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.

TOTD #24: Guru Ant – Title Theme

Yes, this track is exactly what you think it is- PaRappa the Rapper mashed up with Animal Crossing’s title theme. Guru Ant’s Soundcloud is full of PaRappa the Rapper mash ups. I’m not complaining, nor am I telling you that this is revolutionary, or even good, but I do want to bring this to your attention because it’s weird as hell.

TOTD #23: Xelaruus – Runnin’

Check out this jangly, jangly track. Seriously, do it. It’s pretty fun and jangly guitars aren’t the only thing that’s good about it. I guess you want me to talk about what else is good about it? Fine, I’m getting back into all of this so give me a break.  Xela’s voice has a folky quality which is able to hold a tune, two qualities which often appear to be mutually exclusive. Whilst the shift from verse to chorus can feel slightly jarring, it provides a variety which sets the song apart from so many in the genre.