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WKNC DJs and Staff Top Tracks of 2022

The 3rd edition of our annual series!

Why post year end lists before the year is even over? That’s why we release our list on January 1.

Hope you find your next favorite songs here. You can also click the hyperlinks in DJ’s names to go to their Spinitron pages and see all their DJ sets, or check out blogs they’ve written, or follow them on Instagram, or anything else they wanted to let y’all know about.

As always, you can check out the playlist on our Spotify page.

*Denotes songs not available on Spotify.

Jamie Lynn Gilbert; Station Adviser/Radio Mom

  • The Papercuts – “I Want My Jacket Back”
  • American Aquarium- “Chicamacomico”
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Maddie/cow ball; General Manager, DJ

  • Jockstrap – “Jennifer B”
  • Special Interest – “Cherry Blue Intention”
  • Grace Ives – “Lullaby”

Adrian; Program Director

  • Black Midi – “The Defence”
  • Black Country, New Road – “Basketball Shoes”
  • Big Thief – “Simulation Swarm”

Eilee/space cadet; Promotions Director, Assistant Local Music Director; DJ

  • Wednesday – “Bull Believer”
  • Black Country, New Road – “The Place Where He Inserted The Blade”
  • Kitchen – “River Song”

Caitlin; Content Manager, blog writer

  • Big Thief – “Time Escaping”
  • Mitski – “That’s Our Lamp”
  • Charli XCX – “Yuck”

Maddy/Maddog; Daytime Music Director; DJ

  • Alex G – “After All”
  • Beabadoobe – “the perfect pair”
  • The 1975 – “About You”

Jedward; Assistant Daytime Music Director; DJ; Instagram

  • Weyes Blood – “The Worst Is Done”
  • Alex G – “Mission”
  • Parannoul, Asian Glow – “Wheel”

Quaker; Afterhours Music Director, DJ

  • Cities Aviv – “CINEMA CLUB”
  • Machine Girl – “Sin to Win!”
  • Tennyson – “Iron”

Ewan/DJ off belay; Underground Music Director; DJ; blog writer

  • Kenny Mason – “DIP!”
  • Jean Dawson – “GLORY*”
  • Scubadiver – “Alligator”

Erie; Local Music Director; Interviewer; DJ

  • Sylvan Esso – “Echo Party
  • Secret Shame – “Hide”
  • Brutalismus 3000 – “Blade”

Jaden; Chainsaw Music Director; DJ

  • Denzel Curry – “Walkin”
  • Thornhill – “Arkangel”
  • Loathe – “Dimorphous Display”

dj babycakez; Social Media Content Creator; DJ

  • Grace Ives – “On The Ground”
  • Djo – “End of Beginning”
  • MICHELLE – “SYNCOPATE”

President Shrimpo; DJ; host of In the West Wing

  • Spoon – “The Hardest Cut”
  • Yard Act – “Land of the Blind”
  • Gilla Band – “The Gum”

Carter Norfleet; Video Content Creator; Instagram

  • Black Country, New Road – “Concorde”
  • black midi – “Welcome to Hell”
  • Pool Kids – “That’s Physics, Baby”

Tommy/T-Time; DJ; Podcast Content Creator; Instagram

  • foxtails – “ego death”
  • Chat Pile – “Why”
  • The Sound of Animals Fighting – “Sharon Tate, Despite Everything”

Will/Hüttemeister; DJ; blog writer

  • Jerry, at the Beach – “I’m Hurting”
  • Surf Curse – “Self Portrait”
  • Alvvays – “Many Mirrors”

Tyler/The Loaf; DJ; Interview Content Creator

  • julie – “pg.4 a picture of three hedges”
  • Leaving for Arizona – “Cowboy Killers”
  • Weymouth – “Seasons”

Gracie/grak; DJ; Instagram

  • Horsegirl – “Billy”
  • Deadharrie – “Jubilee”
  • Barrie – “Concrete”

FULLMETAL RACKET; DJ

  • Soul Glo – “Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?)”
  • Foreign Hands – “Separation Souvenir”
  • Kaizo Slumber – “Schlierberg”

Zach/Aloe; DJ

  • Denzel Curry – “Walkin”
  • Big Thief – “No Reason”
  • Lowertown – “Bucktooth”

Erik++; DJ

  • Yndling – “Like Love is Real”
  • Divino Nino – “Drive”
  • Alexander Wallin – “Hyperambient I”

J/Malocchio; DJ; Instagram

  • Theater’s Kiss – “Konig”
  • French Police – “LLORAR”
  • L’ment – “Odraz”

Leksie/leksipro; DJ

  • The Garden – “What Else Could I Be But A Jester”
  • Wet Leg – “Being in Love”
  • Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – “AHHHH!”

Benjamin/Your Friendly Local Bird-Themed Noisemaker; DJ; original music on Youtube and Soundcloud

  • *SABI – “My Poor Brain”
  • Ben Levin – “That’s What Lunch Was Like”
  • New Space – “Secret Admirer”

Sarah/Scrimble; DJ

  • MUNA – “Silk Chiffon”
  • Carly Rae Jepson – “Surrender My Heart”
  • Seeing Double – “Leah”

Zach/Zen; DJ

  • Jakey – “DRIVE OFF A BRIDGE”
  • HANRORO – “MIRROR”
  • Jakey – “FAT HEAD”

Bug/Velvet Worm; DJ

  • Jockstrap – “Concrete Over Water”
  • Scandisk7 – “Aokinaoi”
  • Pretty Sick – “Self Fulfilling Prophecy”

dj bluegill; DJ

  • Black Country, New Road – “Concorde”
  • JID – “Dance Now”
  • Weyes Blood – “God Turn Me Into A Flower”

Ben/dj chef; DJ; blog writer

  • Black Thought & Danger Mouse (ft. MF DOOM) – “Belize”
  • Abbie from Mars – “DreamDreamDream”
  • Yaya Bey – “reprise”

mike utt; DJ; Instagram

  • Fievel Is Glauque – “Save The Phenomenon”
  • Dry Cleaning – “Gary Ashby”
  • Horsegirl – “Anti-glory”

Jacob/Chuck Rockwood; DJ

  • Matt Rise – “Falling in Love”
  • The Smile – “You Will Never Work in Television Again”
  • Jean Dawson – “PORN ACTING*”

Sanath/DJ Fives; DJ

  • Bladee feat. Ecco2k – “5 Star Crest (4 Vattenrum)”
  • Weezer – “Records”
  • The Smile – “We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings”

chalcopyrite; DJ

  • death’s dynamic shroud – “Messe de E-102”
  • Naked Flames – “Tennessee Transit”
  • Chat Pile – “grimace_smoking_weed.jpeg”

Banshee; DJ

  • Julmud – “Kalma'”
  • Dora Jar – “Lagoon”
  • Jerard – “House trumpet”

Rodeo Romeo; DJ; Website

  • Hiding Places – “Actin’ Ugly”
  • Jeffrey Lewis – “Finish The Book”
  • Big Thief – “Simulation Swarm”

DJ SHEETZ; DJ; blog writer

  • Charli XCX – “Twice”
  • JID – “Raydar”
  • Soft Blue Shimmer – “Prism of Feeling”

johnny ghost; DJ

  • Frankie and the Witch Fingers – “Electricide”
  • King Khan and the Shrines – “Children of the World”
  • Tejon Street Corner Thieves – “Love’s Pilot”

Doris/dj habanero; DJ

  • p-rallel, Rachel Chinouriri, Venna- “Can’t Get Enough”
  • Kilo Kish, Jean Dawson- “CHOICE COWBOY”
  • Bien et Toi, Biig Piig- “Rainbow Tables”

Sam/Milo Minderbender; DJ

  • black midi – “Welcome to Hell”
  • Dry Cleaning – “Gary Ashby”
  • Denzel Curry – “Walkin”

Dylan Tincher/DJ Dylatonin; DJ; Instagram

  • LCD Soundsystem – “new body rhumba”
  • Djo – “On and On”
  • Automatic – “Teen Beat”

Rainbow Riot; DJ; Instagram

  • Little Simz – “Gorilla”
  • Ezra Collective – “No Confusion (feat. Kojey Radical)”
  • The WAEVE – “Kill Me Again”

tetrapod; DJ

  • Jockstrap – “Debra”
  • Perfume Genius – “Pop Song”
  • Planet 1999 – “crush”

Justin/JustinTime; DJ

  • black midi – “Welcome To Hell”
  • Ginger Root – “Over the Hill”
  • Jockstrap – “Greatest Hits”

Gibson/DJ gibogib; DJ

  • Daphni – “Cloudy”
  • Hikaru Utada – “Find Love”
  • Certified Trapper – “Freak Like Me”

Zeddy; DJ

  • Black Country, New Road – “The Place Where He Inserted the Blade”
  • Big Thief – “Simulation Swarm”
  • Rome Streetz – “Reversible”
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Best New Releases October/ November ’22

In this blog post, we will be taking a closer look at some of the best new music releases from interesting and innovate artists in the alternative hip-hop scene, in addition to a few R&B and alternative-pop highlights. All of these tracks were released in October or November 2022.

Note: Some songs on this playlist contain explicit lyrics.

Top Track 

GLORY*” by Jean Dawson is off of his new album, “CHAOS NOW*”. This is Jean’s third album, and is more Indie Rock than his previous albums. Some other standout tracks include “POSITIVE ONE NEGATIVE ONE*“, “0-HEROES” and “BLACK MICHAEL JACKSON”. If you enjoy these songs, I highly recommend checking out his last album “Pixel Bath”, as it is one of my favorite albums. 

Local Artists

Tommy Richman, an artist from Virginia, released his first album “ALLIGATOR” on Oct. 28.  This playlist features “703”, a track with a very unique sound that can be best described as funky punk. 

BROTHER WASSUP?” is a collaboration between Young Wabo and ERNESTO BIRMINGHAM. This is the pair’s second song together, as they released “WHO THE GOOD GUYS?” earlier this year. While I would describe both ERNESTO BIRMINGHAM and Young Wabo as hip-hop artists, this song pushes the boundaries of the genre in a very interesting way.

Mavi, an artist from Charlotte, NC, released his second album on Oct. 14 “Laughing so Hard, it Hurts”, consisting of mostly lo-fi hip-hop tracks. “3 Left Feet” seems to touch on a relationship ending and the feelings of a breakup. Other standout tracks include “My Good Ghosts” and “Last Laugh”.

Another artist from Charlotte, LORD JAH-MONTE OGBON, released his third album of the year “DIS TEW MUCH” on Nov. 15. Yes, you did read that correctly, he has released three albums in 2022. This playlist features track eight titled “Alicia Keys in the Face”.

Alternative-Pop

spill tab tapped into a alternative-pop punk genre with her newest single “CRÈME BRÛLÉE!”. This is her third single of the year, quite different from the indie-pop style of her previous single “Splinter”. It features an amazing instrumental, and I hope that she continues to experiment with these sounds in the future.

Maybe Love” is Maz’s second single, a new artist from Utah in the alternative-pop sphere. 

R&B / Soul

Fousheé, who was featured on Steve Lacy’s newest album, released her second album “softCORE” on Nov. 18. “supernova” is different from the normal music Fousheé makes, but shows that she continues to push boundaries in the alternative R&B and neo-soul genre.

Hip-Hop

Demonslayer” by AKAI SOLO is from “Spirit Roaming” released on Nov. 11. Another highlight from this album is “The Weakest Crest”.

On Nov. 25 MIKE, Wiki and The Alchemist released a three-track EP which included the title track “One more”. MIKE plans to drop an album called “Beware of the Monkey” on Dec. 21.

Listen to this mix on Spotify. Note: Some songs on this playlist contain explicit lyrics.

Hope you enjoyed! Check out September ’22 New Releases here.

Rachel L.

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Music and Wellness

Thursday, Nov. 3 was a university-wide wellness day.

The wellness day has brought further attention to the importance of mental health resources and the overarching mental health crisis.

If you or someone you know is in mental distress, the university counseling center can be reached on campus at 2815 Cates Avenue, directly across from Witherspoon Student Center, or through their website.

The counseling center helped me find the support I needed in the beginning of my college career. College can be daunting and overwhelming at times– reaching out helps guide us to support needed. Support from peers. Support from parents or guardians. Support from professors and mentors. Support from the University. Support is vital to both our mental wellbeing and general success.

Above all, it is important to look after ourselves by doing the things we truly enjoy. Whether that be something as simple as getting a coffee or singing; doing the things that bring life meaning is simply refreshing.

I spent much of my wellness day listening to music.

As many, many individuals can relate, music has been such a source of support and love in my life.

To share some of this passion and wellbeing, I have selected a handful of songs that have brought me a lot of wellness. I hope you all enjoy, take care of yourselves.

Song Selections

Spud Infinity by Big Thief

Wonder by Lomelda

Spiral by Pinegrove

Elm by Clever Girl

Tin Man by America

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September ’22 New Music Releases

If you are like me and live in constant fear of someone asking “What music are you listening to?” while listening to normie trash, then this playlist is perfect for you. Here are a few of the best Indie and Underground tracks released in September.

Note: Some songs on this playlist contain explicit lyrics.

Up first is “Jesus Freak Lighter”  off of Blood Orange’s new EP “Four Songs“. The track is largely instrumental, and the synths on this song are incredibly groovy. While Blood Orange has been making a lot of music with other artists lately, including a personal favorite of mine “We Will Always Love You” by The Avalanches and Blood Orange, this is their first solo music release in over three years. 

Loyle Carner is a jazz rap artist from the UK, and this playlist features his newest single, “Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)“. The samples, mixing, lyrics, and flow of this single are all perfect. This song is the third single off of his upcoming album ‘Hugo’, releasing on Oct. 21.

SHELL” is off of Kenny Mason’s new album, “RUFFS“. Kenny Mason makes experimental hip-hop with metal and alternative influences. Other highlights off this album include “HALOS“, “333 / ATOM“, and “NOSEDIVE (feat. Jean Dawson)”.

Yellow Brick Road” by Sudan Archives is a perfect example of new genre-bending music, with influences of R&B and electronic music. This song is off of her new album, “Natural Brown Prom Queen“.

Greatest Hits” by Jockstrap is another mostly instrumental song, which is very experimental-electronica sounding. This track is from their debut album, “I Love You Jennifer B“. If you enjoy this track, I would recommend listening to one of Jockstrap’s first singles released – “Acid“. 

cracked screen” by blackwave. and Lute, as well as “Griffith Park” by Carter Ace are two alternative hip-hop songs that are very upbeat and groovy.

If you enjoy abstract hip-hop, you will enjoy ‘hollow’ by Medhane and JUNIE., and “ROSECOLORED” by justicexavier and Diz. 

SICK OF IT*” is the latest single for Jean Dawson’s upcoming album “CHAOS NOW*”. The album is scheduled to release on Oct. 7. Jean Dawson’s music is hard to define, falling under either alternative-pop or indie-rock. This track is a very upbeat alternative-style song.

daydream” is an instrumental track by Luna Li off her new EP “jams 2“. The EP is only six minutes long and features six amazing tracks. 

Ghost (Injury Reserve Remix)” by Body Meat and Injury Reserve is a bit more of an obscure track and falls under the glitch-hop genre, but has incredible visualization. Injury Reserve is one of those artists that the more I listen to the more I find in their music to enjoy. There are so many little intricate details that at first listen seem odd or out of place but simultaneously blend in perfectly. 

Here is a link to the Spotify playlist. Note: Some songs on this playlist contain explicit lyrics.

Hope you enjoy!

Rachel L.

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Five Songs for October

The long-awaited fall season has officially arrived.

As we enter October we enter into a new state of mind, pacing of schoolwork and new music. To celebrate the arrival of the season, I have compiles five new releases that fit the refreshing, crisp atmosphere of fall beautifully.

I find my music feed fills with folk and folk adjacent genres when fall arrives. The five songs I have selected are primarily folk, with a dabble of indie rock and indie folk

“A Lifetime to Find” by Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles have continued to make a name for themselves in the folk and bluegrass world with each and every release. They have been releases a series of singles throughout the past months, and this track happened to come out Sept. 30.

This track simply has just a pleasant sound. It is clear in discography that these guys are extremely talented on the strings, it’s nice to hear them slow down their complex musical lines and really make the vocals thrive.

There are few things more fitting for fall then a refreshing folk release; I hope you all enjoy their new releases as much as I do.

“Nullify” by MILLY

Milly is an excellent indie rock duo who just released their second album of 2022, “Eternal Ring” Sept 30.

The entire album is just a nice solid indie rock album for the season. This track in particularly stuck out to me due to the revolving theme of routine.

Especially for college students, around this time it is easy to feel like classes and daily routines are our entire life– it’s important to break this routine state of mind every once in a while to reflect on and do the things you love. This song highlights exactly that.

“Me and My Shadow” by The Ghost of Paul Revere

I discovered The Ghost of Paul Revere while hunting down songs for my radio show, Saloon Tunes, last semester. If you are looking for a solid folk and bluegrass band, this is the one for you.

I quickly fell in love with their unity. These gentlemen harmonize beautiful together. It is easy to hear how much they enjoy making music together.

They released a new album, “Goodbye”, Sept. 2. It is by far their most moody collection of songs. I think this album has some really excellent highlights, but it felt a little disheveled compared to their previous releases.

The richness of the vocals in this track is incredible, I honestly wish the background backed off more to let the vocals shine.

Nevertheless, I felt this band fit the fall energy quite well. Fall is often a time of reflection, and this song really embodies self reflection and growth.

“francis” by Origami Angel

I was very excited to see new releases from Origami Angel. Origami Angel is an emo-rock duo from Washington, DC.

They released not one, but two sets of singles Sept. 30. This one is off their more relaxed indie rock set, “re: turn”. Their juxtaposing set, “DEPART” is three screamo tracks. Expect a seperate blog reviewing “DEPART” in the near future.

This track is such a nice change of pace for Origami Angel, who historically have been tapping into emo and emo-adjencent genres. Lead vocalist, Ryland Heagy, transforms his voice into such a gentle sound. The sound he achieves here is very reminiscent of the early releases of Turnover.

The evolution that is embodied within this track and their newest singles truly fits the transformation of fall.

“Hell Time One” by Brittle Brian

I have only recently started listening to Brittle Brian, who just released their first album, “Biodiesel” Sept. 15 of this year.

Her voice is simply enchanting in this track. I selected this one due to it’s melecony undertone and decomposing composition that is very reminiscent of the season. As the song processes it seems to dissolve into a free flowing structure, the vocals fading into the building backtrack.

Her voice really reminded me of one of my favorite singers, Adrianne Lenker. Fans of Big Thief and Adrianne will certainly enjoy this upcoming solo female artist.

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Four Renditions of “Autumn Leaves”

It is finally autumn. One of my favorite ways of celebrating the start of the fall season is to listen to some of the many, many renditions of “Autumn Leaves”.

“Autumn Leaves” is a jazz standard, originally made in 1945 by Joseph Kosma with lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French. There are an unbelievable amount of recordings of this song, with each artist adding their own unique flair to it.

This song is the perfect template, allowing artists to build and add to it to make it truly unique. The song can span from two to over ten minutes long.

I have a great appreciation for genre standards such as “Autumn Leaves”. Songs like this one bring artists together in a way not much else can. I wanted to share a few renditions of this staple by some of my favorite jazz artists.

Chet Baker

Chet Baker’s “Autumn Leaves” was the very first version of the song I ever heard. It took me quite a long time to realize that this wasn’t just his song and is definitely the landmark for how this song should sound to me.

The highlight of this song, besides Baker on the trumpet, is Bob James on the electric keyboard. Each note on the keyboard creates perfect imagery of fall-colored leaves falling to the ground.

Ryo Fukui

“Autumn Leaves” was a great pick for Ryo Fukui’s 1976 album, “Scenery”. Not only does it match the vibe of the album perfectly, Fukui renders the song expertly.

This version highlights how incredibly the piano leads “Autumn Leaves”, more so than any other instrument. The piano can perfectly capture the frenzied beauty of falling leaves in a way that no other instrument can.

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole’s rendition is the only one on this list that has vocals. As it should be, as no other version of “Autumn Leaves” with vocals tops this one.

Even though his version is the shortest on this list, King Cole slows down the song, highly emphasizing the original composition with brass instruments to support his vocals. This version of the song is very short and sweet and perfectly captures the autumn feeling.

Vince Guaraldi

Everyone knows Vince Guaraldi, he’s the Peanuts guy. The first jazz vinyl I ever bought was one of his. His rendition of “Autumn Leaves” is spectacular, with his piano playing at the forefront.

His version of the song is ten minutes long, utilizing the basic composition to create a truly fall-inspired sound. Guaraldi can evoke the feelings of a season better than any other artist I have heard.

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Jazz Songs for a Rainy Day

Jazz is an extremely versatile genre of music. Some of my favorite jazz songs are on the calmer, more melancholic side of the genre. These songs are perfect for sitting inside on a rainy day and watching the raindrops stream down the window.

Darn That Dream” by Bill Evans and Jim Hall

Bill Evans and Jim Hall are masters at creating songs for quiet contemplation on a rainy day. This song, like every song on “Undercurrent”, only features the piano of Bill Evans and the guitar of Jim Hall. There’s something isolated about this song that is similar to walking outside on a rainy day with no one else around.

Days Of Wine and Roses” by Wes Montgomery

This song’s highlight is its guitar. Montgomery’s style of picking his guitar was a clear inspiration for Jim Hall and this song has much of the same appeal that “Darn That Dream” does. Instead of being paired with a piano, “Days of Wine and Roses” is paired with drums.

A Taste of Honey” by Paul Desmond

Most well known for his work in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the saxophone of Paul Desmond shines on its own. This song is great for reflection. Paul Desmond once said he wanted to sound like a “dry martini” and I think he accomplishes that sound excellently on this track.

In A Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane

This song, originally created in Durham, is the quintessential rainy day jazz song. No song quite creates the feeling that “In A Sentimental Mood” does. Coltrane’s saxophone and Ellington’s piano perfectly complement each other, with Elvis Jones’ drums and Aaron Bell’s bass truly gluing them together. It perfectly elicits the sentimentality that is often associated with a rainy day.

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Hopscotch Music Festival 2022 – A Sampler

I unfortunately do not have the pleasure of attending Hopscotch Music Festival this year, but boy, they have quite a lineup.

Between their main lineup, their club shows at Pour House and Slims, and their day parties, Hopscotch has packed quite a lot of talent into such a short period. From international sensations like Courtney Barnett and Perfume Genius, to amazing local acts like BANGZZ and MJ Lenderman, the lineup is bound to impress.

If you, like me, cannot attend Hopscotch, or if you are attending and want to get a good feel for what you’ll be hearing, I’ve made a playlist with some of my favorite songs by the artists and bands that will be performing. The playlist is a sampler with a little bit of everything to amuse the palate.

For your convenience, I’ve made the playlist accessible through Spotify.

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Six Songs for Studying

As NC State approaches their fourth week of the semester, the first wave of exams and tests approaches.

Testing and exams never fails to stress me out and I know I am not alone in this sentiment. To ease some of the anxiety and stress that builds up over study time I have compiled a few of my favorite focus tracks.

When studying, I find myself gravitating towards jazz and relaxed indie artists. Although, I included a mix of genres in the following tracks.

I hope you all enjoy.

“Cashmere” by BADBADNOTGOOD

This one is such an ideal instrumental to sit down and begin a study session. BADBADNOTGOOD is a fantastic jazz ensemble that provides rich compositions and excellent collaborations with other artists.

If you enjoy this track I recommend checking out their other works. They have some excellent upbeat tracks such as “To The Floor”, their newest single featuring Lil Silva. The other tracks off their album “IV” are great for raising energy after a long study session.

“Restless Song” by Shadow Community

Shadow Community is a project by Mid-Air Thief, a folktronica musician from South Korea. This song in particular evokes such an airy, light feeling. There really is no real way to describe their music. It is mesmerizing, complex and light.

“The Final View” by Nujabes

This track has a lot of nostalgia linked to me for me. Nujabes had such a gift for bringing so many powerful genres together. In this song in particular there are such graceful elements or hip-hop, jazz, and lofi.

I had a very difficult time picking just one Nujabes track to put on this list. Here are a few honorable mentions I simply cannot ignore, “Horn in the middle”, “Luv (sic)“, and “flowers”.

“Attempt” by Far Caspian

I think Far Caspian has one of the best voices to listen to while working. I typically prefer instrumentals when studying, but he has such a lovely gentle sound. His album “Ways to Get Out” was one of my favorite releases in 2021, it was a great stress reliever for me.

“Julia” by Yellow Ostrich

This is a track for those that enjoy studying to songs with lyrics. Yellow Ostrich is melding indie rock and folk together in this track. It is a really ideal indie study track due to its relaxed tone.

“Mirage” by Orion Sun

Although short, this track has so many elegant elements. Orion Sun has such a beautiful voice and genuine sound she brings to each and every track.

Listening to her music never fails to ease my nerves. Her albums “A Collection of Fleeting Moments and Daydreams” and “Hold Space For Me” are filled to the brim with musical elegance.

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Five Songs for the End of Summer

School has finally started back up and with that, summer is coming to an end. Over summer break, there were songs that really stuck with me. Songs that are perfect for riding around with the windows down or jamming out with friends. With fall less than a month away, I wanted to share these highlights of my summer with you to enjoy before sweater season.

Tek It” by Cafuné

At the beginning of summer, Cafuné’s second song off their 2021 album “Running” went viral. It became the song of the beginning of summer. The catchy, lighthearted instrumental perfectly riffs off of singer Sedona Schat’s vocals. While the summer breeze is still blowing, this song is perfect for riding with the windows down.

“I Don’t Wanna Fight Anymore” by Similar Kind

Ever since I discovered Similar Kind after they opened for Hot Flash Heat Wave in April, this song has been on repeat. As the days have become hotter, this song has only gotten more plays. The fun, indie-pop instrumental and sound in contrast to the melancholic lyrics seem designed to be listened to on a warm summer evening.

“Easy On Your Own?” by Alvvays

Another great song for a warm summer evening, “Easy On Your Own?” is Alvvay’s second single for their upcoming album “Blue Rev”. With Alvvay’s classic dream-like indie sound and reflective vocals, this song gives the listener space for introspection during this transitional time between summer and fall.

“TVI” by Surf Curse

“TVI” is the second single released for surf punk band Surf Curse’s upcoming album. With this single coming out at the end of July, it marked the beginning of the end of summer. This is a song about trying to stay out of trouble, the perfect motivation for getting back into your normal school or work schedule before the leaves change color.

“NBTSA” by Joyce Manor

During the last week of summer, I saw Joyce Manor at the National in Richmond, VA. Awaiting the concert, I had this song on blast non-stop in the prior weeks. This short burst of energetic instrumental and vocals exude the feeling of change on the horizon with the chorus being simply five repetitions of “And I may never be the same again.” Being the first song I’ve moshed to since before the pandemic, this song has a special place in my heart.

Happy jamming,

-Hüttemeister