A little bit of everything.
A little bit of slow with a brilliant James Vincent McMorrow track that is entirely weather appropriate (if you live in New England) in its overwhelmingly beautiful somberness.
If Can’t Kill Us is any indication, The Glitch Mob’s new album will be more or less the same as the last album, Drink the Sea which isn’t a bad thing because Drink the Sea was filled with many moments of true bad-assery.
Trails and Ways have created a compact gem of breezy indie-pop with a remix of Wild Ones that doesn’t do too much but doesn’t just enough. Highlight: front-woman Danielle Sullivan’s voice is endlessly captivating.
Rudimental could stake a strong claim for being UK’s 2013 breakout star and they deserve all the attention they’re currently receiving (especially because I appreciate their collaboration with really talented vocalists on the cusp of making it into the major leagues: Emeli Sande, Ella Eyre, Foxes, Angel Haze, etc.) But Cash Cash and Gazzo give Free a banging rework that is sure to stir dancefloors into a frenzy. Music doesn’t have to be all that complicated and in terms of mainstream, radio-friendly EDM (which seems to be the direction the genre is headed towards) I like what Cash Cash is doing, especially on the back of Take Me Home.
Trivia: Name a rising Chicago-born and Stanford-educated emcee that I’ve been lucky enough to see perform live. Answer: K.Flay. K.Flay’s original is probably one of her most vulnerable offerings and it doesn’t quite do it justice for me to over-analyze the lyrics. Suffice it to say, the song is about love. It also features a piano chord progression that acts as a core for the track. Dash Speaks does justice to the original by retaining the piano but his remix is also bewilderingly good. In the first verse, it sounds like additions are incremental -sharper snare and hi-hats. But as the track enters the bridge, a wonderful set of strings make an appearance which culminate in a strong arrangement over the chorus that sounds very similar to Aphex Twin’s Girl/Boy opening. And the vocals are a prelude to a wild and glorious drop that features a variety of vocal samples and cowbells.