#5. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
Something different starts this week… at least something different for what I typically fall for. Some folksy-rock came across my doorstep this past week by way of Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam… and it’s what I’d call “adorable rock”. It’s like love song sung by a really drunk dude at the bar for his girl at the end of the night.
#4. Kali Uchis – Rush
Kali has a sound that strikes me as classic. This could be a track from the 80s, 90s, 00s… maybe it’s the jazz vibes that do it. Rush is my favorite track from her recently released Por Vida.
#3. Majik – Friends (Under the Influence)
I don’t know if it’s that the XX influenced a whole ton of new acts we’re seeing now, or if they just all share a sound that in my head is very similar. Majik’s got that the XX minimalism thing going on that really makes the vocals stick out and gives the song a pretty somber feel.
#2. Dvsn – Another One
I know I know, Spotify. It’s all I could find though, and frankly if you don’t at least have the free version of Spotify you definitely should. Dvsn was a new discovery for me this week, and Another One was the track that stuck with me.
#1. Khalid & Brasstracks – Whirldwind
This Khalid kid… man. Watch for him, as he has some major talent. So excited to see what he does in the next few years. This collab with Brasstracks for the #songsfromscratch project is fucking gorgeous. I love brass instruments, and the music Brasstracks created for this track is nothing short of gorgeous (especially the explosion of sounds during the chorus). However, it’s the lyrical play from Khalid that blows my socks off. From the moment that first verse ended I knew this was taking spot this week. The line just over 35 seconds in “I’ve written a thousand songs about you; I’m just hoping that one day you’ll hear it” is beautiful, catchy and the moment I knew that this song was killer.