Songs of the Week 93: December 25 – December 31

hamilton-leithauser#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.

kali-uchis#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.

majik#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.

dvsn#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.

khalid-brasstracks#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.

Songs of the Week 83: October 16 – October 22

allday#5. Fortunes – Justin Bieber (Allday Remix) //

A genre-bending hip hop track from Fortunes that gets some new verses courtesy of Allday. While Allday’s verses are on point, the distinct sound of that chorus is really what carries this track.

kehlani#4. Kehlani Feat. Little Simz – Table

Lots of hip hop to start this week apparently. Kehlani is definitely my favorite female hip hop/rnb artist these days. Everything she puts out I eat up. Table, her latest release, is no exception… with some smooth feature vocals at the end from Little Simz.

ishdarr#3. ishDARR – Mucho Mango

I wasn’t joking when I said it was the week of hip hop. Love the entire track, but honestly this one shot up my ranks after they used that sample from Lil’ Troy. It’s perfectly weaved into the chorus and has me hitting repeat on this one constantly.

matt-woods#2. Matt Woods – Nothing Less

YAAAAY. New Matt Woods. It’s been much too long, but the wait was worth it. Nothing Less is spectacular. If you like Chet Faker, Jack Garrett etc., be sure to go check out what Matt Woods is doing cause it’s amazing.

loframes#1. Kraak & Smaak Feat. Cleopold – Alone With You (Loframes Remix) //

Ho hum. Another week, another top remix by the Loframes boys. It’s getting silly now. Every song they touch is catchy as hell and utterly danceable. “Bending rules for the boys” has been stuck in my head for days. What a line.