#5. S.G. Lewis Feat. Kamille – Easy Loving You
Sometimes you don’t know you like a song until you see it live. Such was the case with S.G. Lewis, where I discovered two new “favorite” songs that I’d completely glossed over previously. Interestingly enough, both of these new faves were the encore songs.
#4. Geotheory – Stars & Pyramids
One of those songs that is straight up cool. Also belongs in some kind of dystopian movie… the track playing in the background when our protagonist enters his favorite bar.
#3. Dermot Kennedy – An Evening I Will Not Forget
Are you ready to cry? Because like it or not, when Dermot Kennedy starts singing there’s a good chance there won’t be any dry eyes in the room. He’s got such a unique ability to go from raw, unbridled passion to soft, whispers of emotion in his tracks. That ability is never shown better than An Evening I Will Not Forget halfway through. Beautiful song.
#2. Monsune – Outta My Mind
I almost feel guilty sharing any tracks after the masterpiece by Dermot Kennedy (which goes to show how brilliant I think that song is). That said, there’s something both endearing and painfully cute about Monsune’s music (which I only discovered a week or two ago). He now makes up almost half of my top 10 played tracks in the last 2 weeks.
#1. Lo Lytes – Wet
Tracks like Wet are why I enjoy the often-painful excerise of attempting to discover new music. There are a lot of misses. But when you find one that, within seconds, you know is going to be a favorite track of the year… it makes it all worth it. If only Spotify kept a record of how many times you’ve played your songs I would share how “on repeat” this song really has been. So so good.
#5. Rx Soul – All The Way There
My new favorite genre is grunge rnb. I don’t know if this counts, but it’s how I like to call tracks that give me Allan Rayman feels. Usually includes some real sexy guitar chords prominent in the background and some musty vocals to take center stage in what often is a very minimalistic sounding track. Grunge rnb. You heard it here first.
#4. Alina Libkind – Out Of My Head
Can’t get this goddamn song out of my head (*applause for pun please*). Seriously though. It’s so catchy. Luckily the track is gold. But man, I’m going crazy!!
#3. Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue – On A Night Like This
Ok first – what a band name. Second, do you like funk? Cause this is oozing swagger. Third, look a that dude. He looks like someone you want to have a beer with. Lastly, “rhythm” is one of those words that I don’t think I’ve ever actually been able to spell correctly on the first try. Sure has nothing to do with the track, but I felt it was important to share this shortcoming of my life.
#2. Pnau – Please Forgive Me
Almost every week I get to around Wednesday or Thursday and start thinking to myself “this is it – this is the week where I finally haven’t found enough quality tracks to share on the blog”. Yet somehow, Sunday comes and I got five songs that legitimately make me excited on each play. This week was looking real thin until I came across Pnau’s new album. It’s excellent. Could easily have featured three tracks from it, but I almost always try to only have one artist per week if possible. Super into the tropical dance vibes here.
#1. Dermot Kennedy – Moments Passed
Want some feels? Go check out the music video for this bad boy. Even without the music video, the raw passion is obvious here. On first listen of Moments Passed, my first immediate thought was “I NEED TO SEE THIS LIVE”. This guy has a new fan. Fucking amazing stuff (and lucky enough for me he’ll be in town in February).