Songs of the Week 37: November 22 – November 28

kilian and jo#5. Kilian & Jo Feat. Conrad Sewell – Little Love

Owners of the coolest header image I think I’ve used for any blog post, Kilian & Jo’s debut single is a uplifting indie pop song with some catchy warped vocals that will remain stuck with you well after you first listen.

prep#4. Snakeships Feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – All My Friends (PREP Remix) //

Seems to be me that Snakeships is remixed more than most artists. This one, by PREP, takes an already summer-ready track and adds some more summer. I’m not the biggest fan of Chance, but Tinashe sounds fantastic as usual.

louis mattrs#3. Louis Mattrs Feat. LK Faith – Messed Up

Wouldn’t be a weekly top 5 list without a good ol’ bedroom jam. Loving LK Faith’s sultry vocals and the line “So I… stay up late” is perpetually stuck in my head.

sunbathers#2. Sunbathers – Intimacy

Totally cheating this week. I actually considered this song for last week’s list, but decided it just couldn’t make the cut and beat out anyone else. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with Intimacy and the nostalgic feeling it gives me of 1990s angsty teen rock. Sometimes songs just need a little marinating.

hoodie allen#1. Hoodie Allen Feat. Blackbear and KYLE – Champagne and Pools

As with every Hoodie Allen song I have posted, I feel dirty. They all feel like guilty pleasure songs. I cannot, however, pretend that this chorus hasn’t been stuck in my head all week. Or that I haven’t been walking to work singing this for the entire way (it’s only a 5 minute walk). I am a huge fan of KYLE, and while I don’t know much about Blackbear I believe this is the second or third time he’s been featured in a song in one of my top 5 lists.

Best of the Rest #14 – The Man With The Voice

James Blake – Retrograde

James Blake commands your attention. His voice hits you before anything else really has a chance to catch your ears. When I went to see him live I expected a good show, but honestly had my doubts he’d sound as amazing live as he does in studio. Well, it’s better… a million times better. When it was time for the encore, James asked everyone for complete silence. He started looping his sounds. Of course, during the first bit of his loop recording some jackass decided to yell out. The glare that Mr. Blake gave him, followed by the resounding threats from the crowd for the dude to keep his mouth shut, meant that the next 10 minutes of this somewhat experimental encore track (it was NOT Retrograde above, that just happens to be my favourite James Blake track) was nothing but music. No yells, no crowd noise… nothing but the piano and the voice. I usually hate encores – I find it a bit gimmicky – but this made me think there is still some value in an artist coming back and just giving er with off-the-record stuff to end a night.

Enjoy probably his most popular track above, and definitely do what you can to ever catch his live show.