#5. Sidizen King Feat. Kendra Mack – Roll The Dice
Easy-listening pop hip hop (pop hop?) with Sidizen King’s newest track. Really like the backing vocals from Kendra Mack.
#4. Sunset Child Feat. Charlz – Chew Candy (Never Seen Anything Like You)
It’s summer right? Right?! We’re getting close, and the tropical summer vibes of Sunset Child will hopefully put you in the mood for beaches and warm weather.
#3. Zola Blood – Nothing
I really like dark rock. I mean, I probably made up that genre, but if it WAS real Zola Blood’s Nothing would fall in that category. It has an uneasy feeling to it, like something bad is about to happen.
#2. YesYou Feat. Damon Trueitt – Change Is Gonna Come
This is less a #2 track and more a #1-B. Damon Trueitt’s deep, sultry voice is definitely the most noticeable part of the track, but I’m completely in love with the “ooh ohhh ohhhs” that start up around 1:40 in. Stuff like that just completely blows my mind. This track really reminds me of the house-esque movement in the 90s… I mean this could be Fatboy Slim and I wouldn’t have batted an eye.
#1. London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man
I’m very excited for the new London Grammar album coming. I’m trying to temper my expectations, because frankly I’m almost always kinda let down when one of my favorite bands releases a follow up to their outstanding debut album. However, the songs that the LG crew have shared so far have all been spectacular… and their newest release OH Woman Oh Man is easily my favorite. June can’t come quickly enough!
#5. Night Drive – Rise And Fall (Classixx Remix)
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Start the week off with a nu-disco/prog-house remix from Classixx that’s just made for rocking out to in your car while cruising the streets.
#4. Litany – Flaws
Admittedly haven’t really been following Litany since their outstanding single Woman. Turns out I haven’t missed much, as Flaws is really their first release since. Not quite as quirky was Woman was, but I’d say it’s just as catchy.
#3. Two Door Cinema Club – Lavender
While I’m a MAJOR TDCC fanboy, I wouldn’t say I was enamoured with their recent release Gameshow. Lavender didn’t make a major impression on me when I gave the album it’s initial first few listens. However, the boys released a music video for said track recently that shows them playing it live, and well… it totally changed the song for me. Their live shows are a blast, and seeing them play the song and watching the crowd groove along almost gave Lavender a bit more bump.
#2. OkayChe – Late Night
Last week I was lamenting how I’ve just not been hearing a lot of hip hop that I’ve liked. Well, this week the top two tracks are both hip hop (although – spoiler alert coming – having Kendrick release an album is kind of cheating). OkayChe is brand new find for me. Really digging the electro feel here.
#1. Kendrick Lamar Feat. Rihanna – Loyalty
I find it odd that there’s obviously another artist on this track (specifically, the hook before the chorus), but they aren’t mentioned in the features (or more likely, I’m just not a smart human and it’s Kendrick distorted or something). Anyway, unpopular opinion time – wasn’t a huge fan of DAMN. Like To Pimp A Butterfly, I recognized it was a brilliant record… but I just didn’t want to play the songs. Same story here. Every song is crisp, usually with some serious depth and smart lyrics. That said, I don’t find myself wanting to play much off of this record when I have a chance to put some music on. Loyalty is easily my favorite track on the album, and I actually think Rihanna’s verse is what carries the day here (I do love me some Rihanna).