Music We Like: Reaching back to KHOL’s inaugural year for a party starter while also looking forward

A Kid Cudi cut from 2008 — KHOL's first year of existence — sets an adventurous template for the songs in this week's edition.
Songs that will shake out the stress from Kid Cudi, Yves Tumor, Everything But The Girl, Kali Uchis and Miley Cyrus.

by | Mar 6, 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.


Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite

This week marks our 15th anniversary here at KHOL and I wanted to share a song that I undoubtedly would have played a ton if I had a radio show back in 2008. Kid Cudi’s honest, heart-on-his sleeve approach made a huge splash with his debut single “Day ‘N’ Nite.” Inspired by a recently deceased uncle and the Geto Boys classic “My Mind Playing Tricks on Me” the track instantly resonated with millions of young Americans and established an emotional connection to Kid Cudi for years to come. With “Day ‘N’ Nite” Cudi successfully broke the mold for what a rapper could sound like and has had a gigantic influence on most of today’s modern hip-hop artists, as you can seen in the great documentary “A Man Named Scott.” – Jack Catlin, Music Director

Kali Uchis – Fantasy feat. Don Toliver


Colombian-American musician Kali Uchis has been at the forefront of redefining the sounds of Latin pop in recent years. On her newest record “Red Moon in Venus” she drowns you in dreamy, sensual and psychedelic vibes perfect for transporting you to island time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a tropical oasis, the waves crashing in the distance and a warm breeze on your skin. On the luxurious Afropop track “Fantasy,” Uchis and her romantic partner, R&B and rap star Don Toliver, settle a lovers’ dispute by agreeing to dance together. 100% a great way to right a wrong. – Tyler Pratt, News Director

Yves Tumor – Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood

Yves Tumor are as versatile as they are talented. After starting their recording career as a left-field electronic musician, Yves Tumor has stretched their sound to encompass glam, prog and now, on this new track, luscious, fully realized indie rock. “Heaven Surrounds Us Like a Hood” rides a stuttering bassline through breathy vocals before crescendoing in a cathartic maelstrom of guitar and drums. It has me extremely excited for Yves’ upcoming album, the incredibly named “Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds),” which drops on March 17. – Eli Bernstein, Deputy Director

Miley Cyrus – Flowers

This isn’t typically my style of music (I’m typically more of a folk/indie rock girl), but I’ve been playing Miley Cyrus’s new hit on repeat for weeks. It’s straight up catchy — not to mention an anthem for female empowerment. I grew up during Miley’s Disney Channel reign, so she has a certain familiarity about her that always draws me in. I’ve loved to see her really establish herself as a musician in recent years. – Hanna Merzbach, News Reporter

Everything But The Girl – Caution to the Wind

I’m pretty psyched that EBTG is back at it with making music. Last Friday they dropped “Caution to the Wind,” their second single from their comeback album, Fuse. Lyrically it’s a simple song about seizing the moment, something we all could be reminded to do more of, though maybe not as much so in this thrill-seeking town. Thematically and musically “Caution to the Wind” is right in line with their signature moody, down-tempo beats that I first fell in love with in the late ’90s. Nostalgia is a powerful force, but I’m happy to go back to where it takes me. – Emily Cohen, Executive Director

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