Cord Arts presents: Back to school playlist

(Graphic by Lena Yang)
(Graphic by Lena Yang)

USS – “This is the Best”
In 2013, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) released “This is the Best” as their first single for their upcoming full length album titled Advanced Basics.
The song is indie electronic with surges of both synth and rock accompanied by lyrics eluding to letting go or, to some, an addiction. USS has made another hit with their unique relaxed meets rave sound.

Said The Whale – “I Love You”
This Juno-winning Canadian band has an upbeat alternative pop sound and the 2013 single “I Love You” is a fantastic precursor to their imminent album, hawaiii.
The hook is captivating, the harmonies are fun and, lyrically, it’s a simple, feel-good song.
If you get a chance, check out their karaoke version online—now that’s a party.

Mother Mother – “Infinitesimal”
Mother Mother’s track “Infinitesimal” is found on their indie-rock album, The Sticks.
Released in 2012, this song thrives on vocal harmonies and is given life through power ballads saturated with a pop dynamism. The message, we are merely infinitesimal beings, is brilliant and inspires a strange sense of tranquility.

Lorde – “The Love Club”
Lorde, a 16-year-old New Zealand artist, emerged into the music scene with EP The Love Club in March 2013.         “The Love Club” has been shadowed by her massive hit “Royals,” but if you enjoy a coming of age track with nostalgic undertones this track is definitely worth listening to.

—Compiled by Cara Peticca

Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
For those who aren’t exactly ready to give up summer, this is the perfect track for you.
Easily one of the summer’s biggest hits, this song will transport you right back to drinking on docks and tanning outside.
If you’re sick of “Get Lucky,” check out their other track “Doing it Right” for some more mellow beats from the French duo.

Kanye West – “New Slaves”
Just the opening of this track alone will be enough to get you excited for anything. “New Slaves” is a track you use to get amped up and/or angry and/or rage.
“New Slaves” is perfect for essay time when you’ve become frustrated beyond belief and you just need someone to understand your blinding rage.

TLC – “No Scrubs”
I dare you to find one person who does not love this song. Whether you’re going through a break-up, stressed with your work load or just enjoying a night out with your friends, there is always a time to say no to scrubs.

—Compiled by Cristina Almudevar

“Started From The Bottom” – Drake
Easily one of the biggest singles to drop this year, Drake has done it again.
Aside from starting a massive wave of remixes and features after it’s release, the chorus has even become a popular catch phrase for anyone moving up in the world, including students starting university.

“Memories” – David Guetta Ft. Kid Cudi
After an amazing O-Week, students are now starting to return to a regular schedule of sleep and studying, but not without the priceless memories shared together this week.         David Guetta & Kid Cudi team up to deliver a heart pumping track perfect for any ‘memory creating’ activity.

“Stay” – J. Cole
Smooth saxophone and passionate lyrics will help push J. Cole’s “Stay” into your heart and back to school playlist.
He touches on many of the concepts that students and young adults are now starting to encounter such as; leaving your hometown, relationships, life skills, and the future.         With at least one line that anyone     can relate to, this track is a must.

—Compiled by  TJ Mroz

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