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[new] Victoria Monét – “Jaguar” (106bpm)

The video reminds me a little bit of the Jackson’s “Can You Feel It.” Kinda bizzaro-futuristic with WAY too many sound effects dubbed in. Anyway, it’s not a super-interesting song, but it’s good for a few listens. I’m blogging about it almost out of obligation; it has a great horn part! I think they’re like REAL HORNS! How great is it to hear that again?! I’d like the song better if there were a 12″ version with a nice long break. But I guess breaks have fallen out of fashion these days.

[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.

[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.

[fav] Little Dragon – “Paris” (153bpm)

This is my favorite track from Little Dragon’s 2014 album “Nabuma Rubberband.” It has a soulful vocal perofrmance, touching lyrics, and excellent arrangement and production. Normally, an emotional song like this would be a down-tempo ballad. I like that they took it up-tempo and made it thump. They’re a good band. I recommend checking out their other stuff.