Venus Picks: Our Favorite Summer Sounds

Hey Everyone! How’s your summer going? I feel like there’s so much going on--for all of us. Join me in all of this new music I’ve been listening to lately.

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Kimbra - Primal Heart

I first fell in love with Kimbra when I saw the music video for Settle Down, but you may know her from Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know”. She’s incredibly captivating and I think she brings a certain intelligence and complexity to pop music, which is generally perceived as lacking depth. Her smooth vocals and range make any album an easy listen. I saw her at Day for Night and this woman jumped around and really hyped the crowd up. Primal Heart bares all and presents the story of someone emotionally raw and attempting to put the pieces together.

 

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Rico Nasty - Nasty

 

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Qveen Herby - EP 3

You might remember Amy Noonan from the pop duo Karmin, which included her husband/producer Nick Noonan, that took YouTube by storm. Amy, with great ease might I add, covered “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Karmin was soon signed on to EPIC and began cranking out infectious pop for the masses. Karmin split from Epic and launched her solo career as Qveen Herby. If you want to dance around in your booty shorts and feel like the queen you are, check this one out. Amy puts her rapping chops and voice that was made for R&B to the test.

 

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Gorillaz - The Now Now

 

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Nine inch Nails - Bad Witch

I started listening to NIN at the wee age of 9. It wasn’t until I was 20 that I got to see NIN at the Day for Night for festival. Bad Witch was originally designed to accompany the most recent EP releases, Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017). Instead, Bad Witch was released as NIN’s ninth and shortest album. I’ve been enjoying the journey and experimentation NIN has been doing with their most recent work. If you have never heard of Trent Reznor or NIN give this a listen, see what you think, get lost in some of the older music as well--I think there’s a little something for everyone.

 

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Florence + the Machine - High as Hope

 

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THE CARTERS - EVERYTHING IS LOVE

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Drake - Scorpion

I can’t really say that I’m a Drake “stan”. His music is overplayed and pretty mediocre to me. Perhaps there is great success with that? I’m still giving Scorpion some listening to and I’d love to know what you think about it, so comment below. I love “I’m Upset” (the video might be influencing this love.) The description for the album reads,

“I HATE WHEN DRAKE RAPS
DRAKE SINGS TOO MUCH
DRAKE IS A POP ARTIST
DRAKE DOESN'T EVEN WRITE HIS OWN SONGS
DRAKE TOOK AN L
DRAKE DIDN’T START FROM THE BOTTOM
DRAKE IS FINISHED
I LIKE DRAKE’S OLDER STUFF
DRAKE MAKES MUSIC FOR GIRLS
DRAKE THINKS HE’S JAMAICAN
DRAKE IS AN ACTOR
DRAKE CHANGED
ANYBODY ELSE > DRAKE…
YEAH YEAH WE KNOW”

In this album Drake addresses the hate, his fast burning flame with Rihanna, but most importantly being a new father--a single father.
 

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Set/Display - The Reckoning

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Luna Avanue - Angles