Weekend Update is a regular Vogue Anatomy music playlist series featuring the latest and greatest new tunes, handpicked by yours truly. From electronic to indie, soul to hip hop, I cover it all. Your weekends just got a whole lot better...
ODESZA - SAY MY NAME
Say My Name by ODESZA is electronic champagne. It does not feature Beyonce, but has all the wonderful qualities of the R&B hit with which it share's it's name. Celestial... magical... where to begin? Well, first things first, I love the choppy vocals at the beginning. Then there's the feature. Newbie singer Zyra's sweet vocals make this one of ODESZA's best songs yet. The lyrics are also completely relatable and humanizing- who hasn't had a neuroses-inducing crush?
TINASHE - LET'S PRETEND FEAT. A$AP ROCKY
Up-and-coming hip hop artist Tinashe channels Rihanna (think Take A Bow-era) in Let's Pretend. The song is soft and sweet, with the perfect A$AP Rocky feature to prevent things from getting too sugar-y. This song solidifies Tinashe's future as a hip hop/R&B artist with the ability to crossover into pop music. I think we'll definitely be seeing more of her on the Top 40 charts this year.
PANEMA - STAY FOREVER
The cover art for Panama's Stay Forever is a perfect representation of the calm, atmospheric mood that infiltrates the song. I'm getting major M83 vibes from this one- the breathy vocals, the cinematic synths.
TENNIS - I'M CALLIN'
Tennis has perfected the art of melodic, upbeat pop-indie music. Their previous releases have been nautical, nostalgic and romantic, and I'm Callin' maintains these qualities but with an added sonic facelift. The track sounds a little deeper, a little edgier and a little more layered than what we're used to hearing from the duo.
WAFIA - LET ME LOVE YOU
2000s hit Let Me Love You by Mario gets made over by WAFIA, a soulful crooner with a lightweight, airy voice. It's cool hearing a female take on the by-the-books R&B jam. WAFIA's version is more modern, and definitely follows the electronic direction that music seems to be headed in these days.
MAPEI - BELIEVE
Believe is the perfect song to follow up Maipei's break-out single, Don't Wait. I can totally picture this song featured on an early episode of Gossip Girl or something. It's got that sound that's not quite categorizable, but undeniably appealing. The beat is hip hop-y, the guitar track is rock & roll, and the vocal... pure pop! Add some incredibly inspirational and uplifting lyrics, and I can't help but wonder, what more could ya want?