215 completed units, 150 cans of PBR, 4 changes in academic major, and 1 underground poker league later, I will graduate from UCLA on Friday. It’s crazy that I really spent the last 4 years in a self-induced chronic stress. Aside from the fact that I gained 20 pounds, college was really good to me. Graduating from college is a big deal and if you’re finishing along with me, congratulations we did it! Most of my friends have jobs lined up and are already making strides in their future careers while I, on the other hand, decided to travel the world for a few months and really explore what’s out there. Medellín, Colombia here I come! (Yes this is where Pablo Escobar had his cartel. No, I won’t get kidnapped, the city has cleaned up. Please stop asking.)
Now that I have a LOT more downtime since I already finished my finals, I’ve had the chance to listen to way more music. We’ve got some new releases from my all-time favorite artist: Tycho, SZA’s new project is fantastic, and plenty more for this week.
1) Tycho – “See” ft. Beacon
Since his inception in 2001, Tycho has never released a track with full vocals until recently. After being remixed in 2014 by Beacon, Tycho properly recorded “See” with their vocals and released this masterpiece. The added vocals really take this track to a whole new level, making it, in my opinion, one of their best.
2) SZA – “Doves in the Wind” ft. Kendrick Lamar
The T.D.E goddess SZA dropped CTRL this past Friday and it’s easily her best work. “Doves in the Wind” is my personal favorite. Lyrically, SZA takes control while K. Dot perfectly complements the overall track. Lastly, any track that has a Redman sample deserves to get recognized.
3) Wolf Alice – “Yuk Foo”
Wolf Alice is back! After a phenomenal 2015 and a Grammy nomination later, they fell quiet all of 2016. Two days ago, they released “Yuk Foo”, a modern take on 80s Punk. Reminiscent of riot grrl era Rock, this song is raw and unapologetic.
4) NVDES – “Turning Heads”
“Turning Heads” is catchy and gives me 2000s alternative rock vibes. It’s fun and the chorus will stay in your head long after the track is over.
5) Daniel Caesar – “We Find Love”
Ok. Daniel Caesar. Long story short I love him. This kid is causing so much buzz right now and for very good reason. “We Find Love” is just another example of how talented he is. This track highlights his vocals and is an intimate session into his young soul.
6) TOKiMONSTA – “Don’t Call Me” ft. Yuna
This song just dropped today and I’ve had it on repeat. Yuna’s blissful, soulful voice mixed with TOKiMONSTA’s craft just equates a song that is infectious and all vibes.