This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter
Hello. Let me make this brief: six songs for this fantastic Friday. Some exciting bonus content is in the works! Stay tuned. Thanks for allowing me to share music with you every week. I genuinely look forward to it, and thank you for indulging me.
Got any questions? Tips? Please reach out to me via Twitter at @hellogoodbritt (or any other way you may know how to contact me) with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me know what you’re listening to that everyone else should be listening to, too.
As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments. It’s only good manners!
“I’m Dead” [Pretty Edit] - DUCKWRTH feat. Sabrina Claudio & Sad Money | This appears to be the latest single from Duckwrth’s I’M UUGLY album - a bouncy “Pretty” edit of the track featuring an added appearance by Sad Money. Kaytranada fans will love the shit out of this. Highly recommended to throw this on next time you bump in the car. Listen here
“Second Chance” - Mating Ritual | I feel so blindsided. Mating Ritual has a very strong and dedicated fanbase, and I tried SO desperately to immerse myself in the music. And you can’t do that! If you can’t ride the wave, don’t force it. “Second Chance” ironically popped up in a radio playlist this week, and I was astonished to see if was by Mating Ritual. It’s a complete bop paired with Ryan Marshall Lawhon’s gravelly vocals. The hook is begging for you to sing along. I'd imagine this garners massive audience participation points at Mating Ritual shows. Listen here
“Love Me Better” - Love Thy Brother feat. Ariel Beesley | Y’all: I faced a massive conundrum this week. I stumbled across the remix of this song first… remixed by none other than Love Thy Brother themselves. In said remix, the Brethren added a few wavy flourishes, well-placed reverb, and guitar licks under Ariel Beesley’s vocals, and the result is exactly what we’d expect from sky Ferreira's long lost Masochism album we’ve been waiting on for nine million years. In the end, I couldn’t settle on including the original recording or the reimagined remix, so for your convenience, I’ve linked both. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know if you prefer one over the other. Listen here (and the remix here)
“Say My Name” - Tove Styrke | Tove! Styrke! TOVE! STYRKE! I hear you, girl! “Say My Name” has been stuck in my head all damn week. I’m beyond excited Tove Styrke is back, and I’m so ready for a fresh crop of ear worms from her. Listen here
“Stay For Real” - Young Galaxy | Dropping this in here to go a little more left on the pop vein. “Stay For Real” is a stunning, gauzy day dream. Listen here
“My Nature” - Little Cub | Been looking forward to Little Cub’s debut album Still Life for a minute! It finally dropped last week and I’ve had the week to really let it marinate. The London trip has listed LCD Soundsystem and New Order as major influences on their music, but I’ll have you know they sound a bit more like Depeche Mode on opiates. I’m a sucker for a glorious synth, and “My Nature” has a few woven throughout, pushing and pulling at a pulsing thrum. If you like “My Nature,” give all of Still Life a spin. Listen here
One of my favorite bands of all time, shoegaze legends Slowdive, has dropped their first album in 20 years. Based on the singles released prior to the album drop, it’s incredible. They can do no wrong. Listen here
New Flume track “Hyperreal.” Honestly lost my mind the first time I heard this all the way through-it lives up to the name. It’s insane, and can’t believe the level of quality production that’s in this. Flume has yet to make a song that’s disappointed me. Listen here
Might as well make a habit of mentioning someone from 1D in this letter every week: so far, Niall’s dropped the most exciting and compelling solo release. “Slow Hands” is going to be a summer hit. Still disappointed it’s not an Interpol cover. Listen here
If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal May 2017 playlist. You can dive into the cmd+f archive to hear what I’ve been listening to in previous months this year.
A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.
See you next week!