Have a listen to a couple of jams from well-known artists, and a few from ones you’ve likely never heard of before:
1. Luna Shadows — Thorns
Luna Shadows presents “Thorns” — a track including a myriad of emotions we encounter on a near virtual basis. The harmonious beats are complemented wonderfully by Luna Shadows’ rangy voice. Raw and introspective, she appears to be one to watch for in the indie pop scene.
If in the Los Angeles area, Luna Shadows will be performing at The Echo on June 20th.
2. So Below — Ruin
Lead singer Madeline North’s ethereal notes shine with this synth-laden track. The harsher, darker beats forms a beautiful architected sound of pleasure. The country of New Zealand is currently in the midst of a renaissance from a musical standpoint. North’s solo project So Below is a terrific example of this current movement.
3. Mirror Manor — Diamond Dust
Tim Hancock’s solo project Mirror Mirror comes on the heels of his critically acclaimed work with the band Brontide. “Diamond Dust” conjures up elements of the ’80’s with a heavy-synth base. Duly, the reemergence of trap, techno, and house across the world enables this track to be highly prevalent. When in need of an upbeat jam, look no further than “Diamond Dust.” It’s versatility as a track serves the audience well in a number of ways — whether it means working out at at the gym, or even bopping to the rhythm on your journey home.
4. Digable Planets — Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
We’ll take a trip to Brooklyn for this iconic hit. “Rebirth of Slick” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group back in 1993. Digable Planets harkens back to the New York music scene in the 1920’s for this track — where jazzy elements are woven throughout excellently. Comprised by members Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca, the group has been active since 1987.
5. Mina — Un Anno D’amore
Legendary Italian singer Mina supplies us with our next track to get us through the week. Though it’s sung entirely in Italian, it really doesn’t matter. The range of Mina’s angelic voice is clearly apparent — as is the dramatic score accompanying the vocals. Translated to “A Year of Love” this track made its debut in 1964. It most recently was featured on the second season of the show Master of None.
6. Alvvays — Not My Baby
Alright, let’s transition back into the current time period. Canadian indie pop band Alvvays appears ready to release their second album, entitled Antisocialites. The band has been rather ambiguous as to when they were ready to release their next collection of songs. However, a recent teaser by the band indicates that the album will drop at any moment. Clever Reddit sleuths have determined that “Not My Baby” — a staple on recent tours — will be on the new record.
7. Memoryhouse — To The Lighthouse (Million Young Remix)
Like Alvvays, dream pop band Memoryhouse hails originally from the Great White North. This track is absolutely perfect for the summer months — as lead vocalist Denise Nouvion instantly sets the stage with both tranquility and sereneness. One can lounge on the beach with this beat hanging in the warm breeze.
8. Beck — Ramona
Originally crafted for the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Beck provides us with a slower track centered around the film’s love interest, Ramona (portrayed by actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The construction of this song is simply brilliant. Acoustically, it pairs quite nicely with the melancholy notes of both the writing and Beck’s voice.
9. M.I.A. — Matangi
This track from M.I.A.’s fourth album will certainly get the proverbial juices flowing. When looking to “turn up” for a fun night out on the town — or even getting in that high-energy workout — “Matangi” will get the job done. Plus…you’ll learn a whole lot about geography and rhyming words.
10. Lana Del Rey — High By The Beach
Lana Del Rey’s sultry sound simply percolates with this summer gem. Should one opt to participate in the consumption of marijuana, this song will likely resonate — especially if the individual is scorned by love. However, this song does appeal to all masses, regardless of one’s recreational preference.
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