Written by Erika Owen
We're always posting new stories and interviews about the musicians we love to listen to. But what about the people who help bring these musicians to venues near you? By that, I mean the bookers, music writers, music fans, music marketers, and concert photographers (among many, many others) you might share a drink with on any given night. Sure, you might chat music for a bit. But do you know the most played songs on their playlists? Probably not. 8 Tracks is a new weekly feature spotlighting one music influencer and their top 8 songs at the moment. Make sure to listen along on Spotify here. It'll be changing weekly depending on who's choosing the songs, so make sure to save your favorites.
To start off, I'm going to be sharing eight songs I've really been digging recently. I'll skip the chatting and get right to it:
"Viices" // Made in Heights
I think it's the haphazard instrumentals that pull me in for the whole song. (I can't resist a song with a quirky drum beat.) Surprisingly, I haven't listen to the rest of their stuff yet—although, now it's on my to-do list.
"Talk is Cheap" // Chet Faker
I saw Chet Faker in Brooklyn a couple of months ago on one of those stupid cold winter nights we had too many of. He had a small assemblage of stuff packed in front of a fireplace/stage area. He managed to make a very intimate setting out of the space that was brimming with Williamsburg hipsters underdressed for the weather and warm on $8 PBRs (and other unprintable things). The place was absolutely packed, and for good reason. His soft vocals and catchy lyrics make a perfect set-up for remixing... (Spoiler: Keep reading for a rad remix of one of his songs.) His newest album, "Built on Glass," came out earlier this month and completely rocks. Make sure to check it out. Another cool thing: Our photographer, Joseph Gonzalez, recently met him at the cafe he works at and he's a super nice dude. Extra points for that.
"My Kind of Woman" // Mac Demarco
If this isn't a summertime song, I don't know what is. Mac Demarco is just laidback enough with a manly, sultry touch. (Those are two words you don't often see together.)
"101 Vultures" // Alex Winston
I heard this song on a friend's Spotify playlist a while back. I don't know what it is about indie/pop ladies, but I'm a total sucker. While this weirdly enough may not be my favorite song by Alex Winston (make sure to check out "Fire Ant" and "Sister Wife"), it's the one I listen to most. Foreshadow: Make sure to keep an eye on the site for a Q&A with her in the near future.
"What About Us" // Flume & Chet Faker
Always a favorite when I'm missing the Midwest, seeing as it's the topic of many of Pokey LaFarge's most-listened. There's something about his throwback song inspiration that takes me to happier place that isn't overrun by yellow cabs and crowed subway cars.
"NY Is Killing Me" // Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx
In a similar fashion to my pick from Pokey LaFarge, this one gets me through rough days at work. Just a reminder that even big name/famous people hate it here, too, sometimes. Gil Scott-Heron's voice was one I didn't like very much at first in a song sense (he's famous for being a spoken word artist/jazz poet, which may explain the somewhat herky-jerky delivery at times). That being said, I first heard this song at a neighborhood bar while watching the rasta bartender dread-groove (that's what I call shakin' around a big head of dreads) behind the bar. I think that might have been what won me over.
"Take A Fall For Me" // James Blake & RZA
You can never go wrong with James Blake. Throw RZA in the mix, and you've got a classic playlist play.
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