Songs of the Week 166: June 3 – June 9

jungle#5. Jungle – House In LA

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Hazy summer vibes carry us into season with Jungle’s (relatively) recent release, House In LA.


chromeo#4. Chromeo – Bad Decision

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This song would be so much higher on my list, but I just can’t seem to get into the chorus. Those verses tho… ultimate Chromeo catchiness. The chorus though just feels too “radio”.


ty dolla sign#3. Ty Dolla $ign Feat. A$AP Rocky – Dawsin’s Breek (Remix)

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For whatever reason, I’ve been obsessed with this song in for the past few weeks. It’s by no means new, and I definitely had a few rounds at it when it was first released. It didn’t do much for me at first… but now. Now it’s just stuck in my head forever.


pnau#2. Pnau – Changa

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Another “old” track that has captured my attention. Changa feels different than most dance tracks you hear – perhaps it’s the tribal influence. Perhaps it’s just cause it’s Pnau – where every song is kinda weird but still so, so danceable.


mesita#1. Mesita – Yr Eyes

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Mesita is quickly becoming my favorite musician. I was super into him a few years ago when he released the Small Table EP, but sorta stopped following him. Luckily, Yr Eyes went pretty big and it surfaced in my daily music search, re-introducing me to Mesita and all his glory. There are so many good tracks in every one of his releases – if you at all dig the sound here, I’d highly recommend giving his catalogue a go. Bit of a Radiohead thing going on.

Songs of the Week 82: October 9 – October 15

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.