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Songs of the Week: July 28 – August 4

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1. Oliver Tank – Sound of Silence (ft. Fawn Meyers) (Posted by Arjun)

I have to be honest, when I first saw this I scoffed–”who in their right mind,” I thought to myself, “could even hope to do justice to Sound of Silence with a cover?” I was forced to change my thinking almost immediately, because what Oliver Tank and Fawn Meyers have created here is absolutely incredible. It’s less of a cover and more of a reinterpretation, and the chilling, eery production over which they sing only vaguely sounds like the original. It’s mysterious and slightly dark, and I hope Simon and/or Garfunkel hear it one day–I do not think they will be disappointed. You can catch Oliver on tour with James Blake.

2. Drake – All Me (ft. 2 Chainz and Big Sean)   (Posted by Arjun)

I literally listened to this, and this only, for an entire day on repeat when it dropped. Like GOT DAMN this is an anthem. All three verses are on point, and Drake‘s hook is catchy as always. I think  I have to give it to Tity Boi as far as best line goes…his sneezing “Givenchy” followed by “Bless you” is absolutely hilarious. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just absurd. Sean kills it, and it was originally going to be on his album, but Drake thought it was too good (it is) to give away, keeping it for his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same, dropping in September.

3. Cass Lowe – Birthmark (Posted by Arjun)

Cass Lowe is incredibly talented, and at different points in this song there were about 7 or 8 different genres I was going to peg this in. First I thought it was R&B, then I thought it was electronic, then I thought it was indie rock, the list goes on. Needless to say, Cass has mastered the ability to blend genres, and his talent carries throughout. This song has a little bit of something for every taste. Look out for Cass, I think he has the potential to be really popular. What a voice. Oh yeah PS…the video is awesome too.

4. Marlene – Bon Voyage (Posted by Alicia)

To say the least, this is not the kind of music I usually listen to. That being said, this song is (almost) embarrassingly catchy. The Swede’s music is pretty much straightforward pop music, but it has a little more spunk and flare than the majority of the stuff you will hear on the radio. Would not be surprised at all to see Marlene, and perhaps even this song, take off on the radio in the future.

5. Carousel – Close My Eyes (Posted by Jordan)

Hypothetical question: would it make me more or less cool if, when I read this title, I started singing “Dust in the Wind” to myself, sitting alone in my room? Because that may or may not have happened. Listening to this single from Carousel makes me think I’m a cool kid in the early 80′s, driving in a convertible with the prom queen, rocking a baby blue ruffled tuxedo. That’s all you need to know.

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Songs of the Week: July 22 – 28

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I’m sorry I missed last week’s “Songs of the Week,” I was in Edinburgh for the British Open and couldn’t get back in time to put it together. Thankfully, my man Jordan was able to come through in the clutch and put together a killer list for you guys. This week I’m back in London and ready to recap the best songs released in the past 7 days.

1. Skizzy Mars – Coming Down ft. Jon Waltz (Posted by Jordan)

One of Sunset’s longstanding favorites, Skizzy Mars dropped a new track this week with collaborator Jon Waltz. “Coming Down” is almost a trap beat at heart, but with less aggressive, more melodic synths on top. Like ice cream with chocolate sauce on top, it’s tasty. I honestly think it’s just a matter of time before Skizzy really gets noticed, so show him to your friends and be the cool one in the group who knew him before everyone else.

2. The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours (Posted by Lydia)

I first heard of The Naked and Famous when they released their hit “Young Blood,” which is still an absolute jam. Interestingly, Lydia compared them to another band I really love, the Head and the Heart. I have to be honest, outside of the girl’s voice, I can’t see a connection…outside of the fact that I love them both and find it difficult not to sing along to them both whenever I hear them. The Kiwis deliver another jam with “Hearts Like Ours,” a single off of their upcoming album In Rolling Waves which is set to drop September 17th.

3. Icona Pop – All Night (Posted by Lydia)

You guys are going to make fun of me for this but like honestly whatever I don’t like you either and I feel no shame announcing to the world that Icona Pop is my ish. “I Love It” is as infectious as music comes, but as Lyds pointed out, it was losing a certain…je ne sais pas. Probably a result of the fact of its rampant overplaying on every radio station in every city in every country in the world? As soon as I thought Icona Pop was a one hit wonder and a thing of the past, they released this speaker breaking killer of a song. It’s kind of like the same song but different, listen and you’ll understand.

4. Kapitals – Ms. Heartache (Posted by Arjun)

This song is quite difficult to get out of your head, so I apologize in advance if you spend the next month humming it to yourself and annoying everyone around you…remember I warned you. A young band out of Ireland (shouts out to the clan holding it down in Cork County), Kapitals really does sound like they could have been a classic 90′s band, somewhere in between Arjun’s on point comparison to Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” and Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Just listen and hum it forever, you guys, because that’s what I think I’m going to do.

5. The 1975 – Sex (Posted by Arjun)

To be fair I only posted this song because it’s called “Sex.” Just kidding, that’s only half true…it’s also a song that is a straight up throwback to my 8-10th grade self, a fan of bands like The Kooks and The Fratellis and The Wombats. Obviously these guys are from Manchester (listen to the song, where else would they be from?), and is about potentially fornicating with a girl who has a boyfriend, which often never works out for anybody. The girl is a tramp, the boyfriend is cuckolded, the guy is punched in the face, a proper mess all around really. I do like the song a lot, though, and not just for the title, I’m not that immature come on guys.

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Songs of the Week: July 8 – July 14

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If you were slackin’ this week, let’s catch up on the best of what you missed! Songs of the Week, July 8 through July 14 edition.

1. Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Passion Pit Remix)

Plain and simple, this one is just a proper jam. Portugal is a great band, and with the help of Passion Pit, this remix is impossible to not dance to. It’s a struggle to stay sitting just to write this post, to be honest. I saw Portugal a few years ago at Lollapalooza and have been a fan ever since–the combination of them and Passion Pit on this one is almost too much for my weak heart to handle.

2. Ghost Beach – Moon Over Japan

This is pretty much the music I would expect Passion Pit to create if they were to experience with serious hallucinogenics. Jordan calls them indietronic (indie + electronic) which I guess makes sense, but if I had to put a label on it, I think I’d call it Triptronic. It makes me think I’m Mario gokarting down rainbow road on a quarter ounce of mushrooms. Ya know?

3. King Krule – Easy Easy

I’ve seen King Krule‘s name before, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to his music, and I really dig it. The minimalist, hip hop influenced (I think?) rock that he’s making is simultaneously niche and accessible. His ability to evoke emotion through such barebones musicianship is quite impressive. There’s beauty in simplicity. Well if you’re going through hell, just keep going.

4. Beach Vacation – I Saw You

So it’s no surprise here that this song sounds tailor-made for the beach. Perfect song for cruising in a Jeep Wrangler, or better yet, a Land Rover defender, just all around a pretty perfect summer sound. Beach Vacation is a definitely a newcomer to keep your eyes on.

5. as†ronomyy – Things I’d Do For You

This is also my first time hearing as†ronomyy, and to me it kind of sounds like The Weeknd meets Schlomo. Floating, ethereal, mysterious, the artists describes the track as “an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.”  This is a name we will be seeing in the future, I am sure.

 

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Songs of the Week(s): June 24 – July 7

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So I apologize for missing Songs of the Week last week, I was traveling and it was just kind of impossible for me to manage to put together. Anyway, I arrived in London yesterday and will be here for the next 6 weeks or so, and will be here each Sunday to keep you updated on what you might have missed in the past 7 days. Because I missed last week, I decided I’d do a special edition of Songs of the Week and double up, showcasing what I think are the best songs of the past two weeks. Let’s get started.

1. Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside (Posted by Arjun)

There’s something trance-inducing and soothing about this one from UK up and comer Raleigh Ritchie. Naturally, I had to lead off with this one considering I’m living in the same city as this guy, which is kind of new and exciting. The beat and Ritchie’s complementing vocals go together perfectly, and the synthesizers in this one have the ability to put you in a distinct mood–still not sure what it is yet; something transient and floating, I think.

2. Eliza & The Bear – Friends (Written by Jordan)

So Jordan just introduced the site to Eliza & The Bear the other week, and although I don’t listen to much of this kind of music anymore, I found myself looking them up and getting into their catalog. Another band out of London (maybe I’m biased in the short term?), these guys remember me of my days as a big fan of The Kooks and The Wombats–a certain brand of British pop-punk. If you want to get into some of their other stuff, check out their Soundcloud, but in the meantime check out their single “Friends.”

3. Migos – Bandos (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) (Posted by Jordan)

So I think at this point it’s safe to say that I really, really like anything that Ryan Hemsworth puts out. Like, pretty much literally everything. The only other thing I know by Migos is the now incredibly overplayed “Versace” which is only really a good song because of Drake’s verse, which is absolute fire. In particular, Hemsworth piano melody on this one kills it, and Hemsworth delivers another fire track. The man can’t be stopped.

4. Olympic Ayres – Magic (Posted by Alicia)

This one’s kind of an undeniable summer jam. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you are in when you listen to this song, I will be legitimately impressed if you are able to refrain from bobbing your head and grooving to this one. Put this on at your next summer party,  and I can guarantee you people will get out on the dance floor. Easily a top 5 jam of the entire summer so far.

5. Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight (Posted by Alicia)

The only daktal better than the pterodactyl is the Snakadaktal–that is simply science. Alicia describes their sound as a “slightly darker side of indie music,” and I agree. They’re incredibly unique, as is the mood they emanate. Hung on Tight is another one that’s tough not to want to dance to, and definitely a song I will be putting on at parties this summer.

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Songs of the Week: July 17-23

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This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.

1. Mikky Ekko – Kids

So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)

2. José González – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.

3. Akono Miles – Gotta Be Loved

Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)

4. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)

5. Fjords – Observer Drift

Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)

6. Migos – Versace feat. Drake

7. Drake – Jodeci Freestyle

 

8. Drake – The Motion feat. Sampha

 

9. Party Next Door – Over Here feat. Drake

Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)

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Songs of the Week: July 10-16

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, but I am back with a new feature on the site that I will be curating each Sunday recapping Sunset’s favorite songs of the week. If you fall behind on music any given week, we hope this post will get you back in the loop!

G Eazy – I Don’t Believe You feat. Team Robot

Young Gerald dropped a new single featuring long time contributor Team Robot (you’ll know them from “Run”). This is one to get turnt to.

Avicii – Wake Me Up feat. Aloe Blacc

If you’ve been following Avicii since his controversial Ultra performance where he blended live country music with his set, you’ll know he’s going in an interesting direction as of late. This one features Aloe “Needs a Dollar” Blacc, and fuses Avicii’s club-ready instrumental’s with country guitar and Aloe’s beautiful, jazzy voice.


Vicktor Taiwo – Only Love (Ben Howard Cover)

This one is really incredible. Vicktor Taiwo, who Arjun recently introduced to the site, cover’s Ben Howard’s song “Only Love.” Vicktor’s exceptionally unique R&B combines with the instrumental to make a dreamy, driving, gorgeous song. Perhaps my favorite from the entire week.

Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

Thanks to Dusty for bringing this to SITR, Milky Chance is an artist I had formerly been unfamiliar with. They’re kind of like Feist meets Guster meets Miike Snow, but their sound is unique and a lot of fun. With an amusing, acoustic instrumental and the lead singer’s voice that recalls Noah and the Whale, these Germans are poised to become very popular in the States.

Trails and Ways – Nunca

It’s tough not to start dancing to this one. Trails and Ways describes their sound as “bossanova dreampop,” and I think that’s really the best description possible for what they have released on their new album, Trilingual. Listen to my favorite track off of that EP below, and hit the link above to stream the new EP.


Paul Otten – Breeze

Paul Otten’s “Breeze” sounds like a song that could be a breakout single this summer. Perfect for the beach and backyard barbeques, this song is simple, fun, and guarantees a good mood. Breeze will certainly be in heavy rotation in the weeks to come.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar

Given that this one features two of my favorite MCs of the moment, it almost makes the list by default. That being said, it clearly came with high expectations, and in my mind, it exceeded them. With great verses from the two of them, TDE kills it as always.

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[Video] Fortune Family – Gravity ft. JohnieB

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There was a time when I thought we had seen the last of Fortune Family. Family’s fall apart sometimes, but sometimes they come back even stronger. Fortune Family fell apart for over a year, but then they did just that; the music they’ve been working on recently is better than anything they’ve released, and this is our first taste of that. Hop’s production has reached a new level, and his and Reef’s lyricism is deeper and realer than ever before. On this track, Hop and Reef discuss their journeys, both as single artists and as a whole, and deliver a glimpse into what happened to the Fam and how they ended up coming back together. I am so glad they did. Watch the video below, and expect to hear a lot from the Fam in the coming weeks and months.

Welcome back, Reef and Hop. You’ve been missed.

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Aer – Strangers EP

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The boys from Aer are back with a new EP, titled “Strangers. The EP’s single, “Take It Wrong,” was one of my favorite Aer songs to date so I was  excited for the full EP to drop.

While I think “Take it Wrong” is definitely the strongest offering on the EP, “Tell it Straight” and “Strangers,” which features Mod Sun and was originally produced by the legend Pete Rock, are standouts as well. The other two songs, a Ratatat remix called “Guaranteed” and a self-produced track called “She’ll Miss It,” aren’t as strong in my opinion.

Overall, a somewhat disappointing EP, only insofar as “Take it Wrong” was such a strong initial offering and the other songs on the EP aren’t on the same level. The other tracks just aren’t as “Aery,” and don’t have the trademark Aer vibe in the same way as the single.

Regardless, definitely worth a download…new Aer is always, always a good thing.

Stream below, and DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Earl Sweatshirt – WHOA

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Earl Sweatshirt is back at it with a video directed by Wolf Haley, Tyler, the Creator’s alter ego. The song starts hilariously with Tyler saying that people think the Earl wouldn’t go back to his “vintage” sound now that he released Chum and got “all personal.”  The thing that amazes me about Earl’s lyricism on tracks like this is how seemingly random the words maybe be, yet how deeply metaphorical they can be at the same time.

This video has all the makings of the Odd Future of old–ridiculous, unexplainable things (why is that old women in a tutu), disgusting, sickening actions, and an overall “I’m confused but that was dope” vibe. That, combined with Earl spitting the way he was after he released EARL back in the day, should please both new OF fans and those who have been there for years. I’m looking at you, Jamarcus.

The Misadventures of a Shit-Talker

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Mumford & Sons – Whispers in the Dark

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A lot of people hate on Mumford for sounding the same in every single song. And, yeah, they kind of do…but I’ll be damned if I don’t like it.

They’re back again after the latest *Grammy winning* album, Babel, releasing the new single with a video accompaniment. The video is cool, but I still can’t figure out what the four different screens have to do with one another. Maybe it’s just midnight and I’ve been studying for 5 hours, but hey, I just don’t see it.

The song itself is a solid effort, though. None of Mumford & Son’s singles really do it for me to the extent that some of the smaller cuts on the albums do, but, as the industry goes, the single is just the song with most mass appeal, which this track certainly has in droves.

Be on the look out for more from the Sons, and let me know if you figure out the message behind the video in the comments below.

 You hold your truth so purely // And swerve not through the minds of men

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James Blake – Digital Lion

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After an incredible first single, the ever-awesome James Blake releases the second single off of Overgrown, set to drop April 9th: “Digital Lion.” It starts with the vintage James Blake sound: airy, chilling and haunting–James Blake doing what he does best. When it drops, the rhythm picks up and the track gets moving at a faster pace.

It sounds like an escape–a racing, fast paced, bass driven track. “Digital Lion” features Brian Eno, and you can definitely sense the master’s touch on this one. Two true masters of their craft combining to make something unique and epic, a real treat.

 

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Aer – Take it Wrong

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Aer is back, and better than ever. With their first release since this summer’s The Bright Side, “Take it Wrong” is the first single off of the upcoming Strangers EP, set to drop on March 19th. They sent this over to me with excitement, describing it as “one of their best tracks” to date. I could not agree more. Their sound is maturing really nicely, and this song seems to be at a higher level, at least instrumentally, than that which they have released in the past. The fat bass line is carries the song throughout and sets a laid back, mellow vibe from the start. Combined with the easy going guitar, the song permeates the sound that Aer’s come up on.

This is a great first single, and if it serves as any foreshadowing, Strangers will be on a new level for Aer.  I’m excited for it to drop in just under two weeks. Be on the look out for that, and catch Aer on tour now with Hoodie Allen.

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