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5@5: A morning playlist featuring Kay Lei and Kurt Vile

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Sammy Adams, Kay Lei, Kurt Vile, and more.

Kurt Vile
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Sammy Adams – Action (Submission)

Foreign human, are you about that action? Sammy Adams, the endearing man with a plan to be in your world, wants to know. Non-native accents, often, turn-ons for a lot of people. Using that information as a creative advantage, like any good song out there, Adams doesn’t single out one group of people, or in this case, a single linguistic attribute. Therefore, it is relative to each listener.

On the desirability side, according to an article that I read last week, we (all humans) don’t control what we are attracted to, ever. It’s an innate or natural feeling that comes over us when we’re in a space with what we like. Thinking about it, I guess it is true. I’m sure genetics have to do with it. I’ve also heard that our sex drives come from our paternal parents. Don’t quote me. I am capable of being wrong, too. Any scientists out there with accurate information?

As we wait for a professional to dissect the theories, let’s listen to the music.


De’Wayne Jackson – Top Man (Submission)

Who doesn’t want to be the centre of attention? Being the man on top of the hill is an aspiration for most men. I don’t want to come off as a sexist because of the next statement I write, but for a long time, it was impossible for a woman to be on top of the hill without a male component. If we did exist or counted on such a plateau, it was by the side of a successful man.

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Behind every successful man, there is a great woman’? I won’t lie. I have some issues with that statement. Why? I don’t think it is a compliment. In verity, I think it is something that was written or said or intended for women who linked with successful men should tolerate whatever comes their way, to be called ‘great’. To be frank, it would include ill-treatment, all forms of abuse, infidelity, and other non-commital behaviours.

Today, women are breaking boundaries, speaking up and achieving goals. I can say that I am one of those women. I think I was born at the right time, in the correct era. When music makes me go deep, it is worth reviewing.


Kay Lei – No Apologies (Submission)

Is it me or is Boston becoming the next hotbed for talent? Within the past few weeks, I have come across excellent artists, who make music that fall into different categories, from the area. Today, Kay Lei impressed me with ‘No Apologies’. With the ambition to be a pop star, I think the tomboyish, around-the-girl will sit at the same table as the Alessia Cara’s of the music industry if she continues. Her deep voice and the way she pronounces words excite me, the woman who listens to at least a hundred songs per day. Until Kay Lei is ready to share more of her work, watch the official music video for ‘No Apologies’. Lastly, the teen singer may be young, but please, don’t ever call her ‘baby’.


San Fernando Ramblers – Get Up (Submission)

I couldn’t imagine a soul that wouldn’t be moved or motivated by ‘Get Up’. The San Fernando Ramblers have done a grand job at encapsulating said energy. If you’re feeling down in the slumps or if you want to continue your high energy, listen to the infectious track by the San Fernando Vally collective below.


Kurt Vile – Loading Zones (Submission)

It feels like a thousand years since I’ve watched Lansdowne, Pennsylvania-native singer Kurt Vile at the Village Voice 4Knots Festival. The year was 2013, but time flies when you’re enjoying yourself; listening to good music. It has been about three years since the former ‘War on Drugs’ guitarist released anything, but the singer-songwriter is back like he never left. Check out the Drew Saracco-direction below. It’s about the thirty-eight-year-old musician parking anywhere he pleases. If that means, parking in a loading zone to dodge a ticket, he will do it.


Chirpy – Go Easy (Submission) (Bonus)

At the end of June, Dublin, Ireland-native singer-songwriter and producer Chirpy released ‘Go Easy’, a tune that talks about not being too hard on yourself; go easy. My guess is, some of you probably aren’t familiar with Chirpy so let me get you up to date. The singer’s debut six-track extended play came out this time last year. It sprung straight to the number one position on the Irish iTunes charts. Also, she has toured several countries like her hometown, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Asia. Finally, Chirpy produced her debut album. Stream the dreamy record below now.


Written by Richardine Bartee

It’s her unprejudiced love for people that’s taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

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