Mosaic / Reviews / April 9, 2014

Rare sunshine, obscure beats

In this week’s installment you can expect a healthy mix of pop pick me ups and tracks to bump on while hanging out with nothing else in mind but catching some sun. As per usual, I looked to bring some attention to some relatively unknown artists in this article. I certainly won’t blame you if you decided to check out the new Freddie Gibbs and Madlib production, Pinata, or Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron. I will be too. With that said, check out these songs if you’re looking for something new to listen to this week.

“Backpack” — Petite Meller

 This is a jazzy little pop song that will really help shake the last bit of snow from your bones. Starting off with an attractive saxophone riff, it’s a very likeable song. Light claps and xylophone highlights kept me engaged throughout the experience. If you’re looking for a pop song with a light electronic element, This will be sure to fill your needs. Petite Meller herself is an artist who sings both in French and in English in case you’re looking to impress your friends by adding an approachable foreign song to your playlist. Her voice is fine, not great, and has a very childlike quality that is hit or miss.

“You & Me” (Flume Remix) — Disclosure

 Now I’m going to ditch the whole ‘I’m not going to talk about popular bands’ stance for a second. Disclosure is huge enough for this remix to have close to three million hits on the Youtube video I’m playing as I write this blurb. The original version of this song is fast paced and eclectic. Flume slows it down with elongated notes and the outcome is really cool. I want someone to cover this remix on an accordion.

“You ain’t hard”  — Maimouna Youssef

Hailing from 2011, this song might have been overlooked. This beat has the nostalgic quality of having been made with actual instruments. There’s a strong horn element and driving drum kick to match. Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef demonstrates an impressive ability to spit and sing with definite skill. Her positive message makes this the perfect addition to any hip-hop playlist you want to bump outside without polluting the surrounding area with more unsavory lyrics. Before you press play on Ty Dolla $ign’s new Beach House EP, which I love, consider this track.

“Dreams” — Wet

More pop, yay! Dreams shares a song for those times when you aren’t quite sure that you’re properly oriented on this earthly plain. Low-key production and relaxed vocals make this song best paired with a blanket and patch of grass. Guitar riffs and metronomic tics mingle to make this easy on the ears.

Enjoy, and be sure to check in next week for some new songs.

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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