August 2016 was a wildly fun month for me as I was finally finding my place in Portland. It also included a 10 day vacation with my family and Sonically Awkward Contributors Conrad Felten and bradley p. Life was pretty easy during August 2016.
As evidenced in the playlist that I grew to love over this month, it features mainly summer themed jams, and it also was my introduction to Jacob Banks - as evidenced by not 1, not 2, but 3 of his tracks off 2015's The Paradox. Chance The Rapper's 'No Problem' was reaching its fever pitch, with every single radio station from Portland OR to Portland ME playing it on the hour. KUNGS' 'This Girl' featured the dance heavy production and brass that was missing in my life at the time.
As anyone who knows me can attest to, I've been a fan of Mac Miller for awhile. He's gone through lots of changes both sonically and as a person since I first discovered him in High School, but his release of 'Dang!' with Anderson .Paak completely blew my mind. Saint Motel's 'Move' was another one that was released with perfect timing during the summer. And I haven't even mentioned Frank Ocean's return to the scene with his album Blonde on August 20.
There's so much more that I will let you discover for yourself - or, if you're like me and a music snob, this list should bring a sense of nostalgia to your ear holes. Those of us in Portland aren't really sure what season we're in. Where you at, summer? This playlist disregards seasons, and I hope you enjoy it!
Felten Faves - August 2016
KUNGS - 'This Girl'
Lukas Graham - 'Mama Said'
Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - 'No Problem' (E)
Mac Miller ft. Anderson .Paak - 'Dang!' (E)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - 'Closer'
Michael Jackson - 'The Way You Make Me Feel'
Jacob Banks - 'Sink or Swim' (E)
Jacob Banks - 'The Unknown' (E)
Jacob Banks - 'You Don't Even Call Me' (E)
Grouplove - 'Welcome to Your Life'
Saint Motel - 'Move'
6LACK - 'Ex Calling' (E)
Florence + The Machine - 'Stand By Me'
Alina Baraz & Galimatias - 'Fantasy'
Young the Giant - 'Silvertongue'
Jack Garratt - 'BYSKB v2m2 (Demo)'
Glass Animals - 'Season 2 Episode 3'
Glass Animals - 'The Other Side of Paradise' (E)
Frank Ocean - 'Solo' (E)
Raury & Jaden Smith - 'Losing Your Mind'
FKA Twigs - 'Figure 8'
Blood Orange - 'Best to You'