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.

Best of the Rest #15 – I’m Covered By Artistic Freedom… Right?!

Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.

I struggle with how far I’m allowed to go with hip hop. I’ve been to Childish Gambino live (twice). I’ve seen Kendrick Lamar live. I’ve seen the Weeknd live. Can I say ALL the words?! Am I covered by some sort of magical “artistic expression” clause or something? Regardless, I never do. I mumble. Oh trust me, I know all the words… but I mumble some specific parts. It’s probably for the best.

With the wealth of bubble gum pop and indie rock that’s been populating my blog for the last few weeks, I felt like some hip hop was needed to balance things out. Before Kendrick Lamar was winning grammy’s left and right he was releasing, well, non-grammy winning (but equally amazing) stuff. Among that stuff is my favourite Kendrick track, A.D.H.D. His delivery is so smooth… and yet the song has a real eerie, unsettling feeling to it. So good.