Songs of the Week 319: May 30 – June 5

#5. BabyJake Feat. Bipolar Sunshine – Funny Thing About Love

BabyJake | Baby Jake | Free Listening on SoundCloud

One of those “almost painfully uplifting” tracks. Sounds like a track that’s soon to be playing at every H&M, Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch near you.

#4. Hoodie Boy – Moments

Hoodie Boy | Free Listening on SoundCloud

More catchy retro-glam tunes from Hoodie Boy’s recent album drop.

#3. Danny George Feat. Darren Morgan – Say Something

Danny George | Free Listening on SoundCloud

There was a good 4-5 years last decade or so when every hot song sounded like this. I call it the “Chet Faker” sound, but there’s probably a more apt name for it. Broody, emotional, vocal driven jams made to be played for intimate crowds in the most niche joints in the city.

#2. Curren$y – Smoke Break

Curren$y Spitta | Free Listening on SoundCloud

I’m not going to pretend to understand Curren$y’s release schedule. This song “dropped” a week or two ago on his latest release, but also has a music from from 2001. Whatever it is, hip hop’s hardest worker is just my fave. Yea his songs have a formula. Yea he has one sound. But he’s like the Sublime of rap. Put on anything and just chill. It’ll be good. (plus that beat is totally stuck in my head)

#1. Emawk Feat. Zach Ezzy – FAIY

emawk | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Emawk was already on my “artist to watch” radar last year, and boy is he delivering. Unique sounds, swagger for days and a real ear for making catchy tunes.

Songs of the Week 318: May 23 – May 29

#5. The Babe Rainbow – Rainbow Rock

The Babe Rainbow | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Heard the song prior to seeing the band. It’s such a perfect fit after finding the image. This is one of those “music from another era” moments. Very Woodstock-y.

#4. Baird Feat. Berhana – Beluga v2

baird | Free Listening on SoundCloud

This is great. Berhana is great. Baird is great. All these things work nicely. (give it at least til 1 min in)

#3. Hoodie Boy – Voyager

Hoodie Boy | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Hoodie Boy’s Space & Time album is completely intoxicating. I am not necessarily crazy into any song (with this track being my favorite), but I cannot stop listening.

#2. JT Flowers – Eastside #2

JT FLOWERS | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Just LOVE me some hip hop that’s different. Unique. Crazy cool stuff here from JT Flowers.

#1. J.Cole Freestyle

J. Cole | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Ok it’s not often I post a YouTube clib. I also don’t think I’ve ever posted a freestyle. But HOLY hell is this fucking smooth. Yes, J.Cole has a new album out but this is 1000x better than the rest of the album IMO. The first first freestyle in the video is what I’ve been jamming too (the beat over 93 ’til infinity). I’m not really into the second half. But wowza. That first freestyle is absolutely unreal.