Welcome to Bevan Beats! This is a fortnightly article and playlist from us at the Explosion Network. It aims to enable us the ability to share the music we love and hear in our everyday lives. You'll be able to find the playlist on Youtube and on Spotify.
Ciaran and Ashley kicked off Bevan Beats with two playlists with an ‘about me’ theme. Although I don’t think my first entry into the Bevan Beats tracklists particularly represent me in any way -- as it’s just songs I’m digging at the moment curated into a particular order -- it does represent what my Spotify plays predominantly at the moment :D
01.) Apathetic Revolution - The Bennies
It’s riff and opening chant may have you think "Apathetic Revolution" is an uplifting belter from The Bennies, but you’d be mistaken. One of the louder tracks of Natural Born Chiller, the group's second, more psychedelic album, "Apathetic Revolution" is more of a call for help than anything, an anthem of questions.
02.) Do What You Want - The Presets
The duo of Julian and Kim that make up The Presets described this track as a ‘techno pub song’ and when it borrows a riff from Cold Chisel it’s hard to argue otherwise. It’s a banger foot-stomper that is a good morning tune to go for a run to, or make the most epic bowl of corn flakes. You can do what you want though! Make your dreams a reality and jump around to this one while you’re at it.
03.) Wonderland - CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES recently released third album Love Is Dead contains a lot of great tracks but I’ve been loving "Wonderland" the most. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I think it might be Lauren Mayberry’s whimsical chorus trying to escape the clouds. Or maybe get to them? "Wonderland" seems a lot better than reality for a lot of us.
04.)Better Now - Post Malone
Post’s follow up album to his 2016 hit Stoney, Beerbongs & Bentleys has a lot of tracks I love. "Better Now" is a straight up old-school heartbreak song, which Post can do really well, just look at "I Fall Apart". Much like that song, the lyrics, story and potential to sing along in your car is at a high here. Who hurt POST MALONE?!
05.) This Is America - Childish Gambino
Everyone has listened to this song at this point right? The moment I knew the majority of the world had listened to it and discussed it was when my Dad was watching the awful program on Channel 10 The Project as four white people sat around a desk dissecting the video’s meaning. Undoubtedly this song will go down as one of the year's most talked about and I do think the music video is the way to experience it, but I’ve watched it so many times it basically plays in my head when I hear the track.
06.) ATM - J. Cole
I don’t think it’s necessary to watch the video for "ATM" like "This Is America", but the video is great and does tell a visually interesting story to go along with the song. J. Cole’s recently released fifth album is personally my favourite of his thus far and it was the this initial single that I was hooked on for several days straight. Count it up, count it.
07.) Happy Place - Alison Wonderland
This absolute banger dropped late last year and has grown into a constant rotation piece of mine. Recently with Alison releasing the full album Awake, the song has gotten a refresh and is once again getting played a lot. With the lyrics diving into mental health they have proven to resonate with a lot of people and ‘f**k me up on a spiritual level’ is hard not to yell at the top of your lungs as you bounce along.
08.) Moshi Moshi - Steve Aoki
Stick your Mum on a hard EDM track. Worked for Steve Aoki in the somewhat cute "Moshi Moshi" featuring ‘Mama Aoki.’ Currently one of my favorite running tracks, "Moshi Moshi" is very cute, but will get you pumped.
09.) Everyday - Logic
An anthem to feel good about yourself and get amped to work more. The first time I listened to Logic’s latest mixtape, I was running up the final hill towards my house and had a day of Explosion Network ahead of me after my already 40 hour work week and hearing this chorus got me pumped for the rest of my day. Thanks Logic and Marshmello!
10.) Opps - Vince Staples & Yugen Blakrok (with Kendrick Lamar)
I love the entire Black Panther album from Kendrick Lamar but I particularly love the song "Opps" because it’s by Vince Staples who had his song "BagBak" used in one of the trailers for the film previously. I loved this track when I heard it prior to seeing the film, but seeing it used in the film when T’Challa, Okoye and Nakia chase after Klaue was a fantastic use of the song.
11.)Stir Fry - Migos
If you can’t get down with "Stir Fry" I don’t wanna know you (jk jk I may still like you.) But honestly -- you don’t wanna sing along to this? Video for this one is also a lot of fun, and just like the track, a bit silly.
12.) God’s Plan - Drake
Yep, I’m pumping "God’s Plan" regularly 6 months after its release. Drake’s record charting release just has that Drake charm all over it. His flow and the production are on a dreamy level once again here and although this year Drake has pumped out several great singles, "God’s Plan" remains my favourite of the bunch.
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