Welcome back everyone! After taking a week off we are back to give you the best that Spotify's New Music Tuesday had to offer.
"Coffee" - Miguel ft. Wale
The Earhole staff has spoken ad nauseum about Frank Ocean. I personally see him as the next great R&B star. The only person who can stop his continued rise is himself.
Miguel is his closest competition. The two have different styles -- Frank is more abstract and story oriented, but Miguel is more concentrated and has a more powerful voice -- but each drew significant attention for their previous projects. Miguel's Kaleiscope Dream was a suprise hit in the magical 2012 music year. He builds on it here with "Coffee". He specializes in toeing the line between innocent and risqué, singing about the little things about a relationship. The chorus is catchy, his voice is powerful and strong, and lyrics like "It's the smell of your hair/And it's the way that we feel/I've never felt comfortable like this" continue to show his growing songwriting prowess. The song was on SoundCloud months ago, but now has a really fun Wale verse! Nice to see them collaborating again.
"River" - Leon Bridges
I wrote about Leon's music before, but since then he has gotten much bigger. He was the breakout act of South By Southwest and was featured in Rolling Stone and Billboard. And just before he realases Coming Home on 6/23 he leaves us "River".
Like most of his work, "River" is simple but powerful. Sparse guitar, a small choir and his voice are all he needs to convey his desire to be cared for, either by his woman or God. This album needs to come out quicker.
"Bang That" - Disclosure
Disclosure is one of the coolest EDM acts around. The success of Settle and hit single "Latch" made them demigods in the genre and launched the career of Grammy dominator Sam Smith. "Bang That" is the first release of their since that album. I think it's really good: Darren feels another way about it.
Listen, you're not appreciating dance music correctly if you don't appreciate a good drop. "Bang That"'s is money. The words are catchy, the low voice gives it a nice juxtaposition to the upbeat production, and it's instantly danceable. It reminds me a lot of "When A Fire Starts To Burn". It'll be interesting to see how the duo's sound changes on their new material, but I think "Bang That" is a step in the right direction.
"Disciples" - Tame Impala
PORTER'S PICK OF THE WEEK:"Here" - Alessia Cara
I almost didn't put this into the rotation this week: it was so stacked this week that "Here" almost got the boot. After spinning it again, and then again, and again, and maybe 10 more times after that, I decided to name this my pick of the week.
I am far from introverted, but we've all been at parties we didn't wanna fuckin go to. Eighteen year-old (!!!) Alessia Cara's "Here" embodies thi contempt. Her sultry voice flows seamlessly over the prodding beat. She goes on vocal runs filled with the mundane details of this shitty party. Like a mix between Tove Lo and Courtney Barnett, Cara's jam is dark, funny, and real while also being undeniably catchy. I'm incredibly impressed by her songwriting, encompassing everyone's feeling about an awful party:
but honestly I'd rather be
Somewhere with my people, we can kick it and just listen to
Some music with a message, like we usually do
And we'll discuss our big dreams, how we plan, to take over the planet.
With "Here" I present the anti-club banger of the year.