There’s only one cure for the heavily contagious Week Six Soul Sucking Blues, and it’s been in front of our faces the whole time, people: you just gotta get an extra lil’ dose of soul in your veins.
StAR is happy to provide the necessary supplements. Here are some over-the-counter tunes to get you through the week.
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- KELELA & TINK — “Want It” – as described by beti girma
- JAMES BLAKE — “Measurements” — as described by parker clancy
somber London gospel
- LABRINTH “Let It Be” – as described by tara mccullough
modern hipster jazz
- MONTELL JORDAN — “This is How We Do It” — as described by giselle moreau
- LOGIC — “All I Do” — as described by claire kim
fresh young real shit
- SHAKEY GRAVES–“Georgia Moon”–as described by julia espero
perfect night song
- ÁSGEIR — “Torrent” — as described by connor kelley
aloof airy Icelandics
- JOHNNYSWIM — “Diamonds” — as described by annalee monroe
rejuvenating folk soul
- JOSÉ GONZÁLES – “Heartbeats (filous & MOUNT Remix)” – as described by max weiss
deep house wormhole
- TELEVISION — “Marquee Moon” — as described by frederick robson
loaded subtle aggression
- DIXIE CHICKS — “The Long Way Around” — as described by editor bojan srb
fuck you patriarchy
- DANNY L HARLE — “In My Dreams” — as described by editor eric eich
catchy psychological warfare
- VACATIONER — “Shining” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
cool spirit lifter
KELELA & TINK “Want It” – as described by beti girma
I remember the first time I found out that R&B crooner The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) was the son of Ethiopian immigrants. As an Ethiopian-American, I was freaking out and texting all of my Ethiopian contacts to not only let them know that one of us had made it in the biz but to also figure out if I had some sort of connection to The Weeknd through the pretty tight knit Ethiopian community in North America (sadly, the latter hasn’t happened…yet). I recently discovered that another R&B singer, Kelela, is also of Ethiopian decent. Though she isn’t as popular as The Weeknd (yet!), her breathy voice and 90’s R&B inspired vibe have already gotten her a lot of positive attention. “Want It” is a collab by Chicago based rapper Tink and Kelela that I’ve been addicted to for a couple of weeks now.
JAMES BLAKE — “Measurements” — as described by parker clancy
Somber gospel out of London. Let’s get soulful.
LABRINTH “Let It Be” – as described by tara mccullough
I discovered this jam during midterm week and had to immediately put it on my study playlist. Every time it came on, I forgot studying for a hot sec— my head started bobbing, I was at a party, lights off, and the dance moves were speaking for themselves. The song’s got motifs from a number of genres, a kind of modern Motown hipster jazz, and the beat drop gets me every time. Not to freaking mention those trumpets.
MONTELL JORDAN — “This is How We Do It” — as described by giselle moreau
It’s week six and we’re all tryna do our work and not not do it, jah feel. Cause in the end, this is how we do it. Plus who doesn’t like a throwback to old school R&B amirite? Amirite? I am.
SHAKEY GRAVES–“Georgia Moon”–as described by julia espero
The perfect nighttime song.
ÁSGEIR — “Torrent” — as described by connor kelley
I’ve got a stupid love affair with Icelandic artists, musicians, and bands. This song isn’t even in Icelandic and it, too, has me enthralled. What’s up with that? I’ve got absolutely no idea.
I was lucky enough to peep a bit of Ásgeir’s show at Treasure Island this weekend and it blew me away. He’s got a great voice on record, but seeing him live adds a whole other dimension. He’s airy and just enough aloof, so it pairs well with a backlit San Francisco skyline and cloudless skies. Happy days.
JOHNNYSWIM — “Diamonds” — as described by annalee monroe
Singers/songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez make up this innovative combination of folk and soul. The sweet vocals are rejuvenating and their voices mesh together effortlessly in a way that makes me feel all warm inside. Even better, these two are married. Could there be a more perfect musical pair?
JOSÉ GONZÁLES – “Heartbeats (filous & MOUNT Remix)” – as described by max weiss
My relationship with Soundcloud is of the love-hate variety. It’s the most beautiful creation ever, but when I’m on it I invariably get sucked into music wormholes bigger than the one in that Matthew McConaughey travels through in that new Christopher Nolan movie (Ed. Time is a flat circle, Max). I know deep down that I should be writing this midterm essay right now…but why do that when I could be finding out about 17-year-old deep house artists? 17-year-old deep house artists who remix José Gonzáles’ cover of “Heartbeats” exquisitely? Fuck this essay; I’m going deeper into the wormhole. See you at finals. All hail Soundcloud.
TELEVISION — “Marquee Moon” — as described by frederick robson
Marquee Moon has a crushing weight. Listening at high volume, the air around you feels heavier; the pressure seems to be gradually increasing, pound upon pound. Every single moment of this song is loaded with purpose, with subtle aggression and alienation. There is never any needless overelaboration. Even in the depths of 5-minute long instrumental, every second of intertwining guitars screams of a very subdued hostility.
DIXIE CHICKS — “The Long Way Around” — as described by editor bojan srb
This weekend, I saw Julia Starr’s new play. The play was about what this song is about – giving the patriarchy the middle finger, hopping into your dirty Mustang, and blasting out of the zip code where your parents lived. I imagine an Irish fourteen year-old with plastered makeup bopping along to the tune of this jam somewhere between Kildare and Meath this very instant, angry at some “feckin gobshite” for having called her “a sparse arse.”
DANNY L HARLE — “In My Dreams” — as described by editor eric eich
A song so catchy as to constitute psychological warfare. Is it good? Is it bad? IDEK I just want to stop hearing it as I walk to class, as I lay down to sleep, as I read, as I type. Press “play” at your own risk and just try to get this song – and the image of the creepy life-sized doll it will almost certainly put in your mind – out of your head. Out of your dreams. Etc. Together. Forever.
VACATIONER — “Shining” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
Here’s a song to cool you down because Stanford decided that 65 degrees means it’s time to turn the heaters on. Throw a scarf over your sundress (or salmon-colored shorts) and let Vacationer lift your week six spirits.