Track of the Day #31: Kendrick Lamar – ‘LOYALTY.’

I suppose as I covered the ELEMENT. video, I may as well cover LOYALTY. too. Many fans consider Kendrick’s LOYALTY. to be one of DAMN.‘s weaker tracks. However, I’ve always found this track to be a welcome relief from heavier tracks on DAMN. In many ways the video for this track is relief from the other, metaphor heavy videos which have accompanied ‘ELEMENT.’ and ‘DNA.’ Rihanna’s inclusion on this track and the allusions to Skyscraper Girl make the video feel more accessible.n This hit will hang around for a while.

Track of the Day #30: Kendrick Lamar – ‘ELEMENT.’

This is one of the best tracks from an album that will be near the top of every Album of the Year list come December. This song is all about the James Blake produced beat, the piano hook switches the beat away from the steady and determined flow of the verses. This chilled piano hook contrasts the violent, erotic imagery of the lyrics, creating one of the most interesting moments on DAMN.

Track of the Day #29: HAIM – ‘Want You Back’

Haim’s 2013 debut Days Gone is one of the most solid pop albums of the last decade. The lead-up singles to their follow their effort, Something to Tell You,  show a return to the familiar, warm, poppy sounds of the debut. ‘Want You Back’ is the track of the day today following the release of the video which shows the loosely choreographed Haim sisters walking down the road with ‘Want You Back providing the soundtrack. This video sums HAIM’s brand of pop, simple and effortlessly cool. Roll on July 7th.

TOTD #26: Bent – ‘Mattress Springs’

The plucky bass finds itself in a love/hate relationship with the abrasive twanging lead guitar. However, this is a lovers’ tiff in comparison to the haunting and overpowering lead vocals. There is a familiarity in this song which is offset by the unique tonality of Bent as a whole. Check out their new ‘Mattress Springs EP’. There’s a lot of potential in this band from Down Under.

TOTD #25: Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’

C’mon, it wasn’t going to be any other track was it? I know it came out on Thursday night in the USA but it was Friday morning here so it’s this Friday’s track of the day. This isn’t the most complex Kendrick track, the beat it skeletal, the hook is sparse, but it’s just enough to give us a Kendrick fix until April 7th when his album drops. This track doesn’t have the politicism of To Pimp A Butterfly or the overt hard hitting disses of the Heart Pt. IV, instead the track shows a master at play and everyone else is just catching up.