Welcome to Summer Fridays! We know you work hard. So Teen Vogue is celebrating the end of each week — all summer long — with custom playlists created by artists you know and love.
Somehow, RALPH has managed to do it all this summer. She's spent most of the season working steadily on her EP, due this November: "I don't do diehard studio days where I'm in for two weeks straight," the singer and songwriter tells Teen Vogue. “I do five months, six months, seven months of hopping in and out of different studios and different producers, and writing once or twice a week. So I end up with so many songs.”
Beyond music, she’s made time to see her parents, throw a party at her new apartment, and take trips to her cottage. “I really wanted to spend the summer on the things that make me happy, because it's so much easier to go off on tour when you just feel a bit fulfilled and re-grounded,” she says.
At the end of August, she’ll join Carly Rae Jepsen on the Canada (and Seattle) leg of The Dedicated Tour. In the meantime, she’s putting the finishing touches on her EP which has had a refreshingly creative rollout, thus far. On Wednesday she released her second single “No Muss, No Fuss” along with a cool and grainy music video shot on 16mm film. Animated by multi-disciplinary artist Amika Cooper, her first single, “Gravity,” came with the “anime meets Britney Spears' 'Oops, I Did It Again'” treatment that we absolutely deserve.
RALPH has a playlist for everything. “I am constantly making playlists for myself,” she muses. “You need one for every moment.” When tasked with making a Summer Fridays mix, she took the job seriously. She spent an entire day creating the perfect compilation of “powerful and empowering and catchy” songs meant to make you move, explaining, “it's 10 songs that have to flow together. The BPM has to make sense."
And her hard work paid off. The inspiring collection maintains a synth-pop sensibility including Robyn and both Mark Ronson x King Princess and S.G. Lewis x Clairo collabs. Then there's Miley's She Is Coming deep cut “Party Up The Street” as well as Little Dragon sleeper hit “Love Chanting.” RALPH also slides in feel-good classic “Good As Hell” stating the obvious: “everyone's obsessed with Lizzo, let's be real.” Reminiscing she adds, “when we played at [Osheaga] Festival, we put this on afterward in our trailer and we danced so hard. It was so fun.” Listen in.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue