#5. Onni Boi – Tides
Synth-heavy pop jam from newcomer Onni Boiiiii.
#4. Ruby Empress – See No Evil
Ruby Empress are weird and make weird music. I love all of it.
#3. The Driver Era – Feel You Now
The Driver Era have the sound of someone who either are a bigger deal than I realize, or who will soon be a big deal with their radio-ready brand of pop.
#2. Always Never – Charged Up
While you could say that Always Never might be too attached to a single sound, when it Charged Up is a catchy-as-hell RnB track.
#1. Hot Chip – Hungry Child
It’s been wayyyy too long since we heard from Hot Chip. I hope they never stop making music. There’s something so captivating about their quirky brand of dance music.
#5. Kan Wakan – Space Owl (Cut The Rope)
Super smooth stuff from Kan Wakan on Space Owl (Cut The Rope). Has a real “mature” sound to it, like it’s made for real upstanding adults who appreciate the finer things in life.
#4. Maudlin Strangers – I Suppose
Really intrigued by the unusual sounds that pulse in the background during the entirety of this track – almost like an alien blob breathing or something. It’s subtle, and I can’t quite make out what instrument it is. Similar to the previous track, this has a bit of a jazz-bend to it that screams sophistication.
#3. Ruby Empress – Kimono House
Ruby Empress are one of the few bands in my catalog right now for whom I eagerly await each new release. Their stuff is just so cool and interesting. I LOVED the Empressionism album – real excited to see what else they have coming down the pipe (also give this one 2+ minutes… as it really gets going halfway through).
#2. Aquilo – Ghost
After literally wow-ing me with release after release for the past 2 years, I’ve struggled a bit with the stuff from the boys in Aquilo this year. Nothing’s really been giving me those goosebumps that they so often gave me last year. Their album release this week though has changed that – Ghost is a fantastic track and a bit of change of pace for them (little more acoustic-sounding than usual).
#1. Maroon 5 – Lips On You
This one was unexpected. I’ve never been a big Maroon 5 guy. For whatever reason though I decided to give Red Pill Blues a listen during work this week and I’ve been addicted to Lips On You since. It’s got the inside track on my “guilty pleasure” song for this year… right up there with Bruno Mars and 24K Magic.