In recent years I’ve become really particular about who I devote a lot of emotional energy to because I’ve had to learn the hard way that a lot of times people aren’t interested in friendship being a two-way thing. I’m very fortunate that I can use today’s pick to describe the majority of the loved ones in my life that are closest to me. “Call If You Need Me” from electronic duo Galantis’ debut full-length Pharmacy accurately demonstrates the kind of encouragement and support that I find my best friend giving me almost on a daily basis. It’s hard to reprogram yourself after years of allowing your self-doubt to be your reality, but when you’ve got the right support system cheering you along every step of the way, it certainly makes you want to work harder to reflect what they see in you. It’s also a priceless thing to have someone who will make time for you when you’ve found yourself in the midst of a meltdown, regardless of how well founded it is or not.
It’s been a little over 3 years since I was fortunate enough to catch London songwriter Oscar Scheller at Baby’s All Right. He was just celebrating the release of his debut full-length, Cut & Paste, which featured cuts like, “Daffodil Days”, “Sometimes”, and “Breaking My Phone”, which I still reach for to this day. He’s been gradually rolling out singles over the course of the past year and from the looks of it my dude has been doing hella networking when he’s not crafting really fun future-forward pop productions. I’m struggling to think of a single UK artist that I’ve come in contact with in recent memory who *isn’t* a mutual follow of Oscar’s on Instagram. His first track back on the scene was with Sarah from Kero Kero Bonito, which got a solid remix from the Husky hunnies. It’s been more of the same since. It seems like the sky’s the limit in terms of who he could be working with next and this is no exaggeration.
His latest single, “1%”, is a collaboration with none other than Sheezus herself. The song is a call and response between the two who are trying to settle a dispute of a romantic nature via text, with the catch here being that Oscar’s phone is about to die because the battery is at 1%. As a person who gets stressed out when people post screenshots with the battery % in the 30s, I can only imagine the level of urgency of trying to diffuse a disagreement as that low battery sound (shudder) chimes in. Also the casual mention of the notorious "read receipt”, that depending on the situation can be a blessing or a curse, furthers the snapshot of anxiety involved with having a fight over text.
The track comes from his forthcoming sophomore full-length, HTTP404, which is slated for release on September 6th. The album further showcases his networking abilities as it includes a slew of stellar features, just have a glance at the tracklisting below and you’ll see what I mean.
If you’re fortunate enough to be on the other side of the pond, please live your best life and get to Omeara on Friday (7/12). The homey has a lineup of friends coming to perform with him so it’s sure to be a great night of music.
Initially I had something really dancey and fun for this, but in the last second I decided not to sell myself short or pass on an opportunity to go for a bit more depth. If you know me, especially IRL, you’ll know that I’m constantly curious and doing my best to live in a constant state of gratitude.
When I first got into The Streets in college, I didn’t anticipate the longstanding impact that Mike Skinner would leave on my life. I’ve always loved how approachable he is in terms of his songwriting. You don’t have to spend a ton of time attempting to read between the lines to determine the breadth of his expression. It’s in his level of directness that connecting to any of his songs always feels like connecting with a close friend that you haven’t caught up with in a minute.
The title track off his 2008 album, Everything Is Borrowed, feels a lot like the inside of my brain the majority of the time: I’m observing how quickly things are constantly changing around me, I’m questioning the intention behind everything that comes into my line of sight, and I’m always trying to remind myself that regardless of what happens that as long as I’m coming from a place rooted in love that it’s cool when things come and go. I think that sort of grounding allows the rest of my personality and all of its fun quirks to shine through.
My most favorite find in recent memory, Sydney’s Timi Temple has returned with another spunky single. “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” is Timi’s response to being pressured by his family to get a “real job”. Gonna be honest, I’m not surprised that the same fellow who I came to know through his single, “2PM For Breakfast”, wherein he pokes fun at his friends who have to get up to go to work every day while he blissfully sleeps in did not take too kindly with the bombardment of questions he received at a family dinner turned intervention. “You can imagine the crushing anxiety that came with it,” he shares, “A line resonated with me after I had left frustrated from dinner... It was, ‘you’re not just a kid anymore’. This ended up being the first line of the chorus."
As he’s continued to carve out his signature sound, I continue to be impressed with how polished his songs are with how somewhat fresh out of the gate he is. He’s got that timeless alt-indie rock sound down pat, where it’s clear he’s been influenced by some legendary acts, but it also feels like he’s been around cranking out hits for at least like 15 years and having a fucking blast the whole time.
For the record, I’m having so much fun from this side of the planet to see some wonderful opportunities pop up for my the Sydney sweetie. Someone’s been getting some airplay for “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” on triple j’s ‘Home and Hosed’ show. FBi radio also said some super wonderful things about the track on their Under The Bridge show. Very fucking polite! Much deserved on this one for sure.
Fun side note: also had a glance at the top 5 cities where folks are checking him out on Spotify…NYC fam you makin’ me real proud over here. KEEP 👏🏻 IT 👏🏻UP 👏🏻.
I kind of struggled a bit with this one only because I, of course, got really in my head about making sure it was SUPER PERFECT to the prompt. These were my thoughts as I went about selecting a song for this:
“Do enough of my friends even know this song? I’m pretty sure the right ones do. Wait, what does that even mean? lol”
"Well wait what about this one? No that one lyric would throw off the whole narrative I’m sure. Do other people think this hard when they send songs to other people?”
”Okay wow yeah I don’t think any of my friends look at me that way. Also why do *I* look at me that way? Gonna have to come back to that later, sheesh!"
”Wait does everyone just default at literally any Beck song being their go-to for me? What if they all just would pick ‘Loser’!?!?!'“
Yeah DEF did the Kibbe thing and made myself a little crazy for a sec, but I eventually landed on “Fembot” from Robyn’s 2010 album Bodytalk. Given my love for robots to the point that I’m borderline annoying about it and my tendency to talk about all of my feels a lot, it feels like a solid choice. Also the song is flirty in a nerdy sort of way. Lots of tech references that could (and probably do) have sexual connotations to them. I have about a billion runner ups to this, but for now I’m sticking with this one.
Montreal duo Neon Valley have returned with a followup to their previous single, “The Look In Your Eyes”, which was my personal gateway drug to the funk infused synth-pop. This new single, “Dancin’” sounds like it could be a distant younger cousin of something on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. It’s got that like not quite completely Los Angeles 70s disco but enough of a nostalgic vibe that I would sooner get them to open for Chromeo than I would someone like Yung Bae who’s going full future funk. Either way, I fully intend on keeping tabs on these guys. Always looking for more ways to get funky.
The opposite of my most painful memories, the places when I felt the least like myself, are back when I effortlessly floated about life feeling the most like myself as a teenager growing up in central Florida. It’s funny because when I was growing up in Orlando I always knew I wanted to end up in New York City, but even now 13 years into living here I still savor every second of the quirky scene kid I was back then. Back before going to school to study music business. Back before learning how deeply corrupted the industry was. I was just some bright eyed kid making Geocities pages ranting about the Central Florida music scene (sound familiar?), driving all over the state trying to see bands for as many dates as she could afford, and secretly going to Kinkos to make more flyers for shows she was planning on attending to distribute on her side of Orlando without telling either the bands or promoters involved.
I’ve discussed at great length how much I’ve treasured Lakeland legends Copeland glow-up as we’ve collectively grown into full-blown adults. I will always be mentally transported back into the 16 year old version of myself when “Coffee” from their 2003 debut album Beneath Medicine Tree hits my ears. Strutting around downtown Orlando to go to a show like I owned the place, rocking out, and then hitting up a Denny’s/Steak n Shake/IHOP afterwards with a bunch of friends. The sheer joy of communing with people who are delighted to support musicians at any and all levels. I remember folks wearing merch they had just bought (myself included) to the after show hang because the clothes they wore to the show were soaked in sweat from being packed in the smaller venues. I treasure those memories a lot and the way this song always stirs up the residual feelings from said memories.
oooo this summer just keeps getting steamier by the minute y’all!
Melbourne indie rockers Miami Horror have returned after a two year break with a new track, “Restless” along with an accompanying music video. The guys are trying on this like sultry lo-fi 70s vibe and if someone would be so kind as to point me where to get my hair feathered and pick up my shorty shorts so I can just live in this moment for as long as I can hold onto it that would be greeeaaatttt, mkay?
The music video for the song fits well with the 70s vibe as we follow along with some folks from all walks of life coming together in an attempt to learn to play tennis. Obviously there’s some crushing going on between a pair of students that gradually intensifies because this song is def about to be the soundtrack to future makeouts far and wide.
No word on if this is a set up to a full-length or a follow up EP to The Shapes, which has me feeling a little…..restless (sorry), but I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from Miami Horror this summer which pleases me greatly.