Songs of the Week 75: August 21 – August 27


hudson scott#5. Hudson Scott – Get Down

It’s been an unreal week for music discovery. I literally have the next 3 weeks all set up for track to share (and as such, it might take a while to work through the ensuing backlog that could accumulate). And it’s not like I’m stretching for quality or anything… in fact quite the opposite. There are so many good tracks that won’t get #1, #2 or #3 of the week that it kind of bums me out. ANYHOW, starting this week of is Hudson Scott who, for the first four or five plays, had me CONVINCED he was the lead singer of Tesla Boy (he’s not, but he damn well could be).

ben macklin and nude disco#4. Ben Macklin & Nude Disco – Understand //

GOD I LOVE BEN MACKLIN. There may not be anyone better right now at producing chilled prog-house music. Everything he makes is amazing. If you need a playlist for the beach, just fire up his soundcloud and you are set. Can’t say I know much about Nude Disco, but this collab here has produced a glorious 4.75 minutes of groove.

running touch#3. Running Touch – This Is Just To Say

This came out of no where. I think, through the magic of forgetting to stop soundcloud after your playlist was over, Soundcloud jumped to a random song that I might like based on my listening habits… and this was it. I can’t quite put my finger on what this is. Jazz? Pop? Soul? It’s a real cool blend of a lot of genres that creates a song that basically will do what it wants and be much too cool for you.

the naked and famous#2. The Naked & Famous – Laid Low

I’m sitting here with one browser window open to the “purchase” screen of tickets for the upcoming T/N/A/F show in Vancouver. On one hand, it’s goddamn The Naked & Famous. On the other hand, I’m poor and already have 4 shows and a wedding to go to in October. Is it really a wise decision? Yes, yes it is… because by then their new album will be out and, even if in some unnatural way it’s poop, I’ll still get to rock out to Laid Low for close to 4 minutes. This is so so good.

lincoln jesser#1. Lincoln Jesser – Lost With You

I distinctly remember hearing Lost With You for the first time, and during the opening minute to minute and a half just PRAYING that there’d be vocals (I’m not a fan of instrumentals). Everything about the beat and production on this one had the makings of an easy #1 of the week kind of song, and I would have been so bummed had there been no vocals. Alas, the worry was unecessary. We get some perfect lyrics laid down by Lincoln himself that makes this the perfect song to wind down summer on.

Songs of the Week 74: August 14 – August 20

seeing hands

#5. Seeing Hands – I Knew You

As you’ll soon see, this seems to be the week of summery, airy indie pop. I guess it goes hand in hand with the first real real warm week of weather we’ve had out here on the west coast of Canada. Debut from Seeing Hands is going to have you feeling those wind-in-the-hair, beach-side drives real fast.

oyster kids#4. Oyster Kids – Gum (Everybody’s My Friend)

Next on the docket is some Lighthearted indie pop from Oyster Kids. If this doesn’t have you tapping your foot, you need to rethink your priorities in life.

heartracer#3. Heartracer – Dream Girl

We now transport back to the 80s summer time for some retro-feeling stuff from Heartracer. Was really “well, this is ok” about this track until that guitar riff kicked in around the 1:20 mark. Then they take you on a hyper-driven ride for the last 3 minutes and it’s glorious.

moonzz#2. MOONZz – Every Every

Another one of those tracks where the chorus completely sold me on the song. Has a driving, synth-sounding sound to it, rife with warped vocals and an almost dubstep feel.

taku wafia#1. Ta-Ku & Wafia – Treading Water //

We finish with a delicate and lovely track from beats master himself Ta-Ku, who hooks up with Wafia as part of the (m)edian ep. Not often would I describe a track as “pretty”, but that’s exactly what this is.