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Acentric Magazine’s “Staff Picks of the Week” (Vol. 15)

On Volume 15 of Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks of the Week, we cover everything from the latest upbeat pop songs to a toned-down, soulful, singer-songwriter piece. This acentric playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. We hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.

This week’s playlist covers everything from the most recent Justin Timberlake track to a cover of a familiar song from the hit movie Grease.


“If You Were Looking” by Chris Rasmussen
A friend of mine released this album last week as a result of a year-long project. He put together a little house party to celebrate and I can promise you this song sounds just as amazing live as it does recorded. Objectively speaking, this album is one of the best I’ve heard so far this year. The song “If You Were Looking” is one of my favorites from the entire record. Chris showcases such strong artistry in this production. The simplicity of his instrumentals are soothing, the contemplative lyrics are inviting and his crooning voice wields power to capture and demand the attention this song deserves. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)

“You’re the One That I Want” by Angus and Julia Stone
Among those who love indie covers, this one is a little old, but I definitely encourage you to discover this song if all you’ve ever heard is the high-pep original version from Grease. Angus and Julia Stone take the classic into a slower, deeper place that makes “I got chills, they’re multiplying” even sexier than John Travolta made it. Yeah, I said it. (Melanie Kim, Lifestyle Photo Editor)

“Heaven” by Amber Run
This is easily my favorite song. It is one of the few things that I can honestly say touches my soul. It is such a fun tune and the music video is pretty cool too. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do. (Carly Evans, Copy Editor)

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
Okay, so it’s a little cutesy and cheesy but I love anything this man does. I’ve been vibing to this song all week and it hasn’t failed to get me moving yet. Keep it coming, JT! (Dayna Drum, Managing Editor)

“Soundcheck” by Catfish & The Bottlemen
Catfish & The Bottlemen is one of my favorite bands, and I’m totally vibing on the new music they’ve been releasing recently. “Soundcheck” is such a great song sonically and lyrically. But it’s also just the epitome of a great modern rock song, and if you’re looking for something to jam to non-stop, I highly suggest listening to this song and the other new material Catfish & The Bottlemen has released recently! (Gina Scarpino, Photographer)

“Run” by BTS
BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, is a Korean hip-hop boy band dominating the charts both in Korea and internationally. In the song, BTS sings about the pain love brings and yet they seem unable to stop loving. BTS is my all time favorite band,and I’m so excited to share one of their best songs with you! (Catherine Streng, Writer)

“YOUTH (Griffin Remix)” by Troye Sivan
Troye’s album (released back in December 2015) is catchy, upbeat, and soulful. This remix of one of his most popular tracks from the record is a perfect addition to spring playlists for all. It’s impossible not to dance to this song! It’s carefree and fun while still maintaining the original sound and Troye’s musical vision. Be sure to check it out along with the rest of his music if you haven’t already! (Erin Wilson, Social Media Coordinator)

“Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” by Chromeo

Much better than that other song called Jealous. Funky. Fun. Canadian. Get with it. (Shannon Dodson, Writer)

“REALiTi” by Grimes
I’ve always heard about Grimes and knew a couple of her songs but after seeing her live for the first time at Sweetlife last weekend, I instantly wanted to hear more of her music. I love great pop music, and she delivers. She also has this weird alternative edge that I love (I really want to see her collab with Santigold some day).“REALiTi” is one of my favorites from her; it’s crazy catchy and an attractive song. Zone out and enjoy! (Krystina Gabrielle, Photographer)

“Unforgivable” by This Century

Unforgivable is off of This Century’s last album before they broke up last summer, and overall this album is more “mature” than their previous record, Biography of Heartbreak. This song in particular is still my favorite because of the deep lyrics, and Joel is basically saying in the song, I won’t deal with any more of your complications and to keep walking out on me. Even though This Century broke up, I still listen to all their music all the time and you should too. (Samantha Toy, Photographer)

“Chainsaw” by Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas was my first ever celebrity crush, I had a poster of him on my ceiling so he was the first thing I saw waking up. That was back when he was in Jonas Brothers, then Nick Jonas and the Administration, and now just Nick Jonas. His new music is amazing and based off what I’m hearing now, his album is going to be something even better. I chose Chainsaw specifically because it was released not too long ago and it’s rare that I immediately hear a song and fall in love with it. The lyrics are easy yet just take you to this place that is hard to get out of. Also, peep the video, really good as well! (Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)

“Impression of You” by Giraffage & Viceroy

Giraffage, Giraffage, Giraffage. From his Twitter account to the music he produces, its hard not to love the guy. Impression of You, released in 2015, is a song I consistently go back to whether I’m happy, upset, wanting to relax — it overall gives me a sense of peace. So shout out to you Charlie and I can’t wait to see you in San Francisco this July! (Martin Fredrick, PR Manager)

“Vagabonds (Tyde Remix)” by Grizfolk
Anyone that knows me knows that I tend to get emotional about Grizfolk. I’ve seen them in concert three times and they never cease to amaze. They released a remix of their single Troublemaker a while ago, done by their tourmate Max Frost. And last week, they released a whole EP of the more fun remixes of some of the best songs off their debut album. The Tyde remix of Vagabonds is great, and turns the more chill songs on the record into a synthy, groove-worthy track. (Briana McDonald, Writer)

 

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