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 9.24.15

There's a little annual event here at Uptown Bourgeois that's called MY BIRTHDAY! The last year has been particularly special thanks to all the happenings on the blog as well as exciting, new beginnings in my love and professional lives.  Below are the ten songs that'll keep me moving throughout this special day!

1. Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin "Runnin'": What better birthday gift than some new Bey? Naughty Boy's signature pulsating production style (inspired by pop and UK garage) is accented by Bey's aching vocals and sorrowful lyrics.

2. Lady Leshurr "Queen's Speech 4": This Brit rapper is having a moment,  This track is featured in the new Samsung commercial and she's gearing up for a big show in NYC.  Come for the hype; stay for the witty flow including a hilarious reference to Rachel Dolezal.

3. The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip "Go": These guys have been challenging the electronic music  status quo for decades and the streak continues here on this bouncy offering from their latest album.

4. Ellie Goulding "On My Mind": A one-time pop underdog, Ellie Goulding is aiming for the big leagues on this catchy gem that relies heavily on hip hop drums and a sing-songy hook that's sure to get stuck in your head.

5. NAO "Inhale Exhale": Her style is a fusion of adult contemporary R&B and electronic idiosyncrasies. Her voice is like a warped version of Fantasia's soulful growl.  Both things make for a head-nodding good time.

6. DNCE "Cake By The Ocean": Some funky, weird dance rock from Joe Jonas' new band.  Not at all what I'd expect from him but this group needs to keep 'em coming.  I'm interested to hear what a full record will sound like.

7. Big Grams "Lights On": Yeah, I'm definitely feeling this supergroup.  Phantogram + Big Boi drop another banger from their upcoming collab EP.  Phantogram takes center stage on this one, but when Big Boi swoops in for his guest verse, it all seems so seamless.

8. Tinashe feat. Young Thug "Party Favors": Tinashe seems to be the frontrunner in the race to anoint an R&B princess to Janet Jackson's queen.  The first single from her sophomore album is a weird, sex-infused drug jam that's just as addictive as the party favors she's describing.

9. Angel Haze "Moonrise Kingdom": Angel Haze proves to be just as capable a singer as she is a rapper on this dark number.  She expertly weaves through a depressing tale about a seemingly doomed couple.

10. The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES "Roses": ROZES' jazzy voice slams against the Chainsmokers' bombastic production to create an awkward yet strangely listenable mash up of genres.

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