So I have to come clean this week. These aren’t the actual 5 songs I was planning to feature this week. I was in such a rush to start the weekend that I left my notebook at work and couldn’t remember all of the tracks I had making the cut. (I listen to a lot of music…it happens) (edit: I’m just going to add the tracks here as I remember them)
Coast Modern is the band that just keeps on giving. Guru has more of that laid back west coast vibe that this band has become so synonymous with.
Its been awhile since we featured Avid Dancer, but their cover album (aptly titled, Under the Covers) probably deserved a post of it’s own when it was released earlier this year. I’m a fan of just about everything Jacob has put out over the years, but I think my adoration for him hit another level after hearing the diverse pool of songs he chose for the album. Some might shy away from covering a classic like Curtis Mayfield’s Move on Up, but I think Avid really did the song justice. And just to remind you how good this guy is, I’ve reposted I Feel It for good measure.
Pasadena’s Loud Forest kind of remind me of You Won’t with their layered choruses and catchy guitar hooks. The married couple dropped the single There You Are a few days ago on the heels of their self-titled debut album. You can find the full album here.
Declan McKenna is like 17 years old. 17! Look, I get it, its a brave new world where connectivity means that anyone can make an impact blah blah blah….What you really need to know is that Declan was named an Emerging Talent at the 2015 Glastonbury festival and is turning out great music. Check out Bethlehem and try to remember what you were doing at 17…
I hadn’t heard of Area21 before finding this track, but they are definitely on my radar now. Its a bit different from some of the stuff we usually post, but I just loved the video game tones in Girls.
There might be something wrong with you if your body doesn’t start moving to this MAALA track, Kind of Love. If you think that a pounding beat, perfect synth stabs and a Chet Faker voice might make for a half decent song you were wrong. It makes for a fucking awesome song.
Friends know that Brandon and I have a special place in our hearts for Outcast’s Hey Ya! Who doesn’t right?! Well, I’ve heard more than a few covers over the years, but Sweater Beats & KAMUA do just enough to set themselves from the others. Perhaps a bit ‘overproduced’ if I’m being honest but the vocals are different enough to warrant a few spins. What do you think?