Pipin’ hot! Flight Facilities – Need You (feat. NÏKA)

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.

 

Dream Wife (self-titled)

I am really excited about this London-based (partially Icelandic) rock band with their self-titled debut LP. Not only can these girls really rock with strong feminist and empowering messages in their songs, they are supremely talented.

I think a convenient comparison to a recent band would be Savages (i.e. talented English female rock band with fast ascent) but I think it ends there. Savages delve far more into the noise and gothic realm of rock… I find Dream Wife to be spanning a bit more broadly through more garage and punk. The punk fits to a tee with their themes of female empowerment, particularly prominent with the song “Somebody”.

You were a cute girl standing backstage
It was bound to happen
You had a smile on your face
It was bound to happen
What you wore and how you bore it so well
What did you expect would happen
You were a cute girl standing backstage it was bound to happen

I took on heaven to find peace
I took on the world to find me again

I am not my body
I am somebody
I am not my body
I am somebody

Knowing my female friends, I get the sense a lot of them could relate to those lyrics. I can think of a ridiculous amount of stories of them being immediately profiled in certain gender roles or judged based on their body first in social, personal, family and professional environments. If I had a daughter and I heard her rocking out to this album, I’d be so proud.

It also helps that this album just rocks.

 

Gavin Turek – It’s the Light

This song has been on repeat for me a week or so now. Yeah yeah, everyone might have a little bit of tropical/disco house fatigue, but there’s an authenticity to this song. To me, she comes off as one who’s given a great homage to the disco/soul era rather than trying to grab onto the industry-directed “make it sound like disco” resurgence. Sort of the way Leon Bridges in his early days made everyone think Sam Cooke had come back to life. Combine that with Gavin’s sultry voice, the melody and rhythmic percussions, this track is a solid pop toe-tapper.

By all accounts, she’s a hell of a live performer, so I’m gonna be keeping an eye on her upcoming LP release, and her tour schedule… she’s one to watch.

 

Fyfe – Belong (feat. Kimbra)

I’ve been a fan of Kimbra for a long time. Of course everyone knows her from that Gotye hit that dominated 2011 out of nowhere, but she’s also amazingly talented in her own right. Unfortunately outside of getting some well-deserved recognition in Australia and New Zealand, she hasn’t really returned to the North America mainstream since.

However, she’s back on this great smooth and funky track with Fyfe called “Belong”. Her powerful, haunting voice complements fantastically with Paul Dixon’s (Fyfe) softer tone. There’s almost a dance between the two of them, looking for a sense of belonging with each other. The back and forth highlights an underlying  discord, perhaps a fight, but still an underlying love.

I want to belong
(Don’t you know we’re physical and we’re spiritual?)
I’m tired of being a stranger to myself
(I’m tired of all the hotel rooms waiting up for you)
I want to belong
(So let’s turn around from this ‘cause I’m tired of this but I won’t give up)
Belong
(Let’s give ourselves a chance together, we can make it last forever)

We’ve all been there. There’s a fight or argument, maybe somebody goes out for a walk or drive, or work/life gets in the way of settling things out… then there reaches a point where both people acknowledge that there’s a barrier or divide between them but still long for each other. They want this wall to go away, but it’s there. They both want the same thing but aren’t sure how to get there.

 

 

“Take Back Time” and feeling good about today

Full disclosure – I’m a sucker for modern tracks that pay homage to old musical eras.

In the fall of 2017, the British “collective” FAUX released a great jam “Take Back Time” that just screams late 80s/early 90s unbridled pop head bobbing and toe tapping. I’ve listened to it countless times and have yet to tire of it. Every once in a while I get so caught up, I’m thinking I’m listening to one of my throwback playlists.

Paradoxically, the lyrics are a lot more somber than it may sound:

Guess you could say I was afraid
promises a few too many
Said I’d give you something special

Give you all the reasons why I fell to hiding woah hiding woah

If I could take back time baby
Just so I could make you mine
I’d light the way
If i could change the clock and turn it back to yesterday
So you’d be mine again

Yeah, the tone of the song really doesn’t mesh with what sounds terrible, paralysing regret… but I don’t think that’s what the song is getting at.

Maybe it’s more about an oblique longing or reminiscing about a time that has passed by, and accepting it. If we live too much in the past and, against Oasis’s wishes, are looking back in anger, that’s not much of a life to live.

What is the solution to feeling good about today? There are all things in life we regret, and there’s a balance that we all strive to achieve: an ability to still feel, celebrate or mourn past experiences, but also an gaining an acceptance of what we’ve gone through that has helped build us into who we are today.

A lost flame.
The death of someone close.
A time or period in one’s life that has passed by and isn’t coming back.

I’m not trying to be a buzzkill this morning but experiences, life and events are all finite. They have beginnings, middles and ends. They all can seem fleeting, but they are also the reasons why they are so valuable.

Odessa and that feeling of déjà-vu

Déjà-vu is weird. We’ve all been there. I’ve got this odd type that I get with music once in a while. I’ll come across an artist, really like his/her/their song or album, and totally forget about them if they don’t release any content for a while. Later, I’ll serendipitously (and unintentionally) listen to a new release of theirs and get this unshakeable feeling of familiarity or just knowing them from somewhere. Then I’ll realise what just happened 🙂

Basically it’s digging an artist on two separate occasions without the previous bias of realising or knowing who they are… I guess that’s how you really know you’re into them, right?

This phenomenon happened to me with Odessa this month. I had listened to her debut self-titled album back in 2005, getting totally enamoured by her voice, especially “I Will Be There” and “Hummed Low”.

Then I stumbled upon her fresh new track that she actually just released prior to the new year, titled “Paradise”. Funny enough, it sounds a lot different from her previous work. On Odessa, it was a much more atmospheric, downtempo… on “Paradise” there’s a bit more of a pop/jazz feel with a definite throwback vibe. Oh yeah, it’s definitely an ear worm too.

Give it a listen. And I’m hoping this is the start of a lot more consistent content here… sorry for the hiatus, folks.