Editor's Note

by Michaela Ledoux , Lucy Tantum and Alexandra Pattillo | 1/11/17 4:45am

Alright, alright, alright. It’s Week Two and your Mirror editors are back in the newsroom for another night of downing KAF coffee, comparing InDesign tips and investigating whether eating a raw potato is a crime. And, of course, we’re listening to Spotify as we work. In this music-themed issue, we profile student groups, talk with a former student who’s making it big in the industry and delve into musical outlets on campus.

If you’d like to enjoy some background music while reading the issue, we each picked a song that we’re currently hooked on. Your 17W playlist will be coming together in no time.

Ali: Lucy and Mikey’s music tastes are far more obscure than mine but no one can deny that Anderson .Paak’s sound is warm and hazy and makes you get up on your feet. .Paak deftly combines threads of gospel, boom-bap, R&B, rap and groove across his sophomore album. “Come Down” and the rest of “Malibu” is the perfect record for any activity, going out with your friends on a Friday night, singing in the car with wind in your hair, or nursing heartbreak on your dorm room floor. Plus, he’s got a killer smile.

Lucy: I recently discovered Rayana Jay, a R&B singer from the Bay Area, and have been listening to her song “Sleepy Brown” on repeat. She has a soulful voice, and it soars over the background of the track, exuding cool and confidence. I’m predicting that this talented young artist will go far — and to think that you heard about her here first.

Mikey: “Tell the Truth” was just dropped in December by Dams of the West, Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend’s solo project. It’s a solid jam for just about anything, such as running at the gym (which I never do) or motivating yourself to finish your readings (which I do often). The full album drops in February, so take a listen to this song, but don’t blame me if the beat is stuck in your head until then!