Songs of the Week 151: February 4 – February 10

justin timberlake#5. Justin Timberlake – Breeze Off The Pond

Seeing JT perform all his old hits at the Superbowl made me realize how much I miss his old music (and in the same vein, how not into his new album I actually was). The only track that kinda gets me going is Breeze Off The Pond, and even then it takes 2.5 minutes to really get going. That said, the last 2 minutes are pretty damn nice.

ashdown#4. Ashdown – Can You Tell

Love the vocals on Ashdown’s Can You Tell.

rosewood bape#3. Rosewood Bape – Savage

Always pumped when I come across a new hip hop track that tickles my eardrums. I seem to have a really niche taste in hip hop, as the majority I find impossible to listen to (frankly the ‘skrrt skrrt’ in this one almost made me hate it out of principle, but it’s subtle enough that I can live with it). Smooth stuff.

dijon#2. Dijon – Stranger

Ok so I know Dashboard Confessional is still making music (he actually released a new album this past week I think). That said, his sound has really changed and I wasn’t too into it. Now, if you were to take his magical emo tracks that paved the way for a majority of my generation’s high school years and gave it a new name and updated sound, Dijon’s Stranger is EXACTLY how I’d picture that would sound. I’d love to see a new style of high school emo come out that has this feel to it.

exo#1. Exo – Monster

I blame Jack Black. Somehow I came across the Korean gameshow where they get non-Koreans to sing famous kpop songs and have Koreans guess what track it is… so there was Jack Black doing his darndest and boy was it amazing. Naturally I wanted to see what the actual songs were, and 4 hours later I had listened to the entire Exo catalogue (which is hilariously long). I’m a full on kpop fan now. Please send help. I can’t stop.

Songs of the Week 150: January 28 – February 3

georgi kay#5. Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures

This one’s definitely carried by it’s chorus and pulsating synths. Could do some pretty cool things with this one for a live performance.

black tiger#4. Black Tiger Sex Machine Feat. Panther – Zombie

This song tears me up. Part of it I absolutely adore – and then parts of it leave me wanting more or have me kinda waiting for it to pass so it can get back to the parts I like. Regardless, it’s something different than what I’m usually into and have had it on my playlist all week.

biocratic#3. Biocratic – Extra Fresh

No matter what song follows Black Tiger Sex Machine, it will feel like an emotional drop. BTSM just have so much raw energy in their music that it makes something as funky and danceable as Biocratic’s Extra  Fresh seem like tame. This one works best with volume at max and a house full of people busting some serious moves.

drake#2. Drake – God’s Plan

Not sure if you heard, but we got some new Drake last week. /sarcasm. Felt like both songs were very “safe”. Not quite “made for radio” safe, but he didn’t push the envelope in ways he’s done before. I’m totally cool with that. God’s Plan has some great verses and that signature Drake singability. Those 5-6 lines after the drop are brilliant.

above & beyond#1. Above & Beyond Feat. Justine Suissa – Naked

If I could pick any band I have yet to see live and go to their show tonight, Above & Beyond would probably be my choice. Every album they release puts me in a good mood and almost always has one or two tracks I get hooked to.