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Surrender the Spirit – YNHID (You Never Held It Down)
Googling “Surrender the Spirit” will bring up a whole lot of crap about yoga and constellations. However, it doesn’t take much digging to find the New York based band by the same name, whose indie pop sound reminds me an old favorite, Stars. The song “YNHID” charges up a generally mellow sound with upbeat hand claps and pulsing bass lines, sounding perfectly “Californian” coming from a band based in a city currently frozen in icy rain.
FMLYBND – Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
While getting through ridiculous amounts of work either at school or in the office, I have a strange habit of playing Maxence Cyrin’s cover of “Where Is My Mind” on repeat, for hours. For those of you who love the song but are looking for something a little more energized, check out FMLYBND’s wonderful remake, which encapsulates the original’s emotion but in a modern context.
Marian Hill – Got It (Kill Them With Colour Remix)
I’ve already expressed my excitement for true up-and-comers Marian Hill, formed by singer Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd. They give me serious Sylvan Esso vibes but with their own minimalist sound. This Kill Them With Colour Remix is picking up speed online, populating the original track with additional synthetic elements for a more atmospheric feel.
Rae Sremmurd – Throw Sum Mo (ft. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug)
I know I should focus on Rae Sremmurd here, but The Pink Print is coming out next week and all I can think about is Nicki Minaj. That being said, she slays it on this new track, as she always does when being featured. The song speaks for itself – enjoy.
Romare – Pusherman
British producer Romare makes music that carries a hazy swagger full of ethnic-sounding samples and percussion. If a certain substance with a calming effect is your bag of chips, he’s the guy for you. Check out his latest, “Pusherman.”