Songs of the Week 25: August 30 – September 5

ryder#5. Ryder – Pretty Little Gangster

soundcloud.com/thisisryder

The debut (I think? remember, I’m lazy…) from Ryder is an easy-on-the-ears pop track with an electro bent. Based on the strength of this debut I expect we’ll see a lot more from Ryder in the future.


skies#4. SKIES – Too Young

soundcloud.com/skiesaus

There’s a sound that Too Young has – which is prominent in a lot of music I like – but I just can’t put my finger on what exactly it is. Maybe it’s something borne out of their Aussie background (as I tend to like a lot of acts that are coming out of Australia)? Maybe it’s the catchy hooks and poppy-RnB groove? Maybe it’s that falsetto?! Yes, definitely it’s that falsetto.


noreenpure#3. RÜFÜS – You Were Right (Nora En Pure Remix)

soundcloud.com/noraenpure // soundcloud.com/rufussounds

I shocked myself when I dug through my post history to find out that I never posted You Were Right by RÜFÜS. It may be one of those songs that I didn’t really like on first listen and grew on me with time. Regardless, the song gets it’s due now, albeit in the form of a killer remix by Nora En Pure. She’s been on a tear with some amazing remixes, and gives this track a nice tropical vibe. (Don’t forget to check out the original, since I wasn’t hip enough to post it the first time around)


foals#2. Foals – London Thunder

soundcloud.com/foals

I love me some Foals. This past week (or perhaps the week before) they released their newest album What Went Down, which is well worth a listen. I rarely like full albums (I’m more of a singles-type guy), so the fact that I give a call out to a full album carries some weight (if you happen to even remotely respect my musical opinion). While I loved the whole album, my favorite track (by a mile) is London Thunder. It’s one of those “floater” songs that just … well… floats. I also expect that it’d be an absolutely killer track live.


aviddancer#1. Avid Dancer – I Feel It

soundcloud.com/avid-dancer

OK, get your head out of the gutter. Those are fingers in the wall. FINGERS.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time for some surf rock! Or at least what I’d lump into surf rock. Usually a song will win my “favourite song of the week” honours by being catchy, and Avid Dancer’s I Feel It is no exception. I mean, how can you not belt out “yeaaah” with him every time the chorus comes around? Also… DAT FADE OUT at the end. Man, no one fade’s out anymore. It’s the best.

Songs of the Week 6: April 19 – April 25

Verite

#5. VÉRITÉ – Colors

soundcloud.com/veritemusic

Was absolutely in love with VÉRITÉ’s earlier release Weekend. Love Colors almost as much. Has a similar sound and is equally upbeat and danceable. Hoping to catch her live when she’s next in town.


Tontario

#4. Matt Cardle – When You Were My Girl (Tontario Remix)

soundcloud.com/tontario // soundcloud.com/matt-cardle-music

What was already a dance hit, Tonario turns Matt Cardle’s When You Were My Girl into something right out of the disco era, but with a modern twist. Nothing but good vibes from this one.


Swim Deep

#3. Swim Deep – Hotel California

soundcloud.com/swimdeep

Been a while since I’ve come across a psychedelic-rock sound I enjoyed. It’s easy to get lost in the newest Swim Deep single and screams summer beach sunshine to me.


Janelle

#2. Janelle Kroll – Numb

soundcloud.com/janelle-kroll

I can’t quite figure out Numb. At times it’s got a bit of a soul thing going on, then it turns a bit blues. Whichever direction it goes in though, it’s good. Like all my favourite songs these days, it’s got that haunting vibe and sexy-vocals that really captures your attention.


SLO

#1. SLO – Shut Out of Paradise

soundcloud.com/sloofficial

Soft female vocals overtop luscious strings or delicate piano. Rinse. Repeat. I’m not sure if it’s just the scene I’m into now, or if that IS what the scene is. Regardless, there are a bunch of amazing new artists right now that have seemingly been inspired by something like London Grammar (and even then I’m not sure if that goes back far enough). I’m ok with it.