Tuesday Ten – 10 New Songs To Get You Through The Week (5/9 Edition)

What we’re listening to this week:

1. “Doing It for the Money” — Foster the People 

Founding member Mark Foster moved to Los Angeles from Ohio at age eighteen. He put in his time as a struggling L.A. musician, waiter, and as a jingle writer before forming the group. In 2011, their initial release “Pumped Up Kicks” proved to be a great success — ultimately leading to a record deal. After several tours and albums, FTP is back with their new EP III, which includes the dance worthy, trap-influenced single “Doing It for the Money.” Look out for an upcoming full-length album, set to possibly drop this summer.

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2. “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Formed in Alaska, alt-rock group Portugal. The Man spent the past few years working on an album entitled Gloomin + Doomin. Not quite happy with the tracks, the band never released the LP. Singer John Gourley’s father gave his son a kick in the pants when he questioned the delay of the group’s new music. After this talk, and also after finding his dad’s ticket stub to legendary music festival Woodstock, Gourley was inspired to ditch Gloomin. He instead wanted to write an album motivating people to address the multitude of problems our world today faces. This album is the soon-to-be released Woodstock. Check out the single “Feel It Still.” Gourley’s falsetto and the song’s use of uptempo horns give off an apropos retro vibe.

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3. “Hyperreal” — Flume (featuring Kučka)

Australian powerhouse DJ Flume (also known as Harley Streten) recently released “Hyperreal” — a track featuring fellow Australian musician Kučka. The two have collaborated before, as she contributed her ethereal vocals to his Grammy award winning album, Skin. “Hyperreal” is buoyant — interlaced with moody synths. This track is truly addictive…you will want to listen more than once.

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4. “Heaven” –PVRIS

Electro-goth band PVRIS announced that their much-anticipated sophomore album will be coming out on August 4th. In the meantime, the Boston-based rockers leave us with the dynamic single “Heaven,” and news that they will be touring this summer with Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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5. “Influence” (TM88 Taylor Gang Remix) — Tove Lo (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) 

Swedish pop star Tove Lo released this duet with Wiz Khalifa entitled “Influence.” The track appeared last fall on her second album, Lady Wood. It received a revival not long ago from producer TM88, and is made even better with his brooding, trap touch.

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6. “Haters” — TLC

Fifteen years after their last LP, famed hip hop duo TLC announce their forthcoming, Kickstarter-backed album. The self-titled release will be the first since the death of founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and it features the effervescent single, “Haters.”

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7. “Anziety” — Logic (Feat. Lucy Rose)

“Anziety” begins with romantic strings, soothing back up singers, and Lucy Rose’s beautifully lulling vocals. It seamlessly transitions moods into something more unsettling as a deep synth line and Logic’s troubled lyrics enter the track. The Los Angeles based rapper, also known as Robert Bryson Hall II, delivers an honest message regarding his struggles with panic attacks, and encourages others to love themselves in all of their states of emotion.

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8. “Amsterdam” — Nothing but Thieves 

British alt-rock band Nothing But Thieves is set to drop their sophomore LP, Broken Machine, this September. “Amsterdam,” the first single from the new album, is a storm of frenetic energy. Frontman Conor Mason describes the track as “a visceral song about frustration…about that sense of release and comfort that exists if you can find it.”

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9. “High” – Sir Sly

L.A. indie pop trio Sir Sly present thought provoking lyrics on their hip hop infused single, “High.” Reminiscent in style to the band Cake, vocalist Landon Jacobs speak-sings the chorus: “It feels good to be running from the devil/Another breath and I’m up another level.” This ambiguity leave the words open to interpretation. Is this a song about the pleasures of drug addiction or the virtues of sobriety? Have a listen to this catchy track to decide for yourself.

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10. “Sound of Walking Away” — Illenium & Kerli 

The gorgeously crafted “Sound of Walking Away” by EDM giant Illenium showcases Estonian singer Kerli’s powerful timbre and wide vocal range. Though the song is one of heartbreak, it is expansive and euphoric; perhaps symbolic of the elation that comes with standing up for yourself.
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