Must Listen Monday

Just when you thought it was time to stop adding tracks to your summer playlists….today’s Must Listen Monday comes along featuring a buffet of new tunes that are not only quite delightful, but some are gaining loads of summer music buzz. 

Among the buzzworthy beats is “Body On Me,” a tribal-kissed new banger from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. There’s also dance diva Jade Starling‘s banger,”Better and Better” getting the Chris Cox remix treatment, Hailee Seinfeld delivers a bright ditty called, “Love Myself,” Brian McKnight mysteriously reappears with the bedroom-laced, “Uh Oh Feeling,” and even Ms. Kylie Minogue makes the list with the jazzy, “Absolutely Anything and Anything at All,” which is serving as the lead single from the upcoming UK sci-fi movie, Absolutely Anything. 

But, if there’s one diva who’s creating the most heat, it’s everyone’s favorite moody chanteuse, Ms. Lana Del Rey. Over the weekend, the songstress served up “High by the Beach,” which is the lead single from her hotly anticipated Honeymoon set. The deep, dark ditty is classic Ms. Lana, but contains a slightly different funkier feel than some of her earlier offerings. 

Get “High by the Beach,” then get lost in the rest of these Must Listen Monday tracks, which are always guaranteed fresh from Philly Mixtape‘s headphones to yours. 


Lana Del Rey/’High by the Beach” 

Brian McKnight/”Uh Oh Feeling” 

Charli XCX/”X-Ray Specs”

Kaskade/Rae Morris/”Call My Name” 

Kylie Minogue/”Absolutely Anything and Anything At All”

Rita Ora/Chris Brown/”Body On Me”

Robin Thicke/Nicki Minaj/”Back Together” 

Hailee Steinfeld/”Love Myself” 

Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Ed Sheeran/”Growing Up”

Jade Starling/DJ Laszlo/”Better & Better”/Chris Cox Rewerk

Calvin Harris/Disciples/”How Deep Is Your Love”/Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix

Calvin Harris/Tinashe/”Dollar Signs” (Not a new release, but you need this in your headphones right now.) 



Must Listen Monday

Today’s dreamy Must Listen Monday list will make you move, groove, live, laugh, love, and hell, it might even make you cry a little. Loaded up on this week’s fiery new music roster is the explosive Cutmore retelling of Hilary Duff‘s “Sparks,” DJ Dave Matthias werks hard to get us “Into the Groove,” delightful UK songbird Jess Glynne delivers more musical inspiration through “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself,” and One Direction return to the music scene post-Zayn with their latest smash, “Drag Me Down.”Be still our music hearts. 

But if there’s one stand out track that you absolutely must put down everything you’re doing right now and get lost in, it’s Duke Dumont‘s latest venture, “Ocean Drive.” While it may not pack the aggressive punch of his earlier cuts, “Won’t Look Back” and “Need U(100 %),” it gets the job done with its deep vibe and feisty flow. Also, it plays out as great research for when the Duke is featured in this week’s 5 reasons why. Get ready to dance, kids. 

Now, all that’s left to do is get your Must Listen Monday on. Go.  

Duke Dumont/”Ocean Drive”

Dave Matthias/”Into the Groove”

Icona Pop/”Emergency”/Jump Smokers Rewerk

Hilary Duff/”Sparks”/Cutmore Rewerk

One Direction/”Drag Me Down” 

Eminem/Gwen Stefani/”Kings Never Die”

Jess Glynne/”Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” 

Example/”Whisky Story” 

Melissa Steel/Wretch 32/”You Love Me”

Nero/”Two Worlds”

Major Lazer/”Too Original”/Kream Refire 

Dan Savidge/”Revival” 


5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now/Must Listen Monday Edition

Hed Kandi Beach House 2015

Warning–an unexplainable tingly sensation is guaranteed to take over your music soul once you dive headphones first into the latest offering from shimmering UK dance label, Hed Kandi. The perfect blend of cabana-ready goodness mixed with an open bar of gummy grooves, HK’s latest is the album you need as we get ready to (sigh) start saying goodbye to summer.

Standouts include…all of them. Here’s a few…

For more Hed Kandi music action, go here. You know you want to.

Joss Stone/Water for Your Soul

For her seventh (!) soulful studio venture, feisty British songstress Joss Stone returns with another deep buffet of bluesy numbers, only this time, the diva’s infused her trademark tone with a slight reggae twist. After cementing her reputation as an overseas soul queen – long before Adele, mind you–it’s quite understandable that Ms. Stone decided to venture out and try something new. Does it all work? Absolutely.

Each sugary number is pristinely produced and the album plays out as light as a summer breeze. Now, is it an album that requires a lot of thought? Absolutely not. But if Ms. Stone’s soul purpose was to deliver a light, easy treat for the diva days of summer, she delivers plenty of them in fun tracks like “Water,” album opener, “Love Me,” the cruisin’ “Cut the Line,” and the steamy, “Let Me Breathe.” 

The Chemical Brothers/Born in the Echoes

By now, there’s no need to argue that The Chemical Brothers have established themselves as icons in dance music. For over two decades, the brothers chemical have delivered feasts of synth-soaked dance music;creating spaced-out grooves that are miles ahead of their time.

Their latest electrified set, the ravishing Born in the Echoes, is everything you could want from a group that knows what they’re doing in dance music. With blends of hip-hop (you need the Q-tip charged lead single “Go” in your life right now), deep electronica (“Under Neon Lights,” “Taste of Honey”)and plenty of their trademark music mindf#$ks along the way, Echoes is the one album you didn’t think you need for your summer…until now.

Years and Years/Communion

What’s to say about the long awaited debut set from overseas dance trio, Years and Years, besides…everything. While The Chemical Brothers will make you move in a gritty way with their latest offering, Communion will take you there in a deep, spiritual way. From its bold opening start to its surprisingly light finish, in a word, you need to get your Communion on right now. With a set list that’s loaded with short, sweet, charged up tracks like “Shine,” “King,” “Rise,” “Gold” and “Desire,” expect Years and Years to be gracing headphones for a long time.

Jill Scott/Woman

Saving the best for last, Philly‘s own Jill Scott comes boldly roaring back with her most soulful set yet with the fierce, Woman. Whether on mid-tempo fires like “Prepared,” “Lighthouse” and “Fool’s Gold,”or on feisty soul treats like “Run Run Run” and “Coming To You,” there’s no denying that Ms. Scott still has the chops to slide onto any groove that’s thrown her way. But the real highlight comes with “Cruisin‘,” a windows down-kind-of- jam that truly proves just what a delightful romp Woman plays out to be.