The Essential Weekly Playlist of: DEMAR

Born in Miami but now based in Brooklyn, alt-pop artist DEMAR got her break when she released a Kendrick Lamar cover that went viral – the track currently has over 1.5 million Spotify streams.

From there she went on to release her debut EP, ‘Rebels’, which featured the single, ‘Wild Ride’, and came out last year on October 20. The 5-song EP is the ultimate break-up record, totally empowering, and in DEMAR’s words, “It takes you through the ups and downs and eventual dissolution of an intensely passionate and tumultuous relationship. The story of the record leads to the realization of the relationship’s toxic nature and learning to walk away.”
Earlier this month DEMAR released a video for ‘Wild Ride’, with visuals choreographed by NYC-based dancer, Maleek Washington, who’s best known for his work with Commonwealth Ballet, City Dance Ensemble, and the immersive show, ‘Sleep No More’ – as well as performances with Sia and Rhianna. You can see the video for ‘Wild Ride’ here:
 

We asked DEMAR what songs she couldn’t live without, and why. The result is her Essential Spotify Playlist.

ACCEPTANCE – SO CONTAGIOUS

This is one of my favorite songs from when I was younger. It reminds me of the first boy I ever thought I loved and to this day my stomach drops when I hear it. Acceptance’s album ‘Phantoms’ was a huge part of why I started writing music.

ANGUS & JULIA STONE – BIG JET PLANE

This song is beautifully simple. The melodies and harmonies are haunting but then the acoustic vibe lightens it up a bit. It’s a great song to drive to or listen to in the tub with a glass of wine.

BANKS – TRAINWRECK

Banks is one of my favorite artists. She’s such a badass. This song is so dark and almost creepy. The music video is unbelievable as well and made me love the song even more. The track is very different from anything out there in the pop realm. Her phrasing is also really cool and unexpected. I definitely play this on repeat.

LOGIC/BIG SEAN – WASSUP

Logic and Big Sean are both two of my favorite hip hop artists right now. This song is off Logic’s album that just dropped a couple weeks ago and it’s incredible. I think the day it came out I listened to it 30 times in a row and I’m still not sick of it. Logic’s speed blows me away and I love that his lyrics and even his flow pays homage to other hip hop music and artists. Big Sean is always incredible and I love that they’re on a song together. This is a bop.

MAREN MORRIS – ONCE

If you want something gut-wrenching to listen to if you’re sad about a breakup, this is the song for you. Her smoky vocals and the throwback vibe of the track are perfect together. This song blew me away from the first listen. I also really love to sing it at the top of my lungs in my apartment, something I’m sure my neighbors don’t appreciate.




BILLIE EILISH – BELLYACHE

Billie Eilish is a really exciting new artist. She’s so good and so young that it’s scary. I’ve loved every song of hers so far and first became a fan when her song “Ocean Eyes” popped up in my Discover Weekly on Spotify. I’ve been a fan since. This track, “Bellyache” is a combination of everything I love in a song. It starts out simple with some acoustic sounds, gradually builds into a bigger and heavier sound with really interesting and different beats, and a beautiful silky vocal on top. LOVE.

MISSY ELLIOTT – HOT BOYZ
I feel like this doesn’t need much explanation. I grew up on Missy and although I picked Hot Boyz in particular, any one of her songs could have been on this list. This is an ode to my teenage years and to the music that made me think and made me dissect how intricate and layered it is. Also a bop.
THE POLICE – EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

This song is a classic and definitely one of my favorites from the classic rock era. I just think it’s timeless and also haunting (if you notice the pattern here, I like haunting/dark/sad songs). The first time I heard this song was as a kid, on my way to the cemetery to visit my grandpa’s grave. It was almost comforting because I felt like it was him sending me a message. The song has stuck with me ever since.

FRANCES CONE – UNRAVELLING

This is definitely a band you should check out if you haven’t yet. The band’s lead vocalist has the most beautiful voice. she sings straight from her soul and has this incredible smokiness. Unraveling is a sad song but also comforting at the same time. Their harmonies are amazing too.

NICKY JAM – EL AMANTE

To end this on a bit of fun, this is one of my favorite songs at the moment. Being born and raised in Miami, I grew up around Latin music and it’s definitely had a big influence on me. I think this song is so sweet and just really pretty. Hope you like it!

You can find DEMAR online on her official website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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