#5. Noah Slee Feat. Shiloh Dynasty – DGAF
A genre-bending tracking from Noah Slee starts us off this week. Really digging the subtle reggae vibes.
#4. Amber Run – Fickle Game
Jon Snow hits us at #4 with Fickle Game (ok jokes it’s Joe Keogh, lead singer of Amber rain). Hope you like close ups of lips, cause this video has loads of em. It’s also a beautifully haunting track.
#3. Ryley Walker – The Roundabout
Here’s something different. I’m not huge into folk or country, but there was a period of time a few years ago where I was really really into acoustic folk rock. Ryley Walker brought me back to that time with a catchy track by the name of The Roundabout. These types of tracks always feel like someone telling you a story around a campfire, which always is what draws me in.
#2. Flor – Hold On
I really debated making this track #1 this week. I feel like it’s gonna grow into one of my favorites of the year. It exudes positivity and hope, something that we’ll definitely need in 2017 after a pretty rough 2016. I’ve been following flor since their start a couple years ago, and dare I say I think they are close to really breaking out and becoming a household name. This track reminds me a lot of Two Door Cinema Club, which is some of the highest praise you can receive from me (as TDCC is one of my all time faves).
#1. Niaa – Last Night in Los Feliz
It’s been a bit of an unorthodox week of music, with some dancey-reggae, some acoustic folk, and now some jazzy pop from Niaa. I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s gorgeous. If I could ever happen upon music like this at some fancy piano bar, that’s basically my dream. One of those songs that’s able to tear you away from a deep conversation you are having to simply marvel at whatever act is up there on the piano.
#5. Curren$y Feat. Starlito – Told Me That
Curren$y makes way too much music for me to be able to keep up. I decided to check in on him as I hadn’t really heard anything since Pilot Talk III. Well, turns out he’s only released 3 billion mix tapes since then so I’m way behind. I did my best to catch up, and Told Me That was what I found myself groovin to the most.
#4. Harlea – You Don’t Get It
Real tough week this one. I honestly don’t like having this at #4… it should be at LEAST a #2. However, there is just so much quality stuff this week that Harlea will have to settle. It’s a stunning track, full of swagger and powerful chords that carry with it a bluesy-rock feel. Really really love the chorus.
#3. Ten Fe – Twist Your Arm
Despite not really blowing my socks off on the first listen, I’m kind of entranced by Twist Your Arm. It reminds me of songs I used to love in University – catchy pop rock that is deeper than it first appears.
#2. Ofenbach – Be Mine
When I first heard this track I was convinced it’d be #1. The beat is ridiculously catchy, something that will have you humming it for the rest of the day subconsciously after your first listen. However, as is often the case, a challenger appeared at the last minute…
#1. Bridgit Mendler Feat. Kaiydo – Atlantis (Max Liese Remix)
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Hit play and was really feeling the trap grooves. Like most, I was a bit worn out on the dubstep/track scene from last year’s overkill… but this one was re-igniting it a bit. AND THEN Kaiydo’s verse kicked in. GODDAMN. It’s some of the smoothest flow I’ve ever heard. I really wish there was one more verse, because I find that I listen to this track now just for that one minute of hip hop ecstasy.