This month’s mixtape has fewer tracks, but just as much diversity as the October’s edition. Acts like A-Trak and Calvin Harris (+ Ellie Goulding, of course) brought plenty of danceable beats on originals, while Elephante and Fred Falke aptly updated tracks from Penguin Prison and Krishane with their own sounds. Hozier proved he has more than a few hits on his debut album and held back one of his better blues-inspired anthems with “Jackie & Wilson”. If Hozier’s nostalgic sound is your thing, then you’ll also enjoy the soulful sound of Leon Bridges on “What Can I Do” and She & Him’s update of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile”. I particularly enjoyed the funky re-teaming of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars as they try to recreate the magic of “Locked Out Of Heaven” on Ronson’s new single “Uptown Funk”.
Elsewhere, CHVRCHES shared a future hit for the Lorde-curated “Mockingjay Pt 1” soundtrack, Milo Greene succeeded with a new dance-able sound and Chloe Black debuted a sly but dark track that takes all the best pieces of Lana and BANKs with a touch of Amy. The Decemberists and Belle and Sebastian’s returns were welcome, but made me have to doublecheck that it wasn’t 2006.
Favorite of the month comes from The Rural Alberta Advantage and their percussive and harmony filled cut “On The Rocks”. I’m not quite sure what combination of drum techniques were used in this song, but it punctuates the terrific male/female volley of vocals.
Lastly, while I do enjoy Cayetana’s brand of pop punk, I feel the band really missed an opportunity for an even better band name. Their latest single “Hot Dad Calendar” is an excellent, emphatic anthem, but could have made for an even better moniker. I might steal it for a future bowling/trivia league team name.
Let me know if you’ve been using the Spotify or Soundcloud streams. Both services were missing a lot of songs this round, but I’ll be adding them as the songs arrive on those formats. I’ll likely use one, but not both in the future. Holla.
JayeL Audio 11-10-14 – STREAM (8tracks)
1. Mapei – Whats In It 4 Me
2. Josef Salvat – Open Season
3. Cayetana – Hot Dad Calendar
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – On The Rocks
5. Belle and Sebastian – Party Line
6. Krishane – Drunk and Incapable ft Melissa Steel (Fred Falke remix)
7. Calvin Harris – Outside ft Ellie Goulding
8. Chloe Black – 27 Club
9. Hozier – Jackie & Wilson
10. Leon Bridges – What Can I Do
11. She & Him – Stay Awhile (Dusty Springfield cover)
12. Jessie Ware – Want Your Feeling
13. A-Trak – Push ft Andrew Wyatt
14. Mystery Skulls – Number One
15. Penguin Prison – Calling Out (Elephante remix)
16. The Afternoons – Say Yes
17. Broods – L.A.F.
18. San Cisco – RUN
19. Milo Greene – On The Fence
20. CHVRCHES – Dead Air
21. Neulore – Eve
22. The Preatures – Somebody’s Talkin’
23. Luke Million – Light and Sound
24. Flyte – Light Me Up
25. VERITE – Weekend
26. Marian Hill – Got It
27. Helado Negro – Its Our Game
28. The Staves – Open
29. The Decemberists – Make You Better
30. LAYLA – For You
31. Oh Wonder – Dazzle
32. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft Bruno Mars