Five for Friday | 12.02.16

Danny McCook’s vocals are fresh and flirty, and his music fills me with glee.


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. Updated every Friday, you can be on the cutting edge of the new music world. Get into it.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: “What I Need” | Rateliff’s tenor vocals are so engaging, they fill my head with sexy thoughts. The slow-jam blues vibe of this track makes me want to make pour an ounce of Marker’s Mark, give my lover a come-hither glance, and get lost in his eyes as we slow dance in the living room.

Highly Suspect: “My Name Is Human” | Lead singer Johnny Stevens completely slays me with his vocals. No matter if he is rapping, singing, or dropping an alien-like chorus, I am utterly and totally entranced by his voice. The dark rhythm section is equally bewitching, but Stevens’ vocals made me a Suspect fan from the jump. The Boy Who Died Wolf will be making an appearance on my Top 10 Albums of the Year list; the whole album is spectacular.

Miranda Lambert: “We Should Be Friends” | From her double album The Weight of These Wings, Lambert showcases her brilliant songwriting skills on this track. This is one of the many reasons I adore Lambert: She’s not just a performer, but also a great writer. I would love to lock her and Brandy Clark in a room to see what they would create. This track makes me not hate humanity as much as I have of late. Well played, Miranda.

Halestorm: “Mistress For Christmas” | Lzzy Hale is one of those singers I would follow into the pits of hell. She has enough snarl in her voice to give this AC/DC Christmas tune a kick in the ass. Screw Rudolph; this is what will be blasting out my car windows this holiday season.

Saint Mesa: “Imagination” | I am fairly certain Danny McCook orchestrated all the songs on his EP, Jungle, all by himself. His vocals are fresh and flirty, and his music fills me with glee. Get your groove on with his hooky synths and enchanting vocals. Just remember: You heard him here first.

If you would like to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Spotify playlist, “Five for Friday.” Updated weekly, 40 songs from artists that you need to know:

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