Songs of the Week 86: November 6 – November 12

allan-rayman#5. Allan Rayman – Much Too Much

soundcloud.com/allanrayman

Allan Rayman has a very distinctive sound, which can be a blessing or a curse. While you can argue that a lot of Allan’s songs sound somewhat similar, the production and beats for a lot of his stand out tracks are gorgeous and catchy. This track no different, which a really cool, “tv drama set in NYC during the early 60s” feel to it.


taka-perry#4. Taka Perry Feat. Jimmy Davis – Fishy

soundcloud.com/taka-perry

This track’s first verse blows me away. It’s clever and catchy. I’m a bit let down after the first drop, but not enough to keep me from hitting repeat.


young-summer#3. Young Summer – Heart In Slo Mo

soundcloud.com/youngsummer

Young Summer is on quite the tear. Every new track she’s released this past year finds it’s way onto my playlist. Heart In Slo Mo is, in my humble opinion, not the strongest of her releases… but that says more about how goddamn amazing her past few tracks were.


warbly-jets#2. Warbly Jets – Alive

soundcloud.com/warblyjets

Catchy power-rock from Warbly Jets with their debut track, Alive. Straight goodness from start to finish here.


sigma#1. Sigma Feat. Birdy – Find Me

soundcloud.com/sigmahq

The song perhaps more famous for who stars in it’s music video (someone from the Netflix show Stranger Things… I don’t know, I haven’t watched it), Find Me is an awesome anthemic progressive house-feeling track from Sigma with lovely vocals from Birdy. I typically only post videos if I cannot find a Soundcloud link, but definitely go give this video a shot as it really gives the song another gear.

Songs of the Week 22: August 9 – August 15

delta mode

#10. The Delta Mode – Dejavu

soundcloud.com/thedeltamode

Yep. #10. Last week was an “end-of-season harvest” of awesome new music… so much so that I couldn’t limit it to just my 5 favorites. There were too many good songs. Some weeks I struggle to find 5 I like enough to share, so it’s nice that there’s finally been a week where it’s swinging the other way. To start things off is The Delta Mode and their panic-ridden, pump-up dance anthem Dejavu.


fjord#9. Fjord – Shapes

soundcloud.com/music-fjord

Shapes took a while to grow on me (and to be honest, I still feel like I have to convince myself I like the song sometimes). It’s a weird one – I don’t really like the individual components of the song. But when it comes together and the songs finishes, I inevitably think to myself “Damn, that was good”.


birdy-rhodes#8. Rhodes & Birdy – Let It All Go

soundcloud.com/rhodesmusic // soundcloud.com/officialbirdy

This is a nice song – the type you’d be proud to take home and show your parents (who are fed up of you showing up with some sort of rebellious song who’s too cool for school but yet so, so hot). The voices of both Rhodes & Birdy really compliment each other well, and the pounding chorus is chalk full of emotion. I’m also a sucker for piano-driven ballads.


wallace#7. Wallace Feat. Sampa The Great – Beauty

soundcloud.com/wa_ll_ace

I dig this song so bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s got such swagger. It knows it’s good. The vocals are downright gritty and the whole thing has a bluesy/jazzy undertone that works real well.


brandyn burnette#6. Brandyn Burnette – 1000 Degrees of Separation

soundcloud.com/brandynburnette

I never know how to classify songs like this. New-age RnB? Whatever it is, it’s probably my favorite genre. Following the sounds of Aquilo, Honne and R I T U A L is 1000 Degrees of Separation and the haunting vocals of Brandyn Burnette. Just a demo, but an extremely strong one at that. Love the direction this is taking.


milan#5. Milan – What If

soundcloud.com/hernameismilan

One of my favorite things in songs is when it’s unpredictable. Beats, lyrics, sounds… whatever it may be, if I don’t see it coming I like it even more. That’s how I felt the first time listening to What If. Every sound and lyric felt like it was unexpected. The direction kept changing and almost sounded improvised on the spot. Doesn’t hurt being gorgeous and having a killer voice either.


jamie woon#4. Jamie Woon – Sharpness

soundcloud.com/woon

I feel like it’s been much too long since I was grooving to the various tunes on Jamie Woon’s Mirrorwriting. Then, out of nowhere comes Sharpness, and it is smooooooooooth. Don’t tell me you don’t just yell out “yeah” with him every time the chorus begins… because you do.


elephante#3. Deluka – Home (Elephante. Remix)

soundcloud.com/iamtheelephante // soundcloud.com/delukaofficial

I’ve said it many times before, but get some chopped vocals in your song and I will love you. Elephante.’s spin on Home is made for the festival world. Clap-friendly buildup, danceable and an easy-on-the-ears drop. I’d kill to see this live.


mazde#2. Mazde Feat. LissA – Pitch Black

soundcloud.com/mazde

As I was listening to music this week and picking out songs that might make my list, Pitch Black didn’t make the first cut. But as I was listening to it again last night I started grooving, so I added it to the maybe pile. Then today, as I was ranking them and writing each up today, I kept saying “nah, Pitch Black is better than that one”… and now here we are, at #2. So there’s that. One of those songs that begs for a few listens before you judge it properly.


will-joseph-cook#1. Will Joseph Cook – Hearse

soundcloud.com/will-joseph-cook

This song is so brilliant. The writing of the lyrics is on point. Rarely do I find songs to be “smart”, but this one fits that bill. The one thing that draws me to hip hop is how well the artists are able to make words flow and make the sounds of the words connect. Will Joseph Cook does a bit of that here with Hearse. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s catchy as hell and has a great sound in general. But the lyrics and style of the vocals is what really draws me in and sells me on this one.