MUSIC FRIDAY - CAN'T LEAVE THE NIGHT BY BADBADNOTGOOD
Can’t Leave the Night - BADBADNOTGOOD

Can't Leave The Night by BADBADNOTGOOD

The song for this Friday has no words - no seriously, it literally has no words. Can’t Leave the Night is an instrumental track by a jazz/hip hop fusion instrumental group named BADBADNOTGOOD, from their third record, III. And with an entire album filled with golden tracks, I decided to go with the one I play first when introducing the band to other people. 

For a group consisting of 20-something year olds, they have managed to collaborate with musicians that are very keen on their sound and aesthetic, as well as managing to maintain their own. The only reason I mention their age is from my lack of belief that a young/new artist like them is able to take on the complex and profound genre of jazz, keeping the essence alive while making it contemporary enough to reach the masses. 

The specialness of this particular song lies within the fact that it’s just a scratch on the surface of what this band is really capable of doing, since it is more of a hip-hop instrumental rather than jazz. I can talk about the record but I would much rather have you listen to it, then proceed to listen to every album they have ever released - and no, I’m not kidding again, they’re really that great.

Oh and to show where my mind is at with this band, I put together some of my favorite songs below.

And That, Too - IV Album

Speaking Gently - IV Album

Confessions, Pt. 2 (feat. Colin Stetson) - IV Album

Lavender (feat. Kaytranada) - IV Album

IV - IV Album

Cashmere - IV Album

Triangle - III Album

Kaleidoscope - III Album

Eyes Closed - III Album

Hedron - III Album

Since You Asked Kindly - III Album

Drowning - Mick Jenkins, The Healing Component

Lust - Kendrick Lamar, Damn

Rush - Kali Uchis, Por Vida

Weight Off - Kaytranada, 99.9%

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAY - GOLD BY IMAGINE DRAGONS
Imagine Dragons

Gold by Imagine Dragons

Being a day filled with a great deal of musical releases, the song for this Friday had to be something identifiable and loud to replace all the recycled sounds of today - so while looking through my playlist, I couldn’t help but pick Gold by Imagine Dragons.

Gold is full and detailed track that outshines the rest of the album, and brings in a clear perspective of the band’s direction. It was the last recorded song on Smoke + Mirrors and was concepted on a beach on the west coast. Throughout listening to this song, the last feeling you possibly could get from it is the fact that it was created on a beach but if you listen closely (I’m not joking) you can hear a wave crash during the break; right as the piano jabs in.The wave crash later turns into a foundation for a loud clap between the drum and is a very fortunate case of perfect timing.

The song has many interesting components but throughout the years of listening to it, what has had me hooked is the slashing sound towards the ending that could possibly either be screams or a guitar rip. That specific sound ties the whole song together; showing the real electrifying feeling the lyrics were developing throughout the track. With Imagine Dragons being a band with literary lyrics, powerful instrumentals, carrying the capabilities of distributing a tonic feel, this song was bound to be the masterpiece that it is.

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAY - bellyache BY BILLIE EILISH

bellyache by Billie Eilish

The pick for this Friday is “Bellyache” by Billie Eilish from her debut album, “don’t smile at me”, written alongside her brother.

The song is an acoustic track fused with electropop, with a lyric to vocal delivery paradox, packed with a catchy rawness. At only 16, Billie is already an elaborated artist with interesting songwriting skills, an effortless voice, a refined music taste. She is part of a new era of young artists that understand the fundamentals of their sound and aesthetic, and rather than making any changes to fit industry standards, dives into the realness of what makes them different, such as Lorde.

Even with “Bellyache” being such a catchy song she doesn’t break in to the generics of “pop” and with twisted lyrics and a sense of humor she advances far from something forgettable.  

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAY - HOUSE OF BALLOONS / GLASS TABLE GIRLS BY THE WEEKND

House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls by The Weeknd

This Wednesday marked the seventh year since the release of The Weeknd’s debut mixtape, House of Balloons and in celebration of how far he’s come and what a interesting release it was, the pick of this week had to be no other than the title track. 

Beginning with the sampling of Siouxie and The Banshees, it was understandable that the song and the rest of his release was derived from a very unique perspective. Bringing in unconventional samples that were mostly (and unfortunately) left in the 80s punk scene and 90s dream pop wave brought in an intangible experience when mixed with Weeknd’s R&B and Ethiopian inspired vocals. 

Everything about this song (and mixtape) was as clear as a brand identity could get. Between the shift of House of Balloons to Glass Table Girls, will all of its changes from vocals to speech and a beat thats slower, the song still managed to maintain in the same atmosphere without losing it’s wave like some kind of nocturnal alertness cloud. 

It might be slightly unlikely you might’ve not heard this song, but if you haven’t here it is. I would strongly suggest to listen to the entire mixtape, or the Trilogy to really understand the core of The Weeknd’s evolution. 

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAY - THE ONLY THING BY ZOLA BLOOD
Rich Roots - Zola Blood

The Only Thing by Zola Blood

Formed in London of 2013, Zola Blood’s first LP, Infinite Games (2017), was one of my rare moments of judging a record by it’s cover. Just like the Bob Moses record, choosing a song from this album was difficult, because vocally the band is very melodic, chilling, and a little bit saddening, instrumentally it is very minimalistic yet layered and soundly, and aesthetically it’s just too cool. 

Most times with electronic music, you either hear the “French DJ” types, the average UK house, or the “American Pop” but having it all blended together while mixing melancholic rock lyrics and a EuroVision-esque chorus they delivered the ultimate “head stuck” songs. 

With careful consideration of what the proper feeling for this Friday was, I decided to go with one of my favorites ‘The Only Thing’. 

P.S. they’re all my favorites. 

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAY - YES KULAM BY DORIANS

“Yes Kulam" by Dorians

My choice this Friday is a song called “Yes Kulam” by Armenian rock band, Dorians featuring cellist Artyom Manukyan - which I listen to very rarely but consider to be one of my favorites. The song identifies our old Armenian roots while maintaining the contemporary life force of the new world. It resonates exactly with Rich Roots and what the aesthetic of the brand is. 

The lyrics are in Western Armenian, which is the most endangered version of the language, with it’s own speakers losing fluency by adapting to the dialect of Eastern Armenian. (If you speak any form of the language you can catch on within 2 listens, but for Non-Armenian speakers, I have the translated lyrics below.) Even with difficult lyrics to understand, we still have instrumentals that see no language. The song blurs the lines of genre by fusing rock, Armenian folk, and a sub-genre I’d like to call indie-classical. This blend is something that is rarely created, especially in the Armenian music culture. 

LILIT

 

Lyrics

I'm silent, you're silent and the thoughts are silent

Give me your hand, give me your heart, the happiness is little

There is rain, there is snowflake, I won't forget you

Love will come and will remain with us

 

I will cry, will cry for you

How can I go, go without you

 

You are mild, I'll die for you in your clear eyes

Love will come, don't cry, believe me

There is rain, there is snowflake, I won't forget you

Love will come and will remain with us

 

I will cry, will cry for you

How can I go, go without you

 

I will cry, will cry for you

How can I go, go without you

MUSIC FRIDAY - BEST FRIEND BY SOFI TUKKER

Best Friend - Sofi Tukker

As we get closer to warmer weather, bigger ideas, and more reasons to celebrate, I wanted this weeks track to match the eclectic energy in the air. By the cool af Sofi Tukker, “Best Friend” matches just what we mean. 

Featuring NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno, this song brings in the Friday night unified feel of causing damage (“in a good way”) with your friends.

- Lilit 

MUSIC FRIDAY - FILTHY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

FILTHY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Since we wrapped up the first month of 2018 this week, I wanted this Friday’s track to be something more dramatic, extra, and soundly- and no, it’s not Bohemian Rhapsody (G.O.A.T)… it’s Filthy… by Justin Timberlake.

From the questionable lyrics, to instrumentation, up to the context-giving music video, “Filthy" was a dead giveaway to Man of the Woods being a sequel to FutureSex/LoveSounds. 

This song pretty much blares through the office speakers on a daily, and it’s been hard to avoid dropping everything and bopping (my papers are EVERYWHERE). And with the release of the new album and a performance at this year’s Half Time Show, I wanted to drag that same exciting energy to February. 

LILIT

MUSIC FRIDAYS - TALK BY BOB MOSES

BOB MOSES - TALK

This Friday we welcome you to the sound of nighttime city life; Bob Moses. From their earlier EPs to their debut album, Days Gone By, they have been able to capture one of the most prefect feels of downtempo. After listening to their album for the past 2 years, I constantly went back and forth to pick my favorite track, and it came to my realization that Tearing Me Apart was not only my most favorite song from the album but also of 2016, but as a plot twist I decided to go with my second favorite - Talk.

From the entrance of the world drums to the drum machine beat, the song fuses both worlds of traditional and contemporary (in the strangest way reminding me of a minimal version of Pools by Glass Animals) and as the song progresses with Tom’s vocals, it brings in another level of chill and ambience. Not listening to this song throughly would truly be a mistake, you really have to go through each beat and clap to enjoy the subtle strums of the guitars and the extended level of coolness in the bridge.

LILIT

Music Fridays - Dante's Creek by THEY

THEY - Dante's Creek

Starting a new tradition in our Rich Roots offices, our first song had to be something that captured the real special essence of Los Angeles. 

“Dante’s Creek” was the perfect choice that depicted both the subtle feel of melancholia and the ornate life-force in the streets of LA , which happens to be overshadowed by the idea of the “Green Juice and Yoga” lifestyle (which exists but it’s not that severe).

Using a sample of “I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole (opening theme song of Dawson’s Creek), Dante’s Creek was one of the lesser known tracks from the Timbaland approved album, Nü Religion: Hyena. As a new duo, THEY. has been able to bring a very diverse form of music that blends a mix of grunge and hip-hop, and we hope to hear more from them soon.

- Lilit