It was a weird week for some reason, whether it was recording the show remotely or just with the first break of the school year coming up. Just seemed like something was off. Most of these tracks I’ve had stored for a while, so they may not be brand new, but I hope you enjoy them all the same!
A l l i e – “Wildcat” – The Toronto native has put out a killer electro-R&B self-released debut LP in Nightshade, and this single epitomizes the album with throwback silky, yet powerful vocals, and a bluesy rhythm from the bass overlaying the drums and synths to effective work. Though she’s not new to the game, having released two EPs in 2013 and 2015, this groove-oriented musician has definitely left her mark on the genre.
Joey Bada$$ – “Love Is Only A Feeling” – A surprisingly refrained mixture of jazz and blues highlight this pretty traditional love song from the Brooklyn native who collaborated with Statik Selektah, the well-known Boston-area producer, DJ, and radio personality. It definitely shows the softer, more emotional side of Joey Bada$$.
Sampa the Great – “Intro The Great” – Another oldie from the relatively new Zambian-born, Botswana native that, as always, utilizes samples to great effect. She’s a young artist with an amazing body of work behind her already.
Little Dragon – “Sweet” – A somewhat heavy bassline defines this dance tune from the up-and-coming band. The song is about a high that isn’t necessarily defined by anything other than experiences that are encountered which make you want to just think, “Sweet!” Yukimi Nagano strikes the right balance of otherworld-ness and funk in this upbeat, somewhat darker tune.
Laucan – “I Want Out” – An simple indie-folksy song off of the debut, FramesPerSecond, revolves around Laurence Galpin’s falsetto vocals intermixed with a beautiful cello accompaniment that is pervasive throughout the album. The English artist described his falsetto voice being due to not wanting anyone to hear his singing through his bedroom door as a younger man. There are familiar elements from this song that remind me of the music from The Fountain soundtrack by Clint Mansell, especially “Death Is The Road To Awe.” You be the judge.
ILK – “Gilgamesh” – A London trio that self-describe as “art pop experimentalists” produce their best single on the debut album, YU. The uneven guitar twangs in the background, with the minimalist drum beat focusing on producing a snare effect throughout, coupled with the smooth, relatively clean vocals of lead singer Bob Tollast lead to an infectious track that could instrumentally could be found in parts on an early Brian Eno album, or stylistically on an early Alt-J release.
Talaboman – “Loser’s Hymn” – Producers John Talabot and Axel Boman come together for an ambient-laced, primal track that exemplifies everything you’d expect from a Catalan and Swede collaboration. Mixes all the right elements around a subdued beat that come together for an overall melancholy melody.