#5. Harriet – Bring Me When You Go
Ugh. This is going to bother me. These guys remind me, to a T, of someone. Whomever it is, I’m sure they are awesome cause this song is awesome. Catchy, well-written lyrics. Basically, the recipe to a brilliant, easy-to-listen to indie pop song.
#4. nomad – I Wanna Give You Everything
This one is best served with the volume up. Some songs just sound better when they are pushing the boundaries of being “too loud”. This is one of those songs. Not quite enough here to really get you in full-dance mode, but this is perhaps a great way to warm up. You know, the song that makes me people think “hey, maybe it’s gonna be a dance party tonight”.
#3. break & Raveena – I’m Your Girl
On first listen, Raveena’s flow just didn’t sound right. My mind wasn’t expecting the direction she kept taking with her sound. Now, after a good 10-15 listens, I cannot picture it sounding any different. It’s perfect. Break’s production is gorgeous, and Raveena’s voice bounces along beautifully.
#2. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Remix)
Tom Rowlands (of Chemical Brother’s fame) transforms this killer New Order song (one of their newer tracks) by highlighting the ridiculously catchy lyrics. At least, that’s the highlight for me. I admittedly never really listening to much New Order growing up, but I can appreciate their sound and the tweaks Rowlands made to this to almost bring out all the parts that make New Order who they are. Does that make sense? I’m not sure, but I’m going to go with it anyway.
#1. The Knocks Feat. Matthew Koma- I Wish (My Taylor Swift) (Penguin Prison Remix)
This one shouldn’t be number one. At least I don’t think it should. But honestly, I cannot stop playing it. That one line… “Summertime, in Los Angeles”… it’s so brilliant. Songs, for me anyway, often come down to a moment. Something in the song that makes me smile, or that makes me lose my shit dancing… just something. If I was out partying and this song came on, I’m on the dance floor. I don’t care if it’s by myself, but the second that line comes on there will be an awkward white dude with no moves out there making a fool of himself. Penguin Prison was actually one of my very first “new music” loves, and I’m glad to see that he’s still creating some amazing stuff. The Knocks? Well, they are the kings of catchy, festival-ready pop rock. This song is no different (with or without the Penguin Prison edits). UGH. I SHOULDN’T LIKE THIS.