July 2016 Music Picks Pt. 1

Bastille “Good Grief”

Good news! UK alt-pop band Bastille, who broke through in 2013 with hits like “Pompeii” and “Flaws”, is back with a wistful yet upbeat 80s-influenced ‘summer anthem’ that was an instant ear-catcher for me. Singer Dan Smith describes “Good Grief” as a song about the ups and down of moving on after loss. The transcendental tune is accompanied by a surreal and slightly NSFW video that has caused a bit of chatter. The new album, “Wild World” is due out in September.

 

 

Coin “Talk Too Much”

The latest offering from Nashville quartet “Coin” is being called “infectious” and “insanely catchy” and I couldn’t agree more! I loved their 2015 song “Run” and this first taste of their upcoming new full-length album takes things up to the next level. “Talk Too Much” – about the inability to leave things unsaid (a problem many of us seem to have lately) — has been described by one reviewer as the “kind of single that deserves a stadium filled sing-along with its truly catchy hooks and effervescent guitar lines.” Don’t miss this one!

 

Glass Animals “Life Itself”

Two years on from their excellent debut album “Zaba”, Oxford’s psychedelic indie-pop band Glass Animals is back on the scene with a funky, percussion-driven song from their upcoming 2nd album “How To Be A Human Being”. An ode to the outsiders of society, “Life Itself” features a pop-retro groove and instantly familiar sounding chorus that will “slip and slide through your ears with ease”.

 

M83 feat. Mai-Lan “Go”

Catching up on a few tunes I’ve been enjoying this summer: “Go” is the 3rd (and best so far IMHO) single from French EDM band M83’s new (7th) album “Junk”, released in April. The moody electro-pop song features breathy guest vocals by French singer Mai Lan and a solo by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Described by some DJs as the “quintessential summer track”, the song begins with a “synth-dipped, R&B flavor and then surges into controlled mayhem with an infectious bass groove and a killer Vai ‘space’ solo that carries the song to its crescendo.”

 

Top 30 Russian Songs of 2016

Here’s something a little different….a look at the top hits on the Russian charts this year. Some pretty interesting stuff here. Several of these really had me wishing I could understand Russian!

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