BENEE, or as I like to call her, the one positive outbreak of 2020, is off the chaaaaaaaaarts. One killer after the next. Today’s wonderful Friday the 13th brought us her latest album “Hey u x”.
BENEE has been kicking major a$$ the last couple years, and if the name sounds slightly familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her pop up on all your favorite playlists. ALL of them.
This album breathes life into me today, as it starts off strong with “Happen To Me” – a track that validates all the new and strange anxieties that have creeped into my life, and possibly yours. I never considered myself to be someone who suffered from anxiety, but all bets are off currently. She covers death and the final thoughts that come with the end of life, but the song is so far reaching – who can honestly say they haven’t let their worries and concerns about the future get ahead of themselves in the past few months? Sometimes I go weeks without sleeping and eating without even realizing it. We’ve all got something on our minds lately, and when the world seems like it’s crumbling without control, it’s hard to manage the daily stressors.
“I think about these things too much / my mind likes to wind itself up
And I don’t get a lot of sleep/ cus what if they happen to me”
Another stand out track is Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton – because need I say more? It starts off with lyrics “I know I fucked up, I’m just a loser” and I was pretty confused at first. I didn’t remember writing a dope song about myself with dear Gus…..
“I’m a sad girl, in this big world, it’s a mad world”
…………………………same. * initiate emo kid seaweed arms *
Before leaving you with the final album, one last highlight – “Plain ft. Lily Allen & Flo Milli”. So many dope m’fers on this album. How do I get invited in to this cool club?
Okay thanks for chilling with today’s word spittle, here’s the full album.
Holllaaaaaa here’s some new songs for you thread your halloween costume together to. You can follow along on the Indie Pong Weekly Playlist which is HITTING this week, so be sure to check it out and blast that like button.
‘Dawntown’ – Godford
Love this whole album, lots of fun little name games going on. They have a version of this song called ‘Downtown’ that is slowed down and is also pretty tight. I like this one better though. Some other highlights were Better Place sporting some Can’t Do Without You vibes and Non Binary Place which is a sample of their own song ‘Better Place’. Love it.
‘Frontin’ Like Pharrell’ – DijahSB
This is not our first forray into Toronto-based DijahSB territory and it comes as no surprise that this song and entire album are entirely repeatable and completely undeniable. Really enjoyed.
‘SUPERNOVAS’ – K-OS
Canadian rapper K-OS (pronounced chaos) goes off on this house-infused dance banger produced by MSTRKRFT.
‘Shellys (It’s Chill) – Blimes and Gab
I’m just gonna keep it 100% real with you- this is an instant contender for SOTY for me. If I had caught this one before I made my odds we might have been looking at a different situation. Also this video is funny af, we all know a Shelly. Mine is Jen. Just kidding. That was actually a joke. Don’t tell Jen, I don’t think she reads these anyway so we should be good. But like, don’t tell her.
As you can tell we’re off to a sizzling fajita pan of a start here for the week(ish) and it’s not about to let up so strap in.
‘Ferris Wheel’ – Sylvan Esso
Yeah I mean you already know who it is and what it is and how it is- this song slaps. The whole album slaps in fact, been bumping it all week. TBT (it’s still Thursday for me as I’m writing this) to one of my faves, check it out if you could use a good cry but don’t have time to watch The Color Purple all the way through:
‘Call You Out’ – deryk
Oh maannnnnnnn this song… oof. So hauntingly perfect, deryk navigates the melody over the music masterfully here. Full review (kind of) here. There also may or may not be a fun surprise coming up…
‘Don’t Let Me Die In Hollywood’ – Sean Kennedy
This is a great track and I love it and I can also relate to it because I live in LA and the two things everyone always say about me are that I’m 1. young and 2. misunderstood, so this was basically written about me.
I can’t find any info on Sean online so I can’t tell you where he’s from. I’m like the worst blogger in the world, sorry.
‘Day We Met’ – Fatima Yamaha
Fatima does it again. One time I made my friend Austin late to the Fatima Yamaha show at FYF and he was all bent out of shape about it, huffing and puffing his way around the festival, but then Fatima was at the same afterparty we were at (which was either Avalon Emerson or Helena Hauf) and Austin bought him an overpriced shot of Jameson and talked about it all night like a little kid who just went to the zoo for the first time.
‘Along Alright’ – Dialup Ghost
Thoroughly enjoyed this whole album. Some high quality Lo-fi vibes.
‘Idols’ – Jeen
I love this song so much, and also want to do it like we did it back in high school. Full abum just released a few hours ago, haven’t listened yet but can’t wait.
‘Queen Anthem’ – Juno Francis
You might recognize this one from our playlist a few months ago because it’s a tHrOwBaCk!!! We’re fortunate enough to have a LIVE INTERVIEW with Juno scheduled for this Saturday at 11am PT, don’t miss it! Live on our Instagram 🙂
‘You You’ – EGOISM
Love this track, infectiously catchy from the Australian band EGOISM.
‘Post Humorous’ – Gus Dapperton
Top quality pop right here.
‘M.O’ – Braille Face
Chillingly beautiful. Seriously one of the more beautiful things I’ve ever heard.
‘In Another Life’ – Polartropica
We loooooove us some Polartropica. Check out Cassie’s full interview with PT (including a special performance tee hee) on our Instagram.
‘Harbor Blvd’ – Josh Dominguez, Sage One The Wise
These singles somehow just keep getting better. I’m not from the OC but if I was I’m sure this is all I would listen to. Banger.
‘Not My Boss’ – Blue Hawaii
Just gonna let this last one speak for itself.
Thanks for reading y’all, these songs and even more on our weekly(ish) playlist!