Sorry it’s so late! I had a weekend away from London and didn’t take my laptop so this is the fist chance I’ve had. Here we go:
1. Kanye West- POWER
I wish I didn’t like Kanye. The man is a living, walking piece of shit, but unfortunately he’s pretty damn talented. This track is perfect example of that talent. The repetitive ‘ooh, ey ey,’ that loops for the whole song matched with the super dirty bass and the crosscut dotted rhythm of the drums creates the perfect backdrop for angry lyrics Kanye is spitting out. And then, just before the three minute mark Kanye brings it all down, brings in a pretty little synth melody and the song has the perfect amount of variation. Damn Kanye. Check it out here.
2. Modern Baseball- Your Graduation
Ah, trashy rock aimed at teenagers, I don’t know why I love you. This track has it all; heavy guitar distortion, a whiny voice, and above all else, angsty lyrics (also known as ‘the Fall Out Boy effect’). Okay, but for all the typical traits, this song is actually really bloody good. It might be the solid beat or the cool vocal harmonies going on, but something has me hooked. Check it out here.
3. Hermitude- Hyperparadise (Flume Remix)
Another Flume remix? Yes. This track is so on point. The cool opening featuring a sampled vocal track is enticing, even more so after the entrance of the synth part after a few bars. Fast forward a few phrases to the drop and I’m fully hooked. What is he saying? Is it ‘have a happy birthday’? I can’t tell and it doesn’t matter, it’s awesome. Listen to it here.
4. Bob Dylan- Workingman’s Blues #2
Most people will just disregard anything Dylan has released since the late 90s, and with good reason; it’s probably going to be shit. But like a sewage worker with bad balance, Workingman’s Blues #2 comes bursting through all the crap. The slow, bluesy ode to workers rights harks back to the Dylan of the 60s, lyrically at least. The pretty piano part matched with lazy guitar stabs creates a laid back atmosphere that perfectly suits old man Bob’s voice, and for a minute we can almost forgive him for that horrific Christmas album. Hear it here.