Ravyn Lenae - "Sticky"
I just discovered this artist when I was doing a little research for this post
and boy am I glad I did, because she's killer! "Sticky" is the first song I was introduced to, which is also her latest single. It reminds me a little bit of Izzy Bizu who I also love -- it's full of soul and funk but it's fresh and dynamic and simply unlike anything I've heard in a long time. I'm really excited to follow her (not in a creepy way, just musically).
Franz Ferdinand - "Paper Cages"
I've been listening to Franz's new album Always Ascending
ever since it dropped one or two weeks ago -- and no, not just because we released a killer interview with them
. It's also just a really good, dancey album. I love this song in particular because its instrumentation's got some Bowie vibes.
Syd - "Bad Dream/No Looking Back"
Ugh, this song is just... #mood.
Iron & Wine - "Upward Over The Mountain"
I don't often get down with singer-songwriters but damn this track is just so haunting and powerful. A great song to get drunk and contemplative to; or not, your call.
Now, Now - "SGL"
Very few artists manage to make indie-pop that actually represents the best of both genres, and Now, Now absolutely nail it on this track. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a visit from them to the Baeble HQ.
My Bloody Valentine - "Sometimes"
CLOSE MY EYES. FEEL ME NOW. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU COULD NOT LOVE ME NOW. Hope y'all had a good Valentine's Day, I just listened to this song on repeat and cried.
Grimes - "Venus Fly"
When I first listened to Art Angels this track fell kind of flat for me. Something about the mix just struck me as a little too restrained and it left me wanting. However, when I saw Grimes perform the track in Dublin a couple of years ago she more than delivered, correcting every issue I had with the studio mix and transforming "Venus Fly" into a pulsating anthem. Ever since then I've listened to it with attuned ears.
Aphex Twin - "Xtal"
"Xtal" was my first Aphex-related love, and as some great philosopher once said "the first cut is the deepest". I certainly can't argue in this case. That beautiful analog hiss, the crisp drums - it's a perfect introduction to the genre-defining album that follows, and the catalyst for a groundbreaking career.
Nick Drake - "Northern Sky"
Very few artists manage to capture melancholic, ethereal beauty in their music the way Nick Drake does, and the ones that do manage it are pretty much all influenced by him. I included Courtney Barnett in my picks for last week, and she promptly announced a new album and shared a single, so come on Nick, don't let me down man...
The Ophelias - "Night Signs"
I found this song probably about a week ago just by typing weird things into the Spotify search, but I'm so glad I did. The desperation in the Spencer Peppet's voice is so beautiful. You can really feel her pain in this story that she spins over a melancholy beat.
Vance Joy - "Saturday Sun"
This song makes me feel like I can feel the warmth of the sun shining on my face, even when it's disgusting outside. It's so sweet and upbeat. Joy's voice is like your favorite comfort food. Spin this track, whenever you need a little pick me up.
Coping Skills - "4 Days With Me Will Change Your Life (Cool Girl)"
Coping Skills have slayed the game with this feminist song. They are fighting the patriarchy through their wit and musical talents, which is always something I can get behind. It's all about the problems of the media portraying women as Manic Pixie Dream Girls, and I'm here for it.