WISHES AND LUCK – COOL CALM PETE

The first time I listened to Cool Calm Pete he was providing the vocals on Morcheeba’s single “One Love Karma.”  I was a young teen and instantly hypnotized; I’d never heard such a master of slow flow before. It was like he was meditating on the meaning of every word, drawing out his rhymes to give them just the right weight. Years later, I’m still a big fan of the Korean American rapper (Pete was born in Seoul, but raised in New York City). “Wishes and Luck” has a down-to-earth, back-to-basics kind of feel. It’s essentially a track within a track, switching tempo and everything midway through. (Two for the price of one? Hello!) If you like hip hop, Cool Calm Pete is an essential addition to your discography.

HOW WE CHILL – ARTENVIEFALT

Any song that samples 93 ‘Til Infinity by Souls of Mischief (my all-time favourite hip hop single) automatically vaults itself to the top of my iTunes chart. The fact that “How We Chill” by European duo Artenviefalt just happens to be one super slick deep house tune only makes this track that much sweeter. I feel like I’m really going to need to work on improving my musical vocabulary when it comes to posting, though. It seems so inadequate to simply state the obvious each time I add a song to the blog (mainly, “I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG”). That being said, I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG.

ALL THESE THINGS – MMOTHS

I don’t usually have crushes on younger guys, but Jack Colleran might just be in the process of nixing that. “All These Things” is a single off his 2013 EP Diaries…and man, I can’t get enough of it. Holly Miranda lends some really chill vocals and Jack, well, Jack is just his usual brilliant self. How can a 22-year-old produce such a mature sound?! He has so much control, it confounds me. Mmoths is a pure joy to listen to.

EMBODY – SEBASTIAN

I wish I could claim this single for my own, but I heard it watching a Lacoste commercial on TV. I hate commercials, but once in a blue moon they actually have cool music. Case in point: “Embody” by SebastiAn is a real winner. This punchy dance tune from the 33-year-old Frenchman makes me want to strike an immediate pose. I’m also a huge fan of the distorted vocals and synth work.

DONTCHA – THE INTERNET

I forget exactly how I wound up finding the Internet on the Internet, but I’m really happy I did. It’s been a long time since I’ve found a frontman so captivating. Doesn’t Syd the Kyd just radiate cool? Look at her jamming to the beat! And that crisp white tee? Classic. I could watch her groove for days. But enough about my new girl crush! Hailing from Los Angeles, the Internet plays by a medley of soul, funk, hip hop and electronic tunes. I love how “Dontcha” is so subtly sexy. Like a plain white tee, it never gets old.