As summer 2017 winds down, I’m excited to share a few of my favorite music releases. From Red Velvet to Travis Scott, this summer has been filled with amazing finds and surprises. These tracks definitely made summer a whole lot sweeter.
RED VELVET- 빨간 맛/ Red Flavor
Red Velvet filled a void let by South Korea’s “Queens of Summer” girl group SISTAR. Red Flavor captures the essence of summer with its upbeat melodies and bright visuals. The song’s bass, high-hat, 808’s, and guiro paired with the members’ vocals creates a concoction as sweet as watermelon.
Red Flavor’s music video also does not disappoint. It stays true to the quirky image Red Velvet has developed since their debut. Each member represents a favorite summer fruit and interview themselves as the fruit. The video also bounces between vibrant summer colors.
Red Velvet’s Red Flavor captures the joy, freedom, freshness and beginnings of summer. The song is how people feel when summer kicks off.
Lecrae- I’ll Find You ft. Tori Kelly
I’ll Find You could not have come out at a better time in my life. Lecrae’s lyrics describe an all to real and close to home struggle of coming Home while battling the ways of the world. While, Tori Kelly sings the course of encouragement to hold on and promise to be found.
Kelly’s honey vocals perfectly counter Lecrae’s powerful flow. The raw emotion each gives to the song amplify its message and offers a true sense of comfort.
Religious or not, it is a song that anyone and everyone can relate to.
Travis Scott- Butterfly Effect
It took me a while to listen to this gem, and it was nothing short of great. Butterfly Effect delivered with its soft trap beat. Scott’s voice is entrancing and relaxing throughout the song. With each listen the song becomes more captivating.
The music video’s visuals are hypnotic and transfer viewers into a realm of psychedelic colors. It’s as if we ourselves are on a trip.
Nonetheless, Butterfly Effect is exactly what this summer needed.
BLACKPINK- 마지막처럼/ As If It’s Your Last
BLACKPINK’s latest release was the perfect K-pop track to start the summer. As If It’s Your Last’s has a flavor that’s reminiscent of 2ne1 through it’s heavy bass and toms, lively trumpet, hip hop undertones, catchy chorus and bright vocals.
The music video is vibrant in its colors of pinks, yellows, and reds. Perhaps the most memorable part of the music video is Lisa’s rap. Her rap is an appreciated contrast to bubbly vocals of the song. Her lyrics are flawless and hard-hitting while complementing her urban attire and background.
The ladies of BLACKPINK are full of energy and sweetness in song and music video. It definitely a catchy tune to groove to throughout the summer.
Walking is the perfect contrast to all of the tropical/dance hall influences of this summer. Suran’s mellow, entrancing voice is relief everyone needs at the beginning and end of each day. It’s the sunrise and sunset.
This song is all about growth and walking through life’s journey. It’s the pick-me-up when things get a bit scary because we’ll all be fine, and the reminder being alone isn’t as frightening as we may think.
It’s the track to keep us all grounded throughout the chaos of the summer.
Shakira – Chantaje ft. Maluma
Shakira’s Chantaje was definitely overshadowed by the success of Despacito.
Chantaje is catchy and full of Latin flavor. Drums and a Middle Eastern undertone effortlessly show off Shakira’s Colombian and Lebanese heritage. The beat and the repeating Chantaje are addicting. Listeners cannot help but nod their heads and feel the urge to move their hips. It’s a steady groove that counters Despacito’s various rhythms.
Shakira and Maluma heated up the charts and summer with this gem.
Jay Park- Yacht (K) ft. Sik-K
Roc Nation’s newest member definitely gave vacation envy when this track dropped this summer. Yacht is a feel-good song that makes you want to grab your boo and get away from the craziness from the world.
Park’s smooth vocals and Sik-K’s rap combined with a groovy, RnB beat is a sweet, savory recipe. The soft tropical beat transports listeners to a beautiful waters of the Caribbean.
The keyboard, 808, and subtle steel drum makes this track a summer favorite.
These are just few of my summer favorites. Be on the look for more of my favorites!