This week's playlist is a bit moody. Imagine a late night around 2 or 3 a.m. You've just ordered another Manhattan. It's you and a couple friends lounging in a booth in a slightly smoky club. You're destined to make it till last call but you just want to relax. This is your soundtrack. Listen below...
1. Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard "Rumour Mill": 90s house revival is one of my favorite movements in music right now. I love that Rudimental has toned things down for this introductory sampling of their upcoming album.
2. Janet Jackson "No Sleep": Janet is back! And this woozy midtempo jam has everything we've come expect from a Janet jam: sexy, whispery vocals, silky melodies, and passionate lyrics.
3. FKA twigs "Glass & Patron": This dark, atmospheric number debuted earlier in the year, but the release of FKA twigs' M3LL155X EP brought the single back to the forefront. Like a warped version of the Janet single preceding this.
4. Kelela "Rewind": Alt-R&B is continuing to have a moment and Kelela is the spokeswoman. Rewind recalls the best of 80s breakbeat and her voice is in top form.
5. Khai "Do You Go Up": A chill, emotional song calling out a blase' lover.
6. Years & Years "King": Years & Years have perfected an electronic version of power pop, and this single is a prime example of their signature sound complete with a gigantic, aching chorus.
7. Duke Dumont "Ocean Drive": A fitting tribute to the Miami nightlife. Duke Dumont does not disappoint!
8. Snoh Aalegra "Emotional": Pulling inspiration from the soul music of yesteryear, the vocals are rugged and smoky, the lyrics are truthful, and the song mechanics are unstructured. A trip back in time to Motown.
9. Tom Misch feat. Sam Wills "In the Midst of It All": The song starts out like a tender ballad, but it's the hip hop tempo switch around the 90-second mark that sucks you in.
10. Dawn Richard "James Dean": The ex-Danity Kane member has made quite a name for herself with spaced-out beats and intricate storytelling. James Dean is no exception.