“Bathroom Dance” – Hildur Gudnadottir
By Brendan Swogger
Icelandic cellist and composer Hildur Gudnadottir has been sweeping the awards scene this year, her original score for HBO’s Chernobyl already earning top honors at the Emmy and Grammy awards. But her haunting score for Joker is a standout amongst her work. Not only is Gudnadottir’s work on Joker a driving force for the film’s atmosphere, but it took her one step closer to EGOT status last week when she became the first woman in Oscars history to ever win an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
“Sway With Me” – Saweetie & GALXARA
By Grace Perrine
Birds of Prey, released on February 7th, is chock full of amazing music from various female artists, including Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and Halsey. “Sway With Me” is, by far, my favorite song from the album. It samples the song “Sway” by Norman Gimbel but mixes it with rap and heavy instrumentals to make a mutation of the past and present that fits perfectly within the movie and is an absolute bop. Listening to this song is a great introduction to the world of Birds of Prey, full of badass women taking justice into their own hands. Check out the album and the movie, and support female artists, actors, and directors.
“Hand Me Downs” – Mac Miller
By Ella Cutter
Though I didn’t listen to Mac Miller before the release of his posthumous album, “Circles,” I decided to give it a try out of boredom since so many of my friends worshipped it. Now, I can say I am enthralled just like everyone else. My favorite track has become “Hand Me Downs,” its good beat and melancholy undertones blending together to compel the listener. The entire album both hurts and heals at the same time, and it’s easy to find lyrics to pull out and apply to your life, like this one from “Circles”: “Don’t you put any more stress on yourself, it’s one day at a time.”
“Get Your Wish” – Porter Robinson
By Quint Iverson
Porter Robinson’s first track attributed to himself in six years is a production
powerhouse. The electronic song’s pitched-up vocals, pop progression, and continent-wide
soundstage are a far departure from Robinson’s previous festival EDM album “Worlds”–but
the bittersweet emotion of the track that imagines a greater future for the genre is patently his
own. “Get Your Wish”’s pop elements also make it an incredibly easy jumping-in point for
people who might not think EDM is “real music”. Between the rise of future bass and
emotional EDM, the genre is growing before our very eyes. “Get Your Wish” might be the
perfect place to start watching.