September 2017 will be remembered mainly for the incredible weather those of us in Portland enjoyed, as we seemingly have passed the monotonous, steady 90+ degree days, as well as no longer having to hold our breaths as we walk outside amidst raining ash. We had some rain, some sun, and some fantastic new music was released this past month as well. September didn't come and go without taking its toll - nearly everyone I know came down with some type of flu or cold, myself included. I even got an ear infection on top of that, cheers to modern medicine, vinyl, and yoga, all helping to relieve some of the accumulated stress from the month.
The Felten Faves list for September is a bit short in comparison to some previous months, for the aformentioned sickness reason, as well as there being a ton of good full-length albums being released. For example - I can't put the entirety of Tori Amos' beautiful, hypnotizing record on this list, and it doesn't seem to do justice to take any given song out of that wonderfully built album, going from song to song like water down a stream. The majority of the tracks on here are in fact hip-hop and rap heavy, so if that's not your cup of coffee(or tea), feel free to skip out on this one and check out previous months' lists that are heavier on the alt-rock side, for instance.
The month started off with a bang when G-Eazy, not normally one of my featured artists, teamed up with A$AP Rocky and the woman who single-handed has broken Billboard's record for a #1 song by a solo female, Cardi B ('Bodak Yellow') on 'No Limit'. U2 released a gem early in the month, and Jack Johnson's latest record featured a ton of surf-rock jams, with my personal fave being the funky 'Gather'. The Cool Kids aren't new by any means, as they've been making hits for over a decade. 'Too Smooth' features tons of bass and a fun, catchy chorus that will have your car rattling as you're singing along.
Minneapolis' Lizzo, by way of Houston, has been on fire recently. Her latest single 'Truth Hurts' is no exception. How could I forget Post Malone and 21 Savage's 'rockstar'? I didn't. The song that went platinum faster than any other on streaming services is a much deserved addition to the list, and is as great of a song as any released in September. Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s debut record last year, to me anyway, was a bit overrated. This latest release though is quite good. 'Run It Up' features Lil Wayne at his best over a beat that goes harder than Dame in the paint. You'll want to add this to your gym and running playlists right away. Hoodie Allen, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, and BORNS round out the list for September!
What are your favorite tracks from September? Let me know in the comments and reach out on Twitter (@SonicallyAwk) with your picks!
Felten Faves - September 2017
G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B - 'No Limit' (E)
U2 - 'You're the Best Thing About Me'
Jack Johnson - 'Gather'
The Cool Kids - 'Too Smooth' (E)
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - 'rockstar' (E)
Lizzo - 'Truth Hurts' (E)
Dame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Lil Wayne - 'Run It Up'
Hoodie Allen ft. Wale - 'Fakin' (E)
Ty Dolla $ign ft. Jeremih - 'Dawsin's Breek' (E)
KYLE ft. MadeinTYO - 'All Mine' (E)
BORNS - 'Sweet Dreams'