If I were to try to ascribe a theme to these, it would be ‘new beginnings.’ I think that works, with spring afoot and all. To be sure, there is a mix of darkness in this list. For every sublime weekend there is a dash of snow lurking. Just as every new beginning marks the end of something else, the fresh spring air is sprinkled with histamines. These songs will hopefully bring some pop to your step while you try to figure out if the direction you’re headed in is the right one.
Off the bat, let’s start with a raggedy tune of unfulfilled potential. Typhoon crafts a song with a diverse soundscape that ensures you won’t get bored. Beginning with a jaunty string melody punctuated by a horn accompaniment, ultimately overcome by drum kicks and guitar licks, this song will grab your attention. The lyrics have a pleasant distortion. Play this loud, think about who you’ve been, who you are and then dive headfirst into who you’re going to become.
I heard this song on The Boondocks, so you know it’s cool. This song has old school mellowness to it with soft, harmonized vocals easing their way through the track. By far the biggest reason to listen to this track is Tom Scott’s mastery of the saxophone. Listen closely and you’ll spot the familiar sax sample used in the classic Pete Rock & CL Smooth joint, They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).
This song is so cool. For real, it’ll make you want to take advantage of every opportunity for love in front of you. Mapei is a soulful vocalist and the production of the track helps emphasize this at a time where vocals are so frequently hidden. Super poppy like tires on a spike strip, you’ll listen to this song until you have the lyrics memorized and then listen to it some more.
Sticking with my search for good pop and interesting female vocalists, I think I’ve come up with another catch. This is the second MØ song I’ve really come to like, the first being a collaboration with Diplo entitled XXX 88. Festive horn bits make Dark Night my new favorite. It’s a versatile song that could find a place on any sort of playlist for a number of occasions. It’s a jumpy electro pop track that could come up on shuffle during your down time without complaint.