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[SONG OF THE DAY] Husky Loops - "I Think You're Wonderful"
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The Husky hunnies have returned with a new track from their highly anticipated debut full-length I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH, which is now out on September 6th. “I Think You’re Wonderful” is an uplifting track about universal love, which could not come at a more appropriate time in the world’s current state. As singer Danio Forni mused, “I want people to listen to this one and feel encouraged to tell someone they care about that they’re wonderful.[…] Human beings are hard-wired to notice and remember negative news and events, but we need to have hope, we have to fight to stay happy and sane.”

What a lovely bunch of fellas, let me tell you. With an equally lovely song I might add. In the same way that with their previous single, “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me”, the trio has leveraged a catchy ass hook on repeat for the chorus, only this time instead of showcasing anxiety, you just find yourself so overwhelmed with joy. Every time I’ve played this song thus far I have thought of someone new that I want to send this song to so they know how much I care. Not too many songs can evoke that as effortlessly as Husky Loops has on this one.

In addition to the new track, I am happy to report that the band has also announced that they will be hitting the road in support of I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH starting with an album release party on August 15th at Rye Wax in London before hitting the road for most of October.

Also spoiler alert: yours truly has been blessed and has had a chance to give I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH a few spins and I have nothing but wonderful things to say, which I will share through closer to the release date. In the meantime, trust yer girl that you are gonna wanna pre-order this one.

OCTOBER
09 - Manchester, Jimmy’s
10 - Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
11 - Glasgow, Blue Arrow
12 - Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
16 - London, Bermondsey Social Club
17 - London, Bermondsey Social Club
19 - Southampton, Joiners
23 - Hamburg, Moloto
24 - Berlin, Maze Club
26 - Rotterdam, Rotown
27 - Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 - Paris, Supersonic
30 - Zurich, Kater

[SONG OF THE DAY] Oscar Scheller - "1% (feat. Lily Allen)"
image lovingly lifted from    Oscar Scheller’s Instagram

image lovingly lifted from Oscar Scheller’s Instagram

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.

HTTP404

release date: September 6, 2019

Tracklist:

1. 1UP (f. Sarah Bonito)
2. Picture Perfect (f. Haveloc)
3. Interstellar Disco (f. PAWWS)
4. 1% (f. Lily Allen)
5. Confidence (f. Ashnikko)
6. Estate of Mind (f. Jevon & Miraa May)
7. Runaway
8. Go
9. Happy Meal (f. Mathilda Homer)
10. Tidal Waves" (f. Vera Hotsauc)
11. Young (f. Tyrer)

[SONG OF THE DAY] Timi Temple - "Tomorrow Is Yesterday"
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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 👏🏻.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Neon Valley - "Dancin'"
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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.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Miami Horror - "Restless"
photo credit: Leo Volcy

photo credit: Leo Volcy

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.

[#SKOA30] Day 12: A Song That Brings Up Painful Memories
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5 years ago I got out of a relationship that had almost completely hollowed me out as a person. As I do with everything and everyone I love, I had really poured as much of myself as possible into that relationship . In return I would come to realize that I had been emotionally abused and gaslit into such a state that I could barely recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror. I think one of the hardest parts of recovering from that relationship was watching my ex happily run off with the woman he had started a relationship with before ours ended with seemingly little to no recourse for the way he hurt me. He even reached out a handful of times thinking that at some point we would be able to be friends. I remember being in the thick of it in therapy, working to uncover how much emotional abuse I had endured during that relationship when mAsis’ “Virginia Wolf” came into my life. I had finally come to understand how little I had actually been respected and how much I had been manipulated in my relationship. As tiny emotional triggers would surface during my day to day activities, most were fairly easy to recognize and work past. The ones where I would essentially just shut down amidst the de-programming process, I would hear the almost whimper/wail-like hook from this song, “please let me go”. The whole song really encapsulated exactly how I was feeling at the time if I’m being honest. I was so desperate to get past all the harm that he’d done, but unfortunately I’ve come to learn that healing/personal growth isn’t always linear. It’s certainly been a process and I’d like to say all the work is done, but every now and then something small will occasionally come up that I’m forced to examine.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Cobrayama x Gibbz - "I Don't Want To Live Without You"
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Feeling nuttin’ but love for my borough right now! Nice to see some locals cranking out some quality jams and the latest from Brooklyn producer Cobrayama with the help of crooner extraordinaire Gibbz on vocals is just so smoooove I’m convinced you won’t want to live without, “I Don’t Want To Live Without You” for another second. This is the followup single from their upcoming collaborative full-length after sharing “Letting You Go” as the first taste of the project. The effects on Gibbz’ vocals is a bit of a departure from what I’ve grown to become accustomed to with him. If their intention was for Gibbz *casuals* to go back and memorize his vocal range before returning back to this project…..IT’S WORKING.

More on a release date, etc. as I come across it. For now, enjoy the smoove groove.

[#SKOA30] Day 11: A Song That Makes Your Heart Race
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I was really surprised when I saw that someone on Twitter who posted their pick for this already said that they weren’t sure how to interpret this prompt because most of the time when I’m listening to music my body has some sort of response to whatever I’m listening to.

The second I decided this was going to be a prompt I already knew what song I was going to pick because I live for the way my ears perk up and my heart subsequently races every time I hear this one super fun detail in “S4” off of defunct British experimental indie rock outfit Breton’s sophomore album War Room Stories.

I NEED YOU TO SETTLE DOWN AND LISTEN CLOSELY TO THIS ONE OKAY. THIS IS LITERALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN THE WORLD.

Ever the band to push their limits, the fellas decided that for this track that they were going to make some recordings to sample and slice…..literally. The samples incorporated in this song include the sound of deadbolts being locked and random knives being gently scraped against pavement. It’s one of those things that doesn’t really sink in that it’s what you’re hearing until someone points it out, and then it makes you SO EXCITED to notice every single time after that.

i’m definitely one of those people who lives to hear random details like a vocalist trying to catch their breath while they’re singing, being able to hear someone sliding their fingers up some guitar strings, etc. so this kind of really cool detail makes my heart race every time I hear it. It’s Obviously one of the many reasons why Breton has a special place in my heart.