by Svetlana Legetic (D.C.)
One of the best things about winter is the fact that you actually need to dress up. While a pretty top and a pair of shorts will do in the summer, freezing weather forces you to seriously up your layering game. So while you’re making all those crucial decisions about tights and scarves and necklaces peeking out from under your sweater, here are some toasty tunes to listen to—by stylish girls for stylish girls. (P.S. Check out our fall playlist too—it’s still pretty awesome.)
“Foreign Language” by Flight Facilities
This anonymous and mysterious DJ duo has been killing it for a little while now with their sexy disco beats paired with perfect vocals (in this case, Jess Higgs’s). And for the “Foreign Language” single, like a cherry on top, they made a roller-skating video featuring footage from the seminal disco classic Roller Boogie (1979). Yeah, don’t even try to resist.
Style mood: Frankly, anything you can dance in
I recommend: Colorband twirl skirt
“Nuclear Sessions” by Charli XCX
It’s quite possible that Charli XCX is the coolest girl of late 2011/early 2012. She’s definitely too cool for a proper last name, at least. She makes fuzzy electro-goth-pop that somehow manages to be both grimy and sing-alongable, creaky and polished. A star is born.
“Patchwork” by Appaloosa
I know next to nothing about this Paris/London duo, but I stumbled upon an insanely apt description for what they sound like: “a romantic Human League fronted by Nico covering Stereolab.” Needless to say, I instantly needed to listen to it all. Also, their record is called Discotexas. I mean, come on. Now pass that jar of glitter.
Style mood: Scruffy glamorous
I recommend: The Metallic High Road Sandal (and something distressed on top)
“You Know You Like It” by AlunaGeorge
AlunaGeorge is Aluna Francis (vocals) and George Reid (music). And, well, they may just be your favorite band to (not so) secretly develop amazing choreographed dances to (you know how it goes). This song is kind of like an unholy matrimony between Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me” and some Posh Spice single that never made a blip.
Style mood: Urbane sophisticate
I recommend: Something Else by Natalie Wood Black Coral Shirtdress, Stephan & Co. Metal Bangle Seven-Pack