Much like travel, music takes you to places you’ve never been. In an effort to converge the two things I’m most passionate about
spend the most money on I present a weekly Sunday round-up of ‘What I’m Listening To’ – whether it’s a new tune, an artist I’ve recently uncovered, or just revisiting an oldie.
1. DARKSIDE | MAYA JANE COLES feat. Chelou
Yooo shout out to my friend Tayler, the Techno Queen for this one! Be forewarned though, once you listen to just one song off Maya Jane Coles new album Take Flight you’ll be stuck in a moody light-techno vortex for approximately two straight hours. The new album has t w e n t y f o u r tracks.
2. LOVELY DAY | ALT-J
I could listen to Alt-J everyday and never tire of them. I may be in the minority but I can’t get enough of their almost Radiohead, almost Grizzly Bear, almost something else entirely sound completely unique to them only. Recently I’ve been getting into some of their cover tracks, like this one of Bill Withers “Lovely Day.”
3. LIAR | CHINESE MAN feat. Kendra Morris & Dillon Cooper
Chinese Man, a collective French trip hop powerhouse of good tunes, released their newest album Shikantaza earlier this year. With their unique blend of hip-hop, reggae, jazz electronic this song is ridiculously smooth.
4. HOUSE OF CARDS | RADIOHEAD
Speaking of Radiohead, I think I finally figured out my favorite song by them! After much thought and consideration
laying on my bed for hours with headphones on the final verdict…”House of Cards.”
5. CHAPITA | MIND ENTERPRISES
Watch this one on your phone! The 360 degree video for “Chapita” by Mind Enterprises is absolutely nuts. I highly suggest also checking out their other feel good tunes like “Loverboy” and “Girlfriend.”
6. SORT IT OUT SHARON | DUSKY feat. Wiley
Can I just take a moment to say how flipping rad UK Grime is? Like I honestly don’t know how it hasn’t crossed over to the States yet, but then again, that’s probably for the best. I found Dusky through Soundcloud in a Stormzy playlist and immediately was like yo, okay what’s this. Just take a listen to this track with all of Dusky’s signature dark tones and you’ll understand.
7. ALRIGHT | JUNGLE INVADERS
See this is another one why I’m so resistant to jump the Soundcloud ship. I have yet to find another platform that introduces the most random music through their auto-play of related tracks of artists I’d never find on my own. Just like this reggae-jazz meets snare drum mashup thing by Jungle Invaders. Their other music is eh, not really my thing, but this one is absolutely golden.