Think of your favourite smooth drink. Or maybe even a context involving said beverage, such as the calming and refreshing sensation of cold (soda?) water after a hot summer’s day of exercise, moving or garage work. Perhaps it’s that simple cold beer in your fridge you crack after an exhausting day at work as you collapse on your favourite couch with your shoes off.
Smooth, and its contexts, is the best way I can describe Tom Misch’s first LP Geography. I’ve been following him for some time with his solo stuff, starting with Beat Tape 2. And while I think he has adjusted ever so slightly for a more mainstream-friendly sound, I have no qualms about it, especially with his collaborations who complement his sound impeccably including De La Soul and Loyle Carner.
His tracks range from low tempo, jazzy beats to more upbeat disco tracks while remaining heavy on his electric guitar and strong bassline.
Indulge yourself in the album below.
I’m not sure how much A$AP Rocky and Moby actually collaborated on this single, versus say A$AP Rocky just sampling it heavily, but it feels like a great fresh homage to the classic unmistakable ‘Porcelain’. Both artists are well-known for their collaborations so it’s not surprising it turned out well, but it exceeded by expectations.
I dare not say the dreaded mash-up term to describe it, but the way it the song shifts from one tone to the next, definitely resembles one. Just give it a listen and trust me that it’s good.
Perfect for the rainy spring – morning, afternoon or night. Enjoy. Found courtesy of iamalex on Soundcloud.
Leon Bridges took a rocket ship to fame the last few years thanks to his ridiculous talent and songwriting. He’s back! It’s a dual single, but I’m a bigger fan of “Bad Bad News”. He keeps true to his soul roots but adds just a perfect taste of funk and jazz to this single. I would bet he is going to be evolving his sound a lot on his upcoming album. Normally for artists whose sound I grow accustomed to on a first album, this would give me some pause, but with such a performer and artist in Leon, I have faith.
Sjowgren, release an album already! Taking a similar to path to Oh Wonder, this Bay area-band has released great and under appreciated almost what I would call ‘garage pop’ tracks since last year and they’ve got another. I’ve loved every single one of them and as much as I want more, I think it’s about time they throw it onto an LP so I can collect it 🙂 Listen below!
Unearthing pleasant concert surprises, especially openers, are one of my favourite things. I had the pleasure of going to another gig at The Winspear Centre in Edmonton a couple nights ago, which I would argue has some of the best acoustics I’ve ever heard in any given venue anywhere in the world. Bahamas was the main ticket, but I was ecstatic to hear an exceptional live performance by the Toronto band The Weather Station.
Most bands do a couple things well… Tamara Lindeman and her crew nailed it with all of their songs, from rocking out and sounding like Stevie Nicks to classically picking the guitar on the meditative acoustic songs. Combined that with the fact the band just seemed absolutely polished with the exceptional acoustics, it was an opener set that ended too soon.
Check them out below on a song that is still stuck in my head. Keep an eye on this band folks.
This is fresh out of the oven. Flight Facilities are one of the few DJs I know that almost without question any released track is take-it-to-the-bank guaranteed to be great, and “Need You” is no exception. Much in the theme of their previous tracks, it’s funky, smooth (that pop can opening sound effect… *insert 100 emoji here*), but with an underlying sadness. This combination actually reminds me a bit of one of their previous singles “With You”. I’ll let you listen to the lyrics, but brace yourself for a hefty dose of despair.
Life is kind of like that. We put on a brave face, but there’s still sadness or melancholy under the surface. Sometimes we hide it until we get home, or let it out in quiet moments alone. But there’s nothing wrong with that, because life is about the struggle and getting through our obstacles. Getting through times of hardship allows us to cherish and appreciate accomplishments or moments of bliss.