#5. Command – Cowboy Killer
If you are looking for a new artist with a pretty unique sound, Command may be your thing. Only two tracks to check out (on Soundcloud anyway), but can’t say I’ve heard anything like it in a while.
#4. Brett – California Nights
Good ol easy-listening pop rock always has a place on my playlist. Been really enjoying all the stuff from Brett after hearing their new release Mustangs EP. California Nights is not from that EP, but instead a EP released last year.
#3. Allan Rayman – Go My Way
Allan Rayman comes out in this one sounding like he’s Kurt Cobain singing on Nevermind. Bit o’ grime and a bit o’ country.
#2. Jordan Bratton – Sunsets
Chorus just slays on this one. Love it so much.
#1. The Ramona Flowers – Strangers
Been a while since I’ve come across a track that gives me an uncontrollable urge to dance. Enter The Ramona Flowers and Strangers. Honestly that robot voice hook is what has me addicted to this track. I really really wish they’d kept it going throughout instead of just making it a feature in the first two verses. It’s disgustingly catchy.
#5. Kan Wakan – Space Owl (Cut The Rope)
Super smooth stuff from Kan Wakan on Space Owl (Cut The Rope). Has a real “mature” sound to it, like it’s made for real upstanding adults who appreciate the finer things in life.
#4. Maudlin Strangers – I Suppose
Really intrigued by the unusual sounds that pulse in the background during the entirety of this track – almost like an alien blob breathing or something. It’s subtle, and I can’t quite make out what instrument it is. Similar to the previous track, this has a bit of a jazz-bend to it that screams sophistication.
#3. Ruby Empress – Kimono House
Ruby Empress are one of the few bands in my catalog right now for whom I eagerly await each new release. Their stuff is just so cool and interesting. I LOVED the Empressionism album – real excited to see what else they have coming down the pipe (also give this one 2+ minutes… as it really gets going halfway through).
#2. Aquilo – Ghost
After literally wow-ing me with release after release for the past 2 years, I’ve struggled a bit with the stuff from the boys in Aquilo this year. Nothing’s really been giving me those goosebumps that they so often gave me last year. Their album release this week though has changed that – Ghost is a fantastic track and a bit of change of pace for them (little more acoustic-sounding than usual).
#1. Maroon 5 – Lips On You
This one was unexpected. I’ve never been a big Maroon 5 guy. For whatever reason though I decided to give Red Pill Blues a listen during work this week and I’ve been addicted to Lips On You since. It’s got the inside track on my “guilty pleasure” song for this year… right up there with Bruno Mars and 24K Magic.