Owners of the coolest header image I think I’ve used for any blog post, Kilian & Jo’s debut single is a uplifting indie pop song with some catchy warped vocals that will remain stuck with you well after you first listen.
#4. Snakeships Feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – All My Friends (PREP Remix)
Seems to be me that Snakeships is remixed more than most artists. This one, by PREP, takes an already summer-ready track and adds some more summer. I’m not the biggest fan of Chance, but Tinashe sounds fantastic as usual.
Totally cheating this week. I actually considered this song for last week’s list, but decided it just couldn’t make the cut and beat out anyone else. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with Intimacy and the nostalgic feeling it gives me of 1990s angsty teen rock. Sometimes songs just need a little marinating.
#1. Hoodie Allen Feat. Blackbear and KYLE – Champagne and Pools
As with every Hoodie Allen song I have posted, I feel dirty. They all feel like guilty pleasure songs. I cannot, however, pretend that this chorus hasn’t been stuck in my head all week. Or that I haven’t been walking to work singing this for the entire way (it’s only a 5 minute walk). I am a huge fan of KYLE, and while I don’t know much about Blackbear I believe this is the second or third time he’s been featured in a song in one of my top 5 lists.
I have a confession – I’m actually a week behind on all my music posts. I’ve come across so much good stuff over the past few months that I’ve been banking songs for future weeks. So I’m losing some of the “freshness”, but at the end of the day I was never in that race anyway. So while it’s not prudent to say Hoodie Allen released a surprise new jam last week, it is fair to say he released it the week before. Much like his other stuff, it’s a light and fluffy college rap track that should please anyone who’s already a fan of his.
EDEN is becoming a regular feature on this blog – and honestly I can’t really figure out what it is that draws me in. I think there’s a bit of nostalgia here, as the sounds of desperation and pain really reminds me of a lot of music I used to dig in high school (the Taking Back Sundays, Bright Eyes and Dashboard Confessionals of the world).
I’m not ashamed to admit that I adore this song simply because of the chorus. It’s unfairly pleasant. I’m also a sucker for songs that give you the “hey ya”… because without a doubt I will sing it back with them. I will “hey ya” that shit all day long, and love every second of it.
I really don’t get it. I said it before so I’ll say it again – everytime AQUILO release a new song I expect to be let down. It’s not that I don’t believe in their ability to churn out good music, it’s just that I NEVER come across bands that continually release songs that one-up their previous releases. Each successive track has me falling in love with these guys all over again. Good Girl has a bit more dancey-flair to it (especially compared to how sombre and haunting their previous tracks have been), and yet doesn’t lose that AQUILO feel.
Ranking 4-2 wasn’t easy this week, but #1 was a slam dunk. I have not been able to stop playing Bye Bye ever since it graced my ears. At first listen I knew it reminded me of something else on my playlist, and I finally found it this morning… the Duranteremix of Shells by Laurel. It’s all in the synths and the gloriously bubblegum-popesque female vocals. I’m banking that this one will make a high entry on my top 10 songs list tomorrow.