#5. The Knocks Feat. Sam Nelson Harris – Heat
Oh hey, it’s new Knocks! A ridiculously catchy hook is the highlight of this track for me. I’ve found myself being less and less in love with The Knocks over the past year or two, so I’m glad to see something from them rekindle my interest.
#4. Wet – The Middle
Part of my really really wants to be obsessed with Wet. Yet, it just doesn’t seem to happen. I always end up growing a bit tired of their tracks for whatever reason. That said, their latest track The Middle is gorgeous. Starts off with the recognizable Wet sound but quickly changes pace into something with a bit more buzz than what Wet fans are probably accustom too.
#3. Allen Tate – Being Alone
Allen Tate has one of my favorite voices in music (and if you recognize it, that’s probably because he’s part of the also-awesome band San Fermin). Again, I want to love this song so much (which seems to be a familiar theme this week). It starts off AMAZING, but kinda wears on me by the end. It’s a lovely little tune though and I mean really. It’s Allen Tate.
#2. Leo Kalyan – White Light
Leo Kalyan released his Outside In ep a few days ago and well, it’s just lovely. I’ve been a huge Leo Kalyan fan since I first stumbled upon his music, and White Light is not just my favorite track from his latest release, but maybe my favorite Leo track ever.
#1. XAXO – Looking For Nothing
Another band releasing their latest ep over the last few days was XAXO… someone who for me, came out of absolutely no where a few months ago and now have tracks all over my “favorites” playlist. I find them incredibly unique, with such a wide range of sounds. Plus who can resist a good falsetto? I mean really now.
#5. XAXO – Safe Unknown
XAXO only have two songs on their Soundcloud, both of which I heard for the first time this past week. Either could have made my top 5 list as both are sensational. They have a bit of the Weeknd’s sexiness, but with a bit more electro feel. Really digging this sound.
#4. Boy & Bear – Breakdown Slow
Boy & Bear are my goto for a nice, relaxing afternoon at one’s cabin out by the lake. I’m really hoping to catch their show when they are in town (Vancouver) in October. Would be my first time seeing them live, and I can only imagine how chilled out that atmosphere would be. (P.S. sorry, video above will require you to go to YouTube. Couldn’t find any other links tho :/)
#3. Caitlyn Scarlett – Rust
Love everything about Rust, the latest from Caitlyn Scarlett. All of it. The verses, the chorus, the voice, the pacing, the rhythm. It’s just a nice time. Reminds me of something that would have been on the Garden State soundtrack (which, at the time, was THE soundtrack to be on).
#2. Vulfpeck – Back Pocket
I want to be friends with the kids at Vulpeck so badly. Just watch any of their videos or listen to any of their tracks. “Groovy” in band form. It’s pure fun. Smiles everywhere. Usually I don’t link to live Youtube clips, but I think this does such a good job of describing everything I love about these guys that I had to. I mean really, if you want to hear the studio version the Soundcloud link is there.
#1. Shells – Jagwar
Jagwar commands your attention from the first note and doesn’t let go. The pacing is haunting and is complimented with gorgeous, powerful vocals.