Monday Moods: “Hot Ones”

Capping off the holiday weekend with more fire.

With the official start of summer right around the corner, we wanted to pick things up where last week’s Mood left off: with some soulful, up-tempo instant classics from your soon-to-be-favorite California artists.

Parson James is no stranger to our playlist, but this week he makes an appearance with JoJo for “Dirty Laundry.” At just under 3 minutes it’s a quick piece of work, but definitely worth adding to your regular rotation. Says James about the collaboration with his longtime friend, “I wanted to normalize platonic love and show an example of a gay man and his best female friend fully having each other’s back. It’s something that isn’t seen enough in my opinion.” Next up is “Northern Lights” from LA-based Claire George. Taken from her recently released LP, The Land Beyond The Light, this track is pure dance pop sweetness, with vocals that had me rummaging through my vinyl looking for Cocteau Twins albums to cue up. Absolutely sublime stuff.

“Push Me Away” from Jordana, featuring Magdalena Bay, brings the tempo up with drum machine beats and casiotone piano chords. Recognized as a best new artist by Stereogum, NME, Paste Magazine, Pigeons & Planes and more, Jordana will embark her first ever tour this fall. You can check out the video for “Push Me Away” here. Hailing from Long Beach, Pageants deliver an energy reminiscent of Nineties indie darlings Belly, and “It Might Be Crazy” sounds perfect cozied up in this mix.

Finishing off the Mood is “Lucy” by KALI, a 16-year-old phenom signed to Nettwerk Music who just dropped her first EP, on which she plays the majority of the instruments herself. Want to add a little more California to your life? Jump over to Spotify and smash the follow button on our “Stay Golden” playlist. Every week we add new tracks by established and up-and-coming musicians from the Golden State. Enjoy!

Parson James & JoJo

“Dirty Laundry”


Claire George

“Northern Lights”


Jordana feat. Magdalena Bay

“Push Me Away”



“It Might Be Crazy”






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