Treat Yo-Self: Your 5 Must-Have Songs for Reading Week

If you’re a university or college student you might be trying to enjoy your reading week. I’m working on assignments all week but I’m also making sure I take some time to relax.

Normally my blog is guitar themed, but today I’m going to be suggesting a few tracks and albums to check out while you’re on a break from school.

Even while I’m busy doing homework or trying to write an article, I always have music in the background. For me, music is a motivator and inspiration every day. It helps me get out of bed, it helps me deal with stress, and it helps me have fun. So with that, here are my top picks for the reading week of 2016.

1.You Could Be My Lover by Diddy, ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Gizzle.

That’s right, I said Diddy. He’s back with a brand new album called MMM that came out at the beginning of 2016. It’s full of funky beats and heavy bass hits, not to mention a crazy range of features including Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and more. My friend Drizzy showed me this song a few weeks ago and I’ve been blasting it on repeat.

2. Mind Mischief by Tame Impala.

This is off of their “Lonerism” album released in 2012. This is a very wavy, very psychedelic song that bleeds the amazingness that is Tame Impala. Kevin Parker is one of my favourite artists at the moment and I can’t stop listening to Tame Impala. I’ve previously reviewed their newest album “Currents” a few months ago.

3. Call Waiting by Wiz Khalifa.

One of my favourite rappers released an album very recently and I’ve listened to it front to back literally five times already. Wiz Khalifa dropped his newest project titled “Khalifa” last Friday, February 5. The album has him rapping about his love for Mary Jane, showing off his singing voice, and it features a spot by his son Sebastian. Cute.

4. Swim Good by Frank Ocean.

In terms of modern R&B and Rap, Frankie has it down. He’s an amazing singer and one of the many members of the famous Odd Future group, created by the mastermind Tyler the Creator. Frank Ocean is a rapper but he’s got an incredible voice. This song is off the mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra from 2011. Swim Good is one of the songs I throw on to relax after a long day.

5. Lover Man by Jimi Hendrix.

It wouldn’t be right unless I led you to some blues for the final track of my Reading Week Top 5. This song has been a challenge for me lately on the guitar and I think that’s why I’ve been so obsessed with it. It’s a fast-paced, heavy-hitting tune that really shows what Jimi could do with the guitar. This song wasn’t on any of his studio albums, but was released after his death on the Valleys of Neptune album that included many unreleased tracks from Hendrix. There’s tons of live covers, one of the best I’ve seen is a video at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, which was also the last performance of Hendrix’s before he died later that year in September.

There you go, Spenny’s Top 5 Tracks for the reading week. Try to rest up and hopefully these tracks can help!

Cheers.

 

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