Despite the fact that this playlist of the week is named after Halsey’s recent release “Bad At Love” off her hit album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, there is a lot of truth to the title.
A lot of of us feel that we just are not in the right mind set, or perhaps we don’t feel like we know ourselves well enough to enter love. AND THAT’S FINE. Love is a whirling mess for most, and it’s tough. But when you do find the one, it’s the most incredible thing ever, the most important, because it’s the thing that pushes you forward and gives you passion and gives you reason. Until you find that one though, you’re going to need some music that helps you get through the confusion, whether a happy tune or a melancholy one, it’s ok to not be ok, and it’s ok to keep waiting and figuring it all out, because in the end, the most important love is the one for yourself. Sorry for the corny message today, but Halsey’s new single “Bad At Love” was just such a great track, and it really hit a chord that I think so many can understand and feel connected to.
So this playlist is to the lovers out there who have a lot of love to give, but have nowhere to put it for now. Music heals the best anyways. So enjoy this compilation of music from Halsey to Hermitude to Axel Mansoor to SZA, Paramore, Dagny, Cashmere Cat, Blackbear, Jon Bellion, and many more!
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In The Chainsmokers’ sensational single that released today, “Closer,” featuring the pop queen phenomenon Halsey, we are given hope in finding love. The Chainsmokers, consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, got their start in the music production world back in 2010 with their hit “#SELFIE,” and since then have taken the EDM world by storm. It is actually incredible how quickly these guys became members of the production and DJing big leagues, but we do not protest! What makes this powerful dance duo so memorable to listeners is their use of indie artists on their tracks, coupled with the complex and melodic instrumentals that they fabricate, thus making some of the best songs to soundtrack lives.
Back in 2015, they released their EP Bouquet, which carried the double-platinum track “Roses.” Now the two have traveled all over the world and have performed for countless festivals. Their single “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, also hit platinum and topped the Billboard Dance Charts!
Now, I can not contain my excitement when I see how incredibly well these two are making it in the industry. I had the chance to photograph the two artists last year at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Nikon Theater on Jones Beach, Long Island, NY, and they were an absolute pleasure to meet. Hilarious and optimistic, both guys were just grateful to be where they are, doing the thing that they love most, and that is making music.
In this colorful and vibrant track that they dropped today, the powerhouse crew (including the Badlands rebel chick Halsey) create what should be the next anthem of the summer. “Closer” is more than just dance-worthy and light-hearted, but it is nostalgic with fanned out lustrous tunes. It is noisy in the right way, it is empowering, and it is bittersweet. At the moment, this song has been played on repeat all day long for me. Together, both Halsey and Drew leave their mark on our hearts, our minds, and our impressions of summer. Their voices collide and combine with ease as they strike against the backdrop of mid-tempoed synth progressions. And of course, the riser and snares take care of the drops and keep your body swaying to the sound waves that continue to perpetually move you. This song will make you wish for an endless summer.
You can now watch the touching lyric video above, and let’s hope this song makes it to the No. 1 spot on the radio stations!
Vic Mensa took to the power of music to create what is an anthemic and passionate song to fight for gay rights and it’s AMAZING!
In the track that dropped on SoundCloud 17 hours ago and produced by Papi Beatz, we get a new flow to use our voices to make a stand with. In celebration of this weekend’s NYC Pride parade, Vic Mensa made his release for “Free Love,” a very politically charged contemporary R&B beat. It also includes the appearances of other star rappers and singers; it features Halsey, Malik Yusef, Lil B, and Le1f. These are some of music’s biggest LGBT supporters today!
With a simple guitar riff and a drum kick, the song commences and Vic Mensa goes into sing assertively:
“You can fuck who you want to fuck/ You can love who you want to love/ If you pride put your lighters up/ They can’t fight this flame we burning […] What ever happened to free love/ I wanna know, I wanna know.”
Before the release of the track though, Mensa took to Twitter to post an explanation for the creation of his song. He recalls when there was a time that he didn’t have the ability to fight for the LGBT community, because he never felt that personal connection to it. That was until one of his own family members came out earlier this year. Then he could not hold back and could finally see the struggles these people who can love just as much as anyone else can, if not more, deserve to be protected and fought for. Thus, a few weeks after he dropped his new project There’s Alot Going On, Mensa shared his emphatic collaboration “Free Love.” Even the cover art makes a statement with a man dressed noticeably in drag.
With that smooth, yet simple voice that delivers a consistent and contagious sound that you want to keep jamming to and many other talents, Mensa brings us a dynamic song to help free love in the most revolutionary form of self-expression. Music.
“Life Freedom has no expiration / Is it too late for the world, living in the 21st Century / We don’t need diamonds and pearls / Freedom is not a luxury.”
His vocal assistants then come in. Lil B, the BasedGod, raps in that ambitious and eccentric form that he is known for. Le1f, who runs the hip hop label Camp & Street, utilizes his low voice and rapid-fire flow to show his rage for the topic at hand. Yusef, the spoken word man himself, flows with the beat and drops his lines with ease. And of course the alternative pop songstress, Halsey slays her verse with her rock-esque rebel sound that she carries so confidently.
In every segment of the song, the progression adds a new sound to it, building up the hatred and pain in the song and making each verse unique to its respective artist.
The Chicago rapper who organized this track also wrote an open letter to accompany the song:
[I] didn’t really feel like it was my battle to fight. I didn’t know any gay people growing up […] and I just felt as if I should stand for things I know,” he wrote. “It wasn’t until a member of my own family revealed to me that they identified as queer this year that it really started to sink in with me […] I realize now that as a creature of love, the battles of people fighting to love are also mine. And I will stand with them. Will You?