Songs of the Week 36: November 15- November 21

joe hertz

#5. Joe Hertz Feat. Huntar – Tied Up

Confident that this has been the toughest week yet to choose my rankings. Every single song this week is worthy of being a #1, and had they not all been discovered this week would likely all take the top spot in almost any other week. Joe Hertz’s Tied Up has some silky smooth vocals from Huntar that give it a great bedroom music feel. That way he croons the line “Now I’ve got you on my mind” is shiver-inducing.

devolution#4. DEVolution Feat. Yeah Boy – Gio

I’m fully into this sound now. I am not too sure what it is … melodic progressive house? Radio-friendly house? Whatever it is, the pulsing beat, light on lyrical-depth stuff from Dusky, Kolomensky, Bob Moses and now DEVolution (as well as Fono, which is the… *spoiler* … #1 spot this week) is amongst my very favourite music right now. It’s just so catchy.

kingdm#3. KINGDM – Can’t Get Over You

It actually pains me to have to put this at #3. Hell, it’s pained my to put everyone song not #1 this week. KINGDM have a gem here with a song I’ve been dancing too all week. Also worth noting is that it’s their debut – which excites me greatly. I love it when an act’s first track is an straight-up homerun. I mean just listen to that guitar lick in the chorus… mmmmmmmmm.

catphone#2. catphone – u s e d t o

To be totally honest, this one wasn’t love at first listen. But goddamn I’m hooked now. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a song paced like this before. It may be the warped vocals (which, regular readers know that I LOVE), but the whole thing just sounds like pure panic. Like a mad scramble to beat the streetlights as you rush your in-labour wife to the hospital, racing past stopped signs and darting through traffic.

Fono#1. Fono Feat. Anna Straker – Everybody Knows

When I originally wrote this post last night, I had Everybody Knows by Fono at #4. Since then I have been unable unable to turn it off. There’s something in about the simple stream of vocals that has me hooked. Originally I felt that all songs this week were on a pretty even level, but overnight this one was won me over. What a fucking amazing week of music.

Songs of the Week 35: November 8 – November 14

Movement#5. Movement – 5.57

Movement are back with a newly released demo track, Lace (spoiler alert – it will be coming up in this week’s list). I’d given Movement’s Soundcloud page a perusal before, and for whatever reason nothing really stuck with me. Lace gave me a cause to return to their page and this time fall in love with their entire library. One of the previously missed tracks was 5.57.

Ty dolla sign#4. Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Brandy, James Fauntleroy & Kendrick Lamar- LA

This here is basically the perfect example of how to make a radio-friendly hip hop… and I’m totally cool with it. Plus it has Kendrick Lamar. Anything with Kendrick Lamar in it is an auto-listen in my books.

elias#3. Elias – Green Eyes

Loving the changing pace of Green Eyes from Elias, as well as the dominating vocals. Seeing as this is only one of two songs (that I can find), I’m looking forward to future releases from Elias. Hoping for more of this brooding, orchestral sounding R&B.

movement#2. Movement – Lace

Sensual sadness here with the second entry from Movement on this week’s list. I’m a big fan of minimalistic sound… and it’s a rare treat when a band can go minimalistic but still convey some pretty deep emotions. Think R I T U A L here.

weekender#1. Weekender – Floaty Feeling, Blue

What better way to finish off a somewhat despair-filled list of “woe is me” songs than to do a 180 into some hazy indie pop. Have only had a few listens of this track from Weekender, but I’m already sold on the killer transition from verse to chorus.