Best of the Week
What better way to catch up on a week of new music by starting with the very best?
The 16-year old musical prodigy from New Zealand is back at it. And she struck gold again. At this point, it’s not fair to the rest of the 16-year-olds in the world who at one point appeared to be standouts. Enjoy mediocrity, all-16-year-olds-minus-Lorde!
Sexy is back. This time, in the form of soaring vocals like those of Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith and John Newman. This week it’s Sid Batham who gets to make us drool with his pipes. On top of that, “All Lies” has a bit of an old school triumphant vibe to it that’s almost oddly reminiscent of Mariah Carey’s older music. It feels weird making that comparison, but I really think I hear it.
I felt calm when I started listening to this new song from SOHN, which features an undulating baseline that loops throughout the majority of the track. But then there’s a point right around the bridge when it swells up and catches you offguard. It’s a little unsettling, but then again, so are the closing lyrics: this time I’ll keep away from you. This is solid production from the newly signed 4AD member.
This track has been out on the market for a little bit, but with Until The Ribbon Breaks releasing his full EP last week, it’s worth calling attention back to the standout track from the EP, A Taste of Silver. The whole thing is a bit mindblowing, but this track is what started it all. Tell me your heart doesn’t flutter when you hear “maybe in another life, if we get another life, maybe in another life, I’ll learn to love you” for the first time.
I’ve gotten pretty particular with my mashups these days (apologies to those who live for Mashup Mondays), because they’re kind of a thing of the past. But when a solid mashup like this one by Isonine comes along, god damn I love it. This is perfect. Mashup justice.
I have seen The Head and The Heart twice now, and each time, they have completely blown me away. The first time was in Chicago’s Millennium Park when they opened for Iron & Wine, and the second time was in Houston earlier this summer. They’re one of those bands who truly put a spell over their audience; their music is so gripping, emotive, and, to put it simply, damn good. This one is a little less folky and a little more rock n’ roll, but certainly has the signature H&H sound to it. The Head and the Heart’s new album, Let’s Be Still, will be released on 10/15/13.
Even if it was a mistake, I won’t forget your face
So when this track came out, people had said that Dillon Francis was crying at the end of his set as he dropped this song for the first time, which caught my attention. Rarely is electronic music able to instill emotion in such a powerful way. In his own words: “This song is very meaningful to me because as TEED and I were working on the song, I was having relationship problems of my own. He ended up writing the song about the whole situation I was going through.” This is certainly a break of pace for Francis, and one he has said he wants to continue in. I think he should…what he has created here is as moving as it is catchy. While indie kids are going to listen to Bon Iver when they break up, EDM kids are going to listen to this.
If only you could see the future, it’s all yours now
Jon Waltz is clearly heavily influenced by ASAP Rocky, as his style sounds pretty much directly derived from the ASAP movement. That being said, he does it well. The trippy, trap production he raps over in Somewhere Else compliments his flow, and Waltz goes hard throughout. He gained a new fan in me with this song, even though what he’s putting out does not seem to have a particularly unique sound at this point. It will be interesting to seem him evolve going forward.
SomeKindaWonderful‘s debut track “Reverse” was an absolute jam in its own right, and got me really excited for them to release new music. Oliver Nelson‘s remix really just brings the track to a whole other level, though, and gives it an awesome disco-dance vibe. Tough to not bob my head to this and do a little chair dance as I sit down to type this. Definitely a track I will throw on at a party, this one has huge mainstream potential.
I’m not really sure how it happened, but this genre really snuck up on me and now I can’t stop listening to it. Each week, I seem to be including more and more glitzed out, laid back electronic music, a genre I really never listened to very much until recently. Now I seem to not be able to get enough. I think Disclosure was what got me into it in the first place, but now it seems to almost be an obsession. It just puts me in a different place, and I’m digging it.