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Monday, August 10, 2015

Top 20 Songs of July 2015

Every month I comb through all the new releases and personally select the top 20 best songs released that month. Then I lovingly craft them into a play list for your--yes YOU--listening pleasure. It's like a mixtape of the month club, but via the interwebz. Follow my Best New Music of 2015 playlist on Spotify, for all the updates and rad new tunes.

Life is short for me, and for you, so rather than wasting your time with my musical pontification, I thought we'd try a TLDR version of this month's top tunes. What do you think?

    'So Good' - Beat Connection : If you were looking for a summer party jam, look no further. This really is so good.
    'Holding On' - Julio Bashmore featuring Sam Dew : Old school disco samples at a new school BPM with distinctive falsetto vocals that ring like a bell.
    'Weathered' - Jack Garratt : Though provoking lyrics, epic use of the crescendo, and intriguing use of electro beats.
    'Gone' - Jr. Jr. : Artists formerly know as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. venture into folktronica. Whistle along to the drop.
    'Amadeus' - Family and Friends : Hand clapping, foot stomping, finger picking good tune that appropriately ends with gang shouts and violin.
    'My Church' - Maren Morris : Strong gospel country voice worships Johnny Cash instead of Jesus. Praise be to dirty organ sounds.
    '24 Frames' - Jason Isbell : Jason Isbell finds a new voice sans The 400 Unit or Drive-By Truckers, burns with sage emotion and guitar solos.
    'Phone In A Pool' - Ben Folds : Ben Folds uses signature tongue-in-cheek, rambling story telling to tackle the topic of being an old rocker.
    'Dead Weight' - Mimicking Birds : Dark and increasingly complex layers echo and spin on for a full six minutes while maintaining constant awesomeness.
    'In Motion' - The Lighthouse and The Whaler : Surf punk vocals over alt rock riffs tinged in shoegaze sparkles somehow really works.
    'Fell You' - Julia Holter : Goddess of Baroque pop is back with a song about Mexico City featuring harpsichords. ***SQUEEL***
    'Jonah' - Kaya Stewart : 15 year-old daughter of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart bursts with raw vocals and stripped down production.
    'Seventeen' - Sjowgren : Beautiful and honest female harmonies over driving fuzzed out guitars from the Bay Area. Sure to blow up soon.
    'Desire' - Dilly Dally : 90s female-fronted grunge reincarnated. Overdue successor to Garbage/The Breeders/Hole torch of badassery.
    'Pretty Pimpin' - Kurt Vile : Kurt Vile borrows a page of out Mac Demarco/Lou Reed's book and get a little less country and a little more psychotic bard.
    'Mountain At My Gates' - Foals : Award winning UK rockers are intent on slaying it with their fourth studio full-length.
    'Come Down' - Wavves and Cloud Nothings : Wet dream of a post-punk collab finally comes to glorious fruition after much internet rumors. Act like you don't care about anything, but you secretly really care about this.
    'We Made It' - Born Ruffians : Now over a decade old, but these Canadians still go big with little to no fi.
    'Closure' - Jill Scott : She's back and badder than ever! Pure sass with your morning after breakfast (or lack there of). If she did a song with Leon Bridges, I might just die.
    'In The Wind' - Statik Selektah featuring Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T. & Chauncy Sherod : OG style, laid back, smart rap from a former radio DJ with an up-and-coming cast of supporters.


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