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We know that September can be a little hectic, between getting things in for the final quarter of the year and the kids going back to school. To alleviate some of that stress, the NamesCon team has put together the perfect playlist to get you motivated and stay moving.
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Jordan Yerman, Writer
David Bowie – “Sound and Vision”
Has writer’s block ever sounded so wonderful? In my experience, no. File under “Things Only Bowie Can Pull Off”. (Beck does an orchestral cover that’s better than it has any right to be).
St. Vincent – “New York”
A cheeky yet moving ode to growing older and looking oneself in the mirror, and realizing what’s irreplaceable. We’ve all been on both sides of this song, if we’re honest with ourselves. Now please excuse me while I listen to it and wallow in bittersweet regret.
William Onyeabor – “Fantastic Man”
Contemporary African music is a dizzyingly broad category, but this funk gem is a great point of entry. It’ll be stuck in your head for days.
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Joyce Ng, Social Media
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
I will be the first to admit the assumptions I once made about Ariana Grande’s music. I’ve been a perpetual naysayer of mainstream pop. But Ariana Grande’s latest album sweetener is an undeniably solid pop project. The lead single from the project is still one of the strongest offerings for me, but I encourage you to give Grande’s fun, vibrant, and absolutely saccharine album—which features a number of productions by none other than Pharrell—a shot in its entirety. Besides, who can say no to that voice?
Mac DeMarco – “Honey Moon”
I’d be remiss not to include Mac DeMarco at least once, him being from Duncan, B.C. and all. “Honey Moon” is actually a cover of Japanese legend Haruomi Hosono’s offering of the same title, and it’s one of those songs you can throw on at the end of a long day, when you just want to lay on the couch (or floor—no one’s judging) and unwind, forgetting whatever had been weighing on you. Let Mac take care of it.
BROCKHAMPTON – “1997 DIANA”
If you haven’t heard, BROCKHAMPTON have claimed the title of “Greatest Boyband in the World.” After delivering three stellar albums in quick succession (that’s three in under 190 days), they’re back with some new singles that will appear on their upcoming project, Iridescent. Their third official single, “1997 DIANA,” features the same exciting, frantic energy of Saturation I, acting as both a great reminder of the collective’s raw talent and the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re just feeling a bit sluggish.
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Tania Kabantsov, Events Manager
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
I recently discovered this artist through a remix of this song (please note that this original version is where it’s at). This track is a fresh R&B sound from the UK based artist Ella Mai who has a really effortlessly beautiful voice. She was recently discovered on the ‘gram and has since quickly converted me to a fan with her music.
The Lumineers – “Scotland”
I’m not sure why this band only released a three-song EP this year since their last release in 2016. Maybe they wrote this while traveling through Scotland, drank too much scotch, and never made it back to the studio. That’s my best guess and only acceptable explanation as to why we only have three more fresh tracks from these guys. This song encompasses everything I love about The Lumineers. I especially enjoy the predominantly string sounds of this track which contrasts their more classic piano-forward style.
Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin”
This is a classic retro-soul style track through and through. Its fun and upbeat sound will have you dancing in your seat whether you are at the office or in the seat of a car while you take a last-minute road trip to get away from it all. The whole album is really an homage of his hometown of Texas and there is even a track dedicated to his mama (Lisa Sawyer). The whole album is worth every second of its 46 minutes but if you only have time for one song, let this one be it.
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Terri Potratz, Director
Charlotte Day Wilson – “Work”
Seriously, get back to work!
Billie Eilish – “COPYCAT”
One of her middle names is Pirate. Enough said.
Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
Here’s a throwback fact: I used the full title of Fiona Apple’s 1999 album as my high school graduation yearbook message. For the uninitiated, that full album name is: “When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right.“
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Josli Rockafella, Graphic Design
Skip Marley – “Refugee”
Because summer driving.
LÉON – “Surround Me”
Spotify told me to listen to it, and I like it a lot! #repeat
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
I used to be able to play this on the ukulele and am getting excited for winter again so I can hole up and do crafty things. Trying to start a hipster choir on Galiano Island is probably a horrible idea, but can’t seem to shake it.
Give our playlist a listen, and be sure to tune in for next month’s, where things may get a bit spooky for October. (Will we include “Thriller”? Only time will tell.)
Going to NamesCon Global 2019 and want to share your favorite songs with us? Tweet us or tag us on Instagram @NamesCon and send us your picks! We’ll be selecting songs for the official NamesCon Global 2019 playlist, which we’ll share in January. In the meantime, listen to our September playlist below.