Songs of the Week 82: October 9 – October 15

the-boxer-rebellion#5. The Boxer Rebellion – Keep Me Close

Had the chance to see The Boxer Rebellion 4-5 years ago in Toronto. There’s something about their sound that I find captivating. Their guitar-driven brand of rock, combined with the distinctive voice of Nathan Nicholson, always get me excited every time a new album is released. While I didn’t find Ocean By Ocean as strong as their previous releases, Keep Me Close is definitely good for a bunch of repeat listens.

nick-jonas#4. Nick Jonas Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Bacon

I KNOW. I know. But bear with me here… Hoodboi just released a remix of Bacon that has been making the rounds across the blogosphere. Anytime I hear a remix I do my due diligence and give the original a listen as well. I wasn’t expecting much (Nick Jonas just isn’t my kind of stuff)… but you know what? This one worked. Yes it’s made for radio, but c’mon now. It’s catchy, easy to listen to “trappy-hip hop pop”. Whatever. I like it.

angus-dawson#3. Angus Dawson – Ocean in the Sky

Haven’t heard from Mr. Dawson in AGES (10 months, according to his soundcloud). Not since his brilliant release of Battles. Well, he’s back with another song to make you cry your eyes out and ponder life as we know it (to be honest I have no idea what the song is about but it just feels sad).

two-door-cinema-club#2. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Every TDCC album is good for at least one killer track (and that’s not to say there wont’ be more, but with every release there is always one track that I just can’t stop grooving to). On Gameshow, that track is Bad Decisions. TDCC are pure fun and another band I had the pleasure of seeing when I lived in Toronto. At that time, Sun was my favorite track and it had the same pop as this one does. I know I saw this about almost every band, but TDCC are really one of my top 5. I tend to be a singles guy (in that I really only like 1 or 2 songs from every artist), but there’s a whole catalog of tracks that I adore from these boys.

aquilo#1. Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand

Another Aquilo track, and another momebt of depressing brilliance. I can’t find a soundcloud or youtube link to the full, non-live version of this track (unless of course you have Soundcloud premium), so instead the above rendition will have to do. I’m seeing these lads in a few mere weeks in Vancouver, and I look forward to being blown away.

Songs of the Week 39: December 6 – December 12

major lazer#5. Major Lazer Feat. Kali Uchis – Wave

I cannot quite wrap my head around Major Lazer. Their sound, their image, their rabid, cult-like fan base. I mean I kind of get it, but a bigger part of me feels like I just missed the boat. However I’ve really been digging a release they had a couple weeks ago that features the delicious vocals of Kali Uchis. I’m not a big reggae fan (which tends to permeate through a lot of Major Lazer music), but this one hits me just right.

angus dawson#4. Angus Dawson – Listen

Battles was Angus Dawson’s release this past week; but, being the first time I’d had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Dawson, Listen is actually the track that caught my attention. A superbly simple song, one made for late night music sessions on your back patio in candlelight.

jarreau vandal#3. Jarreau Vandal Feat. Brasstracks & Niya Wells – Nobody Else

This one grew on me. It’s weird and has unusual pacing (especially in the chorus). There’s some very heavy sounds that kind of seem unpleasant on the ears upon first listen, but somehow it all comes together after a few rounds… to the point where it’s addictive. Sometimes the unusual is good.

jodie abacus#2. Jodie Abacus – Hot Kitchen

Apparently the theme this week is weird music – but this one isn’t weird for sound. It’s weird for content. The lyrics are odd, but goddamn is it not catchy. The way he sings just begs to be danced too. Some kind of urban funk going on here.

kehlani#1. Kehlani – Tore Up

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me personally, but I rate all my music (in iTunes). It’s a scale from 0.5 – 5 (you can get iTunes to show half-stars). Most songs that I post on my weekly blog get a rating of at least 3 stars. I think there’s been maybe one 2.5 star song to crack the list ever, and that was probably a real slow week. On the flip side, it’s very rare that I rate anything over 4 stars. The top 10 list page of my blog are mostly all songs that sit at 4 stars, with maybe one or two being 4.5 and maybe one or two being 5. In my collection of 4000+ songs, I only have twelve songs rated at 5 stars and maybe another fifteen at 4.5. ALLLLLL this is to say, the second I finished my first listen of Kehlani’s Tore Up, it made the 4.5 star category. That’s unusual first a first listen. It’s good. Real real good.