#5. Curren$y Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Superstar
Da da dada da dada da da. Curren$y is back (although to be honest it’s not like he was gone very long). My favourite track off of his Canal Street Confidential is the Ty Dolla $ign featured Superstar. I’d say this album was more radio-ready than most of the earlier stuff Curren$y has released, but it still has that easygoing vibe that makes him so damn easy to listen to.
#4. Jarryd James – Sure Love
This sounds a lot like a pop-star in the making here with Jarryd James and his third release (of the four he currently has on his soundcloud). Catchy, solid vocals and great rhythm all comes together in a real nice poppy, RnB track.
#3. RomCom – Fast Forward Rewind
If you need a little 80s back in your life (or maybe early 90s, but the non-grungey part of the early 90s), then RomCom has you covered with their debut single. It’s gorgeous and pure nostalgia.
#2. Smoke Season – Loose
Not only is the video powerful, but the song has this sense of command in it. It’s another track that I feel like is just waiting to explode in sound as it builds, and then it… doesn’t. It just ends, and it ends leaving me wanting more (but wanting in more in a very good way).
#1. Noella Nix – Holding On
Been a very poppy week of music apparently (outside of Curren$y, altho I’d even argue that was poppy hip hop). To be honest I am not too sure why I love Holding On so much, but there’s something in the sound that has me addicted.
#5. LNKAY – Hurricane
Right from the opening notes you know this is gonna be a power song. I’m horrible at research (aka I’m lazy), so I cannot determine if this is in fact her debut song or not… but if it indeed is I’d say it’s a damn fine starting point.
#4. Bitter’s Kiss – The Rope
Bitter’s Kiss’ The Rope is like a story. As I listen I feel like someone is recounting an experience they had in the past to me, but in song. It manages to be completely captivating despite not having any real highs or lows…it just kind of floats. Bitter’s Kiss looks to be another to add to the long (and ever growing) list of haunting female vocalists hitting the scene.
#3. Gunplay Feat. Stalley & Curren$y – Chain Smoking
Was perusing some of Curren$y’s featured tracks when I came across this fantastic track by Gunplay. I’m not sure if it exists, but if it did “chillhop” would be my favourite sub-genre of hip hop. Stuff you blast while cruising along Sunset Blvd (not that I live in LA, but it’s what I envision every time I think of driving to music). While Gunplay and Stalley both sound solid, I get giddy when I hear Curren$y’s patented “da da da da da” before he launched into his verse. Makes me want him to release a Pilot Talk 4 (even though Pilot Talk 3 came out just this year).
#2. Mountain Bird – Dream
Starts real slow – but then the clap-along starts up and the songs takes off. From that moment on, the words “I’m still dreaming about your hands” was stuck in my head for days. I also really love the atmospheric feel and sound explosion of the chorus. Dream is made for headphones.
#1. Colyer – Out For You
This week has been ALL OVER THE PLACE. Got some hip hop, some pop, some power ballads and now a good ol’ fashioned country-rock song. Out For You has me hooked with it’s “singability”. Seriously, after only 3 listens I already have the whole song memorized and sing along readily every time it comes up on my playlist. I’m typically not a big country or rock fan, but this one has got me and got me good. The second he belted out “there’s something about the way you hang your legs out that car window”, I knew this would be tops of my list this week.