Ladykiller – Maroon 5

18 Jul

The gang, y’all!

‘Baby, she’ll eat you alive, as soon as she smells your blood in the water,’ Levine sings cheekily over one of the highlights from Overexposed, Maroon 5’s foray into undeniably and (semi) hitherto uncharted pop waters. Look, I’m a proud owner of Maroon 5’s entire discography. B-sides, deluxe editions, live sets: I have them all. And their recent resurgence makes me nothing but happy. I love them. Anyway, as much as every review begins with ‘Maroon 5 have decided to sell their souls to the devils of popular music,’ a lot of this sounds a return to their classical pop/rock roots. Fortune Teller rip-roars through an undeniable hook, yes, but wouldn’t sound out of place on Songs About Jane. The album’s a delight and arrived perfectly in time for my vacation. Listen to Ladykiller below and the exciting sound of Fortune Teller after the jump:

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Stay Away – The Honorary Title

18 Jul

I think we’re all lying if we pretend we don’t get this in some way. We’ve all been seduced and ended up in a state of hyper wariness. I remind myself of this song to save my feelings from more destruction… Continue reading

Encore – Jay Z & Nicolas Jaar (Buzz-T remix)

17 Jul

Jaar-Z

This is . . . unexpectedly fantastic. Nicolas Jaar has been remixed with Jay Z’s encore and the results are pretty damn dynamic. There’s something here to please everyone’s taste as the remix cruises past unexpected curiosity to something kinda lush. L:isten and replay in the summer to seem cool in front of your friends; ‘I have this great remix you won’t have heard before . . .’:

I Will Build A Road – Martin Carr

16 Jul

And breeeeeeeeathe.

Yikes. This is great songwriting. Sometimes, you just need to really relax in the summer and Martin Carr more than delivers. These two songs were written for his daughter (collective aw) and the perfect blend of beauty balanced by a peaceful quiet. Listen, relax and enjoy the first song of his EP, Sailor after the jump. Links below:

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Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

14 Jul

Can a song be perfect? Find out why this one is and always will be after the jump. Continue reading

Every Time – Ameriie

13 Jul

(Her) 1 Thing

I’m finishing off this week with a song that’s been bopping around my iPod for a while but feels distinctly summery. It’s by Ameriie of ‘There’s just one thing that got me tripping, there’s just one thing that something something something’. It’ll be hard to top that song ever because it’s a-muhzing but this gives it a run for its money. Every Time is in the same vein as Estelle’s more downbeat tunes and is wistful, poppy and features a killer hook for uncool people (me) to feel involved. Check it out and enjoy your weekends! Let’s hope the sun stays out:

Ask – The Smiths

13 Jul

The Smiths are pretty much the greatest Britpop band of all time. If you haven’t bought their entire catalog and listened through completely, you really ought to (that seemed to be ramping up to something more than it did). Continue reading