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Commodores - "Easy"
I just saw Baby Driver
this week, so anyone else who's seen it knows the importance of this song. I can't stop listening to this old goodie.
Sampha - "Incomplete Kisses"
When his album Process
came out, I butchered it for myself by listening to it too much but after a brief break, I am so back on that Sampha train.
Toro y Moi - "Girl Like You"
Loving this dreamy vibe - Toro y Moi's new album Boo Boo
just dropped today and I'm loving every second of it.
Nick Drake - "Pink Moon"
I've loved Nick Drake's third (and final) album for a long time. This week, I've been listening to it over and over again on my commute. I think the title track is a great introduction to his music, it gives you a sense of how great a songwriter he was. "Pink Moon," and the rest of the album, is much more stripped-back than Drake's previous two albums, but he's still just as gripping without a full band or large orchestration behind him.
Tom Waits - "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six"
This is easily the Tom Waits song that I've listened to the most. I love how bizarre the instrumentation is, and also how abstract his lyrics are. It's almost humorous. He's literally singing about trapping a crow inside of his guitar, and violently strumming the strings just to torture it. Only Tom Waits could pull off a song like this.
Radiohead - "Lift"
Like many Radiohead fans, I've been waiting to hear an official version of "Lift" for years. With the release of OKNOTOK
, we finally got what we've been waiting for. This song has been around since Radiohead's earliest live shows in the 90s, yet the band never actually released it because they had no clue what to do with it. However, diehard fans have clung to live versions of the song for almost two decades now, clearly loving it more than Radiohead ever did. It's hard to believe it's finally here!
Labi Siffre - "Watch Me"
This songs starts with a great guitar riff that almost sounds like the beginning of "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers. Anyway, my friend introduced me to this song back in the fall and for some reason, I think it's pretty fitting for a nice summer day.
Kyle - "Don't Wanna Fall In Love"
I've been looking back at some of Kyle's older albums and tracks and this one on his 2015 album Smyle
recently caught my eye.
Lorde - "Green Light"
Ok, I seriously can't stop. I heard this song on the radio months ago and originally thought it had a weird start, so I just brushed it off, but somewhere between seeing Lorde at Governor's Ball and the release of her album a few weeks ago, I started to go back. The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me. The best part is the piano chords in the pre-chorus.
Debbie Taylor - "Never Gonna Let Him Know"
I found this song because Madlib sampled it (on Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's "Thuggin'"), and I'm so glad he did because it is great! This was Debbie Taylor's biggest hit, and for good reason. Along with her phenomenal voice, the instrumental is intoxicating. The bass is unfortunately quite low in the mix, but it really grooves throughout. So good!
James Brown - "Funky Drummer"
James Brown is the Godfather of Funk, and In The Jungle Groove
can prove it. The live compilation from the late -1960s/early-1970s is so tight throughout it doesn't sound real. The rhythm section does not stop for a moment, and with Brown in his prime, the entire record is a treat. "Funky Drummer" is probably the most notable song on the record, known as one of the most sampled drum beats of all time.
Radiohead - "Bloom"
Confession: I love The King of Limbs.
I don't understand what people don't like about it. I've heard some say it's worse than Pablo Honey
, which is a truly baffling sentiment. The album relies heavily on looping and sampling, giving it a super electronic sound. Meanwhile, the use of rhythm is legitimately next level and creates this morphed genre that only Radiohead could produce. "Bloom" is the opening track, and is exquisite. When the song goes to the second verse after strings are brought in, the band is so in the groove it's incredible.
Phoenix - "Fior Di Latte"
My personal favorite from Ti Amo
and a helluva summer soundtrack. It's a dream-pop ballad with suggestive themes as the French band shows off their Italian.
Dismemberment Plan - "What Do You Want Me to Say?"
This song slides under the radar in regards to killer indie rock. The Dismemberment Plan has always bent the rules with math rock influences, but I dare you to not scream along to this insanely catchy chorus.
Deerhunter - "He Would Have Laughed"
As a touching tribute to Jay Reatard, Bradford Cox narrates life from the perspective of the late indie rock singer/songwriter. Stick around for the tempo change at the song's midpoint.