#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.
#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.
#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.
#2. Kat Vinter x G. Jnr – 100% (Below Zero)
soundcloud.com/kat-vinter // soundcloud.com/gjnr
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.
#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.
#5. mAsis – Good Life
Some real chilled out electro starts this week off (and this just so happens to be the last of my backlog that I came across a few weeks ago but just haven’t gotten around to sharing). Another track to dump into the playlist “songs that make me anxious”.
#4. Illenium Feat. Quin XCII – With You
More chill, and more goodness. Quinn XCII lays down some lovely vocals over a real soothing beat from Illenium. If the last track by mAsis got me on edge and uneasy, this one has may lazing as much as humanly possible.
#3. Pretty Sister – Drive
Aight, that’s enough chill music for one week. Let’s up the tempo a bit. This one starts off a bit slow, but very quickly you’ll be feeling the summer vibes of Drive. We’re not yet there (summer – in real life), but give it a few months and this’ll be a great track to blast while screaming down the road to the nearest beach.
#2. Snakehips Feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – All My Friends (Jarreau Vandal Remix)
soundcloud.com/jarreauvandal // soundcloud.com/snakehips-1
Embarrassing admission of the day: I’ve had a remix by Snakehips on my playlist for a few years now (since 2013 to be exact, a remix of Bondax’s Gold). And yet, it wasn’t until All My Friends absolutely blew up did I realize that the band was SnakeHIPS, not SnakeSHIPS. Eyes be playing tricks on me all these years. Love what Jarreau Vandal does with this track to bring out the disgustingly catchy Tinashe vocals.
#1. St. Lucia – Love Somebody
St. Lucia is about to take over. I swear to god each one of this tracks on his latest album are just made for festivals and live performances. This track is my favourite from the new album. Every time I listen I’m incredibly jealous – I want so badly to be a musician with a great voice. It just seems like so much fun. This track (and you’ll really see it if you watch live videos) looks like one of his (St. Lucia’s) favourites… just in the way he sings and seems totally absorbed in the moment.. Also HARMONIES. YEA damn straight we got some layered vocals and it’s glorious.