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[new] Gashi – “Lies” (118bpm) & “Paranoid” (110bpm)

Gashi seems to be taking a page from The Weeknd’s playbook. Or perhaps it’s vice versa. I really like this track a lot. I’m a little more fond of the instrumental production on this record than I am the vocals. I know it may seem like a requirement to auto-tune these days, but I think this record would have been much more powerful without it.

Another enjoyable track from Gashi called “Paranoid.” Gashi… yes… we know you smoke. We’re very proud of you. 😂 The look and image he’s cultivated for himself is douchey, but I do like this track and video as well.

[classic] Benny Golson – “I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music” (91bpm)

Katy Perry recently released her single “Smile.” If you’re old enough to remember June 1999, the riff in Perry’s song may sound familiar. That’s when Naughty By Nature released their single “Jamboree.” Yes, it appears Perry sampled her riff from Naughty By Nature. It turns out, however, that this is a sample of a sample. Naughty By Nature got their sample from Benny Golson’s “I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music,” an absolutely fantastic disco track from 1978. Enjoy this one and see if you can keep from cuttin’ a rug. I’ll bet you can’t. This one is gold!

[new] Donna Missal – “Slow Motion” [66bpm]

There’s nothing terribly interesting about this song, but it is well performed and well produced. Donna Missal gives a solid, soulful vocal performance here. She has an understanding of articulation, phrasing, and enunciation that puts her well above the garden variety pop singer. 1 point deduction for vocal fry. 🤨

[new] Elderbrook – “My House” (121bpm)

Groovy pop song with a great melody and a syncopated beat you can get down to. This song demonstrates that strategically placed gaps and moments of brief silence are an effective tool to make a song interesting, dynamic, and less fatiguing. I generally don’t care too much about lyrics, but I find these a little dumb. Perhaps I’m misinterpreting them, but they seem to be criticizing people who want stuff and assume that it’s born out of a desire to belittle others. Uh, no. Most people want a nice house to live in because they want a nice house to live in. Whatever. I still enjoy the tune.

[new] HAIM – “Gasoline” (67bpm)

Three sisters make up the Los Angeles based band HAIM. I like the production on this track. Terrific multi-part harmony. And it’s nice to hear something that isn’t so quantized, auto-tuned, and polished to the point is has no organic life left in it. It sounds a bit you’re listening to them play it live in their living room. I’m digging it!

[fav] Little Daylight – “Mona Lisa” (128bpm)

This is a really good pop tune from a now defunct band from Brooklyn called Little Daylight. They split up and two of their members formed a new band call Me Not You. They’re worth checking out as well. I really like Nikki Taylor’s vocals. She has a pure tone and good articulation. And there’s never ever any vocal fry which is delightful.