George Lewis Jr. – aka Twin Shadow – is the embodiment of chill-wave. The Bushwick based artist is a jack of all trades; he has three albums under his belt, is set to appear in a film later this year, and has written a novel. “Saturdays” is one of those songs you can play on repeat for hours without even realizing it, and the Haim sisters’ verse tops their entire sophomore record. The high-profile collaboration is unexpected on paper, but these two artists blend their styles perfectly.
It makes so much sense that Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds played a crucial role in getting X Ambassadors a deal at Interscope; the two bands are cut from the same cloth, but each is still completely their own. “Don’t Stay” is just one of many examples of X Ambassadors’ impressive versatility. Released alongside the somber single “Joyful,” “Don’t Stay” masks the devastation of heartbreak with a soulful beat and out of this world vocals.
Few bands have had a better year than Portland’s own Portugal. The Man. Their eighth studio album, Woodstock, earned them multiple top 10 spots on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock charts, and even peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200. “Rich Friends” is a party anthem with a hard rock beat and live-fast-die-young lyrics that make it perfect for whoever is hoping to live the most reckless, decadent lifestyle over spring break.
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