Rhêtorik: What Are You Listening To?
Rhêtorik, more commonly featured as Logic’s DJ, has been releasing music on his own and it’s easy to hear how multi-dimensional each track from its varying influences. “Caged Up” is equal parts Tame Impala and Juice WRLD and creates an exciting standard for what is in store.
“Mumbo Jumbo,” Tierra Whack
I haven’t been listening to much new music lately, but I LOVE the video for this song. There are no real words, but it still conveyed a message. I love it because I feel it’s all for the art. It feels so good when you can tell someone REALLY cares.
“Black Smoke Rising,” Greta Van Fleet
My favorite band is Led Zeppelin, so to hear a new take on that old rock and roll sound is both nostalgic and inspirational at the same time. I LOVE THESE GUYS, and can’t wait to see where they go.
“Sound of Settling,” Death Cab for Cutie
Anything Ben Gibbard. This is just what I’ve been listening to the most recently. I used to sing Death Cab songs to every girl I ever dated in high school. I don’t think they ever caught on.
“Bennie & The Jets,” Elton John
My mom’s favorite musician of all time, and part of the reason I think I’m so drawn to arena-style sounding music. Between her and my dad’s musical choices, I pretty much grew up a musical ’80s baby in a ’90s baby body.
“Mad World,” Tears for Fears
I once went 48 straight hours listening to just this song. I love sad songs hidden behind an upbeat instrumental. To me, this song personifies emotion struggle covered by a smile.
“Lucid Dreams,” Juice WRLD
A la Tears for Fears, this is another one of those sad songs carried by an upbeat instrumental.
“Man On The Moon,” Kid Cudi
GAME CHANGER for me in high school. I had never heard anything like it before, in the BEST WAY. This song always inspires me to stick to the path that’s true to myself, tell my story, and make what I like – even if it’s the path less traveled.
“The Less I Know The Better,” Tame Impala
HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THIS BASSLINE?! No, but seriously, the whole Currents album was an immediate classic for me. Huge psychedelic rock fan, and Kevin Parker is my modern day fix.
“5446 That’s My Number/Ball & Chain,” Sublime
Sublime’s a top 5 band for me, and they constantly stay in rotation. I can 100% contribute my love of using brass in my beats to them. They were also my gateway drug to reggae, ska and punk as a kid. Legends.
“Abraka,” The Funkees
1970s afrobeat meets psychedelic rock – a match made in heaven for me. Every single summer, these guys get put on repeat.
“Time To Pretend,” MGMT
I guess we can tell a theme by now – I REALLY enjoy unconventional pop. I love hearing experimental songs that still have that pop familiarity. MGMT was a game changer for me in high school and stays in rotation whenever I need a confidence booster in my experimentation and genre bending.
“Self Control,” Frank Ocean
I’m a huge Frank Ocean fan, and could have filled this list with his whole discography, so I will exercise self control, and pick “Self Control” for this list. I first heard this album when I was in Rome on vacation after tour, and every song on it brings me immediately back.
“Toxicity,” System of a Down
The first SOAD song a ever heard, and I was immediately hooked by the DEPTH and the secret track. I burnt a hole in my Toxicity, Hypnotize & Mezmerize CDs as a kid doing yard work. They are a top 5 band for me personally.
“Jesus Christ,” Brand New
My first concert was Brand New as a kid, and Jesus Christ was the standout record to me. As you can tell by this list – I’ve been on a nostalgic listening tip lately, and this one really caps it off.
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