute to our fallen comedians of current and past generations is a sweet reminder to respect everyone's struggle as we never know what's happening in other people's lives.

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