Songs of the Week 82: October 9 – October 15

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

soundcloud.com/theboxerrebellion

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

soundcloud.com/nickjonasmusic

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

soundcloud.com/angus-dawson

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

soundcloud.com/two-door-cinema-club

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

soundcloud.com/aquilo

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 78: September 11 – September 17

flawes#5. Flawes – You Are All I See

soundcloud.com/flawesband

If you are a fan of R I T U A L, Aquilo or similar, then dig in for some good times with Flawes. A serene yet emotive You Are All I See is my favorite track from their Unspkn EP released a few weeks ago.


glass-animals#4. Glass Animals – Youth

soundcloud.com/glassanimals

Heard this track wayyy back when the video was released in July, and it took all the willpower I had to hold off sharing until now (I decided to wait until they released their album). This song kinda creeps me out. I don’t know what it is, but it just gives me a sense of unease… and yet I still find myself enjoying every moment of it.


ali-robertson#3. Ali Robertson – Closer

soundcloud.com/alirobertsonmusic

If I was a better person, I’d go back and dig through my post history to find proof – but instead I’m just going to claim that Ali Robertson is 3 for 3 with his releases finding a place on my weekly lists. Needless to say I’m a fan. This track does it for me with the little “oooh ooh ooh” vocal loop that plays during the chorus. Nice times.


moonzz#2. Hydde & MOONZz – Anything You Want

soundcloud.com/imoonzz // soundcloud.com/HyddeMusic

It’s not just Ali Robertson that is killing it with every release right now… MOONZz continues to impress me with her ability to produce different sounds with each new track. Loving this collab with Hydde.


rye

#1. Rye – Wildlife

soundcloud.com/user-925934873

While there’s some work to be done on the branding side of things (yea I’m talking to you user 925934873…), you can’t deny the pompous swagger of WildlifeIt’s one of those songs that knows it’s good and doesn’t give a shit. Plus it comes in at that sweet spot for length: ~2.45. Just long enough to get you grooving, but ending early enough that it leaves you wanting more. And so, we hit play again. And again. And again.