Songs of the Week 75: August 21 – August 27


hudson scott#5. Hudson Scott – Get Down

It’s been an unreal week for music discovery. I literally have the next 3 weeks all set up for track to share (and as such, it might take a while to work through the ensuing backlog that could accumulate). And it’s not like I’m stretching for quality or anything… in fact quite the opposite. There are so many good tracks that won’t get #1, #2 or #3 of the week that it kind of bums me out. ANYHOW, starting this week of is Hudson Scott who, for the first four or five plays, had me CONVINCED he was the lead singer of Tesla Boy (he’s not, but he damn well could be).

ben macklin and nude disco#4. Ben Macklin & Nude Disco – Understand //

GOD I LOVE BEN MACKLIN. There may not be anyone better right now at producing chilled prog-house music. Everything he makes is amazing. If you need a playlist for the beach, just fire up his soundcloud and you are set. Can’t say I know much about Nude Disco, but this collab here has produced a glorious 4.75 minutes of groove.

running touch#3. Running Touch – This Is Just To Say

This came out of no where. I think, through the magic of forgetting to stop soundcloud after your playlist was over, Soundcloud jumped to a random song that I might like based on my listening habits… and this was it. I can’t quite put my finger on what this is. Jazz? Pop? Soul? It’s a real cool blend of a lot of genres that creates a song that basically will do what it wants and be much too cool for you.

the naked and famous#2. The Naked & Famous – Laid Low

I’m sitting here with one browser window open to the “purchase” screen of tickets for the upcoming T/N/A/F show in Vancouver. On one hand, it’s goddamn The Naked & Famous. On the other hand, I’m poor and already have 4 shows and a wedding to go to in October. Is it really a wise decision? Yes, yes it is… because by then their new album will be out and, even if in some unnatural way it’s poop, I’ll still get to rock out to Laid Low for close to 4 minutes. This is so so good.

lincoln jesser#1. Lincoln Jesser – Lost With You

I distinctly remember hearing Lost With You for the first time, and during the opening minute to minute and a half just PRAYING that there’d be vocals (I’m not a fan of instrumentals). Everything about the beat and production on this one had the makings of an easy #1 of the week kind of song, and I would have been so bummed had there been no vocals. Alas, the worry was unecessary. We get some perfect lyrics laid down by Lincoln himself that makes this the perfect song to wind down summer on.

Songs of the Week 64: June 5- June 11

otherside#5. Otherside – Blowback

This is the first week that I’ll confidently say the rankings don’t matter. Nothing stuck out to me as head and shoulders better than anything and instead we have five tracks I feel are all equally great listens. Starting off is a soulful jam from Otherside with a real sensual feel to it.

betty who#4. Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever

Carried almost entirely by an impressive vocal performance, I Love You Always Forever manages to keep my attention because Betty Who has a downright gorgeous voice.

cold pool#3. Cold Pool – Trouble

I’m usually good for one easy-listening prog house track a week. This time it’s a Russian outfit that goes by the name Cold Pool who have me hooked. I wish there was a bit more vocal play going on here, but hey… beggers can’t be choosers.

kat vinter#2. Kat Vinter x G. Jnr – 100% (Below Zero) //

Heard this one a few weeks ago, but it really wasn’t until last week that I got really into it. It’s weird. I’m not sure about some parts. But I still have it going on my playlist constantly. The oddity of it all has me good I guess.

garden city movement#1. Garden City Movement – She’s So Untouchable

Oh god those 2 notes from the… guitar??…. in the background. The way it plays off that subtle notes from the… drums???… magic. As you can tell, I have the trained ear of a master musician. Whatever those sounds are that complement the sweet, sweet verses of this track have me coming back to this one again and again. This song is basically the best elevator music made ever.