This week’s issue of EW marks the launch of a new tradition, wherein once a month the music staff selects its favorite tunes for a monthly mixtape. These range from current singles to deep cuts on blockbuster albums to hidden gems from the fringes of the indie world.
The month of November is a tough one, as it represents the transition into winter, the start of always-stressful holiday travel, and coma-inducing 6,000 calorie meals. You’ll need an extra bit of musical swagger to get through the next 30 days, which is why the playlist below features some extra-tough ladies (Pink, Solange), braggadocious rappers (The Coup, Macklemore), Fonz-level indie cool (Nude Beach, Django Django), and an extra-saucy candles-and-backrubs jam from Miguel.
Give the Spotify playlist a spin below, and stay tuned for more recommendations from your friends here at EW’s Music Mix.
Nude Beach, “Walkin’ Down My Street”
So great—think Elvis Costello jamming with the Heartbreakers at Joe Jackson’s house.
Miguel, “Use Me”
A shimmery R&B plea so bedroom-sexy, even Prince is like, “Damn.”
Local Natives, “Breakers”
The melodic L.A. rockers’ latest is a charmer, all sweet longing and percussive handclap swagger.
Solange, “Losing You”
Beyoncé’s baby sister earns her own stripes on this hiccupy, hip-swaying rapture.
Macklemore, “White Walls”
The Seattle MC brings surprising skills to his goof-rap Cadillac ode.
Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing”
In fact, almost everything about this gorgeously retro electro ballad is amazing.
Django Django, “Hail Bop”
The Brit breakouts toss around spacey synths and melted clock melodies like Salvador Dalí fronting a psych-pop band.
The Coup, “The Magic Clap”
Basically an amazing three-minute funk party in a can. Open it.
Pink, “Walk of Shame”
A bubbly, punked-up singalong for anyone who’s ever tiptoed through the quad at 8 a.m.
Lord Huron, “Lonesome Dreams”
Dreamy, chiming desert rock made for top-down midnight drives (or headphone staycations).
Read More on EW.com:
Review: Pink, The Truth About Love
Black Keys and RZA duke it out in the ‘Baddest Man Alive’ video: Watch it here
Jam your way through Hurricane Sandy with our rainy day songs playlist