Songs of the Week 31: October 11 – October 17

allure#5. Allure – By Surprise

soundcloud.com/allureproduction

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

soundcloud.com/gems-band

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

soundcloud.com/skizzymars

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

soundcloud.com/weareaces

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

soundcloud.com/realnamemccoy

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.

Songs of the Week 11: May 24 – May 30

gallant#5. Gallant – Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters Cover)

soundcloud.com/gallant // soundcloud.com/foofighters

Well this one was unexpected. Learn to Fly was one of my favourite songs growing up, including having one kickass music video. Don’t know if I could have ever pictured it being spun into a power ballad, but Gallant does what Gallant wants to do. And boy does he do it well.


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#4. ALAEV feat. Julia B – Light As A Feather (SoulCircuit Remix)

soundcloud.com/soulcircuitmusic // soundcloud.com/michaelalaev

This right here is some smooth house music. Not quite enough to get you going at a dance party, but perhaps the perfect song to play while everyone settles in, has a few drinks and breaks the ice. It’s like a dance appetizer.


terry urban#3. A$AP Rocky – L$D (Terry Urban Remix)

soundcloud.com/asvpxrocky // soundcloud.com/terryurban

I was at a bar last week that typically plays 90s rock. Suddenly the video for L$D came on. Seems like everyone and their grandmother has heard that song by now, despite the record being out what…maybe a week or two now? I love the track, and it would definitely have made my cut…but I decided to go with Terry Urban’s remix to keep things interesting. If you haven’t heard the original yet, definitely go give it a listen.


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#2. A$AP Rocky feat. Joe Fox – Holy Ghost

soundcloud.com/asvpxrocky

A$AP Rocky’s ALLA is amazing. I could have put quite a few tracks from it on my list this week. Out of all, it’s a close race between L$D and Holy Ghost for my favourite.


Rationale#1. Rationale – Re.Up

soundcloud.com/iamrationale

Yes. This will do nicely. The moment the song started I was in love. I’m already a fan of Rationale’s other release (Fast Lane), but Re.Up really made me perk up and take notice of these guys. Can’t wait to see what’s next.