Songs of the Week 109: April 16 – April 22

classix#5. Night Drive – Rise And Fall (Classixx Remix) //

Start the week off with a nu-disco/prog-house remix from Classixx that’s just made for rocking out to in your car while cruising the streets.

Litany#4. Litany – Flaws

Admittedly haven’t really been following Litany since their outstanding single Woman. Turns out I haven’t missed much, as Flaws is really their first release since. Not quite as quirky was Woman was, but I’d say it’s just as catchy.

twodoorcinemaclub#3. Two Door Cinema Club – Lavender

While I’m a MAJOR TDCC fanboy, I wouldn’t say I was enamoured with their recent release Gameshow.  Lavender didn’t make a major impression on me when I gave the album it’s initial first few listens. However, the boys released a music video for said track recently that shows them playing it live, and well… it totally changed the song for me. Their live shows are a blast, and seeing them play the song and watching the crowd groove along almost gave Lavender a bit more bump.

OkayChé#2. OkayChe – Late Night

Last week I was lamenting how I’ve just not been hearing a lot of hip hop that I’ve liked. Well, this week the top two tracks are both hip hop (although – spoiler alert coming – having Kendrick release an album is kind of cheating). OkayChe is brand new find for me. Really digging the electro feel here.

kendrick lamar#1. Kendrick Lamar Feat. Rihanna – Loyalty

I find it odd that there’s obviously another artist on this track (specifically, the hook before the chorus), but they aren’t mentioned in the features (or more likely, I’m just not a smart human and it’s Kendrick distorted or something). Anyway, unpopular opinion time – wasn’t a huge fan of DAMN. Like To Pimp A Butterfly, I recognized it was a brilliant record… but I just didn’t want to play the songs. Same story here. Every song is crisp, usually with some serious depth and smart lyrics. That said, I don’t find myself wanting to play much off of this record when I have a chance to put some music on. Loyalty is easily my favorite track on the album, and I actually think Rihanna’s verse is what carries the day here (I do love me some Rihanna).

Songs of the Week 82: October 9 – October 15

the-boxer-rebellion#5. The Boxer Rebellion – Keep Me Close

Had the chance to see The Boxer Rebellion 4-5 years ago in Toronto. There’s something about their sound that I find captivating. Their guitar-driven brand of rock, combined with the distinctive voice of Nathan Nicholson, always get me excited every time a new album is released. While I didn’t find Ocean By Ocean as strong as their previous releases, Keep Me Close is definitely good for a bunch of repeat listens.

nick-jonas#4. Nick Jonas Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Bacon

I KNOW. I know. But bear with me here… Hoodboi just released a remix of Bacon that has been making the rounds across the blogosphere. Anytime I hear a remix I do my due diligence and give the original a listen as well. I wasn’t expecting much (Nick Jonas just isn’t my kind of stuff)… but you know what? This one worked. Yes it’s made for radio, but c’mon now. It’s catchy, easy to listen to “trappy-hip hop pop”. Whatever. I like it.

angus-dawson#3. Angus Dawson – Ocean in the Sky

Haven’t heard from Mr. Dawson in AGES (10 months, according to his soundcloud). Not since his brilliant release of Battles. Well, he’s back with another song to make you cry your eyes out and ponder life as we know it (to be honest I have no idea what the song is about but it just feels sad).

two-door-cinema-club#2. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Every TDCC album is good for at least one killer track (and that’s not to say there wont’ be more, but with every release there is always one track that I just can’t stop grooving to). On Gameshow, that track is Bad Decisions. TDCC are pure fun and another band I had the pleasure of seeing when I lived in Toronto. At that time, Sun was my favorite track and it had the same pop as this one does. I know I saw this about almost every band, but TDCC are really one of my top 5. I tend to be a singles guy (in that I really only like 1 or 2 songs from every artist), but there’s a whole catalog of tracks that I adore from these boys.

aquilo#1. Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand

Another Aquilo track, and another momebt of depressing brilliance. I can’t find a soundcloud or youtube link to the full, non-live version of this track (unless of course you have Soundcloud premium), so instead the above rendition will have to do. I’m seeing these lads in a few mere weeks in Vancouver, and I look forward to being blown away.