By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of Just Costa’s new track “514”, the brother/sister duo curated a brand new “Songs to Get You Through 2020” Spotify playlist, which you can stream below.
Allen Stone – “Brown Eyed Lover”
I love the feeling of when you can’t begin to describe the sound and style of an artist. As much as I love pop music, especially when you can’t even be sure where a certain sound is coming from on the first listen, there’s still something about a band playing together. From Allen Stone’s ripping lead vocal to that smooth change into the bridge section…this song is a banger today, and it would have been 50 years ago, too.
Clay and Friends – “Sweat and Smokes”
Clay and Friends are one of my favourite bands (Montreal, represent!). The first time I heard this song I was in the car in the dead middle of winter. I remember feeling like I was instantly transported to a tropical place. Our dad is Brazilian, and I love that this song blends a bossa nova groove with smooth rap and hip hop. The intro in Portuguese, verses in French, chorus in English!
Lawrence – “It’s Not All About You”
Not only is Lawrence another brother-sister (and band) team, but they are also FUNKY AS HELL! I love the sass and attitude in Gracie’s voice, and her rocking vocals. Right around the time I first heard this song, I had encountered a few people who didn’t understand that it just wasn’t all about them…we all know a few. – P.S. the music video is an actual movie.
Paolo Nutini – “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”
I miss Paolo Nutini so much! I’ve been on a trip down memory lane lately, rediscovering his three albums. This guy’s voice is so full of passion and conviction. If you watch him perform live, he’ll keep his eyes closed, almost hunched over the microphone the whole time, and he is just wailing.
Mac Miller – “Good News”
It’s so good to hear Mac’s voice on a track in 2020. I love the simplicity, repetitiveness of the rhythm and melody. It feels to me like the track is bouncy and fun, but it is still covered in a cloud of melancholy. I love when songs can pull you in two different directions, like you’re laughing through sadness.
Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”
I’ve never listened to a lot of Miley’s music, but I’ve always thought she was pretty badass and had a killer voice. When I first heard it on the radio, I loved that this song jumps on the current ‘80s wave, but it was when I came across the live version of her playing it with her band, stripped-down, that I really started vibing to this record. Her voice is so powerful on this track, and this song gives me the message to live fully and unashamedly.
Michael Jackson – “P.Y.T”
The wizard-like production of Quincy Jones and the timeless cool of Michael Jackson make this track slap to date— we are still heavily inspired by MJ’s unique sound. – P.S. they pretty much invented half of the sounds and vocal effects in modern pop music.
Dua Lipa – “Levitating (ft. Da Baby)”
This is one of the rare tracks I’ve heard that mixes rap and nu-disco so well. Then there’s the phat groove, dat slap bass, and talkbox that make this song a true gem. Recommend putting on while driving down a Malibu highway while the sun is setting.
Anderson Paak – “JEWELZ”
Anderson Paak. is the coolest mf’ers in music, and he does not disappoint on “Jewelz”. A whole vibe is an understatement, and the dance that goes along with it is so groovy. Just go check it, you won’t regret it.
Pretty Sister – New Fire (ft. Marc Lo)”
Bruno Mars meets Earth Wind & Fire… need I say more? No, I need not.
Kota the Friend – “Colorado”
This song perfectly captures the rollercoaster of BS that was 2020, with a positive spin of smiling through it all (just smile and wave, boys). I love how laid back his vocal is, but how the story he is telling just pulls you in. This one’s as real as it gets.
Jay Prince – “In the Morning”
How about a bit of summer heat in the middle of winter? Introduced to me by a friend Christina who is a music tastemaker in her own right, this bop grooves from start to finish en style Afro-beat.