Reva DeVito - "The Move (Prod. by Kaytranada)"
This song boasts production by Kaytranada and is complete with the 90s R&B-inspired vocals from Reva Devito. It's the title track from Reva DeVito's upcoming project that's set to be released this year. I swear, every track that Kaytranada touches is gold.
Sofi Tukker - "Awoo (feat. Betta Lemme)"
Who doesn't want to start their weekend off with a track like this? I dare you to listen to this and try not to shake to choreograph some hip-shakin' dance. Since I saw Sofi Tukker earlier this week, this has been my go-to track to cheer me up or de-stress. It's simple, upbeat and that bongo break in the middle gives me life.
Octave Minds - "Tap Dance (feat. Chance the Rapper)"
Chance's first verse in this song is just so freakin' great. The piano guides the song as Chance the Rapper switches between rap flows and raspy singing - it's such a fun song. It kind of reminds me of a sped-up John Legend song with more of inspirational/celebratory production. From start to finish, the twinkly keys throughout make it impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to this track.
Post Malone - "Deja Vu (feat. Justin Bieber)"
Ever since "White Iverson" went viral, I've been unsure about Post Malone. I guess I've been trying to deny him, but in the past two weeks this song has burrowed into my head. Like we found in Chance the Rapper's "Juke Jam," Justin Bieber is surprisingly really good on some slower, R&B-influenced hip-hop songs. This song is something that you can just vibe out to, so let Post Malone serenade you. It's not deja vu, you just put it on repeat.
Amy Winehouse - "Stronger Than Me"
You can't go wrong with Amy, ever. Hard to believe she's been gone for five years now. I can never go too long without listening to something by her, especially after seeing Amy
last year. This week, it was the jazzy "Stronger Than Me" from her lesser-known debut album Frank.
Sing this in the shower - One hundred percent satisfaction guarantee.
The Weeknd - "Starboy"
The King of the Fall is back with the first single from his third studio album, also to be called Starboy.
The Weeknd made waves when he debuted a new hair style
with this single, which became bigger news than the song itself. "Starboy" is a fast-paced track with contributions from Daft Punk, providing an interest space-like vibe underneath The Weeknd's oh-so-beautiful voice. I don't know about you, but I'll be eagerly waiting for more from the motherfuckin' Starboy.
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Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Wish"
The surprisingly durable, Staten Island rockers released their 4th album, Pretty Years,
last week. It's raw and electric and has some seriously big tunes. This has got to be my favorite. Produced by John Congleton, it's all stompy rhythms, crunchy sax lines, bouncy bass lines, and singer Joseph D'Agostino's unkempt vocal growls. Clash fans, dig in!
Jim James - "Same Old Lie"
His excellency Jim James gives us a glimpse of what's to come with the first song from his sophomore album, Eternally Even.
It's an album that James hopes speaks to the issues of the day, and with the built in mantra "It's the same, it's the same, it's the same old lie" powering this one... well, take your pick what issue of the day you'd like to apply it to. Also, Damn! I really dig where this song heads in the last minute or so. Can't wait for this record.
Skinny Lister - "Geordie Lad"
The bombastic, British folk outfit Skinny Lister swung by our place earlier this week to give us a taste of what's to come on their new album, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight.
They did what their calling a slightly "experimental" take on this heartfelt tribute to an old bandmate who left the group. It's a great song... really brings a smile to my face at least. Now pass me a pint.
Phantogram - "Same Old Blues"
Phantogram just released this single off of their upcoming album Three
and it's getting me so excited for the rest of the record. It has that classic Phantogram sound we all know and love, but it's a little more pop. It's like they cut right to the good parts (And oh, that random guitar breakdown mid-track... I'm not complaining about it).
Pumarosa - "Priestess"
I love this song so much. It's long but it has an incredible build that is oh so worth the wait. And it has saxophone! How could you say no to a song with saxophone?
Glass Animals - "Pork Soda"
This song is off of Glass Animals' latest record How To Be A Human Being
which dropped very recently. The production is pristine and the lyrics are so weird: "Pineapples are in my head"
. Had to look that up to make sure I wasn't just hearing strange voices in my head again.