Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post this song.  It was really big in Europe when I was over there and I heard it over and over and over again. Now that I’m back home, it’s finally hitting us here too so it’s getting pretty ubiquitous.  

It’s catchy, poppy, and hot damn, do I ever love the use of strings in electronic music.  The music video itself is pretty whimsical so that’s pretty rad as well.  

The band itself is from Cambridge, England and has been around since 2009.  Their new album New Eyes was released back in May of this year.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

-Sherwin

Kidstreet - Song

This week has been absolutely crazy.  School started up again and thousands of students flocked back to what has been an empty campus all summer.  Feelin’ particularly ancient at the ripe age of 23, I see the fresh and excited faces of many first years getting fired up for this new chapter in their life. 

That has absolutely nothing to do with why I picked this song.

Kidstreet is a Canadian electronic trio from Waterloo, Ontario and have been around since 2007.  Song (from their album Fuh Yeah) is one of my favourite pieces by them because it’s so melodic.  The instrumentation is simplistic but interesting.  I also heard it on The Signal and frankly, I love The Signal, so here it is.

Hope you all had a wonderful first week of September!

-Sherwin

Foxes - Youth

I always forget that featuring artists also are usually pretty great on their own.  The first time that I heard Foxes was on Zedd’s Clarity.  The next time I heard her was when I was sitting in Brussels and my friend had her playing on her phone in our little hostel room.

And just last week, I finally remembered that I wanted to give her a listen.  Its pop-y, catchy, and Foxes’ voice lends itself well to a more electronic background.  

Foxes, whose real name is Louisa Rose Allen, is from Southampton, England.  Glorious, her latest album, was released back in May of 2014.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

tUnE-yArDs - Stop That Man

I went to see Arcade Fire on Monday and it was an amazing show.  I haven’t been on the floor of a massive show in a long time and to see the band just metres away from me was wonderful.  Their opener band, however, was something else to behold.

Covered in face paint, sequins, bright colours, and confusing patterns, Tune-Yards hammered away at drums and provided some seriously interesting vocals to go along with it.  Their bassist was the most normal looking of the bunch and even he had a greasy moustache and a ridiculous t-shirt.  My favourite part was the fact that the two backup singers looked like they were loving life.  They were dancing, banging drum sticks together, and harmonizing like crazy.  It was aggressive, loud, and frankly, a little bewildering, but it was amazing none the less.

Tune-Yards have been around since 2006 and is made up of primarily Merrill Garbus who uses loops often to develop her sound.  The bassist is the only other permanent member.  Stop That Man is from the album nikki nack which was released in 2014.  

I hope that you all enjoy this selection and have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

The Colourist - Tonight (Young Hearts)

Summer doesn’t really feel like summer unless there’s a plethora of saccharine and cheesy pop tunes to go along with it - in my opinion, at least. 

I was in Forever 21 the other day which was a little strange for me and this song came on.  I had mentioned to a friend about how summer-y it sounded and she responded with a simple, “Yeah, they talk about not wanting the night to end”  We eventually Shazam’d the song and figured out who the artist was.  

The Colourist is a band from Orange County (despite spelling ‘colour’ with the British spelling) and have been around since 2009.  The song itself comes from their self-titled album.

Hope you have a good Saturday!

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

Andrew Belle - Pieces

I somehow managed to get Spotify despite being up here in Canada so I’ve been doing a lot of exploring in regards to music.

I found Andrew Belle and something about it really called out to me (which sounds much cheesier now that it’s written down).  His voice has a strange Coldplay-esque aesthetic to it and the song, Pieces, showed up on a playlist I was listening to recently.  

And yet again, I am at a bit of a loss for words to describe why I picked this song.  The entire album, Black Bear, is fantastic and Belle’s voice does lend itself well to the instrumentation that he continues to choose.

I hope you all have a good Saturday.

-Sherwin

Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind ft. London Grammar

I’ve had a really rough week so I turned to music to help.

This song was on repeat all day on Tuesday and it was right then and there that I decided that I would share it with Soundboard.  I don’t know how it took me so long to get into Disclosure’s stuff but better late than never, right? 

London Grammar’s voice is probably what seals the deal for this song.  It’s soothing, ethereal, and comforting.  Her music on her own is wonderful and in this collaboration, it’s absolutely amazing.  The song itself is upbeat and catchy (much like the rest of the music that I listen to) but there’s just something about it that I can’t put my finger on.

Disclosure is an English electronic duo that’s been around since 2010.  Help Me Lose My Mind is on the album, Settle.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

Top Album Covers Week

My choices of album covers really do vary a bit.  I enjoy animals as people (weird), really minimalistic covers, and paradoxically, really busy covers with lots happening.  One of the major reasons that I still buy CDs is due to the album art because sometimes, that’s just as important as the music itself.

Scenic Route to Alaska - All These Years

Tycho - Awake

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Boy and Bear - Harlequin Dream

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

Justice - Cross

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place 

Pawa Up First - Missing Time

Alle Farben - Synesthesia

Goldmund - Famous Places

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

-Sherwin