06 July 2015

Summer Jam Week 9: C Us Again!

Happy America, everybody. On this most auspicious of Independence Days we have a spectacular list for you to dig into. There's a bit of everything this week, some really exciting gainers and other random shitty acts that we get every week. The Top Spot is also completely up for grabs at this point, with someone I had counted out surging back in the lead. Join us, won't you?

Hot Jam of the Week: "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend



I was actually mildly shocked when I heard that this was Meghan Trainor elegantly cooing this romance tune instead of belting out do-wop. John Legend adds his usually reliable voice, but this is remarkably mature for Trainor. Expect a video shortly and after that, this song to played at every wedding in Summer 2015. It's downright adorable.

Official Dance Jam of Summer 2015: "Watch Me" by Silentó

This jam finally dropped a video to accompany all the fan-made shit over the past few months, and in a cool move, they added a lot of those fan efforts to this great video. Well, great may be stretching it, but it's certainly fun, and if you haven't been Nae Naeing in your car every time this jam has come on the past few weeks, there's something wrong with you. Super addictive, catchy, and awesome, I think Silentó could have a great July.

Ra Ra Ra! "Cheerleader" by OMI

Clearly one of the biggest gainers this week, there isn't really a fresher song than "Cheerleader" going on right now. It's another really fun song with a bit of faux-reggae for good measure. It's actually got some cute pop progressions to its melody, a kind of weird lyrical subject and really soothing vocal work contrasted with an upbeat rhythm. Its....the...perfect...SUMMER JAM!

More Reggae...Electronic Reggae: "Lean On" by Major Lazer

"Lean On" has certainly been on the scene for a while, but this jam is finally bringing Diplo's Major Lazer project/character/persona/cartoon star to the limelight. "Lean On" is probably be best jam off of Peace is the Mission and I'm pumped that it's gaining traction.  I do love how "blow a kiss/fire a gun" basically sums up all of human history and how this song builds and crescendos upon its intimately intricate beat. This song was suddenly everywhere this week, so BAM here it be.

Smoke Smoke Smoke Me Broke: "Talking Body" by Tove Lo

I had discounted this jam for a bit, but it definitely came back in a big way this week. Tove Lo's run at Summer Jam Queendom apparently is far from over, which is great, because I love nearly every line in this song, which also makes for great titles and jokes in my recap list. Day drink into the night is a great Fourth of July philosophy, even if this track is meant to be somewhat ironic, or at the least melancholy.

Naughty Hemoglobin: "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

I just can't pretend that this is the powerhouse it should be anymore. Sure, it'll have a spot on this list for a while and it's getting better the more times I hear it, but it's far from being as ubiquitous as many of the other likely contenders this summer. I still dig the cameos, and as all those other ladies get more and more famous, this video is going to grow in notoriety. What a good investment, Tay Sway!

Zip It and Boogie: "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

I've doubted this song forever, but I think it's time that I shut up and dance about. I was getting sort of sick of it, but it's clear that everyone else still loves it. Or at least radio stations and DJs do. It is an infectious Jam, that wears its fun on its sleeve and can easily be one of those generational anthems, even though it's totally 80s. Wait, recycling 80s themes IS this generation's mantra...PERFECT SUMMER JAM.

Hello Again: "C U Again" by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

What can I say? Unlike Paul Walker, this song just won't die. Too soon? After really thinking this was out, I heard it everywhere this week. It's really not fair to have both a huge movie and a huge song. This is like "Let It Go" but actually radio-able. It's mind blowing. Seriously, it has like 605 million YouTube views as of Independence Day 2015! There's no doubting that this is one of the biggest tracks of the year, and much of that is this Summer, which is still going strong. PERFECT...nevermind.

Next week...

So, I definitely left out a couple this week. It was tough letting "Hey Mama" go, but I think it just faltered more than other this week. I was also close to posting "Post to Be" after the realization that "You gotta eat the booty like groceries" has slowly become THE lyric of Summer 2015. So, just enjoy that.

What do you think? What were you listening to this weekend as you watched parts of this country explode in celebration of our birthday?

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