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    Top tracks you should be listening to this month


    Artwork for the single “Real Friends/No More Parties in LA (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” by Kanye West.

    There’s only been three weeks so far in 2016, but big and no-so-big-name artists have already released good music. Check out these songs if you’re looking for a new jam. 

    Kanye West “Real Friends” ft. Ty Dolla $ign


    Kanye West is back and he is starting to sound like the old Kanye many listeners revere to be good Kanye. “Real Friends” has the dark and ominous sound approach that he has been trying to go for, and his verses are as impeccable as ever. Seems like Ye will dominate in the rap game this year with his new upcoming album SWISH.

    Archy Marshall “Sex With Nobody” / “Ammi Ammi (feat. Jamie Isaac)

    A New Place 2 Drown

    Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, is known for his bluesy guitar and deep, jazzy voice that will serenade you into the abyss of loneliness. His sophomore album, A New Place 2 Drown, is a step away from this. Marshall takes us on a dream-like journey with a record that must be played from start to finish. Check out “Sex With Nobody” and “Ammi Ammi” (feat. Jamie Isaac) for a preview of sounds reminiscent of gray skies that will make you find pleasure in solitude.

    Chance the Rapper “Somewhere in Paradise” (feat. Jeremih & R. Kelly)

    Independent artist Chance the Rapper had a solid year in 2015 with his collaboration with Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. It was different from the playful yells, fun verses and fresh beats we heard in Acid Rap, but with his new single “Somewhere in Paradise,” it seems that the old Chance we learned to love is back with backup from Jeremih and R. Kelly.

    David Bowie “’Tis A Pity She Was A Whore”


    Released on his 69th birthday, Blackstar has a swaggering and soulful sound that will guide us as we go on a final journey with the one and only David Bowie. “’Tis A Pity She Was A Whore” has free-jazz runs of a trumpet, as well as classical guitar and synthesizers used in Bowie’s music throughout the years. Though Bowie will never be forgotten, Blackstar will keep his spirit alive throughout 2016.

    Kanye West “No More Parties in L.A.” feat. Kendrick Lamar


    The long anticipated “No More Parties in L.A.” feat. Kendrick Lamar lived up to everything we hoped for.

    Grimes “Kill V. Maim”

    Art Angels

    Dream-pop star Grimes is known for her ever-evolving style of music. Kill V. Maim is as kickass and weird as you would expect. With uplifting synthetic beats, Grimes helps you beat that 3-mile record on the treadmill.

    Future “Inside the Mattress”

    Purple Reign

    Gritty, auto-tuned rapper Future made a heavy comeback in 2015 with his collaboration with Drake on What a Time to Be Alive. This critically acclaimed album had a track for everyone to bump at anytime of day. “Inside the Mattress” is the perfect tune to listen to riding down Speedway with your homies. Expect Future’s upcoming album Purple Reign to blast all over campus in 2016.

    Sia “Unstoppable”

    This is Acting

    Impeccably weird and reserved Sia has been in the spotlight for her work with co-collaborator Kanye West, intriguing relationship with Shia LaBeouf and powerful voice. With her new album This is Acting hitting the stands Jan. 29, Sia released yet another preview with the powerful, I-can-do-anything track, “Unstoppable.”

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