#5. Xains – Set Me Off
Pulsing debut from Xains, rife with layered, distorted vocals and catchy progression.
#4. Angus & Julia Stone – Nothing Else
Many moons ago I went through a major Angus & Julia Stone phase. I ate up every single and album they churned out for a good couple years. Haven’t given them many listens recently, but did take their newest album out for a spin and found Nothing Else, which gave me some nostalgic feels. Glad to see they still have that magic.
#3. Caity Krone – Record About You
Another track with some great progression. I’m into it more and more with each new “stage” that pops in. I’m also a sucker for some catchy lyrics and twangy guitar (yet oddly enough, I’m not one for country).
#2. Nocturnal Tapes – Close My Eyes
Loved Visions IV, the latest release from Nocturnal Tapes. A whole bunch of stellar tracks, all with the almost-shoegaze sound they’ve come to be known for. Close My Eyes is the best of the lot in my opinion.
#1. Partynextdoor Feat. Halsey – Damage
Cool. Super cool. Haven’t been able to turn this off. Always kept a passive eye on the crazy volume of music Partynextdoor has been churning out, and Damage is why I keep tabs on this guy. So cool.
#5. Caswell – Dance Sober
I find this track irresistibly cute, which is an unusual way for me to feel about a song. Guess it helps that it’s also got a chorus which’ll be stuck in your head for days.
#4. Faux – Take Back Time
The 90s are mostly known for grimey punk rock, but there was also the Janet Jackson-poppy RnB that ruled the airwaves. This track by relatively unknown Faux makes me think of that with it’s danceable nostalgia.
#3. Allan Rayman – Word of Mouth
Feels like it’s been quite a while since we’ve been graced with new Allan Rayman music. Word of Mouth is as Allan Rayman as it gets, with the dinstinct vocals and hints of western/oater notes in the flow. Really digging the guitar.
#2. Andrew Bayer Feat. Alison May – Signs of the Fall
I wouldn’t call prog house one of my favorites genres, but when I come across a track I like it dominates my playlist for the following few months. I find them the most addictive of all genres. Something about the, well, progression.. of the tracks just sucks you in and after the first listen, the predictability of the track works in it’s favor. Doesn’t hurt that a lot of prog house music comes with stunning, catchy vocals.
#1. Kill Paris Feat. Dotter – Red Lights
Gotta give this until the chorus to shine. Dance party central. And man, can anyone rack up soundcloud plays like Kill Paris? Only been out 18 days and the kid already has 288k+ plays on this bad boy. Impressive stuff.