I have commitment issues: I can never listen to the same types of music for more than 3 months. It’s probably because of the seasons or astrology, I don’t know. What I do know is that I just finished an intense phase of Rock in Spanish and King Sunny Ade–shoutout to my uber driver for introducing me to him. Now I’m in a transitionary period and I really have no idea where it’s going, but it’s all fantastic. I don’t know which realm of music I want to explore next and these five songs are to blame.
1) Dan Auerbach – “Malibu Man”:
If a rock song was having an identity crisis and couldn’t decide whether or not to sound more like gospel or blues, you’d get “Malibu Man”. I also am in love with the uncommitted country guitar licks embedded in the track. Overall, Auerbach’s new album Waiting on a Song is different, exciting, and I’d recommend listening to the entire thing.
2) 2ToneDisco – “OMW”:
The only way I could describe 2ToneDisco is Nostalgic EDM. All the 90s 8-bit sounds that consumed me as a kid but with modern EDM production seamlessly integrated.
3) KLANGPLANET – “Island”:
KLANGPLANET, hailing from Munich, is what has been missing in the deep house/ambient genre. I spoke with them and they stated that this song was a recreation of pictures and sounds in their head. This track is vivid, cinematic, and alive. I can’t wait to see what else is next.
4) Alvvays – “In Undertow”:
I hate to admit it but I SLEPT on Alvvays. I know I’m sorry. Molly Rankin’s voice is stunning, I really miss classic indie, and the song left me speechless. Just listen to it and see for yourself. “In Undertow” is the first single for their upcoming album Antisocialites, out September 8th.
5) Gramatik & Eric Kranso – “Recovery”:
What can only be described as Electro Soul, “Recovery” by Gramatik & Eric Kranso is the product of 1980s soul being produced in 3017. It’s funky, it’s groovy, and it’s fresh take to a timeless vibe.