MNEK has been bringing his charm and creativity to many tracks these days but we have yet to see him bring out his highly anticipated solo work. Until now, of course. “Every Little Word” takes us to a place we definitely have been longing for. It’s edgy, addictive and filled with that smooth soulful power that MNEK always brings. Is this man going to be huge in the music world? Yes. Is he already a huge impact? Of course. Now we can get our excitement ready for his solo project and hit repeat on this jam for quite some time.
Florrie has been releasing music for quite some time now and it’s a bit heartbreaking we have yet to receive a full length album from her at this point. However, she’s atleast hooking us in with a new EP so we’ve got that to live on for now. “Free Falling” is the newest tune off of it and it’s as addictive as they come. It’s clearly a pop song but it’s got an extra *umph* that makes it stand above the rest. You better believe you’re about to be listening to this one numerous times in a row while dancing your bum off. Go ahead, listen below.
I gotta be honest: female vocalists are killing it in 2014. I mean, like most things (including human life probably), it all started with Beyoncé. And then Yumi Zouma dropped a couple of gems, and Shura blessed us with the ultra sensual hit “Touch.” And now Highlands with lead vocalist Karin Sveinsdóttir has released one of the year’s best EPs. But the best part of this Icelandic duo is how both members compliment each other so well. The five track EP showcases both producer Logi Pedro Stefánsson’s bass and melody heavy production and Karin’s wickedly smooth voice.
And if that is not convincing enough for you to download the set, just know that EP highlight “Rolling Stones” samples the “Worst!” part of Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” and that I am completely infatuated with the EP opener “Berlin.”
I still think of this summer when the sun shined bright and we fell in love / Now it’s cold outside, Berlin in wintertime
[via Hilly Dilly]
Usually what happens is I give you somewhere between 15-20 songs that I liked throughout the month. That’s boring, isn’t it? Why do that when we have amazing writers on here with such great tastes? Why not expose you to all of us from now on? We do this every year in December, but why not all the other months? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. All you need to know is that from now on, we’re asking each writer to give us their top 3 songs from the month, and as a result, we probably have my favorite month ever doing this. The results were nothing short of perfect.
Silky smooooooth, is how how I’d describe Klo’s “Make Me Wonder”. Does that description make you tingle inside? It certainly should. This track has got a pure coolness to it. It makes you want to kick back, relax and let it take you away. Honey sweet vocals and a mesmerizing beat to accompany, it’s simply all the right things. Listen to the beauty below.
I have to be honest with you guys (but actually, don’t worry, I’m always honest with you guys)…sometimes the Sunset Fam finds really good songs and sends them to each other and we keep them to ourselves rather than sharing them. It’s selfish and probably uncalled for (or maybe you guys deserved it, but nobody has ‘fessed up yet), but it happens. It’s real life.
But I wasn’t about to have that today. This song was sent around the group, and I needed you guys to hear this. The song is called “Jimmy Franco” and it’s by LOLAWOLF, a group led by Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoë Kravitz.
WARNING: I wasn’t sold in the first 0:40 seconds of the song. The tribal beats were cool, but the whiny “ahh” noises sounded a bit irritating. But then the vocals hit and they’re powerful. And then at the 1:00 mark, the song kind of changes tracks entirely. It lightens up, the whiney noises are gone, and it’s like you just walked out of the darkest area of rainforest, cleared the overhanging leaves and hairy things hanging from the skies, and found the light of the sun. The sounds kind of come back and haunt me a little bit, but that’s just what happens when you’re in the rainforest. It’s unpredictable. And that can either be seen as an annoyance, or instead, maybe that’s just the allure of the rainforest: it’s going to do its own thing. And you can’t stop it. And you don’t want to stop it.
And now I realize I just told a really weird story, and those last two sentences are all I really needed to say.
BONUS: Hit the jump to watch the music video for Jimmy Franco, featuring A$AP Rocky
Hold on there a second Camden Cox. Where did you come from and how could you tease us with such an addictive tune? We’re not mad, don’t worry but damn we want more! “Kinda Like” is pop perfection and it is not one that will be forgotten quickly. After one listen you’ll be dancing around your room, pretending you can sing as well as Camden Cox. It’ll be glorious in more ways than one. If you’re into that sort of thing, check out the very fabulous track below.
The beautiful darkness Marika Hackman continues to feed us with is something we never seem to get sick of. This time around she’s taken another incredible artist’s track and molded it into her own beautiful sound. “I Follow Rivers” may be normally known as an upbeat, pop track by Lykke Li , but this time around it’s got a very different twist. Miss Hackman has turned it into a gloomy yet gorgeous experience. Can we agree everything she touches turns to some twisted, mesmerizing masterpiece? Listen to the perfect cover below.
An intertwining of female and male vocals is always something special and it’s no exception with IYES’ latest track “Breathe”. This particular tune is quite heavenly in all the right ways. A pinch of sexiness, a dash of smoothness and it’s got everything we need. IYES are bringing a bit of an r&b twist to the indie genre and we like it, we like it a lot. If this is what we can expect from their hopefully soon to come debut record, sign us up!
On occasion an artist pops up and you have no clue where they came from or who they are. They suddenly upload a track that has you addicted and wondering where they magically appeared from. CuckooLander is quite the example of this. She happens to be the touring drummer of another loved artist Charli XCX , so she’s not entirely new to the music scene. However, this is our first time hearing of this lovely project and the promise of it’s sound is quite apparent. “Dumb Dee Diddy Dumb” is catchy, indie rock with a pinch of soul. Can’t go wrong there! Enjoy the tune below.
Banks continues to reel us in with her passionate dark pop and she’s now managed to make us swoon with her cover of the Aaliyah hit “Are You That Somebody”. It’s safe to say many of us still adore the great Aaliyah, so it’s always appreciated when someone brings a bit of light into a classic like this one. Banks covers this one with gorgeous simplicity and it works far too well. Time to sit back, listen to this cover and maybe break out Aaliyah jams right afterwards.
Kwabs has a voice that could shake mountains and soul that isn’t easy to simply achieve. “Pray For Love” is hauntingly beautiful in a big way. This track screams epic in all ways possible. The dark vibes with the sprinkle of deep, powerful vocals is a match we can’t help but adore completely. Kwabs is about to blow the music world up and we’re happy to see it happen. For now, go ahead and listen to the new tune below.