By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator
Happy Monday, 6/8 Music followers! To those who are new here, or those who need a refresher, Mood Ring Music is 6/8 Music’s weekly new music feature wherein I, Amy Hanna, local chromosthete, select new songs from the past week and assign them a color and a mood based upon my color perceptions of the song upon first listen. This week’s selections all have a unified mood of confidence; however, the songs themselves represent widely different colors and hues.
Here are four of this week’s best songs, and their varied shades of confidence
Once upon a time, emo and hip hop lived together in perfect harmony. Panic! at the Disco collaborated on stage with Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne and Fall Out Boy worked in tandem, and Jay-Z name-checked the legendary Black Parade album from My Chemical Romance. For so many millennial music fans, these are the genres that built us. In this music we found our empathy and let out our many, many feelings. With Princess Nokia‘s brand new, unannounced mixtape, A Girl Cried Red, these once-intertwined world find each other again. The lead single “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” is unapologetically dramatic, melodically simple and achingly honest. We hear Princess Nokia’s pop-punk vocal attack over a pulsing, hazy trap beat. The closest we’ve gotten to an emo rap revival this bold materialized with Lil Uzi Vert’s breakout smash, “XO TOUR Llif3”, but Princess Nokia’s take feels even more genuine, and an even more potent combination of both styles.
Princess Nokia’s “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” is red for confident.
Sofi Tukker are a New York duo redefining New York sound–and hopefully New York catches on. Their brand new album Treehouse fills the void for completely unapologetic electronic music with the kind of pop sensibilities that dance floors crave. Of all the absolute bangers on this album, the most memorable is “Batshit”, which truly is an apt enough description of the song on its own. Minimal vocals, repetitive as all hell, with a beat so undeniable you have to get up and dance on the spot. Sofi Tukker have made the perfect summer party album with Treehouse, and have an absolute anthem on their hands with “Batshit”, and I for one couldn’t be happier.
Sofi Tukker’ “Batshit” is electric pink for confident.
Speaking of pop duos making undeniable pop tunes, Confidence Man is one of the best out right now. Their latest release, Confident Music for Confident People, is full to the brim of sparkly, vibrant, kitschy tunes that are as smart as they are catchy. “Don’t You Know I’m In a Band” brings glitchy glam and sonic variance to the table for an undeniable dance bop. The corresponding music video is just as saturated, danceable, and clever as the song itself, and adds even more to the experience. From sonics to visuals, Confidence Man is truly multidimensional; what could be better?
Confidence Man’s “Don’t You Know I’m In a Band” is yellow for confident.
Janelle Monae is the queen of confident tracks right now. Her highly anticipated upcoming album, Dirty Computer, is all about embracing difference, anything that the outside sees as “dirty”, and celebrating each molecule of yourself. “I Like That” is easily the most vulnerable of her new releases, as we hear Monae lay out all her insecurities. Even still, revelatory lyrics end with a simple, uplifting mantra: “I like that, though.” Glittery and soft, gentle and embracing, honest but unapologetic–Janelle Monae loves herself, and is encouraging all her listeners to do the same.
Janelle Monae’s “I Like That” is burgundy for confident.
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