Songs of the Week 174: July 29 – August 4

the 1975#5. The 1975 – Love It If We Made It

I adore The 1975. It’s a weird adoration though. I’m not in love with this track, or many of their tracks to be honest. But there’s something about their sound and style that draws me in and makes me love the idea of them moreso than any one track or album.

coco solid#4. Coco Solid – High

A tale of two songs in this track. Not a huge fan of the verses, but the chorus is so very well done.

fare#3. Fare – Had Enough

Easy listening pop and a pretty well-built debut track from newcomers Fare.

the brummies#2. The Brummies – Drive Away

Speaking of easy listening pop music… Drive Away from The Brummies sounds like a male band version of Lana Del Rey (arguably one of the bigger pop acts in the last five years). Such a nice track

max rad#1. Max Rad – Carousel

Was tough choosing a #1 this week. All of the top 3 could have been it. Ended up going with another debut track, this time from Max Rad. Start slow, but really comes together nicely in the middle and ends up being catchy, head-bobbing pop.

Songs of the Week 85: October 30 – November 5

snakehips#5. Snakehips Feat. Zayn – Cruel

Snakehips have gone full pop apparently… not that I’m complaining or anything. Who doesn’t love a good pop track? Not sure I’m totally digging the vocals here, but can’t deny that there’s some swagger and danceability with Cruel.

trella#4. Trella – Retreat

Talking about swagger – I am really loving the pace of Retreat from relatively unknown Trella. The pulsing piano chords are catchy as hell and there’s some really great lyrical play here as well. Also is that a saxophone I hear?! Nice times.

couros#3. Couros – Breathe Again

I think my favorite part of many songs is taking different directions with your lyrics and verses. Too many songs stick to a boring old pattern or rhyme scheme. Couros rocks my socks with pace that (at least to me) feels unusual… and it’s really refreshing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA#2. Dragonette – Darth Vader

Dragonette are back with another dance pop banger, carried once again by some gorgeous, powerful vocals. Dragonette must be one of the most consistent acts these days in producing only quality in everything they release. Seems that song after song makes it’s way onto my playlist from these guys.

embrz#1. The 1975 – Somebody Else (Embrz Remix) //

I must really not have been paying attention this summer, because I completely missed the 1975 releasing an album. I only heard Somebody Else after hearing this remix… and let me say that both are fantastic. The original is a depressing love song with that classic The 1975 sound, whereas the Embrz remix adds a bit of bounce to make it more of a sad, depressing dance track.