Back in my youth, Bryan Adams recorded a song called “Kids Wanna Rock.” Question the messenger if you will, but Mr. Adams certainly understood the youth of that time period. The Ghost has noticed that, lately, many of the kids could not care less about rocking out. It seems these young whippersnappers would rather dance the night away than headbang or enter the mosh pit.
In a shameless attempt to appeal to the millennials, today’s Monday Mixteen is all about the “bangers”, as they would say. Whether it be EDM, Hip-Hop, or Pop, this playlist is all about getting the crowd on their feet. Listen and dance away…
- jACQ, “Waiting for You”
Something about this song makes it feel like it would have been a big club hit in the mid 1990’s. Who knows? Since the 90’s seem to be back in style, could be a big hit now.
- Farah, “The Only Ones”
Farah’s delivery may seem rather unenergetic, yet somehow that works for this track.
- Blue, the Misfit, “Slow Motion”
This is probably the most “danceworthy” track on Blue’s album Perfect Night, for a Funeral. For those keeping score, this is the 4th track I’ve featured from the album on a Monday Mixteen playlist, and don’t be surprised if I keep sharing other tracks. The album is just that good.
- Reagan James, “Wonderful Life”
This is one of the moodier tracks from Ms. James’ latest EP, Honey, but it’s still got enough of a beat that it can be grooved to quite nicely.
- Devy Stonez, “Up the Stats”
Between Devy’s strong and quick rhythmic flow and the solid beats here, this is easily one of the best rap tracks out of the area this year.
- Jessie Frye, “Honey”
Yes, “Honey” is unquestionably a significant change in sound for Ms. Frye. Truth is, however, this is not the first change in sound for her, and I will bet it’s not the last. But at this moment, the world of pop music is where Jessie chooses to reside, and “Honey” shows that she has the pop chops that will likely earn her new fans of that style.
- F L A C O, “Sadderday”
It’s worth noting that Blue isn’t the only local rapper that’s released a fresh and exciting rap album this year. F L A C O has a unique style and delivery evident on WRKFRMHME, and he’ll be performing live this Friday at Andy’s Bar, along with Fat Tony, Lord Byron, and Ritchy Flo.
- Terrence Spectacle, “When You’re Lonely”
This song probably fits better on the kind of playlist you make to woo that special someone instead of a dance playlist. Still, the beat’s strong enough that you can still get down to this slow jam.
- Riders Against the Storm (feat. Mobley), “Mali”
Here’s the only track on the playlist without genuine Dallas ties. Austin rappers Riders Against the Storm bring in fellow Austinite Mobley for this funky number. And somehow I just don’t think they’re singing about an African county.
- Neon Indian, “Polish Girl”
Here’s a fun indie dance number from arguably the biggest dance group to emerge from the DFW in the past ten years.
- 88 Killa, “Right Back on Time”
There’s always a sense of fun and wit in every song of 88’s, and this single released this past July is no exception.
- French 75, “Your Love”
That. Beat. Yes.
- Dezi 5, “Dallas, Bitch!”
Dezi has released two tracks since moving to New York City. For whatever reason, those songs are no longer available on Spotify at the moment. Guess I’ll have to rewind to the period of time he proudly proclaimed himself a Dallas native.
- LEV, “Search Party”
No need to search. LEV left the party on this track.
- Nite, “Dreamer”
In The Ghost’s younger days, he’d frequent clubs like Blue Planet, Iguana Mirage, and Red Jacket for 80’s retro dance nights. “Dreamer” may be a modern song, yet the song feels like it would have fit in at any of those dance clubs.
- Ishi (feat. Cure for Paranoia & Sam Lao), “Crocodile Tears”
You didn’t really think that The Ghost would do a dance playlist and leave off Ishi, did you?