Mosaic / Reviews / April 17, 2014

Off ‘beat’ playlist for a shaky spring

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.

Typhoon – ‘Hunger and Thirst’ 

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.

Today — ‘Tom Scott’ 

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.).

‘Don’t Wait’ — Mapei 

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.

‘Dark Night’ — MØ 

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.

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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