Spotlight: This Week’s 10 Most Notable Artists – 1/18/13
Yes, I know. It’s been a minute, but guess what? Mama has some much anticipated goodies. 2013 is looking like a promising year for amazing music. Some oldies have newbies and some newbies are taking a stab at oldies. Enjoy the jam sess; I sure did.
1. Ra Ra Riot – “Dance With Me”/Beta Love
Ra Ra Riot has returned to the music forefront with their upcoming release Beta Love. Their record is set to be released January 22nd, and their official site is offering a kick ass free download of their titled track “Beta Love,” but I personally find the carefree rhythm of this dance club track completely addicting. It’s summer in falsetto bottle.
2. The Melker Project – “Suit & Trap” feat. Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z /Big Chocolate/Suit & Trap
Scott Melker is a killer on the mix. Justin Timberlake, after a decade of solo project avoidance, released a new single from his forthcoming The 20/20 Experience. “Suit & Tie” is having much success, but much like “SexyBack” some folks were confused and disappointed. The song will probably grow on many over time, but those of you suffering through it can thank Melker for making the song completely bearable. Dip, scratch, drop, love, and repeat.
3. ZZ Ward – “Put the Gun Down” (Passion Pit Remix)/Criminal EP
ZZ Ward has already been featured on a previous listing, but now she’s done a nice mix with Passion Pit. The track was smooth on its own, but a dash of passion never hurt anybody. Theirs killer vocals, raunchy lyricism, and a beat that makes the most stoic of persons bob their head. So I can only hope they put the gun down, but turn up the beat, ZZ Ward.
4. The Noise Figures – “Son of the Bravest Man”/Turn Off the Lights EP
The Noise Figures are a garage blues duo comprised of George Nikas (vocals, drums) and Stamos Bamparis (guitar). Garage blues is a genre that’s absolutely fitting when you hear the depth of the guitar and the grit of Nikas’ vocals. There’s so much passion in the anger, sadness, and release of their track that it’s delightful forceful. The vid to “Son of the Bravest Man” is controversial, to say the least, but holds your eye. Check it out below and be sure to stream/purchase their EP via bandcamp.
5. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (PRFFTT & Svyable Bootleg Remix)/I Knew You Were Trouble.
Taylor Swift’s relationship issues have been her sole source of income for years and her latest story of romantic failure has been mixed by the talented PRFFTT (pronounce “profit”) aka Sam Driver and Svyable aka Sven Benson . It’s a cheeky take on the pop/dance ballad by the duo and the intro is golden. The shifts throughout the track are steady and fine-tuned and although I’m a huge fan of a complete musical metamorphosis when a track is mixed, this take on Swift’s song makes this annoyingly catchy beat a little more acceptable. So, what’s next for PRFFTT/ Svyable? Maybe Swift’s subsequent admission of failure titled “I Will Never, Ever, Ever Get My Shit Together”… Hmm, one can only hope.
6. The Rescues – “Everything’s Gonna Be Better Next Year”/Blah Blah Love and War
This Los Angeles-based foursome is a refreshing comedic/honest group of musicians. Their track “Everything’s Gonna Be Better Next Year” is a self-explanatory mockery of human nature. Our hopes for the new year and our newfound enthusiasm for our mundane lives every new year we experience receive the ridicule. We’ve all been their (are there) and will probably go there again, but hey, it could be worse…We could all be dancing in a YouTube video in just our underwear getting drunk with religious paintings…but I digress. The Rescue’s Blah Blah Love and War is out now.
7. Emily King – “Ordinary Heart”/Ordinary Heart
I’ve written a feature article on this beautiful woman, but I couldn’t help myself. “Ordinary Heart” is the new single from this New Yorker, whole be putting some roots down in Philly at the TLA with Emeli Sande tomorrow night. My obsession with honesty and a dose of simplicity is fulfilled by this amazing talent. Her admission of mediocrity, but emotional sanctuary is too endearing.
8. Streets of Laredo- “Girlfriend”/Girlfriend
Another previous mention, but I’m charmed by this threesome. The Streets of Laredo have encompassed the 20-something youth, senselessness, and freedom in a folk-rock-pop rhythm and rhyme that suits a front porch or city stoop.
9. TalkFine – “She Never”/Lesser Known Hits
Brooklyn band TalkFine released the video for their track “She Never” from their Lesser Known Hits EP. This video caught my eye for obvious reasons, but the funkafied, harmonic, “shimmering electropop” beat is always a killer. Stream the EP, but watch the vid below.
10. Tegan and Sara – “Shock to Your System”/Heartthrob
Canada can wave its maple leaf proud. These girls are back at it again with the upcoming releasing of their album Heartthrob, hitting iTunes January 29th. This is just a taste of what’s to come, but I’m salivating already. Their harmonies and tenderness sewed perfectly to their bite and edge. “Shock to Your System” is a shock to your eardrums.