#5. Honne – One At A Time Please
Honne have nailed that “successful and classy” sound… you know, the type of track you play when you walk in the door of your downtown penthouse apartment after exiting your Bentley and just before you pour yourself the finest scotch money can buy. Yeah, that type of sound. Super common. (also my apologies for the Spotify link – could not find a working Soundcloud or Youtube link that worked in Canada).
#4. Laurel – San Francisco
Do you like Lana Del Rey? Well then, meet Laurel (although to be fair, San Francisco is the only one of her stellar cast of tracks that I feel like could be sung by Lana Del Rey and I wouldn’t know the difference).
#3. Richard Walters – July Bones
Sometimes when you are down and out, the only tonic is more depression. I mean this song could be about sugar plums, puppies and winning the lottery, but yet somehow the magical voice of Richard Walters would make me feel like having a good cry. P.S. I’m not known as a great compliment giver… so Richard Walters, take what you can from that and run with it!
#2. Loframes Feat. Anoraak – Since You’ve Gone
Anoraak was one of my first “discoveries” when I got deep into the music-blog world… aka one of the earlier moments when I realized there was music outside what the radio would play or what you would see on MTV/Much Music. Loframes… well I just straight up dig almost anything they put together. Together – well, picture cruising down the streets of Paris late a night, top down and not a care in the world. That’s what you have here.
#1. BOA – Pharoah
I don’t have anything witty or clever to say about this one. I don’t know much about BOA (this song was the first I’d heard of them). But it works. It works very very nicely and it grows on me more with every listen. They have a sound that I think would translate well to a live show at some small, intimate venue full of die hard fans who sing every lyric to every song.
#5. Feki Feat. Dom Vino – You Got Me
The song made for that scene in the next big “coming of age” movie where the young man takes those daring steps across the schoolyard to go ask out his high-school crush.
#4. Warm Brew – Mission
This one would be a no questions asked #1 for this week (and probably a top 10 favorite if I ever got around to updating that goddamn page) had they used that RIDICULOUSLY smooth hook before the chorus in that first verse as the chorus instead. It’s far and away the highlight of this track for me, and completely overshadows everything else. (Because I know absolutely nothing about music theory and probably called it the hook when it’s not even the hook, the part I’m referencing starts at 1:20 and goes to 1:47).
#3. Poolside – And the Sea
I can’t quite figure out what this song is for. There’s definitely some specific moment that works here. I mean, I want to say sitting by the pool, but I feel like I’m being subconsciously influenced there by the band name. Strolling down beachfront boulevards? I dunno…Whatever that moment is, they’ve captured it perfectly.
#2. Roosevelt – Fever
Super jazzed for Roosevelt’s debut album (coming out mid-August). For now we’re teased with Fever and all of it’s “long, lazy summer nights out frolicking” goodness.
Leo Stannard – In My Blood
If I was into men, I’d have a major crush on Leo Stannard … and to be honest, even tho I’m not into men I still can’t help but swoon every time a new track comes out and manages to have me swaying along to the plaints of love lost or love gained (one day I’ll actually pay closer attention to lyrics, but for now I just make educated guesses based on the flow and feel of the track). I have a major thing for tracks that breakdown and build back up, powered by some strong vocals and the gradual re-introduction of instruments (yea I know… it’s a bit of a niche thing…). In My Blood has it, and has it in the best way possible.