We’re kicking off your mundane Tuesday with dreamy soundscapes and alluring vocals that are sure to get you into a rhythmic trance. This week’s list contains gems from Stromae, Now Now, The Sets Band, Drake and Erykah Badu.
Since the release of “Hotline Bling” by Drake back in July, there have been a number of renditions and (from noteworthy names including Sam Smith and Disclosure.) Now there’s a new addition to the list of covers – Erykah Badu’s sultry remix of the track – and boy, is it mighty fine.
We’ve been listening to “Peter Pan” by Singapore band, The Sets Band, a lot. Their debut EP titled “Basse” was released back in 2011 and the audio experience is overall pretty satisfactory. If you’re into blues rock coupled with folksy vocals, this album will be right up your alley. Other noteworthy tracks are “Peter Pan” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home”.
This hyped-up collaborative track was leaked earlier in the year. Just this week, OVO’s co-founder Oliver El-Khatib released a 2-minute version of “Can I” on OVO Sound Radio. The song finds Beyoncé looping “Can I? Baby” over rap verses by the 6 God, sparse claps and a guitar melody. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the full song will be on Drake’s upcoming new album, Views From The 6.
A hit that spread across European airwaves back in 2013, “Formidable” is a potent mix of heartbroken vocals that draw you into a whirlpool of sadness and longing. The song features some witty French wordplay, with Stromae himself wandering around the streets drunk in the video – the very image of a lovelorn guy.
“Wolf” is a track that’s big on its electronic instrumentation and pacing. Partially synthesized and highly atmospheric, the elements of this song are flawlessly melded together by the forlorn vocals. Perfect for the long evening drive home.