I shall try to make up for all the Fridays I missed with today’s post! My music listening has been pretty good lately, thank to my Spotify Premium account I’ve availed through Globe’s GoSurf promo. The Discover tab has been very useful. I haven’t tried Apple Music yet, but some reviews say that until Apple fixes its glitches, Spotify is still king in music streaming.
Anyway, here are my five favorite tracks as of late, in no particular order. Do give these listen!
RAN – Nirwana
“Nirwana (Nirvana)” is the sixth track of Indonesian group RAN’s third album, Hari Baru (New Day, thanks Google Translate!) released in November 2013. I’ve been a fan of the group since 2009/2010-ish, and I have to say that I’m glad to say that their sound has greatly improved. “Nirwana” is a testament to this: both vocals and guitars are refined. But if it’s your first time to listen to RAN, this is a great track to start with as it introduces you to RAN’s musical vibe: fresh, pleasant, and relaxed. Never mind if you don’t understand Bahasa.
OJ Law – Tongue Tied
“Tongue-Tied” by OJ Law rightfully deserves a spot in the must-listen The Ultimate SEA Indie playlist by Spotify Philippines. The synths are nice and they build up its disco-ey character. Law’s voice reminds me of another artist’s (I just cannot pinpoint it) but I think it’s excellent. My favorite part is when Law croons, “I dreamed of love before we met.” It comes with a kinda cute music video too.
Childish Gambino – U Don’t Have to Call
Look, I love Drake. But here’s the thing: if you ask me who the better singer is between Drake and Childish Gambino, I will flat out say it’s Childish. This track from his mixtape STN MTN, which you can download for free at DatPiff.com, is a cover of Usher’s 2001 song. Though it’s stripped of layers unlike the original, it’s just as sexy. This track shows off Childish’s vocal chops; how his voice can reach different heights (listen to “And I”). And when the beat drops, it introduces you to his other talent, one of his many: telling a story. From reaching high notes, his voice sinks deep as he tells you a story about race, strip clubs, and how he’s gon’ steal yo girl.
Kimbra – Madhouse
Kimbra is more than just the girl who sang with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. Her 2014 record The Golden Echo, to which “Madhouse” belongs, is worth a listen. But for “Madhouse,” my focus is not on her voice but on the funky feel of the song. I absolutely liked the riffs and percussions at the 3:21 mark. I really, really, really liked it.
Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
I first heard roots rock band Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live, when they were the musical guests when Dakota Johnson was the host. I’ve never head them before, but after that performance, I really got into them. “Don’t Wanna Fight” from their sophomore album Sound and Color has an unforgettable intro with its guitars. And as I’ve told my friend, frontwoman Brittany Howard’s restrained scream to soul vocals in this track forecasted that the whole album is, for a lack of a more suitable word, great.