DAVID M.'S Picks
DJ Shadow - "Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels)"
I laugh out loud every time I hear this song and been playing it relentlessly. If you haven't seen the video yet (find it here
), it's amazing and a perfect snapshot of the political climate. Its a pretty hard-hitting track of rap battles between Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels as they feud it out like we all wish Hilary and Trump would do.
SHAED - "Thunder"
Im pretty intrigued by SHAED. The Washington DC trio consists of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers, Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee, and I feel like the remainder of 2016 is going to be big for them. "Thunder" is a triumphant track full of massive hooks, catchy choruses and Lees powerhouse vocals - which remind me a little of Misterwives' frontwoman Mandy. Lets hope for a full-length album from SHAED soon.
Fatboy Slim - "Weapon of Choice"
How bout a little flashback for you Friday. Who doesn't like this song? It has a lounge-funk retro sound with a "Mambo Number 5" feel and it just makes you feel good, ya know? And what makes it even better is the music video
starring Christopher Walken. Such a classic throwback.
DAVID P.'S PICKS
Sylvan Esso - "Radio"
Sylvan Esso dropped this new nugget yesterday and Ive been hooked ever since. Its fun and playful while also firing sharp shots at the pop industrial complex with lyrics like, "Don't you look good sucking American dick?" Uh, that got our attention! This is the first new tune since the release of their self-titled debut 2 years ago... so were pretty psyched about whats to come.
The Tallest Man On Earth - "Time Of The Blue"
I will forever be entranced with Kristian Matsson's ability to build emotional mountains out of the sparsest of musical elements. This is his guitar, some simple piano chords, Matsson's voice, and finesome horns come in at the end. But, its pretty minimal, really. Matssons released a couple of new songs of latefingers crossed its leading up to the release of his follow-up to last years Dark Bird Is Home.
Lucius - "Uncle Johns Band"
I don't think I care too much for the Grateful Dead. I dunno... Ive never had it in me to go any deeper than American Beauty. That weird, wonky, jazz thing they tended to doI dunno man. Not quite sure how that took off. BUT, the massive Dead of the Dead compilation Aaron and Bryce Dessner put together with EVERY BAND I care about has its moments and Lucius contribution might be my personal favorite (The Nationals take on "Peggy-O" a close 2nd). Their voices are as exquisite as ever, and I love how the song starts out in folky territories only to end in a world created by laptop pop (or something). No, I will not be seeking out the Dead's recording of this, however.
Glass Animals - "The Other Side Of Paradise"
It was incredibly hard for me to pick just one track from Glass Animals new album, How To Be A Human Being
. To be real, it's impossible to pick a favorite but Ive been listening to "The Other Side Of Paradise" the most since the album was released last week. Its quite the banger - to the point where you feel like a little badass when you're listening to it. It has just the right amount of dubstep breakdowns with complex sounds being thrown all over the place and Dave Bayley's sultry, hazy voice to top it all off. I love this f---ing song.
Jack Garrett - "Worry (feat. Anderson Paak.)"
Im pretty sure everyone knows how obsessed I am with Anderson Paak. by now. After I heard Jack Garrett threw Anderson Paak. on a remix of "Worry," I pretty much added it on all of my Spotify playlists. Anderson Paak.s raspy goodness echoes Jack Garrett's longing croon over sweeping synths and rhythmic drops makes this track extremely easy on the ears. They sound too good together to stop here.
Dirty Projectors - "The Socialites (AlunaGeorge remix)"
I'm pretty sure I've listened to this song almost
every morning when I'm on the subway heading into the office. The track was released as one of the three remixes of Dirty Projector's Swing Lo Magellan
track, "The Socialites" and this AlunaGeorge remix cant get any better. Its full of bass, synths, unexpected twists and sounds and sultry vocals - all in true AlunaGeorge fashion. I vote for a Dirty Projectors/AlunaGeorge collab album, ASAP.