Another week, another Kris’ Picks, or in this case, two. This week you have the opportunity to indulge in my mistake. 40 songs total to dive into for your week ahead, with eight feature tracks to get you started. Ready to jump in?
Week 66 (last week) includes songs from the likes of Caro, NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge), J Bengoy, Porches and so much more.
The first of the featured four tracks comes from UK-based alt-rock group Caro and their track “Cold Comfort,” a song that will sweep you up with its lazy chords, only to fill you up with energy as the guitars build up to a magnificent explosive chorus.
Caro seem to trick the listener as the song begins to wind down, too. As the track begins to slow down and diminish into a goofy, guitar driven sound, the explosive chorus creeps back up once more and the listener is thrown into what got them in the first place.
Start with Caro on your busy Monday morning, and go from there. “Cold Comfort” won’t let you down.
Next up is NxWorries, the brainchild of rapper/singer Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, and a duo that have created an album, titled Yes Lawd!, that will reign on my list of best albums of 2016.
NxWorries’ “Suede” bleeds classic soul/R&B with that added tinge of style that only Paak can add to his music. “Suede’ will have you vibing along to the chill beat and Paak’s unique vocals and flow.
He starts with, “Smooth like a motherfucker/Suede on the inside.” And just like that, “Suede” follows in Paak’s description.
Smooth as hell, and hard to resist.
Switching over to something more reminiscent of the summer, we’ll take a look at J Bengoy’s beach-vibe track “Pet Names,” a song about beckoning for a lost lover, with a great sing-a-long chorus and a rhythm that’ll take you to the beaches of California.
“Pet Names” may end a tad abruptly, but that doesn’t stop the listener from diving into a feel good song that will most definitely stand out as one to listen to when you’re down. Listen to “Pet Names,” even if it is a little cold outside. Who knows, maybe summer will come that much closer.
The last featured song of week 66 comes from Porches with their creepy, infectious, Tame Impala-esque “Underwater.”
“Underwater” is driven solely by its production, and the way the vocals flow smoothly along with the electronic/synth beats make this a song to sit back and close your eyes to in order to truly grasp the entirety of the song’s sound.
It’s a feeling you can only experience yourself, so I won’t say much more. Let Porches take you in, you won’t regret it.
And just like that, we’re all caught up. Now to provide you with 20 more curated picks and four more featured tracks.
Week 67 consists of a an eclectic mix consisting of featured tracks from The Griswolds, Cobrayama, Saba, Slowes and so much more to delve into.
First up is the latest single from Australian alternative band The Griswolds titled “YDLM.” The song takes a new spin on the band’s previously heard sound on their debut Be Impressive.
Looking back on our interview with lead singer Chris Whitehall, he talked about how their sophomore record will focus more on a motown kind of sound, and that’s definitely what I’m hearing on this upbeat, energetic track.
“YDLM” is the perfect song to jam along to. The song’s disco-funk rhythm reminds me of tracks like “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, but with more of that Griswolds flair.
Additional call-and-response vocals from singer Lizzo make the song one that I’m positive will be hitting the airwaves prior to the record’s release, did I mention she has a great breakdown towards the end where she raps? Priceless.
Next on the list is Cobrayama’s “Do It Like Me,” an R&B track at its core, with a bit of an added touch from singer Gibbz, who has been popping up in my music library for a while now.
Gibbz’s smooth vocals alongside a hard-hitting bass make any track into one to remember. “Do It Like Me” will have you vibing along almost instantly, and its sensual feel seems to hit the listener head on.
It’s chill, confident and will have you singing along on queue.
Saba, known for contributing to Chance the Rapper’s “Angels,” dropped a new project titled Bucket List Project and man does it go in.
Saba stands out as a talented young rapper on “GPS,” a song that hooked me not only with its beat, but with Saba’s unique flow. He spits out lyrics with speed intensity, so much that I’d argue he does better than veteran Twista, who is feature alongside him on “GPS.”
Saba’s track, and album, is wonderful. After listening to “GPS,” you won’t want to stop listening to Saba. Guaranteed.
Last, but not least, is Slowes’ mellow, yet catchy track “I Need You.”
Relying on psychedelic vibes and synths to drive the chorus onto the listener, Slowes puts the keyboards front and center, throwing the listener into a simplistic beat that seems to hold everything together.
“I Need You” is a track to close the day off with. It’s a distorted and warped love song, and if you’re a fan of Toro Y Moi, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like it.
That concludes this week’s (and last week’s) Kris’ Picks! Dive through my selection, and look out for week 68 next Monday!
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