The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: The 1975, Chairlift, Paces And More

Written By the interns on 01/15/2016

Jan2016

The songs that had us vibing this week, ranked. 

10. Skizzy Mars
Comb

Skizzy Mars is a New York rapper who's prepping his album Alone Together due for release on 11th March and Comb is the third track to be released from that. It's basically a hook-heavy tune with some delicious hooks to wrap your ears around. "It's an anthem for people drunk stumbling home from bars/clubs that they can sing along to," Mars told The Fader and we're more than happy to try it out in that setting.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/skizzymars/comb[/soundcloud]

9. Elohim
Pigments

We were big fans of Elohim's last single Bridge and the Wall and now the L.A. artist has returned with another, potentially better, single. Pigments is far more melancholic than the former track but it's just as beautiful. Its beginning is downbeat, built on beds of washy synths but eventually it ramps up and explodes in a subtle but glorious fashion. It's danceable but in a sad Dancing On My Own-type way and sometimes that's the best kind.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/elohimelohim/elohim-pigments-1[/soundcloud]

8. WSTRN x Kehlani
In2

In2 is already a massive hit here in Australia for WSTRN but perhaps in an attempt to bring it into the US market they have thrown Kehlani (that's Grammy-nominated Kehlani to you) onto the track and she smashes it. Her verse is sleek and sexy in classic Kehlani fashion, bringing texture to a fast flow. The original was already a massive ear worm but this new addition may have made it even better.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/kehlanimusic/in2remix[/soundcloud]

7. Santigold
Chasing Shadows

Santigold‘s third album 99c will be with us at the end of next month but she’s continuing to tease us with exciting drops like this latest one Chasing Shadows. The track might be the slowest cut that we’ve heard from the record so far but it’s full of Santigold-isms that make it as distinctive as all her tunes. There are slight tinges of Jay Z’s Hard Knock Life in the beat but Santi makes it her own with an impeccable flow that darts through the melody in a rush.

6. The 1975
The Sound

You probably noticed from their first single Love Me, that The 1975 are stepping more explicitly onto the pop world with their new album and second single The Sound confirms that. Premiered a few hours ago on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, it’s sure to be one of the year’s true pop bangers. The pop influences stand loud and proud on this record and that’s great to see from a band who have always tread a very careful line between the alternative and the commercial world.

5. Koi Child
1-5-9

Perth group rap/jazz group Koi Child announced this week that they're going to drop their debut self-titled album on 18th March. To give us a little taster they also dropped this slamming track 1-5-9 - a masterclass in marrying brass and hip-hop. It was produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala who was mesmerised by the guys pretty much immediately and it's not hard to see why. This is excellent but just wait until you see them live. They're on a whole other level.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/koi-child/1-5-9a-1[/soundcloud]

4. DJDS
I Don't Love You

The lyrical sentiment may not be something you’d preach in church but vocally and instrumentally DJDS (formerly known as DJ Dodger Stadium) are taking it to church with their latest track I Don’t Love You. The soulful cut taken from Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL second album together Stand Up And Speak is another building, triumphant track complete with a stirring vocal.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/bodyhigh/djds-i-dont-love-you[/soundcloud]

3. Paces
1993 (No Chill)

Gold Coast producer Paces is a very smart man. He jumped on Jess Kent right after her debut single Get Down blew up on triple j and now together they've crafted what is sure to be one of the songs of the summer. Kent is edgy is full of personality while Paces' beats are tropical-flavoured with a pop sensibility. Maybe if Lily Allen released this as the lead single on Sheezus it may have been just a little more successful.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pacesmusic/1993-no-chill-feat-jess-kent[/soundcloud]

2. Chairlift
Moth To A Flame

Chairlift's third album Moth is shaping up to be a stunner. This is the fourth track to be pulled from the record and frankly there hasn't been a dud yet. Moth To A Flame is full of lustful energy with Caroline Polachek singing, "I should know better than to take your love letter to heart." Chairlift prove time and time again that they're two of the best pop writers in the game and expect that to be proved once more when Moth arrives 22 January.

1. Anderson .Paak
Come Down

Anderson .Paak's new album Malibu released today is an instant classic and one of the highlights from said album is Come Down. It’s a groovy, preacher track taking cues from Kendrick Lamar’s How To Pimp A Butterfly and also channeling the late James Brown’s spirit. He’s at his most confident on this track, with his vocals sitting clearly atop Hi-Tek’s funky beat.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/andersonpaak/come-down[/soundcloud]

Plus, these albums came out today (click to play):
Daughter - Not To Disappear
Anderson .Paak - Malibu