Poolside- Do You Believe

PoolsideThe LA-based duo combined disco with electronic chillwave to create their debut album Pacific Standard Time. “Do You Believe” is one of my favorite tracks off the album. A song that falls somewhere between cocktails and a dance floor, but perfect for either.

Poolside- Do You Believe

Purity Ring- Fineshrine

PurityRingI had the pleasure of stumbling across Purity Ring at the last Coachella and, given that her vinyl has been in top 10 rotation on the Swon household record player, I figured I’d share it here.

Purity Ring- Fineshrine

Icona Pop- I Love It

IconaPopSeldom does a Top 40 song make the Swon Song cut, but this Swedish DJ duo made one that’s just too catchy.

Warning: Listening to this song may cause it to play repetitiously in your head.

Icona Pop- I Love It

Never Goin’ Back

F'wood MacHere’s a fun Cosmic Kid’s remix of Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again”. Amazing what a simple beat can do to revitalize an old classic. Check out more from the Cosmic Kids at their Soundcloud page here.

Fleetwood Mac- Never Going Back Again (Cosmic Kids Remix)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- Same Love

Producer-Rapper combo of Macklemore and Lewis stormed the hip hop scene with their viral video for “Thrift Shop” but the duo’s talent really grabbed my attention with this track.  Conscious hip-hop tackles an issue I’m passionate about, same sex marriage. Listen to the song below, or view a live performance the two had on NPR’s infamous Tiny Desk series here.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- SameLove

 

Goin’ Up the Country

Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis are a trio of siblings of the Durham family that have embraced their ol’ timey R&B, Swing, and Country roots.  Here, the trio puts some soul into their cover of Canned Heat’s “Going Up the Country”, keeping country alive in my book.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis- Going Up the Country

 

Too Close-Alex Clare

Being made popular from an Internet Explorer ad during the Olympics, Too Close is a great song that brings New Soul to a light and pop-y Dub beat.  Alex Clare will be an interesting talent to watch.

Alex Clare- Too Close

The Bahamas- Lost in the Light

The Bahamas’ “Lost in the Light” is kind of a depressing love song, but the reason why I like it so much is that frontman frontman Afie Jurvanen interlaces it  with so much hope for both parties involved in the relationship.  That mixed with the airy vibe that has become a staple of Brushfire Records makes this single a perfect candidate for the latest Swon Song.

Bahamas- Lost In the Light

Sam Cooke- (Ain’t That) Good News

One of my all-time favorite artists.  Sam Cooke is not only writer and performer of this single off his album of the same name, but also only took three takes to record it!  ”(Ain’t That) Good News” is one of the many gems in the artists’ arsenal that deserve the label “oldie, but a goodie”.

Sam Cooke- (Ain't That) Good News

Crazy bout ‘North Side Gal’

I expect JD McPherson to blow up pretty soon with his original yet vintage sound; a hodgepodge revival of the 50′s with hints of rock n roll, R&B, and rockabilly.  Album doesn’t drop till April 17th, but you can hear his latest single “North Side Gal” below or click here to check out the official music video. JD McPherson-North Side Gal