New Music Friday - 11/17

These days new music comes out at a feverish, insatiable pace. My aim is to help pick some gems out of the vast amount of music that gets put out each and every week, and help funnel them into your ear canals. You can use it to help dig deeper into the artists you like, or just stick with my playlists - that's all up to you. Without further pause, let's dive in!

The album/EP list starts with the debut album from Jaden Smith, SYRE! Jaden has been at the heart of controversies revolving around the perception of time being an illusion, the flat-earth theory, among other odd ideas. His unique style extends here into his debut record, which has drawn very extreme reactions online - some folks have expressed tears being shed during the record, while others spilled their morning coffee dancing to 'George Jeff'. This is a record everyone should dive into. Next is the EP Pink Lightning from Xavier Omär! His smooth, sensual mix of r&b with hip-hop make for a beautiful pairing reminiscent of the soft, comforting EP cover's shade of pink. Rexx Life Raj's record Father Figure 2: Flourish is finally available for listening. I've been featuring singles dropped from this for several months now. Last up is Ella Vos' debut album Words I Never Said. Her pop sound is in full bloom throughout the record, which includes the massive single 'I Don't Care About You'. 

Day Wave - Mississippi Studios - Pic by Dave Franz

Day Wave - Mississippi Studios - Pic by Dave Franz

For singles this week, we start with another new track from U2, which features an intro from Kendrick Lamar - which seems to be a theme so far on the early singles. 'American Soul' is a fantastic track fans new and old of Bono's crew will enjoy. Camila Cabello's 'Havana' gets a remix with Daddy Yankee, adding extra flare to this fantastic latin-infused track. Tame Impala released a couple tracks on a surprise release - Currents B-Sides & Remixes - with the single 'List of People (To Try and Forget About)' sticking out in a massive, awesome way. blackbear is back on the NMF list with a new track with 2 Chainz - 'Gucci Linen' - which features a much better production than it does lyrics. Miguel's latest single 'Pineapple Skies' also makes it onto the list!

On the new artist/band front, a brand new artist named LUI HILL released their first single '5000 Miles'. I know nothing about LUI HILL, but I know I enjoy this track a ton, and will be keeping an eye out for the next release. Charlotte Day Wilson's new single 'Doubt' reminds us of her amazing voice with minimal production, which fans of hers will instantly fall in love with. Day Wave teamed up with Hazel English on 'PDA', a song that brings back memories of Day Wave's 'Wasting Time'. Tove Lo released an album today, and her song 'shivering gold' is a great track off it.

I'm adding 2 tracks from each new album featured to the 'New Release Playlist' below - let me know what you loved/hated in the comments, and be sure to share the post with anyone looking to find new music!

 

Albums/EPs

Jaden Smith - SYRE

Xavier Omär - Pink Lightning

Rexx Life Raj - Father Figure 2: Flourish

Ella Vos - Words I Never Said

 

Singles

U2 - 'American Soul'

LUI HILL - '5000 Miles'

Camila Cabello & Daddy Yankee - 'Havana' (Remix)

Tame Impala - 'List of People (To Try and Forget About)'

blackbear ft. 2 Chainz - 'Gucci Linen' (E)

Charlotte Day Wilson - 'Doubt'

Day Wave & Hazel English - 'PDA'

Tove Lo - 'shivering gold' (E)

Miguel - 'Pineapple Skies'

Cyhi The Prynce ft. 2 Chainz - 'Trick Me' (E)

The Oh Hellos - 'Torches'

6LACK ft. BANKS - 'In Between'

 


New Music Friday - 11/17 Playlist

Pic from @wipeout944

Pic from @wipeout944

Song of the Week - 'Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh' - Vulfpeck ft. Charles Jones

Faithful readers of Sonically Awkward will recognize this song from the past week's New Music Friday Playlist - it is just too good to not feature once again. This time 'Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh' by Vulfpeck is the Song of the Week, and for good reason! This track is one that brings intense emotions of joy and excitement to mind, and after a listen or two, you'll find yourself singing along to the amazingly harmonious chorus. Vulfpeck is a band that more people are starting to find out about, but more are out there that had no idea Vulfpeck was missing from their lives.

The song begins with a fantastic piano line, paired with a bass guitar, before Charles Jones' intoxicating, sensual vocals tip-toe the sound waves emitted from your listening device of choice. The music video above does a great job showing the way Vulfpeck and Charles work together to make this the perfect track it is. For the folks out there like myself who love brass, that is included here. Meticulous harmonies? Check. Falsetto paired with a groovy piano line? Of course. Funky music is not necessarily the 'new rock & roll', but I'd be remisced if I didn't say I wish there was more Funk music being released these days. 

Sonically Awkward is going through some renovations under the hood, and a secret project marking the 1-year mark on SA in February is in the works. Stay tuned for this exciting project, coming soon. Still to come in the next couple days on SA - Mikey Mike Gallery, New Music Friday, and much more!

This would be a great time to consider becoming a Contributor, or feel free to submit a track or two for us to devour. Remember to follow @SonicallyAwk on Twitter!


'Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh' - Vulfpeck ft. Charles Jones

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New Music Friday - 11/10

These days new music comes out at a feverish, insatiable pace. My aim is to help pick some gems out of the vast amount of music that gets put out each and every week, and help funnel them into your ear canals. You can use it to help dig deeper into the artists you like, or just stick with my playlists - that's all up to you. Without further pause, let's dive in!

The album/EP list starts with the amazing Vulfpeck! They surprised me with their album Mr Finish Line, which released on Wednesday. Their funk-infused tunes are back in full form, and need to be indulged ASAP by everyone and their whole family. Put it on during Thanksgiving dinner, and I guarantee you'll have the family dancing by the time you get to your second plate of turkey. Petit Biscuit released his album Presence, featuring a soft electronic trance sound that gently reflects what certain aspects of nature would sound like in song form. Take for instance 'Waterfall' and 'Oceans' - they embody their nature-esque theme in both name and song form. Greta Van Fleet's rock vibes come in third on the list this week, with the album From the Fires! Check out 'Safari Song' and 'Edge of Darkness' if you're in need of some rock and roll. Last up this week is the surprise EP from Sleigh Bells titled Kid Kruschev! Their alt-rock sound returns with a fierceness that only Sleigh Bells seemingly can add. 

For singles this week, Bastille's song off the soundtrack for Bright - 'World Gone Mad' - is a gem of a track and perfectly embodies the current state of the world. Wiz Khalifa released a project today, and for those of you who enjoy his sound, please dig in. I just wanted to pick one track, and 'Letterman' is that track. Walk The Moon also released an album today, and my top pick is 'One Foot', an insanely catch pop track. The Wombats' 'Lemon to a Knife Fight' is a great alt-rock tune. Maurice Moore's r&b sound is pristine on his track 'Little More'. 

On the new artist/band front, Matt Maeson released a stripped down version of the introspective look into a relationship as someone with addictive tendencies on 'Tribulation'. Grace Mitchell's latest single 'Riiich' adds a slight hint of rap production to her great songwriting. Sigrid marks her return after a brief hiatus following the success of 'Don't Kill My Vibe' and 'Plot Twist' with new single 'Strangers'! FYOHNA released 'Called It Love', a synth-fueled track by the band that I caught live back in April (check my review here). There is a brand new song from Hanz titled 'Page' off upcoming 2018 album Plasty I - I know nothing about Hanz, but I love his name. The music is indescribable. There's no lyrics (on this song), the beat is winding, extensive, and industrial. Good luck labeling it folks!

I'm adding 2 tracks from each new album featured to the 'New Release Playlist' below - let me know what you loved/hated in the comments, and be sure to share the post with anyone looking to find new music!

 

Albums/EPs

Vulfpeck - Mr Finish Line

Petit Biscuit - Presence

Greta Van Fleet - From the Fires

Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev

 

Singles

Bastille - 'World Gone Mad' (E)

Sigrid - 'Strangers'

Wiz Khalifa -'Letterman' (E)

Walk The Moon - 'One Foot'

Grace Mitchell - 'Riiich' (E)

Matt Maeson - 'Tribulation' (Stripped)

FYOHNA - 'Called It Love'

Cousin Stizz - 'Lace Up' (E)

Ashe - 'Girl Who Cried Wolf'

Hanz - 'Page'

Maurice Moore - 'Little More' (E)

The Wombats - 'Lemon to a Knife Fight'

 


New Music Friday - 11/10 Playlist

Amazing picture of Fall in Portland by @wipeout944

Amazing picture of Fall in Portland by @wipeout944

Song of the Week - 'Movie' - Tom Misch

The latest track from Tom Misch has been on my mind and on my speakers on repeat since first hearing it last Friday. 'Movie' is an absolute masterpiece, beautifully filling up just under 6 minutes with some of the smoothest, grooviest sounds that you'll hear all year. This is the first song we as fans have gotten off Tom's upcoming Geography album, which will be released into the world on April 6, 2018. It is a ways off, but we can expect another single or two prior to the release, so hold tight. The album as of today on Apple Music shows a delicious 15 total tracks on the album, plenty of music for us to devour as soon as it's available. Check out one of my favorite tracks from Tom in music video form below.

Tom Misch is an artist that I found through Jack Garratt several years back, when Tom released his amazing single 'Sunshine' in 2015, and followed it up with 2015's Beat Tapes 2, and 2016's 4-song Reverie EP. Fans of Vulfpeck, SG Lewis, Rex Orange County, and Nick Hakim should hop on the previous work from Tom. Honestly it is hard, and partially unfair to even compare Tom Misch's sound to anyone else's, as it is it's own blend of funk and jazz yet to be created at this level. This song, and artist, is one to definitely spend time exploring. Stay tuned for more from Tom, hopefully sooner than later.

Sonically Awkward is going through some renovations under the hood, and is being tailored to showcase you, the readers, as much as possible! Use the #SonicallyAwkward on Twitter and Instagram, and you can end up on the homepage! Stay tuned for this exciting change, coming soon. Still to come in the next week on SA - Mikey Mike Gallery, New Music Friday, and much more! A secret project is in the works as well.

This would be a great time to consider becoming a Contributor, or feel free to submit a track or two for us to devour. Remember to follow @SonicallyAwk on Twitter!


'Movie' - Tom Misch

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