The perfect way to combat your perpetually ice cold feet is to warm up your soul. And put on some aggressively fuzzy socks.
We can no longer pretend that it isn’t happening: autumn has woefully arrived and it’s time to wave goodbye to all of the warm summery vibes. But rejoice! Even though there is undoubtedly a nip in the air, we’ve created a playlist to keep you warm and groovy always.
This song is like getting hugged by all of your childhood memories while sitting in the sun eating soul food. While Noname is notorious for being featured alongside fellow rap-buddies like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and T-Pain, homegirl never fails to bring all of the tasty melodic lo-fi feels to brighten your day. Her goal, summed up in her own words during her NPR Tiny Desk Concert last spring, is to “heal the world with vulnerability.” Her song “Diddy Bop” is one of many lovely and melancholic hip hop songs off of her 2016 album Telefone which is guaranteed to make you feel instantly warmer.
Ravyn Lenae slays in the eternally groovy song “Free Room (feat. Appleby)”, which was first released on her latest album Moon Shoes and still delivers buckets of dope soul vibes to cure the all-too-common Tuesday Blues. Another soulful song off the same album is Blossom Dearie, which goes best with tea and/or hot chocolate.
I think we can all agree that Little Simz is killing it on the reg. Her song “Shotgun” is surprisingly on the spectrum of her softer grooves from her sturdy “grime rap” repertoire thus far. Her latest badass single release, “Backseat”, which she performed to perfection for a Berlin COLORS session just two weeks ago, hopefully harkens a new album coming at us very soon. In the meantime, kick back and enjoy the classics.
This bomb track from the illustrious Lion Babe is (probably) everything you need and more today. Her latest summer release, “Hit the Ceiling”, is much more than a magnetically melodic song to blast through your speakers on a Tuesday. Lion Babe pours her heart and soul into every track and each note is like a love letter for empowering women and all humans, really. Lion Babe is the perfect example of an artist who uses her platform constructively while churning out the grooviest creative material possible.
Last but not least, grab a listen to the smooth stylings of Ivy Sole, an up-and-comer from Charlotte, North Carolina who has clearly coined her own signature flow. Seemingly inspired by a classic-era vibe, she takes elements of early R&B and rap while infusing healthy levels of 21st century swag. The young rap goddess is making moves rapidly, churning out two full fire albums already this year to wide praise. Keep your eyes on this one for sure.