From the prime of my life
And I will wait for you
At the end love
Indie rock artists open this volume of the Boy Toy Mixtape. Bat for Lashes is first with “In God’s House,” a moody track from their concept album about a jilted bride. Local Natives give us a roadtrip-ready jam with “Past Lives” (lyrics above). Then it’s time for The Kills to deliver “Siberian Nights,” a seduction song that sounds like pure paranoia.
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Beck is back with the aptly-titled “Wow,” the quirky artist’s take on hip-hop party vibes. Ecuadorian-born New Yorker Maria Usbeck sings in her native Spanish on “Moai Y Yo.” She told The Fader that singing in her native tongue “feels more natural… I can express nuances much easier, and tell a story in the tradition of a South American.” M83 is next with “Do It, Try It,” a way more eccentric sound than their previous music, although just as cinematic.
Anna Wise, who’s frequently collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, sings she had to let us “Go,” in such a way that’s better to listen to with headphones on. Chilean artist Alex Anwandter gives us the perfect Friday night, getting-ready jam with “Siempre Es Viernes en Mi Corazon” (It’s Always Friday in My Heart). And the experimental R&B spot goes to fiery newcomers Chloe x Halle, recently signed to Beyoncé’s label.
For all those poolside get-togethers this summer, check out Technicolor Fabrics, an indie band from my hometown of Guadalajara. The Stone Roses‘ big comeback, “Beautiful Thing,” is apropos for such an indie rock-infused volume of the Boy Toy Mixtape. But it wouldn’t be the same without big dance numbers, provided here by San Francisco-based Saturn Rising (“Young Forever”) and the always-controversial Azealia Banks (“The Big Big Beat”).