Songs of the Week 72: July 31 – August 6

xaxo#5. XAXO – Safe Unknown

XAXO only have two songs on their Soundcloud, both of which I heard for the first time this past week. Either could have made my top 5 list as both are sensational. They have a bit of the Weeknd’s sexiness, but with a bit more electro feel. Really digging this sound.

boy & bear#4. Boy & Bear – Breakdown Slow

Boy & Bear are my goto for a nice, relaxing afternoon at one’s cabin out by the lake. I’m really hoping to catch their show when they are in town (Vancouver) in October. Would be my first time seeing them live, and I can only imagine how chilled out that atmosphere would be. (P.S. sorry, video above will require you to go to YouTube. Couldn’t find any other links tho :/)

caitlyn-scarlett#3. Caitlyn Scarlett – Rust

Love everything about Rust, the latest from Caitlyn Scarlett. All of it. The verses, the chorus, the voice, the pacing, the rhythm. It’s just a nice time. Reminds me of something that would have been on the Garden State soundtrack (which, at the time, was THE soundtrack to be on).

vulfpeck#2. Vulfpeck – Back Pocket

I want to be friends with the kids at Vulpeck so badly. Just watch any of their videos or listen to any of their tracks. “Groovy” in band form. It’s pure fun. Smiles everywhere. Usually I don’t link to live Youtube clips, but I think this does such a good job of describing everything I love about these guys that I had to. I mean really, if you want to hear the studio version the Soundcloud link is there.

shells#1. Shells – Jagwar

Jagwar commands your attention from the first note and doesn’t let go. The pacing is haunting and is complimented with gorgeous, powerful vocals.

Songs of the Week 63: May 29 – June 4

shouse#5. SHOUSE Feat. Habits – Whisper

Sometimes tracks stick with me just because they are different from everything else in the moment. SHOUSE & Habits dark, intimidating sound that also mixes in some nostalgic feelings of late 80s synths. I do think the track fades a bit as it goes, but boy does it start off with strength.

katmaz#4. Katmaz – Nautical Things

Whereas the SHOUSE song faded for me, Katmaz’s Nautical Things starts off a tad slow but really builds up into an almost anthemic folk-esque track (is there such a thing?!).

the him#3. Jocelyn Alice – Jackpot (The Him Remix) //

The first two tracks were a bit out of my wheelhouse in terms of stlyes I usually go for. The Him bring me right back to what I gravitate towards most – catchy electronic dance music. Great energy in this remix of Jocelyn Alice’s Jackpot.

maala#2. MAALA – Kind of Love

Chet Faker’s voice double here (although maybe not quite the range that Chet has). Neverthelss – loving the tempo and changeups in style throughout Kind of Love. Might not have enough variety in the chorus to see longevity in the top songs rotation playlist, but for now there’s enough to keep me grooving.

ghosts#1. Ghosts Feat. Josh Roa – Haunted

Loving the vocals from Josh Roa here. Similar to MAALA’s track above, this is a dance-infused pop track with some nice changes in pace.