Staff Picks : June/July 2019

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Summer is flying by and it’s been a busy week of classes here at ZUMIX! This month we have a special double pick edition, take a look at the list of songs below and you just might find your new favorite song!

“Rylan” by The National

“There’s a line about getting some sun, that I think is a nice juxtaposition of optimism and melancholy.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Sacred Bird” by BKO

“I love the intensity of the sustained vocal lines.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Lost” by Chance the Rapper

“Chance just released his new album this month but he also just added Acid Rap to Spotify so I can’t stop listening to that. The whole thing is amazing of course, but “Lost” has been on repeat these days- it’s definitely on my summer soundtrack for 2019.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Slide Around” by Chance the Rapper

“I’m always happy to have new music by Chance, and this has quickly turned into my personal favorite from his new album!” – Nikala Pieroni, Pathways Coordinator

“Capacity” by Charly Bliss

“Ah, the catharsis of dancing around to catchy, percussion heavy synth-pop, while sing-screaming along to the lyrics: “I’m at capacity, I’m spilling out of me”” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“I’m someone who likes to give equal play to well, pretty much every song I’ve ever liked. But every once in a while, something really breaks through. After seeing Charly Bliss live, I’ve been completely hooked, especially on Capacity! Being “at capacity” is a very real feeling to so many of us, and sometimes hearing someone else sing about it makes you feel less alone.” – Nikala Pieroni, Pathways Coordinator

“Plant Blood” by Ras G feat. Kahil Sadiq

“In honor of Ras G’s untimely passing at age 39, here is one of my favorite tracks he released loosely on Soundcloud with his brother and music partner Kahil Sadiq, both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting and experiencing live. Ras was a pioneer of the Beat, a leader of the worldwide Beat movement, a cosmic guide, loving soul, and friend to many. Carrying the legacy of Sun Ra, his sounds called to the core of our deepest instinctual being. His beats shook spirits awake, unlocked wisdom in the archives of our DNA, and inspired awe at the interconnected web of the cosmos. Ras had already transcended the physical plane. He wasn’t attached to this world, but this world was attached to him. He will be missed, honored and cherished forever. RIP RAS G • AFRIKAN SPACE PROGAM FOREVER.” – Jake Gilman, Events Coordinator

“#41” by Dave Matthews Band

“This song embodies my nostalgia for being 19. I listened to it endlessly the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college when I was working at a theater on Martha’s Vineyard, having adventures, crammed into a house with friends, making art, neverending barbecues, going to the beach, experiencing love…all the beautiful things about growing into adulthood.” – Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Ready” by Noel Pancho

” ‘My blueprint is Willie Colón in his prime, no glory without pain, just more gas we use for the campaign’ This track is an incredible force of nature, tons of hope presented in less then 3 minutes. I feel like this is the vibe I’m overjoyed to hear coming out of Boston” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

“Don’t Let Me Go” by Cassie

“Cassie has always been underrated in my view. Her voice floats over relaxed vibes and shines in a way that is natural and authentic. I’m ecstatic to be hearing all the new music she’s been making.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

“Reborn” by Colin Stetson

“Filled with sounds that make you uncomfortably warm, it has a lot of imagery and it strikes fear but also curiosity. I think its beautiful piece that makes me think” – Rehanna, ZTC

“Time is Tight” by Booker T and the MGs

“I’ve listening to all kinds of things lately but just now came across this live version of “Time is Tight” by Booker T and the MGs —gave me a nice jolt of pleasure, fabulous dynamics” – Mr. Ed

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here!

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