::: July 1 – 7 :::
Since it’s summer and The Giggs is on break, we wanted to find another way to share the best new Alternative music we’ve discovered. Thus, The Stereo 8 Mixtape. Each week Aly and I will both choose 4 of our favorite (mostly) new jams to add in to an 8-track mix tape with Side A (Aly’s picks) and Side B (Sydne’s picks). Mixtapes. Just like ye olden days. Enjoy!
SIDE A: Aly’s picks
1) “Turn Up The Radio” – OK GO
Recently OK GO released a new 4-song EP, Upside Out. Although the single “The Writing’s On The Wall” is pretty good, I prefer the track “Turn Up The Radio”. OK GO has always had a distinctive sound, and this song is no different. I could relate to the sentimental lyrics about loosing yourself in music, and this is purely fun, happy tune.
SIDE B: Sydne’s Picks
5) “Figure It Out” – Royal Blood
Royal Blood just announced the release of their debut album August 25 alongside this new single, “Figure It Out”. It’s another romping rock hit from this drum/guitar duo. The album sounds promising so far, but if you really wanna go full-tilt, balls-to-the-wall guitar rock, try “Little Monster”.
6) “Gates” – SPEAK
“Gates”, the new single from SPEAK moves along thanks to some kick drum work and light keys/synths. I’m still trying to figure out the obscure lyrics: “I won’t live my life again/ Cause I’ve got the only heaven I want.” Their latest album Pedals is out now if this song leaves you curious for more.
7) “Honey Do” – Beverly
With the fuzzy guitars, you’d kind of expect some hardcore vocals, but Drew’s delicate vocals sweeten up the song with a whispery “Oh honey do” chorus. If you were about to write this band off as another college rock band, shame on you! The all-knowing Wikipedia would have you know that, “Beverly consists of Frankie Rose and Drew Citron, luminaries of the Brooklyn indie music scene.” LUMINARIES.
8) “I Own It” – Nacey feat. Angel Haze
Move aside Iggy Azalea. Nacey and Angel Haze have a new summer hit. “I Own It” is much more electronic than “Fancy” (thanks to Nacey’s production), and Angel Haze spits faster and harder than my main Aussie lady, Iggy. The alphabet tune which intros the song gets a teenage twist to it: “I won’t grow up/ I wanna have fun/ I just wanna be wild and young”. As far as I’m concerned, this song gets an A! (Yes. Cheesy alphabet joke.) If this isn’t making any sense to you, maybe you should press play on that little track down there. ⬇