I’ve been preoccupied with my senior thesis and I’m about to embark on an awesome spring break to SXSW. After April 19th (thesis due date), I’ll be launching woosic in a different way, at its own domain, and a bit more customized. I’ve been listening to lots of Ra Ra Riot, Bondax, Stefan Biniak, Toki Monsta, and Lemâitre if you’re curious about that sort of stuff.
Anyways, watch out for the new site in a few weeks. Thanks!
Somo’s been releasing a these smoking covers every week, and so it was hard to pick one to highlight. I have to confess that Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Judge Me’ is like a huge guilty pleasure of mine, and hearing Somo’s silky smooth vocals on this track made me weak in the knees. And then I saw that he did Ginuwine’s ‘Pony,’ a throwback classic. A couple R&B covers are exactly what we all need to survive the harsh winter climate. Enjoy.
Oof where have I been and what have I been doing? Stranded on my couch from post-op ACL reconstruction surgery? Hobbling about the beautiful Bay Area? Not working on my thesis? All of the above.
Cyril Hahn is one badass producer who happens to be launching a tour in Canada and Europe. I can’t wait to read the reviews for his shows, because if his remixes are this good, his live mixing must be doper. Gabrielle Aplin is, as one YouTube has commented, the “female version of Ed Sheeran” and I understand why: she has a slight rasp to her voice, a mature tone to her otherwise youthful and quiet voice. Her song ‘Please Dont’ Say You Love Me,’ is a wonderful song, in the same style of many rising singer/songwriters, so it’s definitely worth listening to. But, Cyril Hahn transforms the song into a house jewel. The world has been obsessed with his mix of ‘Say My Name,’ and it sounds like he’s gifted us with another catchy tune.
Long time no blog, huh? Final papers, projects, scheduling flights, and holidays seem to have distracted me from one of my favorite hobbies: sharing some awesome tunes.
Singer Mikky Ekko pours his entire heart in this beautifully produced track (Clams Casino, obvi), urging the object of affection to ‘pull him down.’ A song about young rebelling love, there is a slow rock quality that runs so smoothly with these moments of lusty R&B. This is a perfect winter song, for those cold lonely evenings sitting in a coffee shop. (Cliché? Bite me.) Free download from his SoundCloud.
Autre Ne Veut is a Brooklander whose sounds reminds me a lot of How to Dress Well. Falsettos, a modified R&B, and a slightly trap-ish instrumental. His single ‘Counting’ immerses you in all of these elements, and has a really steady and satisfying rhythm. This song is sadly about his dying grandmother and you can really feel the heartache, the tensions, and the confusion of such an experience. Enjoy.
Middle school was a time that you pretended you knew everything about popular music. This included convincing people that you listened to awesome artists like OutKast even though the only song you knew until ‘Roses’ was ‘Ms. Jackson’ because it happened to be on your dad’s brand spanking new iPod (click wheel generation!) with music that my uncle graciously gave him. This then sparked a movement of young middle schoolers singing the catchy-as-hell chorus of ‘Ms. Jackson,’ a song about the tension of a young man and his lover’s mother. Clearly a topic on which we were all experts. But I deviate. Jean Tonique’s remix transforms the track into a wonderful indie funk melody. With all the classic lyrics of the original song, (Forever-ever? Forever-ever?) the addition of a lighthearted instrumental is super fun and refreshing. Take a listen. Free download as well!
Australian band Strange Talk is the right amount of pop and a substantial punch of electronic. A little like Cut Copy, a little like Passion Pit, their sound is loud and exciting. They’ve capitalized on this catchy “I think I’m falling in love,” over and over again, with these great heavy electronic breaks in between. Their album is to debut in 2013 and if they keep rolling out singles like these, I’m confident they’ll be all over the music scene.