#5. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
Something different starts this week… at least something different for what I typically fall for. Some folksy-rock came across my doorstep this past week by way of Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam… and it’s what I’d call “adorable rock”. It’s like love song sung by a really drunk dude at the bar for his girl at the end of the night.
#4. Kali Uchis – Rush
Kali has a sound that strikes me as classic. This could be a track from the 80s, 90s, 00s… maybe it’s the jazz vibes that do it. Rush is my favorite track from her recently released Por Vida.
#3. Majik – Friends (Under the Influence)
I don’t know if it’s that the XX influenced a whole ton of new acts we’re seeing now, or if they just all share a sound that in my head is very similar. Majik’s got that the XX minimalism thing going on that really makes the vocals stick out and gives the song a pretty somber feel.
#2. Dvsn – Another One
I know I know, Spotify. It’s all I could find though, and frankly if you don’t at least have the free version of Spotify you definitely should. Dvsn was a new discovery for me this week, and Another One was the track that stuck with me.
#1. Khalid & Brasstracks – Whirldwind
soundcloud.com/thegreatkhalid // soundcloud.com/brasstracks
This Khalid kid… man. Watch for him, as he has some major talent. So excited to see what he does in the next few years. This collab with Brasstracks for the #songsfromscratch project is fucking gorgeous. I love brass instruments, and the music Brasstracks created for this track is nothing short of gorgeous (especially the explosion of sounds during the chorus). However, it’s the lyrical play from Khalid that blows my socks off. From the moment that first verse ended I knew this was taking spot this week. The line just over 35 seconds in “I’ve written a thousand songs about you; I’m just hoping that one day you’ll hear it” is beautiful, catchy and the moment I knew that this song was killer.
#5. Tom Grennan – Something In The Water
A lovely, folksy and yet somehow grimy Tom Grennan track starts us off this week. Full of raw emotion and some real ear-pleasing guitar, Something In The Water this is quite a debut track for any artist.
#4. Amber-Simone – Throwing Arrows
Seeing as this was my first introduction to Amber-Simone’s soundcloud, I had a real hard time picking just one track to share. There are 3 to 4 up there that I’m finding myself playing on repeat right now. Known to me mostly for his features on some Joe Hertz tracks, I’m not really sure why it never occurred to me to see if there was any solo material up. Getting a little bit of early-Weeknd vibes here.
#3. Dorsal Fins -Heart On The Floor
It was the newly released Sedated that introduced me to Dorsal Fins, but Heart On The Floor is what kept my attention. A fun, pop track with a bit of 80s flair to it.
#2. Talos – Reborn
I distinctly remember not feeling too great about the new Talos track, Reborn. Yet, I kept hearing it everywhere (on playlists, on blogs, on hype, on spotify). It wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually, it won me over. The calmness of the verses and the panic of the chorus’ are both captivating and catchy.
#1. Blajk – Lethal
#’s 2-5 this week were interchangeable and very much debated right up til the end for me. However, there was never any question about which song would take top spot. I am addicted to Lethal and it’s unfairly catchy guitar riff’s. Those little plucks are subtle yet brilliant, and the lyrics are catchy as can be. I have plans to get back to updating my top 10 list, and there’s no doubt in my mind this track will be on it.