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Playlisting: Top Songs from July 6th – July 13th

#songoftheweek: My Song 5 ft. A$AP Ferg by HAIM

It’s been one hell of a week. The Kooks released their first single in 3 years, Wale teamed with Long Beach’s Marce Reazon and Pro Reese on his new single and A$AP Ferg adds some sick verses to HAIM’s “My Song 5”.

Haim’s debut album, Days Are Gone, was one of the most impressive albums of 2013. This week, A$AP Ferg takes one of the least Haim-esque songs on the album and gives it the attention it deserves. “My Song 5” is the under-appreciated, black sheep on the Days Are Gone. It goes against Haim’s 70’s alt-rock inspired sound, and showcases more hip-hop influences, a vibe that A$AP Ferg takes it to a new level.

Listen to the single above, then check out this list of my favorite songs from last week!

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Playlisting: Top Songs from 6/22 – 6/29

#SongOfTheWeek: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

This week, FKA Twigs released “Two Weeks”, a soulful single from her debut studio album, LP1. Accompanied by the song was an enchanting video in which FKA Twigs portrays a goddess, while her clones perform in the background. Both unconventional and beautiful, the video is nothing short of the creative genius we’ve grown to expect from her.

I’ve been a fan of FKA Twigs for some time now and “Two Weeks” takes her music-style to new heights. The ambient, PBR&B sound is still there but the rhythm feels reminiscent of 90′s R&B. When watching this video, Aaliyah immediately comes to mind. And I love it!

Watch it above. Then check out my favorite songs from last week including new music from SIA, Grimes, The Weeknd & EDM veterans, Basement Jaxx.

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My Top Indian/Pakistani Songs

I love Bollywood songs as much as I hate the movies. So I decided to give you a guys a little taste of some of the stuff I love. There are a lot of songs to choose from and it was hard to exclude some of them even though I listen to them almost every day. I tried to include a diverse selection but I am not sure if I was very successful. Hope you enjoy listening to the songs as much as I do!

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Clean Bandit – New Eyes – Album Review

“New Eyes” Is the Debut Album of the UK based band Clean Bandit, comprised of classical musicians Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith (Cello and Violin respectively) along with Jack and Luke Patterson. Released on 2nd of June in the UK and 17th in the US, the album follows the singles chart success of their February UK #1 “Rather Be.”

In their first album, Chatto and Amin-Smith’s string samples are woven amongst pounding electronic beats and the vocal efforts of an entire legion of emerging talent (seriously, this album has given me an entire month of ideas for the facebook page! ). Musically the overall effect is catchy while at the same time very smart. And although the lyrics leave a little to be desired at times and the sometimes “too CASIO” tone probably wouldn’t satisfy many true Dance music connoisseurs, the album is entertaining, unusual and intelligently executed. Stand out tracks include the new single “Extraordinary,” “Mozart’s House,” “Come over,” “Dust Clears” and of course “Rather Be” while the quality dips a little at “New Eyes” and “Cologne.”

Overall “New Eyes” is a great first album showing stacks of potential, there are creative ideas, obvious talent and some fantastic tracks. And while there is room for improvement it only leaves the listener eager to see in which direction their sound will evolve.

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Playlisting: Top Songs from 6/8 – 6/15

#songoftheweek: “Hunger of the Pine” by alt-J

Today, Alt-J released a new song from their upcoming album, This Is All Yours. Almost 2 years ago I fell in love with their debut album, ‘An Awesome Wave’. With every song being as powerful as the last, ‘An Awesome Wave’ was nothing short of indie-rock perfection.

Alt-J keeps the relaxed yet powerful tones on their new single “Hunger Of The Pine”, with a surprising twist. That singer you hear at the 1:30 minute mark is Miley Cyrus. Impressive huh? Despite how you feel about her, fans of Alt-J can’t deny that this is the kind of song that makes two years well worth the wait.

Check it out above, then list to my top favorite songs from this past week; including new music from Young Rising Sons, BROODS & Jessie Ware.

Enjoy!

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Playlisting: Top Songs from 06/01 – 06/08

#songoftheweek – Beyond Illusion by Clap Your Hands Say

During my weekly browse through Bandcamp, I came across what has become one of my favorite songs of the summer. “Beyond Illusion” is one of the songs from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s newest album, Only Run. This Philly-based band first made their debut back in 2005 with a self-titled album that was named one of NPR’s 50 Most Important Recordings of the Decade.

Now, 9 years, 3 albums and many member replacements later, the band is still pushing on and managed to release such a great album, “Beyond Illusion” may not be a single from the album but it is definitely on my list of favorites along with “Coming Down”, which features vocals from Matt Berninger from The National.

Then, check out a playlist  of my favorite songs from this past week including music from James Bay, Panama Wedding, Disclosure and Noosa.

Enjoy!

 

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School Of Language – Old Fears – Album Review

School Of Language is the solo project of Field Music’s David Brewis, born during a two year break from Field Music where Peter Brewis, David’s brother and band mate, also started his side project The Week That Was. School Of Language released the debut album ‘Sea From Shore’ in 2008 to critical acclaim, however I wasn’t a big fan, nor was I ever a big fan of Field Music, but I did have a lot of respect for their music and could appreciate the clever and complex stuff they were producing. Knowing this I would always give a new Field Music and related albums a listen and thankfully that is just what I did with ‘Old Fears’

Probably initially grabbed by the pink front cover, I do like a good looking bit of cover art, I streamed the album and gave it a good listen and was very pleasantly surprised. It is very cleverly written, recorded and produced pop music.

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Share Your Playlist: Currently On Repeat

Everyone loves playlists, right? A great playlist is like an unmarked box of assorted chocolates,  with each song being it’s own little treat. You may be weary of what’s next, but you always end up satisfied. Whether it be themed or just a collection of songs that fit the mood, a playlist can expose you to tons of great artists. So why not share it?

This week’s playlist was created by Deborah, a recent college grad from St. Louis, MO. She calls it “Currently on Repeat” and describes it as being, “A random assortment of songs that I currently can’t stop listening to aka songs that always get me bobbing my head, shimmying my shoulders, and singing without reservation.”

So what does music mean to her?

“Hmmm I’m not sure how to answer that but I can tell you why I love it. I love music’s ability to immediately trigger a memory, alter and influence our perceptions of reality, and unite seemingly “different” people. Also the nerd/scientist in me is fascinated by the science underlying how we perceive and process music; It’s amazing to realize that the processing of music can simultaneously activate the parts of our brain that control memory, language, and emotion to literally alter our body’s physiology.”

Listen to her playlist below. Then follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on any of our new lists.

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days – Album Review

Canadian Mac DeMarco has been active in the music industry for what seems like a long time for someone of his age. At 24 years old he has been recording and performing since 2008, firstly under the alias Makeout Videotape and then under his solo name Mac (short for McBriare) DeMarco from 2011. In 2012 he released the EP ‘Rock and Roll Nightclub’ on the Captured Tracks label which was soon followed by his first full length album ’2′. This album gained some critical acclaim but it is his new album ‘Salad Days’ that has really grabbed my attention.

Read more at AJSFAD.