Songs of the Week 199: January 20 – January 26

james blake#5. James Blake – Don’t Miss It

James Blake doing his James Blake things – making unusual music and showing off his crazy range in vocals.

mansionair#4. Mansionair – Shadows

Lovely little pop track from the boys at Mansionair.

shipwrek#3. Ship Wrek Feat. Grace – Make It Last

I may just be hitting up the wrong spots, but it feels like it’s been a really slow past few months for poppin dance tracks. Make It Last temporarily fills that void.

charlie burg2#2. Charlie Burg Feat. Austenyo – Avalanche

Still blasting the new Charlie Burg album a couple weeks after it’s release. Avalanche is another stand out track, with Austenyo’s verse making for some sweet sweet grooves.

broods#1. Broods – Hospitalized

Love me some Broods. They put out quality track after quality track, usually highlighted by a quirky dance verse much like we have here. Good times.

Songs of the Week 47: February 7 – February 13

ali robertson#5. Ali Robertson – Something About Your Love

A lovely debut from Ali Robertson (was actually a few weeks ago, but I’m still working through a backlog). This is a real strong pop track that makes me think we’ll be hearing more great things from Mr. Robertson in the near future.

ember island#4. Ember Island – Need You

The chorus of this one is gorgeous. The way they cut out the vocals and create the tape-deck sound of old. MMMMMMM. As much as I love this track (which I do), I feel like it’s also due for a remix. All the components of this song are just begging to be mixed up in a blender and re-imagined.

trapo#3. Trapo – Sobriety

I do not remember who to thank, but wherever I stubled upon Bad Gal … you introduced me to the Mick-Jenkins sounding vibes of Trapo. While Bad Gal is a stellar track in it’s own right, Sobriety is the one that most caught my attention. Any hip hop that can get me bobbing along is a surefire winner in my books.

bleu toucan#2. Bleu Toucan – Le Chant du Cygne

ACK. Is this not some of the loveliest, breakbot-esque French disco you’ve heard in the past few months? The crooning “ooohs” in the background, the pulsing piano, the gentle lyrics… it even have some layered vocals near the end. SO NICE.

james blake#1. James Blake – Modern Soul

Before I even hit play I was pretty sure this would be my favourite song of the week. I also moved it up to the top of the queue, bypassing a whole whack of songs sitting in my backlog that I haven’t gushed about yet. BUT C’MON. It’s James Blake. The man with the voice. Lovely voice aside, there’s something in James Blake’s music that draws me (and millions others apparently) in. His songs are often a bit “off beat” and have me struggling to time my swaying in proper rhythm. He is a master of off-tempo, and this one is a great example. I’m just fascinated by that one piano note he hits just a fraction of a second earlier than expected. I can’t help but focus on it every time I listen to this… and because I’ve been obsessed with it, that’s been quite often. I can totally see this song being looped during a live show. Speaking of which… James, you need to come to Vancouver and play ASAP.