Mixing in some old in with the new. July's been a slow release month.
1. Cookies - "Go Back"
July 17 was Cookies Day. Remember when I talked to Ben Sterling about it?
2. Emily King - "Focus"
This new single ensures your standard edition of The Switch is due for an upgrade to the deluxe.
3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Midnight Rider"
Sharon & the Dap-Kings take this Allman Brothers classic for a spin.
4. Son Lux feat. Hanna Benn - "You Don't Own Me"
A remake of his "You Don't Know Me," this time with marching band instrumentation.
5. The Game feat. Anderson Paak & Sonyae - "Crenshaw/80s & Cocaine"
I've basically been listening to only Anderson Paak for the past month. I put him on last month's mix though, so this is just an excuse to squeeze him back in on a technicality. The Game has definitely had stronger verses (How many times can you rhyme the n-word with itself?), but I love that blaxploitation soundtrack funk.
6. Francis & the Lights feat. Bon Iver - "Friends"
Good to hear from Bon Iver again.
7. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "She's Gone"
I saw Oates & Hall at PNC Bank Arts Center this month, so they've been on heavy rotation. Did you know that John Oates hates that people call the band Hall & Oates? In an interview with Esquire, he said, "There isn't one album that says Hall & Oates. It's always Daryl Hall & John Oates. From the very beginning. People never note that. The idea of 'Hall & Oates,' this two-headed monster, this thing, is not anything we've ever wanted or liked."
8. Esmé Patterson - "Feel Right"
An exceptional vocal performance.
9. Tokyo Police Club - "Not My Girl"
TPC are such a fun band to listen to in the summer.
10. Floating Action - "Don't Stop Loving Me Now"
This has been on my list to include since the beginning of the year, but I didn't find the right spot for it until now. Lo-fi reggae vibes.