Essential Grooves for Your Philly Livin’ & Lovin’ Soul

Oh, Philly, Philly. 

Just how many ways do we truly love this great, historic City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love

From the astounding sense of community all around (we sort of rock, you guys), to the endless supply of restaurants, craft cocktails and of course, tons of local beers for the bros..

…..from the colorful nightlife scene  (did anyone actually get into hot-spot Tradesman’s last weekend? That line, though.. ), to the wide array of local and legendary entertainment venues that delightfully house anyone and everyone from all walks of life, it’s all here in this beaming city. 

By the way, how frickin’ excited is everyone for Creed 2 in a few weeks and for The Met to open next month?? Yes. 

Oh, and we just can’t forget leave out…..Wawa and cheesesteaks and Tastykakes.…ohhhhhh…..yes.

And when it comes to this Philly’s sportsmanship mannerisms, well, you can debate all what you want about the Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, but he ain’t going anywhere, folks.

To our beloved Philadelphia Eagles, oh, our dear, sweet Birds…what can we say? While this current season has been quite…interesting, it was just a short nine months ago that we were all on Broad Street celebrating the historic fact that we finally fucking got that championship title and bling. 

Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to dissecting everything that Philly has to offer.

Hell, we’ve even gotten used to the endless construction and mind numbing jackhammering that seems to pop up at 9 pm, Monday-Thursdays, that makes you just want to……

……..cherish another piece of the glorious place that 1.6 million people call…home. 

But alas, the glue that holds this all (it’s a lot, but we love it!) together are indeed the grooves provided by Philly’s chart-topping music stars. 

And with a list that includes legendary music catalogs from Boyz 11 Men, McFadden & Whitebread, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman (sigh…) Diplo, The Trammps, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hall & Oates(!!) and oh, yes, Mr. Will Smith, well, you’ll just want to dive in to truly pheel it all right this very second. 

Because you know what say…ain’t no party like a City of Brotherly Love par-tay, and when you’ve got these classic grooves to compliment our truly one-of-a-kind style, there truly is no stopping any of us now. 

So, here we go. 

Boyz 11 Men/”Motownphilly”  Because this hometown music gem truly needs no explanation…..and because you’ve also mastered the iconic Stephanie Tanner choreo from that oh, so special episode of Full House…you know. 

Bruce Springsteen/”Streets of Philadelphia” This may be hard to believe, but it’s been twenty-five (!!!!!) years since Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington gave us gold in the Oscar winning film, Philadelphia. The still excellent (and relevant) film inspired The Boss to write this most chilling and somber, in which no matter how hard you try….you’ll be reaching for that Kleenex upon every listen. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Summertime”   Because it’s never, ever too early to be thinkin’ about that dear, sweet “summa, summa, summatime.” Ever. 

Hall & Oates/”Maneater”If we were to spill about the amount of love that Philly has for this insanely legendary music duo, we would be here all damn day. So, for now, we’ll just crank up this classic groove, along with everything else they’ve put out for the rest of our Wawa Shortie lovin’ lives. 

Jill Scott/”A Long Walk”   Whether with friends or by your damn self, there’s nothing like a lovely, Philly-owned stroll. And much Sisterly love to the wonderful Ms. Scott for giving us a beauty of a jam that clarifies that delightful phact. Now, walk and play also, “Golden.” 

Patti Labelle/”New Attitude”   Another Philly music legend that clearly needs no introduction as this unstoppable diva will be serving it all up long after we’re gone….and we’re not just talking about her famous sweet potato pies here. Go on, Ms. Patti, go on. 

Chubby Checker/”The Twist”  Let’s do it….you know you want to. 

Will Smith/”Gettin Jiggy Wit it.”   Because in this one-of-a-kind Philly music life…it’s essential to get jiggy as much as possible. Thank you, Mr.Smith. 

Pink/”Get the Party Started”  Although she may reign from Doylestown, there’s no denying that Ms. Alicia Moore–aka…the fabulous, Pink, has that Philly swagger down to a legendary slay. 

Phyllis Hyman/”Living All Alone” Dear, sweet Ms. Hyman…may you forever rest in peace and may you always destroy our existences with that voice….oh, that voice…listen. 

Teddy Pendergrass/”Love T.K.O.”   No talking here, just lots and lots of sweet love makin’ to this classic bedroom fire..and anything and everything Mr. Pendergrass served while he was here blessing us with his astounding local music presence. 

The Roots/Erykah Badu/”You Got Me”  This classic anthem from ’99, though….f@#king priceless. Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to some of these Philly grooves…this is indeed one of them. 

Marian Hill/”Got it”  See, there’s this thing about this sax-y local music duo…as they conceived got a standout sound that’s truly in a Philly music class of its very own…listen up and get down. 

 The Trammps/”Disco Inferno”  “Burn, baby, burn.” No further statements…because we’re ALL on the floor when it comes to turning up this local disco fire. 

Eve/Alicia Keys/”Gangsta Lovin” Go on, Ms. E-V-E. And thank you for bringing A. Keys with you on this head bobbin’ Philly flavored banger to rock us one more time upon every Irv Gotti produced bounce. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Parents Just Don’t Understand”   They really don’t, brah. 

McFadden & Whitehead/’Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”  What does Philly and the groove of this rhythm have in common? They’re both certainly unstoppable. Let’s dance. 

For much, much more with these artists and a buffet of other certified Philly music royalty including G. Love & Special Sauce, Diplo, Meek Mill, The Stylistics, Melody Gardot, Cassidy, Delfonics, Jim Croce, Charlie Biddle, Music Soulchild, The Dead Milkmen, and many, many more,  dive into this Philly, Philly certified playlist below…..

…..and may you forever get lost in all and every walk of local and legendary music life. 

Here’s a few more….

Diplo/Dua Lipa/Silk City/”Electricity” 

Boyz 11 Men/”On Bended Knee”

Jim Croce/”Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” 

Patti LaBelle/”If You Asked Me To” 

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly.

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15 More Must Have Grooves For Your Summer 2018 Playlists

Now that we’re in the very heart (and heat!!) of summer, you should waste no time in maximizing those sun-kissed playlists as much as possible. 

With that being said, take a lil’ break from perfecting the “In My Feeling” choreo (you too, Mom) and let the latest and greatest grooves from Ariana Grande (yas), Matvey Emerson, Husky, Bebe Rexha, Childish Gambino, Duke Dumont and J Balvin get all sorts of in as we ride along into the end of July. 

Plus, Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ record is turning 10 next month, and there’s truly no better time to get the party started other than 

Lady Gaga/”Eh, Eh(Nothing Else I Can Say)”/Random Soul Remix   Kicking things off with a Gaga throwback, Mother Monster’s debut opus, The Fame, is turning 10 next month, so what better time to celebrate it all other than right now with this ultra sun-kissed remix that’ll hit you in all of the right G spots. And yes, we’ll get to the meat dress a (nasty!) touch later, but for now, um, just dance to this rainbow-worthy remix and everything else on this playlist. 

J Balvin/Willy William/’Mi Gente”      Because 10, 000 times is never enough….

Ariana Grande/”God is a Woman”   Indeed, Ari, indeed…and this video, tho…just watch. 

Duke Dumont/Ebenezer/”Inhale”     We’re going straight to the disco with this one, kids. 

Bebe Rexha/Quavo/”2 Souls on Fire”    This year’s summer fling/breakup anthem is right here…light it up. 

Childish Gambino/”Summertime Magic”   Groove on, Mr. Gambino, groove the f#$k on. 

Just Us/Wolves by Night/”Flirtatious”(James Hype Remix)   Deeply delicious. 

Drake/Michael Jackson/Don’t Matter to Me”    It’s just that summer groove. 

Chez Moon/”Close to Me”(Swanrick Remix)     Those hot-and-steamy summer nights, tho….the best. 

Goodluck/”Saved by the Summer”   No explanation needed…

Nicki Minaj/Ariana Grande/”Bed”     Nicki and Ari done did it again…..

Matvey Emerson/”Better Days”    Hey, summer, we feel you all up in this bold banger. 

Husky/”Promise Me”   …and another one….

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”/Todd Terry Rewerk    Because it’s simply just not summer without this fiery refiring of Ms. Lovato’s now classic summer anthem. Happy dancing!! 

Cover photo courtesy of Pinterest 




2018 Summer Music Tea

Dear Betty Who, Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, Xtina(!!), Nicki Minaj, Drake, Florence + The Machine, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Years & Years, Bebe Rexha and The Carters…..thank for making all of our summer music dreams come true this year. 

Happy streaming! 

Betty Who/Betty (pt. 1)  What’s short, sweet and will hit you in the right music spots all over? That would be part one of sauce-y Australian songstress Betty Who‘s one named music adventure. Showcasing five tracks, with each one pairing up Ms. Betty’s trademark sass on top of some truly feisty ’80s inspire rhythms and beats (see…”Ignore Me,” “Just Thought You Should Know”), all of which are guaranteed to make your summer fling just a tad bit more special. Get lost in Betty below. 

Panic! At the Disco/Pray for the Wicked  After taking some time away from the band to own the role of entrepeneur Charlie King in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, lead Panic! member Brendon Urie has certainly incorporated his recent stage sass into the group’s sixth studio set. From the humbling “Look Ma, I Made it,” to the stumbling “One of the Drunks” to the charismatic, “Old Fashioned,” these fine tuned gentlemen have shown no signs of aging–or slowing down–over their now decade (!!) long career. Listen up. 

The Carters/Everything is Love Is everything love for Bey and Jay these days? It certainly sounds like it thanks to the dynamic pairing’s latest romp. The fiery set can not only be labeled as the album of the summer, but of the year, and it’s also the perfect companion to the duo’s On the Run 2  Tour, which is about to slay Lincoln Financial Field on July 30th. While tracks, “Apeshit,” “713” and “Friends” are perfect for cruisin’ with the windows down, it’s opener “Summer” that’ll make your neck bob without even tryin’…and that’s the best part of it all. 

Xtina/Liberation  Yes, the voice is back. Wait, wrong choice of words? However, will Mizz Aguilera’s sixth studio set propel her back to her superstar “Genie in a Bottle” days? Most likely not. But, it’s all worth a listen to here because the “Beautiful” diva still knows how to make an album that’ll demand your attention. Whether it’s the empowering (and a little bit ear drum shattering) “Sick of Sittin” or the Demi Lovato co-starring, “Fall In Line,” the slinky “Right Moves” and “Like I Do,” or the most confusing, “Pipe” and/or Accelerate,” it’s all part of the wild ride that’ll forever be named…Xtina. Welcome back, bitch…..and we can’t wait to see you on tour with this one.  

Bebe Rexha/Expectations If you think you’ve been hearing the name Bebe Rexha for quite some time now…you most certainly have. Besides earning her keep as a songwriter for the likes of Rihanna, Selena Gomez and many, many more, the eclectic young diva also co-starred with Florida Georgia Line on the Billboard number one single, “Meant to Be,” which is still owning the charts as we kick off summer. Now, Ms. Rexha is striking out on her own on her fiery debut set, which contains all of the music heat you could ever want in your headphones right now. A few ignited examples would be the revved up opener, “Ferrari,” the summer ready, “Lose Control,” and the Quevo co-starring “2 Souls on Fire,” which you must now play on blast from now until Labor Day starting right…now. Yeah, it’s all that good. Thank you, Ms. Rexha. 

Drake/Scorpion  He’s back. Who’s ready? Judging by the way “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What” have destroyed the Billboard charts…it’s safe to say….everyone. Let’s get ready to dance those Dreezy moves all summer long like everybody’s watching. June 29th 

Florence and the Machine/High as Hope It’s lovely to hear you and your band mates destroying our worlds again, Ms. Welch. Is there really anything else to say here? June 29th 

Years & Years/Palo Santo For their much-anticipated sophomore set, this British pop trio has wasted no time in giving us the goods thanks to the three singles released–“Sanctify,” “If You’re Over Me” and the title track-ahead of the album’s official release next month. But perhaps the main reason you might want to grab this album is because the English Breakfast tea sipping boys teamed up with legendary producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), so you know the Y&Y good times are guaranteed to just keep rolling all summer long until the band hits the road this fall. Get ready. July 6th 

Nicki Minaj/Queen With a buffet singles already under her tricycle–“Rich Sex,” “Chun-Li,” “Barbie Tingz” and the glorious, “Bed” (hey, Ari!)–, Ms. Minaj has already given us plenty to feast on from her much-anticipated fourth studio set. So, why the recent delay from June 15th to August 10th, gurl? While the world may never know, we’re just more than f@#king ready for the Young Money spitstress’ first set in four years. And remember, at the end of the day, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the spotlight and of course, plenty of room in the summer music headphones for Nicki’s–and everybody else’s–latest studio adventure…and that it will certainly be. Aug.10th 

Ariana Grande/Sweetener  From the life-changing “No Tears Left To Cry” to the Nicki co-starring “The Light is Coming” to the hot-to-headphones “Raindrops,:” and to the fact that she’s on everyone else’s tracks, too (see..Troye Sivan, Nicki..again), there’s no denying that our Ms. Grande will be the undisputed Kween of the Summer by the time her fourth studio set finally enters our ponytailed worlds in August. Throw in our little obsession with her and Pete Davidson and well, slay, Ari, slay.  Aug. 17th 

Troye Sivan/Bloom   If you don’t know the fabulous musical stylings of Mr. Sivan yet, you certainly will by the time summer is over. Already a young advocate for the LGBTQ community, the out-and-proud singer recently gave us life with the track and video for album single “My My My” (just ask Ellen), and recently he teamed up with the queen of the summer herself, Ms. Ariana Grande,” on “Dance To This,” which you must put on repeat right now. Then mark those calendars for the official release date of what’s sure to be one of the hottest albums of the summer…and of the year. Aug. 31st 

Meghan Trainor/Treat Myself  While we have no idea why Ms. Trainor is on Fox’s The Four (sigh…), what we do know is that we’ll forgive her if her upcoming third studio set hits the mark. And listening as to how her latest singles, “Let You Be Right” and “All the Ways” have a fresh, funky synth-ed up feel to them, it sounds like she could be all about that dance floor just in time for the end of summer, which of course is always the best place to be. Aug. 31st 



Also for your 2018 sun-kissed playlists…..

Leon Bridges/Good Thing(out now)………………..Charlie Puth/Voicenotes(out now)……..James Bay/Electric Light(out now)……..Dave Matthews Band/Come Tomorrow(out now)…………..Lily Allen/No Shame(out now)………Lykke Li/So Sad/So Sexy(out now)……..Marshmello/Joytime 11(out now)……………….Nine Inch Nails/Bad Witch(out now)…………….Dan + Shay/self-titled(out now)………….Gorillaz/The Now Now(June 29th)……..Rick Astley/Beautiful Life(July 20th)……….Jake Shears/self-titled(August 10th)…………happy streaming!