I’m back with more UK goodness this week with Jorja Smith & Preditah. On my mind is a groovy club track track with enough groove to make you move your feet.
The UK is is stacked with musical talent. So much so that I believe they have America beat in almost every genre. The next wave of great young artists will be mostly be from the UK. I could go down the list but I want to save some of these artists for future posts.
Daniel Caesar broke onto the mainstream scene with his breakout hit Get You. But for some including myself the song Violet. Now I’m not going to pretend that I knew Daniel Caesar before everyone else. Violet was one of those songs that I stumbled upon and enjoyed but never payed attention to who the artist was. Two years later I put the pieces together and realized this was not an artist to overlook.
If anyone was around for the Spooky Black era you’ve see how far this kid has come. He went viral with his hit song Without You at 16 years old. At the time we haven’t seen a kid look like him and sing like that in a while. He was our special little gem. Unfortunately he disappeared not too long after that...
I don’t know why I like this song. Maybe it feeds into my inner need to have haters. Everyone likes me to my knowledge. Or maybe I’m exactly the demographic for this song. People who are unapologetically themselves without thinking who they are annoying. I’d like to think I have the self awareness to know when I’m being an ass but based on my lack of knowledge of who hates me I’m probably wrong..
There are certain songs that define a genre. When people think of the short lived chillwave genre people think of Washed out - Feel it all around.
Kaytranada's At All was my first introduction to the future bass genre and the first time a genuinely enjoyed house music. This song singlehandedly made Kaytranada a cult favorite and a one of the OG's of the future bass genre. Everyone wanted to be Kaytra, everyone had a house song but nobody had that Kaytranada flair. His swing and basslines were unmatched and those classic Kaytra synths couldn't be replicated.
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid Childish Gamino’s Redbone until now I have a trophy ready for you to pick up at your earliest convenience. It swept the nation and hooked millions of listeners with its smooth bass lines and soaring falsetto. But I have an unpopular opinion incoming. Redbone is not the best song on this album. Most popular, yes. But the best song has to go to terrified...
For a while Bearcubs was primary known as an electronic music producer before surprising us with his first EP Underwaterfall as a vocalist. The production is dark and minimalistic. The lyrics hint at anxiety and depression issues. As the track picks up steam you realize how deep this track hits. With swirling vocals and heavy synths Bearcubs takes you under into the abyss.
Introducing a special track of mine as far as personal favorite songs go we have Giraffage - Feels. Before this song was "ruined" by the peanut butter baby vine it was an underground gem. A wavy percussion filled joyride with chopped up samples from the airplane scene in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer.
This song is for the 2am drives to that special (Or not so special) someone’s house. Regardless, “Lovely” brings back memories those intimate moments. Those chance encounters where two people just happen to be in the same place. They hit it off and end up going the distance. Almost never sober, but that’s what makes it special. Two people giving in to their primal instincts, forgetting about outside opinions and skipping the filler.
Are you feeling sad? Is today Saturday? If so I have the perfect song for you! This song will instantly bring up all your repressed memories about life, love and heartbreak so be prepared to get all introspective and cry a little. Also I’ve done some research and I’ve found out this song will make you sad on any day not just Saturday, isn’t that awesome?
Every once in a while you run into a song not many people know about. You try to show them but they don’t understand. Or they tell you that it’s ok. The don’t feel the same emotional connection you do and that’s understandable. But I won’t accept it. This song resonates with me and the chorus is infectious.
You feel it as soon as the song starts. Warm, heavy and ambient the instrumental draws you in before she even begins to sing, and when she does you understand. The combination of the amazing production of Galimatias and the soft voice of Alina Baraz is unmatched by any collaborative effort I've heard between a vocalist and producer in a long time.
If you've yet to hear Sampha's voice your in for a big surprise. Wielding one of the most unique and distinctive voices in music today Sampha shines on nearly every track he's on.
When I first came across sales I was greeted by this lighthearted jingle. The catchy guitar riff held my attention long enough to be swept away by the voice of Lauren Morgan and the minimalist production of her copilot Jordan Shih.
This song right here is a classic in the chillwave sub genre. Everyone's heard it, you just missed it. When this song dropped in 2012 Marcell Everett went from bedroom producer to underground star.
Banks warm water is minimalism at its best. The production isn't overly flashy but it's smart and calculated. Changing only when necessary to the song. Banks smooth voice glides along the instrumental in almost a whisper like fashion as she seduces her person of interest to come home with her.
Ok I'm going to call this one my favorite song as well even though the first one technically is my favorite song, I just can't help myself. Abhi Dijon's twelve is a sexy R&B cut that I can only describe as cute and I mean that in the most endearing way possible. With Abhi handling most of the production and Dijon on vocals this duo is unmatched. Delivering groovy future rnb breaks time and time again.
If we're going to talk about great songs I have to start of with my personal favorite song Toro Y Moi - You Hid. First of all, distorted guitars... hell yeah. Being surprised by those two chords whenever this song randomly plays is a small blessing. This song makes me feel grounded