Friday’s Song: A French Set

My apologies for the delay, folks.

It’s Bastille Day on Monday. Today, let’s celebrate some of the sweetest and smoothest Francophone jams. This one’s for the Frenchies.



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Friday’s Song: If it’s July 4th, then it’s Love Lockdown

How big is hip-hop? I met a girl recently who told me that there’re posters of Kanye West in Paris. The boulevards are adorned with his visage, apparently. The great, complicated, American megalomaniac seems to have justly populated the world with his likeness. Two hundred thirty eight years ago today, we celebrate the nation which birthed Kanye.

Hip-loving troupe Glass Animals, English though they may be, pay homage to Yeezus with this wistful rendition of “Love Lockdown”.

Friday’s Song: Nao vs. A.K. Paul – So Good

English singer Nao, together with upstart producer A.K. Paul (brother to the sublime Jai Paul), have produced a track that’s in equally parts lush and tropical. “So Good,” a title which defies much elaboration, bursts with scrambling guitar riffs which alight your senses like phosphorescent pop rocks of yore.

If it’s Friday, then it’s “So Good”.

Friday’s Song: Lia Ices – Thousand Eyes

This is that song.

You’re sitting down with a beer at a rooftop bar, or better yet, a garden patio, when you begin to notice a murmur in the background lilting your way. Soon, it’s encompassing, drawing your attention away from the group of friends or co-workers you’re seated with. More importantly, it’s distracting you away from your beverage. But the sun’s not in your eyes Ray-ban wearing amigo. It’s Lia Ices’ “Thousand Eyes” drumming in your ears.

Sidebar: Like many a babe before her, Lia is from New England. Oof.

Friday’s Song: Vancouver Sleep Clinic & GXNXVS – Hold On We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)

Oh my bosh…

While this is exactly what a collaboration between Bon Iver and Drake would sound like, this track is not from the studios of the Wisconsin native and Toronto legend. Instead, this surprisingly delicate but rhythmic jem is from two Australian producers: Vancouver Sleep Clinic and GXNXVS. Together, they’ve produced an exceptional cover of a quality song. Harnessing the original’s ’80s flow with a resonant down under rhythm. It’s a song that hooks you, and, I suspect, gets caught in your head on this ebullient final Friday of May.

Cheers!