We’re taking a page from Vance Larena’s playbook and prioritizing our mental health with the help of some fresh new music
In the words of our Kids These Days cover star Vance Larena, “Know that it is totally okay to worry during this time [but we have to accept that] hindi tayo magiging 100% every day (we can’t be at 100% every day).” So this month, we’re prioritizing our mental health by listening to some fresh new music.
Topping our playlist is NIKI’s Selene, the second single off her forthcoming album Moonchild, which is a reflection of the artist’s personal growth from girlhood to womanhood. Written and produced by NIKI and Jacob Ray, this up-tempo track is equal parts soul and funk, making it the perfect BGM for workouts and dance parties (by yourself or with friends). Up next (and a personal fav), Jhené Aiko’s Down Again from her Chilombo Deluxe album. Adding nine unreleased bonus tracks and remixes to the original album, the song ft. Wiz Khalifa stands out as an extra happy bop but maintains the artist’s soulful, trippy and ethereal take on R&B. For a song we imagine belting out to in the shower, it’s definitely Trevor Daniel and Selena Gomez’s Past Life. Literally a song about the past, it’s the perfect track to put on when ruminating about who and what had been and letting go.
Meanwhile, we’re new to the church of Beabadobee, but Care is a great introduction if you’re just tuning into her brand of alt-rock (which takes this writer back to the grungey 90s. Who else is thinking Sixpence None The Richer; could just be me). If you need a rush of endorphins, play some Swedish pop meets sci-fi R&B care of Zara Larsson’s Love Me Land. “I hope this can provide a little escapism for everyone, because sometimes dancing can solve everything, even just for a moment,” shares Larsson. Keeping the bomb Swedish melody going, albeit a little downtempo, is Sad Alex’s Stockholm’s A Ghost Town. The artist’s haunting vocals in and out across acoustic guitar riffs bring to life this homage for those of us who'd been ghosted.
Also on this month’s playlist, newish music from VANNA, keshi and Endah N Rhesa for your listening pleasure.
Jhené Aiko, Down Again (Chilombo Deluxe)
Trevor Daniel, Selena Gomez, Past Life
Zara Larsson, Love Me Land
Sad Alex, Stockholm’s A Ghost Town
Endah N Rhesa, Ssslow
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