You know “Friday (I’m in Love)” and “Lovesong” and “Pictures of You,” but somehow, this broodingly infectious remix by The Cure has slipped under the musical popularity door relatively unnoticed. It’s introspective, unabashedly 80s, quite rhythmically driven, and perfectly conveys a sonic atmosphere of ominousness and anxiety. As a plus, it makes for a great jogging song on the streets in October, when yellow leaves are finally falling everywhere around you in full swing.
WHALE has got some great tribal drums going on, a catchy rhythm, and some pleasantly mystifying lyrics. Yellow Ostrich has a bunch of good stuff, and this song is one of their best. The video is also a joy. Play this song, look at the sun (but wear sunglasses), enjoy the world that you live in.
We’ve already reviewed Jay Rock’s latest album, 90059, on this site, but I can’t stop listening to it. I play it start to finish every time I listen, and the album hasn’t gotten old yet. This is the first track off the album, and “Necessary“ sets the tone perfectly. Hard-hitting and powerful lines over a fresh beat make it a great song for feeling like you’re tough. For more, find Jay Rock’s Spotify.
Gary Clark Jr. has proven himself a versatile artist once again with his sophomore album “The story of Sonny Boy Slim.” His killer guitar riffs in combination with funk and soul influence throughout the album oozes soul. “Grinder” is an example of his grittier bluesy side and definitely worth a listen.
On rare occasions, an artist is able to write a song that encapsulates the mood of an entire season, and whether she intended to do so or not, folk singer Gillian Welch has effectively written a song that certainly sounds, at least to me, just like the feeling of autumn. It’s something about the song’s shadowy tone, diminished chords, wandering guitar solos, and breezy simplicity that feels haunting enough to render it absolutely perfect for early October.
Eric D. Johnson formed Fruit Bats as a solo project in the early 1990’s. Throughout the history of the band, Johnson has remained the only constant member as the lineup has changed multiple times. Fruit Bats are reminiscent of The Shins, which isn’t surprising considering Johnson had a brief stint as a member of The Shins in late 2006. Tegucigalpa has a different sound than the rest of The Ruminant Band, the album it is from but is worth a listen none-the-less.
Mac Miller has undergone a serious transformation from his frat-star vibes of KIDS and Blue Slide Park. On his newest album GO:OD AM he is a whole new rapper, full of complex word play and single-caliber hits. Weekend is one of the most successful songs on the album. It is the weekend, so enjoy this track and have an excellent weekend. Be safe, don’t do drugs like Mac Miller.
“Wanna Party” goes in. Future Brown (a group of four producers) crafts an excellent, almost ominous beat, and Tink carries it off perfectly with her rapping. At times frantic and rushed, and at others slow and almost slurred, this is a perfect party anthem, as its title might suggest. For more, check Future Brown’s Spotify.
Yes, it’s big-time music industry news that The Strokes’ infamous lead singer Julian Casablancas has announced that they will soon release a new record. However, let’s not forget Julian’s highly underrated, artful spinoff project, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, and this gem of a track combining vocals in more than one language with a spoonful of dissonance. Fans of The Strokes might initially feel taken aback by the group’s grittier, more experimental timbre, but it’s entirely possible that you’ll learn to fangirl over Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ just as much as you’ve always raved over the lead guy’s original band.
Each week, the SOCC’s DJs put together a playlist for your listening pleasure. This week, we have a great mix of tunes. Ranging from Yung Thug to Slow Magic there is something for all music-lovers to discover and jam to.
There were a handful of songs that were not available on Soundcloud:
The Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
Britney Spears – “Piece of Me”
TRIAD$ – “Energy”
of Montreal – “Gronlandic Edit”
City and Colour – “Paradise”
Slow Magic – “Bear Dance”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball G Major”