Tove Lo - "Keep It Simple"
If you haven't listened to Tove Lo's newest album, Love Wood, yet, make sure you do! The Swedish singer dropped the album today with twelve dark, passionate, and infectious tracks. "Keep It Simple" is my favorite one off the album so far (seriously, it's been playing non-stop since I listened to it this morning). With its electro-house feel and Tove Lo's expansive vocal range, I've no doubt it'll be a hit for her.
The Sugarcubes - "Birthday"
It's an oldie but a goodie. Take a listen and you'll notice a younger Bjork's familiar and powerful voice dominating the song. Before going solo, she used to be apart of The Sugarcubes in 1986 - an Icelandic alternative rock band. Although they disbanded in 1992, their songs are still worth a listen. Visceral and unique in its own way, "Birthday" is a song thatll take you back time.
Leisure - "All over You"
This song makes me want to relax in a bubble bath with a glass of wine in my hand. Slow and sultry, Leisure totally nails this song to match their band name. Their first album came out this month and its filled with groovy beats and catchy melodies.
Mayer Hawthorne - "Out Of Pocket"
I love me some Mayer Hawthorne. This song is off his latest album Man About Town and the whole record is pretty amazing. "Out Of Pocket" has a little bit of everything funky - keys, heavy bass lines, beatboxing and Mayer Hawthorne's sweet falsetto.
The Skins - "Bury Me (feat. D.R.A.M.)"
Today, The Skins shared their first single from their forthcoming EP, Still Sleep and it features a little verse from D.R.A.M. and I'm really into it. The Skins are a quintet from Brooklyn who have released a few singles in the past but I'm really looking forward to their debut EP if the songs will be anything like this powerful little banger.
Common - "Drivin' Me Wild (feat. Lily Allen)"
Just because I'm so excited for Common's new album to be released next week, I'm throwing it back to one of my favorite songs from 2007's Finding Forever. I remember when this song came out and I would drive around listening to it till I - pretty much - killed it. But it's a great day to bring it back into my life and (most likely) overplay the crap out of it.
D.R.A.M. - "Monticello Ave"
D.R.A.M.'s debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. is making serious waves, and rightly so. D.R.A.M.'s smooth voice jumps from rapping to singing and back again seamlessly, or simply hangs out in between. "Monticello Ave" seems to be a slow jam at heart, with jazzy backing piano and decidedly sensual lyrical themes, but D.R.A.M. makes sure to bring some newer flavor with faint trap drums in the interlude. This song was an instant classic for me, and D.R.A.M. seems to be off to an incredible start.
The Avalanches - "Since I Left You"
The news this week is that The Avalanches will be reissuing their legendary debut album Since I Left You from 2000. They recently followed that debut up with Wildflower this summer - that's a 16 year gap between albums - and the hype for their unique music made an instant comeback. "Since I Left You" is one of my favorite songs, and most likely my favorite music video, ever. It's a feel-good song from an incredibly interesting musical approach.
Father John Misty - "Real Love Baby"
I'm just getting into Father John Misty now. I know, totally late to the hippest indie trends. [Ed's Note: How could you be THIS late to the Misty game? You've been missing out, Ben.] But this song from July is pulling me in quick. There's a relaxed, authentic retro feel in "Real Love Baby" that's infectious and intriguing. And I mean, look at this man's beard. You can't top that. It's been added to my life goals alongside David Lynch's hair.
Maty Noyes - "lil' bit wrOng"
Maty Noyes' EP Noyes Complaint just dropped today and this track is the one that stuck out to me, aside from the already released "In My Mind." It's pretty funky and I'm vibin' with her smoldering vocals.
Yeasayer - "Cold Night"
I've been on a real Yeasayer kick lately (if you couldn't tell). This song is so calming and catchy all at once. I've been turning Amen & Goodbye on repeat, and today they just released the Cold Night EP which features the awesome track from the album, a dirge version of said song, and a b-side, "Loan Shark Blues." It's all good. Just listen to all of it.
Mitski - "Thursday Girl"
This little nugget of dream pop/indie rock goodness is pure gold. You have to listen to the entire album as a whole. Mitski is queen. Period.