If June 2017 was the most challenging month so far in Portland, July was a close 2nd thanks to the busy-ness factor. I hosted my good friend and contributor Brady for 2 weeks, and my childhood friend Jeff for another week visit. The website content didn't slow down, and I appreciate both of those guys for allowing me to do my thing when they were visiting. July also saw the temperatures really ramp up - mother nature must've heard all the angry Portlanders complaining about the cold weather in June.
This past month featured tons of great releases. Lana Del Rey concocted yet another beautifully crafted song showing not all summer tunes need to be uplifting or poppy. Kesha's first single in years came out in July, and the ballad was a perfect step back into the water that is the music industry. Billie Eilish, who SA can not get enough of, has 2 features here, with both 'COPYCAT' & 'my boy' making the cut. Depending who you ask, Cardi B may have already locked up the song of the summer weeks ago. 'Bodak Yellow' made the list easily. Portland's own Amine released his debut album, and when he fan girled because Nelly was in the studio next to him, 'Yellow' was born. Tyler, The Creator's anticipated record also dropped, and he drew from another SA favorite Rex Orange County and Anna of the North for 'Boredom'.
Stay tuned for Sonically Awkward's first Contributor series - Songs of Summer 2017. Each are working on a specific playlist and write up on their take on a summer playlist - and as we know, each contributor has their own unique tastes. I'm very excited to share these with you - follow @SonicallyAwk on Twitter to make sure you don't miss any of the content to come!
Felten Faves - July 2017
Lana Del Rey ft. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti - 'Summer Bummer' (E)
Kesha - 'Praying'
Billie Eilish - 'COPYCAT'
Joywave - 'Going to a Place'
Leikeli47 - 'Miss Me' (E)
Cardi B - 'Bodak Yellow' (E)
Wolf Alice - 'Don't Delete the Kisses'
Declan McKenna - 'Humongous'
LÉON - 'Surround Me'
Billie Eilish - 'my boy'
JAY-Z ft. Damian Marley - 'Bam' (E) *
KWAYE - 'Sweetest Life'
Rozwell Fitzroy - 'Block Game' (E)
Amine ft. Nelly - 'Yellow' (E)
Coast Modern - 'Hollow Life'
Sabrina Claudio - 'Belong To You'
Oliver Tree - 'Cheapskate'
Tyler, The Creator ft. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North - 'Boredom' (E)
* JAY-Z still not available on Spotify