Songs of the Week 152: February 11 – February 17

vodi#5. Vodi – Pressure

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This song never quite lives up to the first 45 seconds. It’s a lovely tune no doubt (in fact their entire recent album is a glorious listen). But man, those first 30-45 seconds are soft rock bliss.


sophia bel#4. Sophia Bel – When The Sun Is Good

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Catchy pop that would be perfectly at home in an upscale piano bar type environment. Swagger abounds here.


lcaw#3. L C A W Feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Hummingbird

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I want to like this so much more than I do. Seems to tease me with every listen with the “this is what I could have been” kinda sound. I’m a harsh critic, so that sounds like I’m not a fan which couldn’t be farther than the truth. Great track. Wanted it to be even greater.


the wombats#2. The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue

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These guys should totally play a show with Two Door Cinema Club. What a dance rock party that would be. Haven’t actually had a chance to listen to the new album yet, but I had heard the single a few weeks back and absolutely adore it. Wanted to wait until the album release before sharing. So good.


loyals

#1. Loyals – Hold On

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Another track I’ve been waiting to share until the album was released (and again, have yet to listen). Just been playing this guy on repeat for the past two weeks. Can’t put my finger on exactly what it is that has me coming back again and again.

Songs of the Week 151: February 4 – February 10

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

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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

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Love the vocals on Ashdown’s Can You Tell.


rosewood bape#3. Rosewood Bape – Savage

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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

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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

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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.