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The Internet’s best music: 5 Handpicked tracks by the curators of 22Tracks
Adele – Skyfall / Pop
Since her first album, 19, British superstar and singer Adele has won pretty much every award out there and has made quite a name for herself. It’s pretty easy to see why, besides having an incredible voice she is always able to write and pick the perfect songs to sing. Now, after months of anticipation Adele has released her Bond theme (on October 4th at… 0:07 AM). Though the last pair of James Bond movies were criticized for not having a stand out theme song, Adele has made just that: a classic Bond theme, with a 77-piece orchestra and haunting melodies.
Galimatias – To The Moon And Beyond / Relax
Winter is coming close and the temperatures are getting lower. This is the time of the year that you‘re probably looking for some relaxing and warming tunes. Luckily Galimatias is there to help you out with his beautiful track Leaving For Good. It’s a soothing and lush tune with beautiful piano melodies as well as some very intelligent and calming drum beats by the young producer from Denmark. If auroras were electronic sounds, these would be them.
Solange – Losing You / R&B
One thing that’s for sure is that Solange will always be compared to her older sister Beyoncé. But to me, she stands the comparison. Especially because she isn’t trying to do the exact same things as her sister does. Losing You is written with Dev Hynes, known for his work with Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion, and is a lovely catchy ‘underground pop’ song with clear R&B influences as well. The fashionable video shot in South Africa is something special and definitely worth checking out. With this single Solange shows that she could be called the ‘indie’ or ‘underground’ version of her older sister: making ‘indie R&B’ and ‘underground pop‘ that isn’t made for the masses. But it is by far my most repeated tune coming from a misses Knowles.
Andrew Ashong – Flowers / Funk / Beats
Though most people might expect something different from Theo Parrish, a Detroit tech house legend, and his collaboration with Ghanaian Londoner Andrew Ashong, it’s more beautiful than anyone could have seen coming. Flowers is a 9-minute song that doesn’t feel a second too long, I think that if it lasted 24 hours I’d still like it. The London club scene is currently playing the track in high rotation. It’s a beautiful composition with everything from electronic drums and percussion to soothing vocals and trombones.
Chateau Marmont – Wargames / Musique Française
After releasing 22tracks Paris we just had to kick off with a local favorite. Chateau Marmont is a French synth pop formation who are getting ready to release their full length album The Maze soon. Wargames sounds like a mixture of yacht rock and 70’s progressive rock, or a combination of Kavinsky and 70’s bands like the Beach Boys. It’s a tune that would fit well in some kind of sci-fi racer game with repetitive arpeggios and beautiful chord progressions. The French inspiration for Wargames can be heard clearly, as reminders of Phoenix keep popping up. This is just great.
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