Songs of the Week 45: January 24 – January 30

the zolas#5. The Zolas – Get Dark

soundcloud.com/thezolas

They are from Vancouver, and thus are automatically awesome. The fact that they are great at catchy indie-pop is just an added bonus really.


tender#4. TENDER – Lost

soundcloud.com/tender-music

In the same way that certain songs are catered towards clubbing, while others are basically curated specifically to be played on top 40 radio, TENDER have a way about them that just seems to be MADE for the blog scene. I’m not really sure what it is about them, and I don’t mean it as a negative at all. Just is the way that I’ve taken in their sound. Blog friendly… and really we (the blogs) are all that really matter anyway… right?!


missio#3. Missio – I Don’t Even Care About You

soundcloud.com/missiomusic

If you like abrasiveness, this one if for you. I mean, with a title like I Don’t Even Care About You, you kinda know what you are getting into. Lots of anger and hostility here… driven by a pulsing chorus that really sold the song for me. It wasn’t until the third round of chorus that I was hooked… first few rounds I wasn’t quite sure where we were going. But we got there, and I was glad we did.


jorja smith#2. Jorja Smith – Blue Lights

soundcloud.com/jorjasmith

Talk about an impressive debut… Jorja Smith’s first track is a sizzling rnb/hip hop blend of a track. It’s real smooth, and reminds me a lot of early 90’s stuff. Love me some good English hip hop.


 

beirut#1. Beirut – Perth

www.facebook.com/beirutmusic/

Alright major confession time. 1) I have no idea how I missed out on Beirut’s newest album. I mean, we aren’t just talking weeks here. This shit came out in goddamn SEPTEMBER 2015. I am ashamed. 2) Can we take a moment to recognize how awesome that music video is? 3) I had another song planned for #1 this week (that song being Jorja Smith’s Blue Lights above). HOWEVER – and spoiler alert – next week is looking so ridicuously strong I felt that it was better to showcase Perth here than have it (or some other song) buried next week. I mean, i gave this song 4.5 stars. I’ve given maybe 2-3 songs in the last 3 months 4.5 stars (which means next week I have at least 2 more songs coming that are 4.5 stars or better). All this is to say, I have not heard a catchier song this year (which really just begun) or for the latter half of 2015. How can you not tap your feet to that rhythm? That’s right, you can’t. You tap. You tap all goddamn day and you love it. Why? Because it’s Beirut, and Beirut are the best. By now the song should be pretty close to over, so it’s probably best you scroll up a bit and hit play again. Cause that’s how good this song is.

Songs of the Week 34: November 1 – November 7

mylko#5. mylko – Animal

soundcloud.com/mylkomusic

Getting major Animal Collective My Girls vibes here. Fuzzy, somewhat shoegazey rock that takes you on a bit of a non-LSD-induced trip.


tender#4. Tender – Belong

soundcloud.com/tender-music

I haven’t quiet figured this one out yet. I know I like it. I just don’t know why or how much. There’s definitely something there though that draws me into hitting play over and over. Might be the first song I’ve ever considered describing as “intriguing”.


jojee#3. Jojee – Claim

soundcloud.com/jojeemusic

Little more on the catchy side of things with Jojee’s Claim for #3 on the list this week. I’ve come to accept that along with warped vocals, I also love me some good repetition…which we have in spades here with that rockin bridge and addictive chorus.


GEMS#2. GEMS – Heartbreaker

soundcloud.com/gems-band

Gems released their debut album relatively recently (Kill The One You Love), and one of my favourite previously unreleased songs from that album was the brooding Heartbreaker. Totally digging the contrast between the heavy chorus and the 180 spin back into the soft verse. I tend to overdo my love for AQUILO & R I T U A L, but looking back at the past year I’ve kinda realized just how kickass Gems have been. If you at all are digging Heartbreaker, no doubts you’d enjoy a good chunk of their album. One of those bands with a real consistent sound.


aquilo#1. AQUILO – Never Seen You Get So Low

soundcloud.com/aquilo

It’s AQUILO. I’ve shared enough words of love for them by now that nothing else I could say would do this song justice.