Songs of the Week 209: March 31 – April 6

the knocks#5. Blu DeTiger – Mad Love (The Knocks Remix) //

Already a revisit of Mad Love, courtesy of The Knocks. I actually don’t even really like this cut that much EXCEPT the hook before chorus. Ugh. It’s addictive.

lpx#4. LPX – Falling To Fall

LPX is one of those artists who puts out quality track after quality track. I also just learned she’s half of MS MR, so that’s a fun learn (knew her voice sounded familiar from somewhere…)

gena rose bruce#3. Gena Rose Bruce – The Way You Make Love

Always refreshing to hear a new artist with a style that’s different. The smokey vocals of Gena Bruce to start of the track had me hooked immediately.

harrison brome#2. Harrison Brome – No More Love Songs

Don’t be misled by the title – this is a total bedroom jam.

grimes#1. Grimes – Pretty Dark (Demo)

Grimes is one of those artists that is definitely not for everyone. I didn’t get it (and frankly I still don’t really understand what’s going on), but there’s something in Pretty Dark that has taken over my soul. I actually believe that’s her intention. Mind control through music.

Songs of the Week 43: January 10 – January 16

harriet#5. Harriet – Bring Me When You Go

Ugh. This is going to bother me. These guys remind me, to a T, of someone. Whomever it is, I’m sure they are awesome cause this song is awesome. Catchy, well-written lyrics. Basically, the recipe to a brilliant, easy-to-listen to indie pop song.

nomad#4. nomad – I Wanna Give You Everything

This one is best served with the volume up. Some songs just sound better when they are pushing the boundaries of being “too loud”. This is one of those songs. Not quite enough here to really get you in full-dance mode, but this is perhaps a great way to warm up. You know, the song that makes me people think “hey, maybe it’s gonna be a dance party tonight”.

raveena#3. break & Raveena – I’m Your Girl //

On first listen, Raveena’s flow just didn’t sound right. My mind wasn’t expecting the direction she kept taking with her sound. Now, after a good 10-15 listens, I cannot picture it sounding any different. It’s perfect. Break’s production is gorgeous, and Raveena’s voice bounces along beautifully.

tom rowlands#2. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Remix) //

Tom Rowlands (of Chemical Brother’s fame) transforms this killer New Order song (one of their newer tracks) by highlighting the ridiculously catchy lyrics. At least, that’s the highlight for me. I admittedly never really listening to much New Order growing up, but I can appreciate their sound and the tweaks Rowlands made to this to almost bring out all the parts that make New Order who they are. Does that make sense? I’m not sure, but I’m going to go with it anyway.

penguin prison#1. The Knocks Feat. Matthew Koma- I Wish (My Taylor Swift) (Penguin Prison Remix) //

This one shouldn’t be number one. At least I don’t think it should. But honestly, I cannot stop playing it. That one line… “Summertime, in Los Angeles”… it’s so brilliant. Songs, for me anyway, often come down to a moment. Something in the song that makes me smile, or that makes me lose my shit dancing… just something. If I was out partying and this song came on, I’m on the dance floor. I don’t care if it’s by myself, but the second that line comes on there will be an awkward white dude with no moves out there making a fool of himself. Penguin Prison was actually one of my very first “new music” loves, and I’m glad to see that he’s still creating some amazing stuff. The Knocks? Well, they are the kings of catchy, festival-ready pop rock. This song is no different (with or without the Penguin Prison edits). UGH. I SHOULDN’T LIKE THIS.