Music We Like: A tribute to a hip-hop pioneer and a rock ‘n roll classic to end the month

Heavy, reflective hearts on the dance floor is the theme for this week's batch of tracks.
Songs that will shake out the stress from De La Soul, Beyonce, Living Legends, Buffalo Springfield and Jessie Ware.

by | Feb 27, 2023 | Music, New Music

We’re all about music discovery here at KHOL and love sharing what we’re listening to at any given moment. Each Monday we’ll explore the tracks we’re currently obsessed with to get you through the week ahead. Follow us on Spotify to keep up with our recent favorites, including Top 5 Tracks of the WeekTop Tracks of 2022Sounds of Now and Local Favorites.

De La Soul – Eye Know

Life is mysterious and crazy sometimes. That rings truest to me when music idols of mine pass away unexpectedly. This one hits hard, as Trugoy the Dove, aka Plug 2 aka Dave from De La Soul, has left this sphere just before the hip-hop legends were set to finally make their entire catalog available on streaming platforms after years of intense legal battles. “3 Feet High and Rising,” the group’s landmark debut, will forever stand tall not only as a sampling masterpiece but as a testament to being true to yourself and not following the crowd. Standout track “Eye Know ” features these lyrics from Dave: “It’s I again and the soul that I send Is taking steps to reach your heart / Any moment you feel alone, I can fill up your empty part / We can ascend ’til we reach De La Heaven, and in a spin, we’ll hit the top 10.” The silver lining is that Dave got his flowers (daisies) while he was still alive and now more people than ever will hear his amazing art. R.I.P. – Jack Catlin, Music Director

Beyoncé – PURE/HONEY

The most decorated female artist in Grammy history did not take home Album of the Year—yet again. I have a lot to say on this, but let’s have that discussion over a few Old Fashioneds at The Virg. “RENAISSANCE” did however land Best Dance/Electronic Album. It’s hard to choose just one track on this legendary escapade to be a standout, but I do keep coming back to “PURE/HONEY.” Step into her ballroom along with NYC queer nightlife icon legends Kevin Aviance and Moi Renee and get stuck in that honey, hunny! – Tyler Pratt, News Director

Living Legends – Everyday

Living Legends are a hip–hop “supergroup” from both the Bay Area and Los Angeles who carved out their own lane in the late 1990’s with their signature brand of beats, rhymes and independent hustle. KHOL presented two of the founding members, The Grouch and Eligh, at the Mangy Moose on Feb. 19th and I’ve got to shine some light on the group’s triumphant return on the latest track “Everyday.” Featuring real life raps over some J Dilla-type production from AmpLive (chopping up a Isaac Hayes sample previously used by DJ Premier), the track will have you reflecting on the simplicities of life and how everything is connected.  – JC

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

Listening to “For What It’s Worth” always puts me at ease. I’m not much of a mountain biker, but every now and again I find myself watching Brandon Semenuk’s unReal ride just because this song is the backdrop. A timeless classic. – Hanna Merzbach, News Reporter

Jessie Ware – Pearls

Don’t sleep on England’s Jessie Ware. Her last album “What’s your Pleasure?”—chockablock with celebratory dance tracks—helped push her more into the American spotlight. Longtime fans will praise her powerful voice but also her knack for letting production shine. At times this has meant pairing back her vocals and admiring the beauty of everything working together in harmony. That was then, this is now. On “Pearls” she slides into full joyous disco, picking up where her recent tasty collab, “Kiss of Life” with Kylie Minogue left off. But now Ware’s rapturous vocals are the star. “Feel the chemistry, keep my energy” she coos before belting, “Off! Let’s go! Let me dance!” Yes, ma’am!” – TP

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