#5. Drake – Toosie Slide
UGH. It’s almost in pain that I post this. I mean wtf is that lyric “basically I’m sayin either way we bout to slide…”. It’s so lazy and IMO ruins what’s legit a pretty sick track. The verses are classic Drake and painfully good. But that chorus is basically just pandering to TikTok (and apparently it’s working – breaking records left and right). I dunno, this coulda been such a good track. Instead it’s kinda “ya ok it’s good but i’m mad at you”.
#4. His Bitter Truth – Planets
Any artist or track endorsed by Ben Macklin is good in my books (even better, this was written and producsed by him!). Some solid electro disco vibes from someone who doesn’t appear to have a Soundcloud or Facebook page…
#3. Aaron Marco – Told You
Catchy Sam Smith-esque pop.
#2. Allan Rayman – I Talk To My Cigarette
My relationship with Allan Rayman is complicated. I mean first he doesn’t even know we have a relationship, but we do. Second, I touted him so so so highly to my very music-hip friend when she was visiting, dragged her to his show and it was a complete bomb (partly due to bad sound, meaning he had to go Acapella halfway through, but in general it just was a bad show). And yet, Graceland remains one of my top 5 favorite songs ever probably. I still love his sound, and I Talk To My Cigarette is catchy and clever enough for me to stay interested.
#1. Lauv – Miss Me
Didn’t expect this to be the #1 track when I started out this week but here we are (I’m looking at you Drake… this should be you). It’s just a demo, and I’m really hoping he expands this out a bit to be a 3-4 min track. Nevertheless, the Lauv charm is there in full force. Dude knows how to write catchy, teenage love pop tracks… and I’m totally here for it.
#5. Zelma Stone – Fly
I’m not actually sure that’s the legit Zelma Stone soundcloud, but frankly it’s all I could find. Also if you dig the track, do yourself a favor and give the music video a watch. It’ll give you some funky new dance moves. Win-win.
#4. Bronze Whale Feat. 5-D – Shrubbery
While the beat is more than solid, 5-D’s vocal play really takes over on this track. I get exhausted just listening to that pace.
#3. Methyl Ethel – Majestic AF
You could probably predict what this track would sound like before even hitting play. With a band name like Methyl Ethyl and a track titled Majestic AF, you know you were about to get your weird pants on. Despite it’s oddness, quality track.
#2. Lauv – Sweatpants
I assume with the release of his much-anticipated album, Lauv is done releasing individual tracks on Spotify, but in album form. Not gonna lie my dude, next time it’d be a lot easier if you just released the tracks themselves. Having to come through an entire album each time a new track was released, trying to find which track is the new one, is somewhat frustrating. Luckily, Lauv’s album ~how i’m feeling~ is brilliant, so that made the receptiveness of the task less painful.
#1. Bronze Whale – Let’s Go Walk
One day I’ll try to catch up to the volumes of music Bronze Whale had touched (remix or original) prior to me discovering them. At this moment though, that’s just too daunting of a task. Instead I’ll revel in their newer releases so long as they are gorgeous. Like this bad boy.