Songs of the Week 31: October 11 – October 17

allure#5. Allure – By Surprise

soundcloud.com/allureproduction

Think Chris Malinchak. Think The Owner by NTEIBINT, which I shared back on Week 20. Whatever those the vibe of those songs has going for it, Allure comes through with on By Surprise. Some sweet, bouncy disco-esque stuff here.


Gems#4. Gems – W/O U

soundcloud.com/gems-band

Super excited for Gems’ debut album later this month. To appease me (obviously), they released W/O U just over a week ago that sounds exactly as you’d hope a Gems song sounds – dreamy and delicate with just a pinch of haunting.


skizzy mars#3. Skizzy Mars Feat. Blackbear – Chemistry

soundcloud.com/skizzymars

If this was one week later, I have a feeling Chemistry would be my favorite song for that top 5. It has that vibe of a song that just grows on you. Even as I write this (while listening to the Chemistry) I feel like this should be higher. Skizzy Mars is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t know why I consider him a guilty pleasure, but I do. He has a knack for creating songs that are just so disgustingly singable, usually complete with a “stuck in your head for days” chorus. However, it’s a strong lineup this week and I just don’t think this one has had enough time on my playlist to marinate and pass the top 2 songs.


ACES#2. Aces – I’m Already Gone

soundcloud.com/weareaces

Aces used to have the notable distinction of having only one song on their repertoire, and it being possibly one of my favourite songs ever. I was constantly on the lookout for another track, and week by week let down when nothing new showed up on their soundcloud. Then a few months ago came What Do You Think They’ll Say About Me?, and while it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination it didn’t hit me like Find Me Out did. It didn’t make my top 5 that week. However, late last week they released I’m Already Gone, which has me swooning all over again. Everything I loved about Find Me Out is back here, with gorgeous vocals, a slow, almost lullaby like pace and a fantastic finish. I’m a picky guy, and batting at 0.666 clip is probably better than 99% of the other artists I follow.


mccoy#1. McCoy – GoodGirls

soundcloud.com/realnamemccoy

I have no idea who this is. His soundcloud page has no links to any facebook or website, and he has no other songs to his credit. There’s not even any description on his soundcloud page about who he is or what he’s all about. What there is, though, is GoodGirls; a banging hip-hop/electro track that is made for clubbing and dance parties everywhere. Certain songs make me wish I was a DJ (not the producing type – although that’d be amazing – but the type that plays at parties and events) because frankly I love dancing to my own music… and no one ever seems to know my favourite songs at any event I go to.

Songs of the Week 26: September 6 – September 12

gryffin#5. Josef Salvat – Open Season (Gryffin Remix)

soundcloud.com/gryffinofficial // soundcloud.com/josef-salvat

I adore Josef Salvat, and it’s usually with some hesitation that I approach remixes of my favorite songs or artists. However Gryffin amps up the tropical vibe of Open Season in a way that really makes the original only recognizable through Salvat’s voice. Killer remix here.


belarbi#4. Jabberwocky – FOG (Belarbi Remix)

soundcloud.com/iambelarbi // soundcloud.com/jbbrwck

Some songs just scream fun, and Belarbi’s remix of FOG by Jabberwocky (holder’s of the “Best Band Name I’ve Heard Today” award) could be the poster child for fun this week. The whole song bounces along with enough pace to get you moving on the dance floor.


toby jody#3. Joey Bada$$ & Tablo – Hood

www.facebook.com/fckingbadass // www.facebook.com/ygtablo

No soundclounds to be found anywhere!! No matter though, Facebook is there to save us. I’m really really digging the new collab between Joes Bada$$ and Tablo. Both kill their verses with somewhat different flows, yet manage to compliment each other real nicely. I’ve been in a bit of a dry spell for new hip hop in the past few months, but things seem to be looking up this week (FORSHADOWING??!?!).


max frost#2. Max Frost – Withdrawal

soundcloud.com/maxfrostmusic

Pop music at its finest right here. That chorus is simply irresistible… one that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks after your first listen. I’m not even sorry.


mick jenkins#1. Mick Jenkins – Your Love

soundcloud.com/mickjenkinsmusic

I LOVE it when hip hop artists work with some of my favorite electronic producers. Mick Jenkin’s newest track Your Love is a perfect example of that magic with Kaytranada on production. The flow on this is so smooth – especially that second verse. I find myself grooving with each listen. Reminds me a bit of when Flume joined forces to release a remixed version of his mixtape with features from a bunch of notable hip hop artists.