Cole Kinna - Miami University
For those of you Quad readers who go to school in the Midwest, I'm sure the entire month of February began to feel like one big freezing Groundhog Day (RIP Harold Ramis). Fortunately March is right around the corner, which means only roughly 2 more months of winter until we get to enjoy some warmer weather...Despite the bitter cold, this month gave us some awesome music and we here at the Quad want to make sure you didn't miss it. Here's our recap of the best songs of February.
Coldplay – “Midnight”
It sounds like Chris Martin and co. discovered Bon Iver this year. Hey better late than never, "Midnight" is some of the strongest work the band has produced to date and isn't afraid to veer into some uncharted (but welcome) waters.
Real Estate – “Crime”
The Jersey boys are back and chiller than ever. Be on the look out for their new album "Atlas" dropping 3/4. In the meantime listen to the promising cut, "Crime" and imagine driving around with the windows down this summer while bumping this laid back little ditty.
Schoolboy Q ft. Raekwon - "BLind Threats"
Schoolboy Q's follow up to 2012's excellent Habits & Contradictions dropped yesterday. Oxymoron is full great guest spots, but it's hard to ignore Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon's contribution on the understated "Blind Threats."
The Weeknd - "Drunk In Love (Weeknd Remix)"
Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name: The Weeknd, celebrated his 24th birthday this month and gave all of us a gift instead by dropping this banging remix of Queen Bey's "Drunk in Love." #Surfboard
St. Vincent - "Prince Johnny "
Annie Clark's music is beautifully visceral, which makes this tender cut off her new self titled LP that much more refreshing and exciting. It's difficult to sound more intimate and scorned than when she croons "you traced the Andes with your index/ And bragged of when and where and who you gonna bed next." Give the full album St. Vincent a listen ASAP.
Cloud Nothings - "Psychic Trauma"
Cleveland, OH's Cloud Nothings want you to remember how the 90s sounded. The band's forthcoming album Here and Nowhere Else is due out 4/1. Until then give this Nirvana-esque throwback a spin and go watch some vintage Nickelodeon cartoons.
Isaiah Rashad - RIP KEvin Miller
Is it too early to name Chattanooga, TN's Isaiah Rashad the new Kendrick Lamar? Probably, but it's hard to deny the similarities between the current king of Hip-Hop and the fresh faced newcomer who was recently tapped by Schoolboy Q to support him on his upcoming Oxymoron tour, along with recently being named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know."
U2 - "INVISIBLE"
U2 may be entering that incredibly confusing territory of being so uncool they're cool...Regardless I would argue U2 has always been cool and how could you not? Try not to get caught up in this performance from Jimmy Fallon's new Tonight Show. You can't. Bono's voice is like a mixture of Fergie and Jesus. Plus this song is trying to single handedly wipe out AIDS, so if you hate U2 you hate curing AIDS by default. Boom.
Future feat. Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino - "Move that Dope"
Future has the rare ability for me to want to "turn on the lights" and find the girl of my dreams. He also makes me want to sell just an ignorant amount of drugs. Classic Future. Backed by some great features from the likes of Pharrell, King Push and Casino it's going to be hard not to bump this song until the frozen hell that is currently Oxford, OH takes that turn into Spring.
Beck - "Waking Light"
Beck returns with his first studio album since 2008 with Morning Phase. Heralded as a return to form in the same vein as his acclaimed album, Sea Change, critics have already began buzzing with excitement about the possibility of a new Beck classic. Waking Light closes his new album with a touch of melancholy and tranquility, so I figured it would only be appropriate to close out this recap the same way.
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