Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Best Songs of 2014: #15-14


#15. "Club Goin' Up On A Tuesday" - iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake

 It's every 25 year-old underground artist's dream to unexpectedly win a free verse from Drake on your debut single. The Atlantan artist woke up to some life changing news, when he learned that Drizzy Drake himself had caught wind of his sleepy summertime single, tossed in a free verse and officially re-released the track as a single, after an overnight tour bus recording sesh. Hitting an octave higher than normal, Drake sings over the quiet chug of the autotuned party track before Makonnen's lethargic croon kicks back in - officially making Tuesday the best-sounding night of the week. Read the amusing full story of iLoveMakonnen's dream-come-true here.




#14. "Queen" - Perfume Genius

After a few years of hearing the name Perfume Genius float around, it was this song that was my first introduction to Mike Hadreas' lustrous and honest confessionals - often ones that are riddled with brave tales of his experiences in the gay community. The second I heard Hadreas' handsome voice and the anthemic growl of the guitar on Too Bright's dazzling first single, I knew I was in for something else. Thumping forward with patterned psychedelic guitar and keyboard riffs, "Queen" is wholeheartedly anchored by Hadreas' general fearlessness in the face of "gay panic." With tongue-in-cheek lines like "No family is safe, when I sashay," it's clear the 32 year-old Seattle artist will have the last laugh with this smashing single.


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