The cover for Anderson Paak’s latest album, Oxnard, immediately gives the impression of a film. “Starring Anderson Paak,” it reads, much like the marquee on a movie poster. And like a movie poster, we see an array of images all pertaining to Paak’s life. These include images of his son, two of the members of his band The Free Nationals, as well as Paak himself, standing before a large crowd next to the most glaring inclusion, which is hip-hop legend Dr. Dre. All of these images are portrayed in a cloud of smoke, as Paak stands firmly there, arms open, assuredly singing something uplifting and life-affirming.
This is the poster to the film that is Anderson Paak, Oxnard being the third film of the trilogy — and the biggest one to date due to his meteoric rise in the public consciousness in the last two years. Keeping this in mind, despite my hype for this record and my love of Paak’s previous works, I still had my apprehensions about this project. I wondered if this newfounded backing and production by Dre and his label Aftermath would result in a production too large with stakes so high that it might suck the soul out of what makes Paak so great — the soul that was allowed to freely reign on a record like Malibu. Would Oxnard be marred by tracks lacking the songwriting ability that made his previous works so instantly lovable and memorable?
So Arctic Monkeys finally announced a new album for May! Five years in the making, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino releases exactly a month from the day this is posting, and I for one cannot wait to hear what Alex Turner has in store for fans with this record (especially with the song aptly titled “The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip”).
Because of this news, I’ve added “One For The Road,” which is one of my favorite tracks from their previous LP, AM, onto the Jukebox this week. This song is accompanied by new releases from Anderson .Paak, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B, as well as another 16 cuts that Jake and I have been listening to recently, including Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues,” which comes courtesy of a little boy in a Walmart.
On this especially snowy March Tuesday morning, we introduce to you a brand new Jet Fuel Jukebox. Welcome it with open arms, won’t you?
It seems that Charli XCX’s new mixtape (which dropped this past Friday) has made quite the impression on both Jake and I, as we’ve both decided to highlight a track from her latest release, Number 1 Angel. Elsewhere, you’ll notice new tracks from Lorde and Little Dragon, who both showed up on this playlist over the past few weeks with their previous singles.
The 20-song playlist is rounded out by additions from Anderson Paak, Foxes, and Vampire Weekend.
Remember in the last Jet Fuel Jukebox update, when I wrote, “we’re back to updating our regularly scheduled Jet Fuel Jukebox!” Yeah, that was two months ago, and the feature has been dormant ever since. So here I am to apologize on behalf of both Jake and myself for our lacking output on the playlist.
I swear we are back in business. And for good this time! As a bonus, we have an especially wonderful playlist this week.
Fall is nearly upon us. So, for this update, I asked Jake to choose the 10 songs that made summer ’16 for him, and I did the same.
So, without further ado, here’s our collective 20 Songs of the Summer for 2016!