Songs of the Week 65: June 12 – June 18

lemarquis#5. LeMarquis – Lose Control

Another track that almost feels like it wants to explode with sound … but instead keeps itself a bit buttoned down. Part of me kind of wishes it went a little louder and a little crazier, as I’m really digging the components that are here.

brandyn burnette#4. Brandyn Burnette – State I’m In

I know I like this song more than I realize, if that makes sense at all. I think it’ll just take a few more weeks to grow on me. This isn’t the first song from Mr. Burnette I’ve featured… hopefully it ain’t the last either. Love his blend of folksy sounds with pop rock.

geovarn#3. Geovarn – Your Way

If you ever wondered what the love child of The Weeknd and Craig David would sound like… well wonder no more. It’s Geovarn (I mean it’s not really Geovarn, but roll with me here). Starts of pretty slow, but boy does he ever nail that second verse. So smooth.

soleima#2. Soleima – Wasted

We go from a Weeknd/Craig David sound to the new Sia voice clone. Right from the get go you can tell that the song is all about positive vibes and easy-going times.

khai#1. Khai – Alive

Some songs are too simple and just feel like they lack depth. Alive is not one of those songs. It sounds like a fairly simple song, but it also sounds very full. Is that the result of good production? I don’t know. I’m musically ignorant in terms of how songs are created and put together. But I know what I like, and this song – despite being gentle and seemingly simple – is gorgeous.

Songs of the Week 39: December 6 – December 12

major lazer#5. Major Lazer Feat. Kali Uchis – Wave

I cannot quite wrap my head around Major Lazer. Their sound, their image, their rabid, cult-like fan base. I mean I kind of get it, but a bigger part of me feels like I just missed the boat. However I’ve really been digging a release they had a couple weeks ago that features the delicious vocals of Kali Uchis. I’m not a big reggae fan (which tends to permeate through a lot of Major Lazer music), but this one hits me just right.

angus dawson#4. Angus Dawson – Listen

Battles was Angus Dawson’s release this past week; but, being the first time I’d had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Dawson, Listen is actually the track that caught my attention. A superbly simple song, one made for late night music sessions on your back patio in candlelight.

jarreau vandal#3. Jarreau Vandal Feat. Brasstracks & Niya Wells – Nobody Else

This one grew on me. It’s weird and has unusual pacing (especially in the chorus). There’s some very heavy sounds that kind of seem unpleasant on the ears upon first listen, but somehow it all comes together after a few rounds… to the point where it’s addictive. Sometimes the unusual is good.

jodie abacus#2. Jodie Abacus – Hot Kitchen

Apparently the theme this week is weird music – but this one isn’t weird for sound. It’s weird for content. The lyrics are odd, but goddamn is it not catchy. The way he sings just begs to be danced too. Some kind of urban funk going on here.

kehlani#1. Kehlani – Tore Up

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me personally, but I rate all my music (in iTunes). It’s a scale from 0.5 – 5 (you can get iTunes to show half-stars). Most songs that I post on my weekly blog get a rating of at least 3 stars. I think there’s been maybe one 2.5 star song to crack the list ever, and that was probably a real slow week. On the flip side, it’s very rare that I rate anything over 4 stars. The top 10 list page of my blog are mostly all songs that sit at 4 stars, with maybe one or two being 4.5 and maybe one or two being 5. In my collection of 4000+ songs, I only have twelve songs rated at 5 stars and maybe another fifteen at 4.5. ALLLLLL this is to say, the second I finished my first listen of Kehlani’s Tore Up, it made the 4.5 star category. That’s unusual first a first listen. It’s good. Real real good.