Five for Friday | 12.09.16

This track is an excellent example of nu-disco with campy synthesizers, sublime vocals, and a healthy dose of funk.

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

No Wyld: “Analogue” | The last place I would expect top-notch hip-hop to come from is New Zealand, but here comes No Wyld. The flow on this track is hypnotic and the beats are on point. These guys should do a mash-up with Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords; that would be dope.

Guttermouth: “The Point” | Guttermouth is a punk band hailing from Southern California; that alone is enough to earn my love and respect. This track is everything I love about the genre: Fast and furious energy, total punk rock attitude, and those blazing guitars make my mosh pit heart swoon.

Justice: “Fire” | Justice is a French house music duo who introduced me to a new genre: nu-disco. This track is an excellent example of that genre with campy synthesizers, sublime vocals, and a healthy dose of funk. Cut to me doing the Bump in a French discotheque to this song. Break out your platform shoes and metallic beret. Disco is back, baby!

Western Education: “Different Animals” | Here goes Western Education teaching me about another genre unbeknownst to me, alternative dance punk. Hailing from Massachusetts, the band grew up on a diet of The Killers, The Strokes, and Franz Ferdinand. Inviting vocals, soaring guitars, and more musical twist and turns than I can count makes this track a standout on their album, Restless Dreams.

The Youngest: “Built to Last” | There is a sense of ease in The Youngest’s “Built to Last.” Perhaps it is the groovy, ’70s rhythm section, but I think it is Andrew Taetz’s super smooth and delightful vocals. Whatever the cause, the end result is a super fun track full of sunshine daydreams and good vibrations.

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: https://open.spotify.com/user/12252200/playlist/0HyXFL4W3Fs9qnRh7PBRzm

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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