While folk singers normally give me the heebie-jeebies—all those feelings!—this one got through my defenses.
I write this weekly column to free you from the shackles of mainstream radio. Please check out the link below to my own curated Spotify station called “Five for Friday,” in which I put all of these jams and several more. Each and every Friday, you can be on the cutting edge of the new music world. Get into it!
Tritonal: “Waiting 4 U” | Tritonal is the brainchild of DJs Chad Cisneros and David Reed. Their music is classic electro house with dancing melodies and gorgeous female vocals. Play this song on your way to work after an all-night bender; it will serve as a nice comedown.
Keaton Henson: “Alright” | Keaton Henson is a folk singer hailing from London. While folk singers normally give me the heebie-jeebies—all those feelings!—this one got through my defenses. The vocals are extremely genuine and the rhythm of the song is quite entrancing. This track can serve as musical Xanax; it will make you feel alright.
Aaron Lewis: “Sunday Every Saturday Night” | Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis has released his second country album, Sinner. Let that sink in for a moment. I am quite befuddled by this fact. Nevertheless, this slow burner should invent a new country phenomenon: country line drinking. Belly up to the bar, grab a Natty Light, and swing it high as you sing along with this classic country song. (Lewis plays St. Louis at The Pageant on November 12.)
Jakübi: “Nobody Better” | Jakübi’s track “Nobody Better” is a fantastic fusion of groove and R&B. The sound picks up where Jamiroquai left off, and infuses tones of John Legend for good measure. The vocals are as smooth as malt liquor and the vibe makes me want to do sexy things. Get infected with their groove as they make their way to St. Louis to play the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill on October 8.
Young Guns: “Paranoid” | From their fourth album, Echoes, Young Guns kick out a hard-rocking anthem with “Paranoid.” It’s been a hot second since I have heard this kind of alt-rock precision, but I am glad Young Guns are continuing the tradition. Crunchy guitars, super clean vocals, and a nice selection of instrumentation make this track shine. Who knew nice English lads from High Wycombe could rock this hard?
If you want to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Five for Friday playlist on Spotify: 40 songs from artists you need to know—updated weekly! | Jim Ryan
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