Songs of the Week 31: October 11 – October 17

allure#5. Allure – By Surprise

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Think Chris Malinchak. Think The Owner by NTEIBINT, which I shared back on Week 20. Whatever those the vibe of those songs has going for it, Allure comes through with on By Surprise. Some sweet, bouncy disco-esque stuff here.


Gems#4. Gems – W/O U

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Super excited for Gems’ debut album later this month. To appease me (obviously), they released W/O U just over a week ago that sounds exactly as you’d hope a Gems song sounds – dreamy and delicate with just a pinch of haunting.


skizzy mars#3. Skizzy Mars Feat. Blackbear – Chemistry

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If this was one week later, I have a feeling Chemistry would be my favorite song for that top 5. It has that vibe of a song that just grows on you. Even as I write this (while listening to the Chemistry) I feel like this should be higher. Skizzy Mars is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t know why I consider him a guilty pleasure, but I do. He has a knack for creating songs that are just so disgustingly singable, usually complete with a “stuck in your head for days” chorus. However, it’s a strong lineup this week and I just don’t think this one has had enough time on my playlist to marinate and pass the top 2 songs.


ACES#2. Aces – I’m Already Gone

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Aces used to have the notable distinction of having only one song on their repertoire, and it being possibly one of my favourite songs ever. I was constantly on the lookout for another track, and week by week let down when nothing new showed up on their soundcloud. Then a few months ago came What Do You Think They’ll Say About Me?, and while it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination it didn’t hit me like Find Me Out did. It didn’t make my top 5 that week. However, late last week they released I’m Already Gone, which has me swooning all over again. Everything I loved about Find Me Out is back here, with gorgeous vocals, a slow, almost lullaby like pace and a fantastic finish. I’m a picky guy, and batting at 0.666 clip is probably better than 99% of the other artists I follow.


mccoy#1. McCoy – GoodGirls

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I have no idea who this is. His soundcloud page has no links to any facebook or website, and he has no other songs to his credit. There’s not even any description on his soundcloud page about who he is or what he’s all about. What there is, though, is GoodGirls; a banging hip-hop/electro track that is made for clubbing and dance parties everywhere. Certain songs make me wish I was a DJ (not the producing type – although that’d be amazing – but the type that plays at parties and events) because frankly I love dancing to my own music… and no one ever seems to know my favourite songs at any event I go to.

Best of the Rest #9 – “It’s Gonna Be Alright”

Chris Malinchak – So Into You

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Back when Chris Malinchak was simply known as Malinchak, he released So Into You… and my god was it (and still is) glorious. It’s not a complex track by any stretch of the imagination (I think there are maybe 20 words in the entire song). But the way it builds into, well, not really anything… the little “it’s gonna be alright” bits…  the feeling of calm over the entire song… it all comes together to create probably one of my all time favorite “chill” songs. Fire this one up, head out to your backyard patio, pop open a beer (or your alternative choice of refreshment) and just bask in soothing sunlight and the tranquil sounds of (Chris) Malinchak. There ain’t much better.