October was a bit of an odd month for Sonically Awkward. As some of you may know, I have a 'real' full-time job on top of running SA, and that job was absolutely nuts during October. I had to miss a couple shows I would've loved to attend, but I'm not bitter. It was a refreshing, sort of relaxing break from the constant, several-shows-per-week coverage. I was still able to catch Billie Eilish and Mikey Mike during October, two of my favorite upcoming artists to keep an eye on in the future. Morgan Saint's EP 17 Hero came out, and my buddy Joe Hicks and I got to catch up on the phone for another fantastic hour-long conversation. There was a ton of great music released in October, and I'll try and highlight my top tracks below. Enjoy!
The Felten Faves list begins with my favorite 'mixtape' released in October from OVO's Belly, with the amazing song 'Mumble Rap' (title track) being included here. Belly has been a bit of a hit or miss in his past couple releases, but the entire Mumble Rap tape showcases his lyricism and ear for trap-infused beats, all over his voice that seems to have grown in terms of listen-ability as his career moves along. Say what you will about NBA stars, or any professional athlete for that matter, taking a stab at making music, but with Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s CONFIRMED, the second album from Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard, he took a massive step forward. I featured 'Run It Up' in September, and this month with the release of the album comes 'Anomaly', which features 2 Chainz. Tash Sultana, just one of SA's favorite acts emerging from down under (Australia), also makes an appearance on the list for October with her surf-rock track 'Mystik'.
As mentioned above, Morgan Saint's 17 Hero was released in October (check out my review here), and my favorite track 'New Regime' makes the list. Rex Orange County surprised his fans with a brand new single as well, titled 'Loving Is Easy'. He goes on an introspective journey of love, and brings Benny Sings on the track for support. Lo Moon is a band that I've been keeping an eye on ever since 'Loveless' was featured on Apple Music several months ago. They've been touring in support of acts like London Grammar and others all around the world, with just a couple singles out. 'Thorns' is their third release, and is as beautiful as a thorn is prickly. Post Malone's 'Candy Paint' is maybe not as catchy as the insanely massive hit 'rockstar', but is extremely listenable and fans of Post will no doubt have already added this one to their playlists.
Another artist releasing a bunch of singles recently in advance of his upcoming project is blackbear. His track 'bright pink tims' (ft. Cam'ron) makes the list for the versatility blackbear shows rapping, and having Cam'ron on a track is not ever a bad thing. Weezer's new album Pacific Daydream released at the end of October, and 'Happy Hour' is a must-hear from that record. Steve Angello utilized Pusha T on the loud, aggressive track 'Freedom', a track once more showing how adaptive Pusha is on any and all kind of beats. Dagny, who was just in Portland in support of LANY at the Crystal Ballrom, released new single 'Love You Like That', the most pop song on the list, but no regrets. I have found myself on numerous occasions screaming out the chorus while cruising the roads of Oregon. And last but certainly not least, an artist that I just discovered for myself in October is Yellow Days. His new project came out at the end of October as well, and 'Nothing's Going to Keep Me Down' was an instant add to the top songs of the month. Think of a mix between Rex Orange County, Jacob Banks, and Leon Bridges. I'm a big fan.
What are your favorite tracks from October? Let me know in the comments and reach out on Twitter (@SonicallyAwk) with your favorites!
Felten Faves - October 2017
Belly - 'Mumble Rap' (E)
Dame D.O.L.L.A. ft. 2 Chainz - 'Anomaly'
Tash Sultana - 'Mystik'
Morgan Saint - 'New Regime'
Rex Orange County ft. Benny Sings - 'Loving Is Easy' (E)
Lo Moon - 'Thorns'
Post Malone - 'Candy Paint' (E)
blackbear ft. Cam'ron - 'bright pink tims' (E)
Weezer - 'Happy Hour'
Steve Angello ft. Pusha T - 'Freedom' (E)
Dagny - 'Love You Like That'
Yellow Days - 'Nothing's Going to Keep Me Down'