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This past week has been a strange one. San Diego had multiple days with 100+ degree temperatures, and I am not a supporter. I stayed indoors and scoured the ‘webs even harder to find the perfect ten tracks for this mix. It’s doubling as a travel compilation for a trip to Chicago later this week – hence the cover featuring my strange director friend Michael.
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01. IO ECHO – “Carnation” // Io Echo are a sincerely cool new band from LA. I said that this song could be in a John Hughes adaptation of Carrie, and I stand by that.
02. LEVEK – “Girl In The Fog” // David Levesque’s debut album comes out at the end of this month, and I can’t get enough of this song. It’s on some weird Simon & Garfunkel level that I can’t actually wrap my head around.
03. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – “Cough Cough” // This group is storming back with their new song.
04. BAT FOR LASHES – “Marilyn” // The Haunted Man is approaching, which is healthy because I physically cannot wait much longer. This song about Miss Monroe will hold me over, I suppose.
05. SAINT LOU LOU – “Maybe You (CFCF Remix)” // Nostalgia pop at its finest from these Swedish twins.
06. DISCLOSURE + SAM SMITH – “Latch” // This has to be one of my favorite songs this year. Disclosure have been crushing it for a while, but this is by far their “aha moment.” It’s a staple on any playlist I go for in the evening hour.
07. NICKY BLITZ – “Blast Off” // Steel drum splendor. I feel pretty breathless after this one.
08. THE VACCINES – “Teenage Icon” // This album is my ideal blend of pessimism and realism.
10. AZURE RAY – “Scattered Like Leaves” // So excited to have Azure Ray back. Their new stuff takes their sound into a whole other zone.
Until next week, all.