Songs of the Week 253: February 2 – February 8

north downs-nightlife blues#5. North Downs – Nightlife Blues

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Think I mentioned it last week but it bears another call out – the recent drop from North Downs was sneaky good.


fika#4. Fika – Slow Things Down

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Early contender for the “indie-lovers wedding first dance track of the year” award.


gallant#3. Gallant – You Have Terrible Posture

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Gallant oddly drops tracks at random between Spotify & Soundcloud, just to keep ya on your toes. Luckily, I follow him on both platforms, and have been digging the oddly-titled You Have Terrible Posture.


pat lagoon#2. Pat Lagoon – Smooth With It

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These are some sweet, sweet beats produced by LHK. Pat Lagoon takes advantage, with a pretty smooth flow himself. The chillest of tracks.


dornik#1. Dornik Feat. Barney Artist – Retail Therapy

soundcloud.com/dornik

After a disgustingly long break (according to Soundcloud, it’s been 2 years since a track and 4 years since his killer album), we finally hear from Dornik again. It’s just as I remember… killer vocals and stuff that doesn’t quite get you dancing, but will definitely have you bopping along.

Hey Listen! (to this): 2019’s Best Albums

It’s that time of year again. Lists. Lists everywhere, for everything. Many of them pretending to be legit but actually are just paid placements. Some of them being utter crap, playing you for a fool with a clickbait title. Luckily for you, I am not nearly popular enough to garner attention from anyone to pay me anything for placement, and I think clickbait is the devil. As such, you’re getting the straight goods – an unbiased collection of my favorite albums discovered during the last year. Or would it be a completely biased? Well, either way, it’s hot stuff. I’m not typically an albums guy – I like my singles – so it’s really something special when I find an album that I come back to again and again for tracks to feature on this blog.

Anyway, enough preamble. It’s list time.


#5. Broods; Don’t Feed The Pop Monster

Released: Feb. 1, 2019

Notable tracks: Too Proud, Peach, Hopitalized, Falling Apart, Dust, Old Dog

I’ve always had a soft spot for Broods. They’d already released countless tracks I was really into. It thus surprised me further when they released Don’t Feed The Pop Monster and still managed to blow my mind with tons of quality, “top track of the week” music.


#4. Garcons; Be Human

Released: Oct. 10, 2019

Notable Tracks: Ladybug, Firestarter, Froggin, Moonlight

I love that no two Garcons tracks sounds too similar, but you can still instantly recognize who it is a few bars into the track. Weird, goofy, but still brilliant.


#3. Gallant; Sweet Insomnia

Released: Oct. 25, 2019

Notable Tracks: Sharpest Edges, Paper Tulips, Sweet Insomnia, Hips, Hurt, Sleep On It

Love me some Gallant. His early stuff blew me away, then he had a little spurt in the middle where I wasn’t much of a fan. Then BAM! Sweet Insomnia. Almost every song is special.


#2. Monsune; Tradition

Released: Sept. 20, 2019

Notable Tracks: Cloud, Outta My Mind, Mountain

Ok ok it’s just a 5-track album… but all five tracks are well worth a listen and three of them are amongst my absolute favorites of the year. So yea, it’s making the list, and it’s getting that #2 spot. It’s that good.


#1. Vlush; Who 250

Released: May 24, 2019

Notable Tracks: Byof, Bored, Goner, First Town Down, Happy Talk, 98 Degrees

So this one is a kinda cheating. I’m giving this album credit for introducing me to vlush overall, and there are tons of tracks not on this album (released previous to it) that also blew my mind this year. However, Bored and Goner are probably in my top five tracks of the year. I just can’t stop listening. The entire album kind of feels like a pet project for this dude, as if challenged by a friend who said “bet you can’t make an album” and our dude was all “oh ya? watch me” and proceeds to drop this. And it’s a stunner. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Straddles the line of raw, made-in-a-bedroom sound with studio-produced. I really hope this isn’t a one-and-done story (it was, for as much as I can tell, his debut album), but I also do not know how you’d follow this one up.