Foxes - Let Go for Tonight
So I’m a bit late to jump on the Foxes bandwagon. Of course I’ve been listening to Clarity for years now, and have heard her on other artist’s tracks, but only recently did I download her own music. I usually listen to a new album while working at home or playing a video game (with the album subbed for the normal soundtrack). The momentum and energy of this track stole my focus and I had to crank up the volume and rock out in my office chair.
Midnight Red - Take Me Home
Okay so they might only be the best parts of One Direction and that other European band that Lindsey Lohan stalked, but goofy hairstyles aside, there are more than a few things that remind me of the boy bands of old. And they’re super catchy.
The Weeknd - High for This
Oldie but goldie. Anyone who knows his music knows it’s a lot of drug and sex references, so be warned about the video. I don’t really care for them, not because I disapprove, but because there’s more to life than sex, drugs, and… well rock and roll ain’t such a bad lifestyle for some people. Nevertheless the lyrics and notes are sublime. It’s one of the few slower songs I can really get addicted to, and I try not to be embarrassed when I crank it up and everyone in traffic can hear the bass rocking my car.
M83 Featuring Susanne Sundfor - Oblivion
The movie was good, not great. But the soundtrack… was amazing! Immediately when I heard it during the movie I thought of TRON, which is what the studio was going for, just with a more appropriate band than Daft Punk. M83 nailed it, sealed it, and shot it into space. This song was their overture though, and ever since the credits I cannot stop listening to it!
Conor Maynard Ft. Wiley - Animal
I heard this on a friend’s iTunes random a couple nights ago and dismissed it as another one-hit wonder anonymity. But after listening to it again, as well as a few other songs on the album (Lift Off with Pharrell, Mary Go Round, Take Off, and Better Than You) I found he was far better produced than the regular iTunes riffraff fighting for discovery. After describing him as a Britain’s answer to Bieber (a title I’m sure he fervently resents), with JT’s timbre and Usher’s vocal chops and style; in other words the best possible outcome Bieber, instead of the juvenile bane of the airwaves we’re stuck with, I was surprised to find that’s nearly word for word how the critics describe him. Not sure if that makes me an excellent judge, or yet another critic sheep. Bahhh!
Ellie Goulding - Burn
As usual my Ellie’s created another summer hit. Just like the first album, I wasn’t such a fan of the launch single, but the first single of the re-released edition is a smash. I also love that lights have become a theme of hers.
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
So despite making a music video with my friends on our vacation set to the One Direction’s Kiss You, this was the song of the trip. And not because anyone had it on their i-Devices, but because it was playing in every restaurant, bar, club, and kayak shop. At first I thought it was a new single by Maroon 5 given the Brit’s uncanny Levine-esque timbre, but after learning who it was I was excited for the whole new album. Definitely the new song of pre-summer antics!
BT, Nadia Ali, & Arty - Must Be the Love
Here’s my Friday night jam. I thought the video was really sweet, and boosted my spirits after a romantically tragic day (otherwise work was okay), until the end, lol, that brought me back down again since it was similar to aforementioned tragedy. Still a great song though by some musically gifted people!
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark
I wasn’t a huge fan when Fall Out Boy came onto the scene. It was back when hipster music started to become cool and so mainstream was anti-cool. I didn’t like the frenetic nature of their lyrics and frankly most of From Under the Cork Tree annoyed me. But by Infinity on High I came around, and it is still one of those albums I love putting on every now and then that never gets old. Very good for being productive in the evening. Folie a Deux kind of lost me, I think because, like Panic!, with whom I had the same on-again-off-again relationship, they tried to return to their previous sound. But if “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” is any indication of the sound of their next album, it would imply they’re circling back around to the Infinity sound, for which I am very excited.
The Downtown Fiction - I Just Wanna Run
This came up on my 2000’s post-rock station on Pandora. It doesn’t always get the mix right, but this was one of the songs where it definitely did (that I didn’t know of already). Pretty catchy for an up and coming band.