Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way (Anna Prior Remix)

Metronomy

Everything Goes My Way (Anna Prior Remix)


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Mikky Noire

Published:
Jun 13, 2021

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LCD Soundsystem,
Hot Chip,
The Drums

Tags:

remixes
,
dance
,
funk

Why do we like this?

Give Me All My Vitamins in a Neon Cup

So here is the thing, I am, like any other human out there, not scared to admit: I love me some Metronomy and this song is the perfect little example of how beautifully mouldable the Metronomy sound is.

Anna Prior remix of “Everything Goes My Way” has dripping bass that runs right through the song and pulses into your veins, taking complete control. Layered then, by a haunting beautiful female vocal and pop wail only to then, as if this combination wasn’t enough, we get a running disco synth rhythm slamming all of those elements into a singular capsule. Like sealing the bottle and sending out what can only be described as a concentrated vitamin of pulsing disco synth noises that I can’t get enough of!

Sign me up for the daily dose.




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Titus Waldner – Olofström

Titus Waldner

Olofström


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Jason Grishkoff

Published:
Jun 13, 2021

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Sounds like:

Bonobo,
Four Tet

Tags:

four tet
,
bonobo
,
lofi house

Why do we like this?

This one starts out pretty regular until the pipes kick in. At that point my ears melt into a puddle of goo, soaking up every little bit of acoustic pleasure that Titus Waldner has to throw my way.

Here’s what Titus had to say about the inspiration behind the song:
The track came to me when I was on a canoe on a lake in Olofström in Sweden. The percussion is made from the cracking wood sounds, and the water noises serve as two-dimensional sounds that give the beat more depth. The seaplane at the end is also part of the ambiance recording that runs through the entire song

It’s hard for me to say much more than that, though I must confess that my intro sentence about the puddle of goo felt like it hit the nail on the head.




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Surfaces – So Far Away

Surfaces

So Far Away


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Published:
Jun 12, 2021

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Sounds like:

Chet Faker,
Slenderbodies,
Raveeta

Tags:

electro
,
chet faker
,
chill pop

Why do we like this?

Ferris Wheel Americana

Surfaces’ “So Far Away” is a classic and almost ballad-like electro-pop anthem about beachside romance, making for a real good time.

The beachside has so many prompts to people – sunsets, wine, and ocean, social scenes left, right, and centre, and the always presents thriving romance. Surfaces make a pop ballad romance scene come to life against the backdrop of American beach sounds – the feeling of Americana is melting off this track like an ice cream cone on a carnival pier.

Carnivals in slow motion, popcorns in a montage, and the inevitability of a first kiss shine and flicker in the aesthetic of this track.




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Chet Faker – Feel Good

Chet Faker

Feel Good


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Mikky Noire

Published:
Jun 11, 2021

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Sounds like:

Jungle,
LEISURE,
Flume

Tags:

indie rock
,
funk
,
flume

Why do we like this?

Take me All The Way Airways

Chet Faker’s “Feel Good” is a track built upon an almost infectious riff and it very successfully infects me with a feeling of joy.

With another immaculate release, Chet Faker makes obvious their ability to be an immovable object in the library of alt-rock and funk. The song title, “Feel Good,” has a lot to live up to, but as always this Chet Faker track doesn’t disappoint, not for a single second.

This is an entertainingly constructed track that will keep the good feelings flying. Enjoy!




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The Haunted Youth – Coming Home

The Haunted Youth

Coming Home


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Published:
Jun 11, 2021

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Sounds like:

Empire of the Sun,
Miami Horror,
Cut Copy

Tags:

indie rock
,
dream pop
,
shoegaze

Why do we like this?

No one really wants to revisit teenagehood, right? Those gangly legs, acne cheeks, drama by the spoonful, and a list of firsts — no thanks.

But then this happens: you hit play on The Haunted Youth’s “Coming Home” and you’re right back on that smelly, innocent, and half-conscious dancefloor. Drink in hand, drink slipping out of hand, drink downed; and just like that, being a teenager again doesn’t feel so bad, right?

For some teenage escapism, one only needs to press play; maybe even close your eyes, light a cigarette (not at the same time), sip back a drink, and enjoy the nostalgia. The good news and the bad news: those days are never coming back. So enjoy.




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CHVRCHES – How Not to Drown (Ft. Robert Smith)

CHVRCHES

How Not to Drown (Ft. Robert Smith)


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Published:
Jun 10, 2021

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Sounds like:

The Cure,
MS MR,
St Lucia

Tags:

alternative
,
alternative rock
,
alternative pop

Why do we like this?

2020 was a tough time for everybody. The world was in crisis; the sheer chaos that transpired globally coalesced violently with the subjective experience of personal trauma on an individual level. We all felt it in one way or another, and it would be remiss of me to say that any single soul escaped completely unscathed.

2021 has been calmer in comparison, maybe a little bit more stable, but I think many of us are still feeling the effects of depression, isolation, disillusionment, and anxiety as a result of last year’s shitstorm. But that’s okay because we’re not alone. We have each other, and we have CHVRCHES, who not only understand but have been going through it too.

“How Not to Drown” is a dark, brooding, and emotive offering from the alt-rock masters, and features a milestone collaboration with The Cure’s superstar frontman, Robert Smith. It’s a song about picking yourself up after you’ve been left for dead, and despite the pain and heartache inherent in the track, CHVRCHES are experts at putting an empowering and liberating spin on things.

On social media, lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry shared her inspiration behind the song:

“These lyrics are about a time when I just wanted to disappear, and the only time I ever thought about quitting the band. I felt like I was in over my head at the deep end and not sure how to get back. But I did get back. And if you’ve felt like that, I hope you find your way back too. This is the chapter on what to do after they dig you up.”

Smith and Mayberry’s vocals spiral around each other intricately, with the former’s classic, grounding alto providing a solid backdrop to support the lofty, soul-stirring musings of the latter. The result is a powerful, heart-wrenching stroke of creative genius that’ll get you every time.

“How Not to Drown” was released as a single ahead of CHVRCHES upcoming fourth studio album, Screen Violence, due out August 27 via Glassnote Records.




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Jose Gonzalez – Head On

Jose Gonzalez

Head On


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Published:
Jun 10, 2021

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Sounds like:

Junip,
Ben Howard,
Alexi Murdoch

Tags:

indie rock
,
male vocalist
,
acoustic

Why do we like this?

When watching the beautiful animation that moves through the video of José González‘s new single “Head On” I kept thinking to myself how amazing it would be to have visual reminders throughout life. Reminders to question reality, reminders to try and peer beyond mundanity, reminders to bring forth a kind mind, reminders to simply rest in awareness.

Reminders are part and parcel of why it is that González wrote the song in the first place. In a press release, he stated, “I wrote ‘Head On’ as a combat song or a list of instructions…a manual.” Some of us get tattoos, some jot down notes on a calendar, and some write songs.

With a beautiful fusion of José González and Junip sounds, “Head On” makes me want to hop in the car, drive a mountain pass, open the window, stick my hand out and let it move and flow with the wind. All the while, heading on and, not only remembering to contemplate reality but also to train in awareness and kindness.

Whatever your training, whatever you’d like to recall, I hope that as you listen to “Head On,” at least for these beautifully pleasant 5 minutes, you’ll be able to do so.

“The animations for ‘Head On’ are based on a cellular automaton called ‘Game of Life’ created by mathematician John Horton Conway. ’Game of Life’ has emergent properties, meaning that complex forms can arise, or evolve, through simple individual parts. Without any designer, plan or intent. In the video, we used visuals from ‘Game of Life’ as an analogy for the flow of information; bits of information forming patterns. Adapting. Evolving. Mutating. Like memes, or mind viruses; positive, neutral or negative. Travelling from mind to mind in a never-ending war of ideas that we all participate in and are influenced by.”
Director, Mikel Cee Karlsson.

“Head On” is taken from the upcoming album, Local Valley, due on September 17.




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Barry Can’t Swim – Jazz Club After Hours

Barry Can't Swim

Jazz Club After Hours


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Alejandro Lara

Published:
Jun 09, 2021

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Sounds like:

Darius,
SG Lewis,
Amtrac

Tags:

deep house
,
disco-house
,
amtrac

Why do we like this?

London-based Barry Can’t Swim is releasing a well-timed EP next month. On July 7th, to be precise. Mark it on your calendar because it seems like it will be a good one for the summer. It’ll be called Amor Fati and it has two singles out,”Lone Raver,” which is a delicious house track, and this incredible ode to disco and summer vibes. It bears the awesome name of “Jazz Club After Hours.”

It begins with a mood setting sax, keys and snare, some chatter in the background that give it some texture and it transports you to another place, another decade, you can feel the heat of the room, smell the cigarette smoke in the air, taste the cool drink that isn’t really in your hand.

The strings take a lead on this song and accompany you, at the center of it for the most part, fading to the back to allow for other instruments to play too, like the wind like instrument that dances for a couple of seconds at the first minute mark, or the joyful organ that grooves for a while right after that.

This is a tune that projects a movie in your head, and makes you move. That’s pretty cool.

Have fun and take care!




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Loverground – Whatever Happens, Happens

Loverground

Whatever Happens, Happens


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Published:
Jun 08, 2021

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Sounds like:

DJ Poolboi,
Ross from Friends,
Channel Tres

Tags:

toro y moi
,
lo-fi house
,
ross from friends

Why do we like this?

“If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out” — a rather simple way to live life open-handedly.

I’ve heard it taught before that there are three types of sufferings we, as humans, face: the suffering of encountering that which we do not want, the suffering of losing what we have, and the suffering of not getting what we want. They all take place within the metaphorical fist that holds on too tight, and are counteracted by the open hand that arrives with the thought ‘whatever happens, happens.’

Loverground’s “Whatever Happens, Happens” is a nice reminder of this approach to life and, smooth as it is, stretches out like a slide, upon which we can wind our way through life, hopefully landing in a splash of fun and joy, ready to laugh at whatever appears.

Speaking to the track, Kevin Erlicher, AKA Loverground, says:

It sets the mood for the rest of the EP, out this summer on Majestic Casual. I wanted to mix light-hearted, clubish/summer-y sounds with a deeper, meaningful message. The lyrics say ‘No need to worry about the future, cause you won’t get to know, the moment is right now.’ That’s the message that I want to get out there: no need to worry, whatever happens, happens.

These funky beats you’ve got in your ears right now serve as the title track of the EP, Whatever Happens, Happens, out June 2nd via Majestic Casual.




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Tapeworms – Magic Pierrot

Tapeworms

Magic Pierrot


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Published:
Jun 08, 2021

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Sounds like:

rincs,
sjowgren,
Hajk

Tags:

female vocalist
,
indie rock
,
indie pop

Why do we like this?

This probably won’t come as a surprise, but here’s another song inspired by the pandemic. Except, perhaps not the way you might presume (lonely lockdown blues being the norm).

Instead, Margot and Théo of Tapeworms were inspired to write “Magic Pierrot” based on their abruptly-ended tour of Japan (thanks, pandemic). The subject matter comes from Shingu, where Margot watched the locals enjoy day-to-day life and herself. Reflecting on this moment elicited enough nostalgia to inspire this song, an upbeat indie rock / shoegazey diddy that’s short and sweet, but manages to hit all the right notes for me.

These guys have been going at it since 2016, so if you want to listen to more, check out their Spotify.




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Greentea Peng – Free My People (Ft. Simmy & Kid Cruise)

Greentea Peng

Free My People (Ft. Simmy & Kid Cruise)


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Published:
Jun 07, 2021

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Sounds like:

Biig Piig,
Josef,
Little Sims

Tags:

soul
,
funk
,
neo-soul

Why do we like this?

The Souls of Smoke and Funk

A song hiding a revolutionary narrative behind beautiful neo-soul sounds creates a montage-like effect of education, narrative, and a funky soundscape

Greentea Peng has been one of those artists that always find themselves playing at a party and I’m always going “Who is this ? I Love it!” – only for me to then go home and completely forget the name, but the song is stuck in my head endlessly.

With “Free My People” I have finally discovered them in their fullest and I’m obsessed. It’s a beautifully constructed song of funky soul sounds and rhythmic funk inspirations thrown into a quiet protest of smoke and mirror vocals that on a first listen sounds like a good time only to reveal a riotous protest against the oppression pushed onto the narrator’s community.

It’s a conscious and prominent track that I’ll always recommend…enjoy




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Kings of Convenience – Fever

Kings of Convenience

Fever


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Published:
Jun 06, 2021

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Sounds like:

The Whitest Boy Alive,
Nick Drake,
Villagers

Tags:

indie rock
,
folk
,
acoustic

Why do we like this?

Kings of Convenience are back with “Fever,” the second single released off of their first album in nearly 12 years, Peace or Love, which lands on June 18th.

It’s interesting to hear how the indie-folk duo has grown and matured over the last decade; while this latest track carries the same no-frills, acoustic, soft-focus production as its 2009 predecessor, Declaration of Dependence, it’s much more endearing, warm, and sophisticated. It showcases the development of the band not only as musicians but as individuals, too.

Kings of Convenience are masters of creating songs that get right to the heart of matters in a simple, straightforward and comforting way — unapologetically presenting their truth while making sure to soften the edges and cloud the borders so it’s never too much to bear.

“Fever” carries a slight Bossa Nova feel amidst gentle piano runs and a wash of strings, always underscored by pretty, soft, falsetto vocals. In an interview with Stereogum, vocalist Erlend Øye says of the track:

“There’s a song on the new album called “Fever,” and it actually has programmed drums on it, which we were a little bit worried about. We don’t normally use programmed drums. Will people kill us? Will they stop liking us? I don’t really think so. But I was more worried about something else. At some point I wrote the line, “Driving around on your scooter in Christmastime in funky clothes.” I felt like maybe those words were not part of the poetic canon. It’s much more prosaic. It’s a much more everyday kind of thinking. Some of my friends said, are you really sure about that line? Was it a big risk? I don’t know. Maybe nobody cares, but I think somebody somewhere will care.”

It’s this kind of mindfulness and quotidian relatability that make Kings of Convenience feel like home, no matter where in the world you are.




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Dope Lemon – Rose Pink Cadillac

Dope Lemon

Rose Pink Cadillac


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Jun 05, 2021

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Sounds like:

Angus and Julia Stone,
Winston Surfshirt,
Lime Cordiale

Tags:

indie rock
,
alternative
,
indie folk

Why do we like this?

Have you ever read the title of a song, listened to the first 30 seconds, and totally understood why the artist picked that title? “Rose Pink Cadillac” is like that.

The sleazy, jangly electric guitars, and dreamy, hazy vocals create the epitome of the nostalgic visual high of a sleek, pink Cadillac cruising on down the Sunset strip, ocean waves crashing along the shoreline to your right, palm trees swaying lazily overhead, setting sun painting the sky with streaks of crimson and gold as the breeze whips your hair back and a smile stretches across your face.

Taking a page out of the 60’s surf-rock and soul book, Angus Stone’s subdued vocals nestle comfortably in the pocket between gently riffing guitars and light but upbeat percussion. It’s buttery smooth and glamorous, retro and laidback — much like the eponymous Cadillac.

Stone, who first blinked onto our radar courtesy of his folksy duo with sister Julia Stone, continues to carve out his own musical narrative through his solo project, Dope Lemon. This latest single succeeds his two previous, critically acclaimed albums, Smooth Big Cat and Honeybones. I can’t wait to see what he does next.




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Derek Simpson – XING

Derek Simpson

XING


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Published:
Jun 04, 2021

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Sounds like:

SuperParka,
Blue Material,
Kowloon

Tags:

indie pop
,
dream pop
,
shoegaze

Why do we like this?

I’ve had a really awful cold this last week (no, it wasn’t Covid, don’t worry). I spent my days working from my bed, wrapped up in blankets, hot water bottle at my feet, entire medicine cabinet on my bedside table. It was shit, and I was miserable. But then, this song landed on my review list, and I suddenly felt a little bit better.

It’s lighthearted and playful, it’s easy to listen to, and just completely unobtrusive, in the best way. It was exactly what I needed to remind me that I would feel better eventually, and that as long as I could focus on the nice things around me, I wouldn’t get bogged down in my misery and congestion.

“XING” is kind of like a cross between dream pop and shoegaze, but it’s got some saucy as hell loops that make it a truly unique and textured offering. According to Simpson, the track is about gender and gender roles, and the freedom we should have to express our innermost truths:

“XING is my own attempt to carry a different conversation through, a lighter one that shines in celebration of androgny and a liberating playfulness that comes with the decision to remain outside of any specific definitions.”

Lyrics that stick:

Walkin’ off road, walkin’ to the edge of the skull

You walk wherever you want

No you don’t belong to nothin’, nothin’, nothin’

Sure as we kiss, surely we become

Spilled milk




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Catching Flies – GLY (Hot Chip remix)

Catching Flies

GLY (Hot Chip remix)


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Jun 04, 2021

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LCD Soundsystem,
Simian Mobile Disco,
The Rapture

Tags:

Electronic
,
house
,
electronica

Why do we like this?

The original version of “GLY” by Catching Flies is downtempo, slightly glitchy, electronica goodness. It’s a groovy, synth-y, soft house track that’ll have you tapping your feet in no time flat. It’s a fun little track as it is, but Hot Chip’s remix breathes a more sophisticated, percussion-driven soul into the original that I didn’t quite know it was lacking until I heard this.

The track itself is quite repetitive, but therein lies its appeal. It’s a track for dancing to when the clubs open again, and we can all jive and be merry. Until that time, it’s a track for grooving to around your lounge in your pyjamas and slippers, glass of wine in hand.

It’s an understated, no-frills, straight-up easy jam. Turn up the volume and grab your best dancing-slippers. Move the furniture if you must. Get into it. You won’t regret it.




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emawk x zach ezzy – FAIY

emawk x zach ezzy

FAIY


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Published:
Jun 02, 2021

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Sounds like:

Arlo Parks,
Bruno Mars,
Tom Misch,

Tags:

indie pop
,
R&B
,
soul

Why do we like this?

New York Romantic

What starts as a song that would be easy to listen to, easy to understand, and easy to digest evolves into something a little bit more enthralling.

This song is an earworm because it’s an easy listen. It’s a beer compared to a whiskey, but a very good beer. The narrative mostly revolves around the romance of a New York relationship and makes for a simple concept, and yet, this song is so entertaining because of that! It’s so relatable that almost any person could find joy in its youthful narrative and almost characteristically naive lead-vocal about romance.

“FAIY” is a well constructed and endlessly entertaining dive into the world of youthful romance and the New York lifestyle.




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Aimes – More Than This

Aimes

More Than This


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Published:
Jun 03, 2021

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Sounds like:

Courtney Barnett,
Chet Faker,
Babe Rainbow

Tags:

folk
,
indie folk
,
folk-rock

Why do we like this?

Small Space, Big Theme

A song created in lockdown culture makes for the ultimate amalgamation of a stress I lived through every day — nothings happening and it’s all going downhill.

So there was a huge call for good mental health in the time of lockdown — a somewhat need for everyone to just kinda relax and breathe and just know things are gonna be OK and yet, as all humans do, we panicked and of course for all the right reasons…bad things were happening.

“More Than This” takes that exact moment, the “nothing is happening and it all is kinda terrible” moment, and evolves it just a few steps into the future, into the moment of, ” I think it’s gonna be OK” and further into the ” just hold on baby” mindset. It succeeds in making you feel like there is a light.

A breath of fresh air amidst the chaos of quarantine-themed content in music. Aimés’ “More Than This” is an uplifting, folky pop song that guarantees a smile.




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Jungle – Talk About It

Jungle

Talk About It


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Published:
Jun 03, 2021

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Sounds like:

Kraak & Smaak,
Miami Horror,
Django Django

Tags:

Electronic
,
indie pop
,
jungle

Why do we like this?

Do you ever stumble upon a song that feels like a prayer? Yep, just like that, we trip over it, land on our knees, and everything feels like devotion without ever intending for it. Have you experienced that?

If yes, you will relate, and if no, I can relate, because before Jungle’s “Talk About It,” I can’t say that has ever happened to me.

In some schools of philosophy, there’s a lot of discourse around the inner and external worlds and whether they are as separate as we generally take them to be. When I pause for a minute to listen along to the lyrics of “Talk About It,” I’m no longer wholly convinced of that separation.

With lyrics that perhaps can speak to anyone on any level, the upbeat and high-quality sound will allow us to be touched without being dragged down. Gorgeous vocals and great percussion equate to the balloon and its little knot around our wrist, allowing us to float through space…through the highs and lows.




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Y.LOH – mRNA

Y.LOH

mRNA


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Published:
Jun 01, 2021

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Sounds like:

The Oddness,
Son Lux,
Mula(FR),
Temple Tears

Tags:

Electronic
,
house
,
chill

Why do we like this?

Space Horror Boogie

“mRNA” is a haunting electro track that takes me all the way to space, hits me with a few asteroids, and drops me back into orbit.

I like ethereal sounds in songs, specifically in a techno song. It’s such a beautiful juxtaposition when something built purely out of electric sounds makes a noise that can only be described as ancient or haunting. I know I like to talk about and reference space a lot, but never has a song come along that makes me feel beautifully scared of space — like I’m in the spaceship that’s got something hidden in the pipes (but I have a ray gun.)

This song is niche, sure, but niche in the best way and a great palette refresher for the tired electro ear.




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Winds – Time We Take

Winds

Time We Take


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Afonso Leal

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Jun 01, 2021

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222

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Sounds like:

Beach Fossils,
Real Estate,
Allah-Las

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indie rock
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surf rock
,
real estate

Why do we like this?

With its classic surf-rocky guitar riffs echoing classics such as Allah-Las, “Time We Take” might just be the best song to enjoy in this warm weather that starts to appear in the northern hemisphere.

From a rather unknown band, this song on their debut album is just one of many that seem perfect for summer…right on time.



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Birds Of The West – Winter’s Day (Ft. Dario Lessing)

Birds Of The West

Winter's Day (Ft. Dario Lessing)


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Jason Grishkoff

Published:
May 31, 2021

Total plays:

42

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Sounds like:

rocomoco,

Tags:

downtempo
,
instrumental hip-hop
,
jazzy beats

Why do we like this?

It’s so hard to pull off a good jazzy beat these days. Or maybe…

Maybe it was *too* easy to pull off a jazzy beat. And now the internet finds itself flooded with an abundance of half-baked attempts.

Fortunately we’ve got folks like Birds Of The West to show us all how it *should* be done. “Winter’s Day” is a beautiful moosh of jazzy beats and neo-classical (courtesy of Dario Lessing). Overall I think this stands as one of the best examples of what this genre can achieve.




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CALUNDÉ – Compromise

CALUNDÉ

Compromise


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Author:

Jason Grishkoff

Published:
May 31, 2021

Total plays:

61

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Sounds like:

Tom Misch,
FKJ,
Ted Jasper

Tags:

jazzy beats
,
tom misch
,
future soul

Why do we like this?

Don’t let the slow start of this one phase you. At 0:38 it opens up into a beautiful jazzy future soul song that would easily confuse the casual listener for a Tom Misch or FKJ original.

CALUNDÉ is from The Netherlands. And is as is often the case with talent like this, he’s young: a fledgling at only 20-years-old. As if I wasn’t feeling older already, knowing that someone roughly half my age can pull off a song like this is, well, humbling. I clearly have to step my game up if I’m ever going to graduate from the acoustic guitar.

Anywho, hope you enjoy “Compromise.”




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James Vincent McMorrow – Paradise

James Vincent McMorrow

Paradise


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Author:

Stacy Klein

Published:
May 30, 2021

Total plays:

135

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Sounds like:

A Blaze of Feather,
Ásgeir,
The Paper Kites

Tags:

indie pop
,
pop
,
chill pop

Why do we like this?

“Paradise” is like bottled Summer, but on a cloudy day. It’s the soundtrack to a road trip you can’t afford to take, or to being stuck in a job you hate and yearn to break free of, or to dreaming of adventure with the person you love, or to being in the middle of Winter despite willing it to be warmer with every fiber of your being. It’s basically about pretending everything’s fine when it really isn’t, but with a bubbly, playful melody and children’s choir to back it up.

The lyrics are reflective with a dash of melancholy, despite the overall cheerful, uplifting feeling of the song. The beat and accompanying feel change at the end of the song when McMorrow sings, “Nothing here without you is any fun.” There’s a rawness to this track, a genuineness that is often quite scarce in contemporary pop music these days, and it’s very much appreciated.

On the track, McMorrow says in a press statement:

“It needed to feel naive and sincere. I’d assumed this song wouldn’t connect with a bunch of kids, but when they arrived in the studio they had learned every single line and couldn’t stop singing it. It reminded me why we make music: it’s not a selfish endeavour, it’s for everyone.”

“Paradise” is the fifth single released ahead of his upcoming album, Grapefruit Season, out July 16th.

Lyrics that stick:

I refuse to be

Out here on my own this summer

Home at the weekend, making no plans

Don’t forget to breathe

Living in the warmth is something

It won’t be long before we’re back there again




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Dabeull x Jordan Lee – Last Night

Dabeull x Jordan Lee

Last Night


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Stacy Klein

Published:
May 30, 2021

Total plays:

137

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Sounds like:

Nuvo Rich,
Franc Moody,
Cherokee

Tags:

R&B
,
electronic R&B
,
indie R&B

Why do we like this?

“Last Night” brings all the best parts of sensual late ‘70s/ early ‘80’s bedroom groove and combines them with contemporary R&B and progressive electronica. Sound confusing? It’s not. It’s a work of art.

This track is bold and intimate, and the perfect addition to a night in with that special someone (yeah, you know what I mean, don’t be coy) You only need to look at the cover art to get the picture. For example, here are some lyrics:

Coming from afar in the club

You started noticing me

Last night

I turned you around, around, around

Baby (baby)

But girl I won’t waste time

And these drinks don’t get me high

You get me drunk in no time

(You get me drunk in no time, baby)

See what I mean?

Trust me though, the sparse lyricism is more than made up for by the smooth synthy goodness, seductive bass-line, and oh-so-sultry vocals. This is a track for passionate, voluptuous, shag-rug-by-the-roaring-fire-while-the-rain-pours-outside, epicurean, hedonistic pleasure – but like, in the most loving and consensual way. Add this to your playlist. Yes, that playlist. You know the one I mean. 😉




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Tash Sultana – Greed ( Thomas Bonney Remix)

Tash Sultana

Greed ( Thomas Bonney Remix)


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Author:

Mikky Noire

Published:
May 29, 2021

Total plays:

142

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Sounds like:

Alok,
Regard,
ILLENIUM

Tags:

chill
,
electro
,
indie electro

Why do we like this?

The Slow Obsession

It’s truly awesome when the sound an artist creates can be morphed and shifted into a completely different one.

I like the beauty of what a remix can bring to a song — the chance for the song to become a completely different creature, in a different habitat, with a different diet.

The remix of Tash Sultana’s “Greed” does exactly that. It takes what I see, what I expect, and makes me smile with shock as I slowly get obsessed with this new sound.Thomas Bonney hasn’t been on the scene for long, but what they have already given with their remix of a Tash Sultana song is more than enough to satisfy any obsessive electro listener.




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NBA YoungBoy Alive and Well Despite Rumors Claiming He Died In Jail

NBA YoungBoy is incarcerated but is alive and well.

It’s always best to take social media reports on celebrities with a grain of salt. Point and case the vicious rumor that has been circulating that rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again was found dead in his cell. The rumor has been shut down by law enforcement, who confirmed that the Baton Rouge-based rapper is alive and well.

The rumor began making the rounds on May 19 and gained traction this week. It started getting shares on Facebook, and according to USA Today, it all began with a Facebook user who shared a screenshot that said: “The worlds biggest artist NBA YOUNGBOY who’s real name is Kentrell DeSeaun Gaulden was found dead in his cell earlier today.”

However, it has been confirmed by Greg Moroux, chief legal counsel at St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, that the rumor is absolutely false. Youngboy is still in lock-up at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. He’s been there since April. He was arrested after a warrant was issued following his September detainment. At that time, he was arrested for possession of drugs and a stolen firearm. He was eventually charged with one count of illegal possession of firearms by a felon and possession of an unregistered weapon.

Youngboy has been keeping himself busy by getting in touch with his emotions. Throughout the last few weeks, he’s sent out a series of letters that he wrote from his jail cell. One of those was to his girlfriend, who is presently expecting his eighth child. He’s expected to drop a new song at midnight. The track will feature Rod Wave and is part of Kawhi Leonard’s upcoming music project.

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Matt Palmer – Do it all again

I’ve been so unlucky in love
I’ve given my heart to the wrong ones
Been so misguided
Thought I might never find it
Oh, oh

I tried picking on all the red flags in my mind
Wouldn’t let me relax, but on our first night
It was easier the first time

[Chorus:]
I’d do it all again, do it all again, do it all again
I was so
Love is in the end, love is in the end, love is in the end
Oh, be my lover

Rita Wilson – Boss of Me

There’s a feedback look going round in my head
I can’t make it stop, you say I’m going nowhere
You’d better come on back, don’t you step out of line
If you don’t want judge, you’re gonna be a headline
My inner native is beating on the jungle drums
My wrist is on the rhythm on the [?]
Something’s going through me like a million volts
Then it hit me in the heart just like a lightning bolt

[Chorus:]
You’re not the boss of me, I’m who I need to be
Got possibilities & I can finally breathe
You’re not the boss of me, no more apologies
You’re ancient history cuz now I’m free.

I got this now, what you gonna do?
I’m rolling like a gambler, I’ve got nothing to lose
No job, no man to hold me down
If I got something to say, I’m gonna say it right now

[Chorus:]
You’re not the boss of me, I’m who I need to be
Got possibilities & I can finally breathe
You’re not the boss of me, no more apologies
You’re ancient history cuz now I’m free.

No good we’re on the run
Answer to no one

You’re not the boss of me
You’re not the boss of me

[Chorus:]
You’re not the boss of me, I’m who I need to be
Got possibilities & I can finally breathe
You’re not the boss of me, no more apologies
You’re ancient history cuz now I’m free.

Rita Wilson – Trilogy (Trilogy II)

Cuz when she’s got a lead, take control
She’s caught you by the hand, and can’t let go
And there’s when it’s gonna make everything alright
She’s staying in the dark to give you light.

Oh, everybody’s got two sides, but I’ve got three
There’s always one that you don’t you don’t see

[Chorus:]
I shrink your glass when you’re sleeping
I shrink your worries when you’re dreaming
There’s a fire [?] she won’t show,
She’s the one you really oughta know
She’s a work of art that you don’t see
and she completes my trilogy

I wish I had a secret house
I’d move right in, lock the others out
I’d pick up a guitar and learn to play
Say all the things that I want to say.

Oh, everybody’s got two sides, but I’ve got three
There’s always one of us that you can’t see

[Chorus:]
I shrink your glass when you’re sleeping
I shrink your worries when you’re dreaming
There’s a fire side she won’t show,
She’s the one you really oughta know
She’s a work of art that you don’t see
and she completes my trilogy

Rita Wilson – We’re back

Knew this day would come
Dancing in the sun
Laughing in the streets
Singing in harmony
Now we’re holding hands
Who says we need plans?
We’re just living free

I’ll get things done when you’re here
When it does down, hesitate
That was then and this is now

[Chorus:]
We’re back, stronger than before
We’re back, never wanted you more
We’re back, let’s hit the floor
We’re back, we’re back, we’re back
Raise your glass, come together
Celebrate, never better
Turn it up, everyone,
We’re back, we’re back, we’re back.

Cruise in, flying high
Hands up, touch the sky
Closer than it seems, nothing is out of reach
Go all in, forget the rules
Change it up cuz this is new
No way we’d ever lose

I’ll get things done when you’re here
Jump on in, don’t hesitate
The moment is right here, right now.

[Chorus:] X2
We’re back, stronger than before
We’re back, never wanted you more
We’re back, let’s hit the floor
We’re back, we’re back, we’re back.
Raise your glass, come together
Celebrate, never better
Turn it up, everyone,
We’re back, we’re back, we’re back.