June 2, 2017

Welcome to the midway mark of 2017!… Can you believe we’re starting the second half of the year already? Summer festival season is in full swing. A boatload of major albums are about to drop over the next few months or be announced for quarter 4 (praying Years & Years has some answers for us soon). On  the other hand, summertime approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere means I’m crippled with embarrassment to go out in public in sandals because I need a post Spring pedicure.

While the earth is going up in flames, do know I’ve got a nice selection of five songs this week for you to enjoy, and an armada of bonus content this week. Take your mind off some things, kick your feet up - enjoy!

Please reach out to me via the handy dandy contact page on the cmd+f website, or at the brand new cmd+f Twitter at @cmdf_me with your thoughts about any of the tracks I’ve selected this week. I love chatting about music. Let me in on your new favorite band; they’re looking for new fans, 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. Let them know how good their tunes are, and they’ll crank out even more magic.


“Jinx” - IDA KUDO | I have to admit: when this song first came on, I almost switched it. I was trying to focus on a project at work, and luckily for the song, I couldn’t touch my phone in that moment and had to ride the song out. Good rule of thumb is to give a song at least 30 seconds– and if you’re patient, give it the whole damn song.It was worth sitting through because this chorus BANGS. For fans of Grimes and Little Dragon, “Jinx” is by far my most exciting song I’ve dug up this week. Not much literature floating around about IDA KUDO, but what I have found out she’s a Denmark-based Danish/Japanese artist making incredible experimental electropop pretty consistently over the last few years. Listen here

“Techno Parties” -  Lustgas | The Swedes strike AGAIN! Even LESS information out there about this artist. This is the only song I’ve found by Lustgas (though to be honest I haven’t tried too hard). “Techno Parties” sounds a bit like a cross between Peter Bjorn and John at their campiest meets The Von Bondies (aaah, remember them?) forged together during the rise of peak early 80s Blondie. Sounds like a lot happening? Well, it’s ultimately a bangin pop tune. Listen here

“Further” -  TOPS | Every music journalism outlet is losing their minds over the new TOPS tunes. I’ve fallen for it, too. Pitchfork describes their sound as “honey-dipped guitars and twinkling keyboards,” and “paint a picture as stark as heartbreak” with this track “Further.” When you hear the track, these descriptions will make a whole lotta sense. Listen here

“Fire Sign” -  Sensible J feat. REMI and Sampa the Great | Australia got bars. Like, serious ass – Iggy Azelea has managed to make herself the face of Australian hip-hop, meanwhile they’re down there hiding REMI, Sensible J, and Sampa the Great!!! “Fire Sign” is fucking dope. Honest, groovy, funky, free. This got that pure 90s New York vibe. Listen here

“Theresa May (Bullshit)” - Cherryade | My babes Cherryade have bust out an anti-Conservative club ANTHEM. Never in my life did I think I’d want to shake my ass to “hide your shit like Theresa May.” The production on this is crazy as hell, and would go the hell AWF in a club. Speaking of Theresa May: the UK election is next week. I’m here to remind y’all if you are reading this and live in the UK, please remember to cast a vote for your local PM!! Listen here


  • Those who are close to me know one of my faaaavorite genre’s of music to listen to is house music. NPR’s podcast Code Switch, which explores race and identity in American (and sometimes global) culture, have released an incredible episode on house and techno music. The episode highlight its origins in black/Latinx/queer communities in Chicago and Detroit in the early 80s, and explore dance music has devolved into yet another music culture imperialised and dominated by white male musicians in Europe. For music nerds like yours truly, those who aren’t familiar with the origins of dance music, or if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, it’s imperative you give this a listen (and share with your friends). Listen here


  • Feeling stressed about the state of the world? Arcade Fire will make it sound slightly more optimistic for at least 5:03 consecutive minutes. Listen here

  • Dua Lipa’s debut album is finally here! Don’t get too worked up though as half of the tracks have been released as singles……………………………………………. Nevertheless, I assure you’re still gonna bop till you drop. Listen here


  • Haven’t listened yet, but Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom dropped today. I can assure you it’s more a pop album than an alternative album. “Strangers” is the best song on it. Yep, I have determined “Strangers” is peak Halsey. Can't tell me otherwise Listen here

  • Liam Gallagher has gone solo. Like, purely solo - no Beady Eye bullshit. Still not as good as anything Noel’s written for him to sing, but it’s still a fucking belter. 9/10. Listen here

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If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my personal June 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!

January 27, 2017

This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter

Hello! This is the first issue of cmd+f, a splinter project from my collaborative music sharing project What’s Poppin’? I was hosting every other week with my friend Chris. Since that’s gone on hiatus and I’ve missed having a concrete way of sharing music recommendations, I’ve set up cmd+f as a means to quench that urge to introduce friends to new tunes.

Most of my day is spent listening to ad free radio, thumbing through press release emails, and stumbling across some incredible emerging artists. I’m committing to sharing at least five of my favorite tracks that have entered my life weekly with all of you.

If you like what you hear, let me and the artist know! Gas these artists up, dive into whatever discography they may have. Please share me your favorite songs of the moment, too! You can find me on Twitter at @hellogoodbritt.

Strap in! Here are five songs I’m really digging at the moment:


“Shock Horror” - Shy Luv, JONES | BOP ALERT! Doused in early Calvin Harris neu-disco vibes with substantially more appealing vocals, “Shock Horror” is a dizzying accident I found while dicking around on YouTube. The music video is fucking bizarre–part Hot Chip, part Metronomy–but it definitely works. Listen here

“Oslo” -  Anna of the North | Sublime. Sounds like the morning sunlight filtering through the frost on your windows in the middle of winter. Listen here

“Now & Then” -  Sjowgren | I always think I’m going to get over indie pop, but then a song like this sweeps by and I’m mesmerized – it was the harmonies in the chorus that suckered me in. There’s very little information floating around on the net about Sjowgren, and I’m proud to say they’re a three-piece from (Northern) California. This song is paired best with a cup of coffee and feet kicked up on the desk. Listen here

“Waiting” - Betsy | Betsy is my girl. Truly. I continually refer to her as the second coming of Cher. Not only does she sound very similar to the pop icon, she’s also got glitz and glamour to flaunt, all the while still coming across authentic as hell. It’s very easy to spot artists who help craft their own stylized image versus the ones who’ve been signed, locked away and processed in a label laboratory with a management team for a year. With one of the biggest voices in pop at the moment, each Betsy release has me foaming at the mouth for another EP or an album announcement. Listen here

“Back In The Room” -  KLP | Pop connoisseurs are making up for their severe lack of attention to the talent flooding out of Australia at the moment (we’re all stuck on Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood LP, soz) - and it’ officially our duty to get the word out about KLP ASAP. “Back In The Room” was tipped to me via one of my favorite music podcasts Popchops, hosted by pop enthusiasts Dan and Andy from Down Under, and they both always bring forward a few pop perspective. After listening to their interview with KLP (who I learnt is not only pursuing a pop music career, but is also a radio/dance music DJ, and worked with Julian Hamilton of The Presets – and immediately I knew this project was gonna be mega), I immediately rinsed her Ember EP which dropped last October a few times. It’s absolutely incredible - and I’m ashamed so many of us have slept on it for so long. Better late than never! Listen here


To keep up with everything I’ve been listening to this month, please feel free to follow up my monthly Spotify playlist for January 2017 here.

Uncork your finest and raise your glass ‘cause the weekend is basically here.

Cheers to a happy Friday and see you next week!