My song of the week is Swimming Pool by Freezepop.
Swimming Pool is quite a long song (6:56), but it’s also an incredibly beautiful song. It’s synthesizer paradise that’s divided into two parts. The first part has a intro that’s (1:30ish) minutes long, which sets the tone that continues to swell throughout the verse until the second part – where the real magic happens. The second half is why I love this song, it’s striped down and simple until the kick comes in. A lovely juxtaposition of the first half.
The lyrics are charmingly sweet, just a song about jumping into a pool with your loved one and being in the moment.
Favorite Lyric: “Everything is perfect now.”
My song of the week (on a Wednesday, sorry) is Make You Feel by Alina Baraz & Galimantias
Make You Feel is an incredibly sensual song. It’s captivating in that effortless, “I just woke up like this,” kind of way. I know there’s a lot of beautiful down-tempo electronic songs with female vocals out there, but the song is different from the norm in it’s simplicity. The artists didn’t build up, rather they built down. The magic of this song is in the chorus where they manipulate the vocals to be part of the instrumentation.
I love this song. I want to dance to it. I want to have sex to it. Something about this song makes me feel powerful and sexy.
Favorite lyric: “Breathe me in, taste my words, let me blow your mind. I’ll take you far, far away, I’ll make you feel alright.”
My song of the week is Got It by Marian Hill.
I can’t get enough of Marian Hill this week. Until last Friday the only song of hers that I was familiar with was One Time. So while doing DJ research I decided to buy the album and my only regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner. The whole album is amazing! It’s sexy, but not in a predictable way, and she plays with electronica in a way that I’ve never really heard before.
Got It is an example of how she combines the sexy and playful in a perfect cocktail. It was difficult to choose one song off the album, but decided to go with Got It because it really stood out to me the first time I played the album through.
Favorite lyric: “You think it’s love, but you think too much.”
My song of the week is Cruel featuring Julie Thompson by PYRAMID (SKisM Remix).
I’ve been rocking out to this song for the past week, especially when hoop dancing. The song is both dramatic and melodic, which allows for a lot of fun. It follows the typical dubstep remix formula, but it’s done incredibly well.
I’ve found that remix artists often fall into one of two categories:
- They have WAY too much going on, and unless your one of those slam dancers there’s not really much to grab onto. The song is pure chaos, which I’m sure is sometimes the goal – it’s just not my cup of tea.
- I can hear what they’re attempting whether it’s a club, liquid, or house remix. But there’s just something off. Usually this is because they aren’t timing the pauses, drops, and kicks quite right. So the song sounds sloppy.
I’m very picky about what makes a good remix, and this one made my admittedly short list.
Cruel has the perfect balance of the original track and SKisM’s vision that allows the listener or dancer to feel the waves of the song. To really get into it and express themselves. I love hoop dancing to this song and I’m certain I would love blues/fusion dancing to it as well.
Favorite Lyric: “I ain’t gonna move to your melody.”
My song of the week is Two Weeks by FKA twigs.
This song is dirty, the lyrics are explicitly about desiring sex, and how she’s so good that he’ll forget all about his lover, presumably his girlfriend.
What makes this song interesting is the unconventional melody, meaning that sometimes there isn’t really much of one. During the verses, there’s a part where she sings only one note in quick, sharp staccatos that lead into a breathy high note. There’s no doubt that she was aiming to sound orgasmic – and she succeeded.
The orchestration is made of heavy synthesizers and a strong kick in the percussion, matching the sexiness of the lyrics and vocal styling.
The music video is … odd. I’m not really sure of what to make of it, though my favorite part is when she starts pouring gold dust on one of her subjects for no apparent reason.
Favorite lyric: “Flying like a stream of thunder, only way to do each other (High), Pull out the insides and give me two weeks, you won’t recognize her.”
My song of the week is Hypnotic by Vanic X Zella Day.
The opening of this song is seductive. Normally when I think of snaps my mind goes straight to West Side Story or poetry and bongos, but these snaps, these are some sexy snaps. The song weaves a sultry chillstep background with uptempo electronic music perfectly. Coupled with the beautiful and slightly sassy vocal styling, it makes for a very satisfying music experience.
In terms of placement in a fusion set, this is the sort of song I look for to transition out of pretty ballad land into upbeat boogie time.
Favorite lyric: “Talking like a headstrong Mama.”