This week’s #5NewTracks list consists of Jaunt, PreCog, Promisor and more.
Jaunt – Machined (Submission)
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. I’m tired as hell. I am sitting on the couch with my feet up. I am super relaxed. Jaunt’s “Machined” is playing in the background; I can feel myself drifting further and further into a slumber. This song is the perfect soundtrack to my night of sleep. I put it on and became relaxed instantly. I feel like it’s something I would listen to while getting a massage. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not—given the fact I don’t listen to any of those relaxing songs when I am outside of the massage table. Listen below, and you tell me this doesn’t instantly relax you. You’ll struggle to keep your eyes open.
PreCog – Compete (Submission)
Maybe I am getting old, but I have a hard time hearing lyrics. I can’t verify if PreCog speaks English on “Compete.” Unfortunately, I cannot understand everything he sings. In a model world, the engineer would mix it again. If anyone has a lyric sheet, please, forward it. It would help me out.
Promisor – Shade Parade featuring Foreknown (Submission)
I promise I thought I was in the Christmas spirit, but listening to these new songs has changed my attitude. I was all ready to wrap presents and drink eggnog getting lit with dope music and what my night has turned into has been, ripped paper, red bull and paper cuts. Bah Humbug! I tried to give this song a chance. The vocals are decent. The beat isn’t that bad, but nothing I would ever want to hear. The kicker is the emcee that comes in later on in the song sounds like a karaoke version of Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: I love Rage! Yeah, no. It’s hard listening to struggle bars on a song that is already struggling. I refuse to listen to this song again. You couldn’t pay me enough. Time to go back to the drawing board, guys. This time, leave the rapper off of the song. Listen to Promisor’s, “Shade Parade” featuring Foreknown below, tell me your thoughts.
Dee D. Jackson – Meteor Man (Submission)
Can someone, please, tell me what year it is? For real, are we sure it’s not 1977? Someone, please let Dee D. Jackson know, also. I’m sure she forgot. Her new song “Meteor Man” sounds like a song straight out of my mother’s Disco collection’s lost files from the 70s.
I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think that Disco is one of the worst things to happen to music, period. How was it popular for so long? “Meteor Man”, if I can say anything about it, pulled off exactly what it was trying to pull off—accurately placing the listener immediately into the 70s era as soon as the song comes on. I let my mom listen. She had high school flashbacks, breaking out into stories. I’m assuming she liked it because she wouldn’t stop talking. No, she didn’t say anything about the song just kept telling stories from the 70s. I guess that’s a win. Listen to “Meteor Man” below by Dee D. Jackson and take a ride on the time machine.
benhurzz – stargaze (Submission)
I needed this song. I’ve been listening to some bad ones lately. I needed something to pick me up. benhurzz’s latest release “Stargaze” is a synth smorgasbord: All synths, all day long. This smooth instrumental would fit best if paired with the right vocalist. I would also like to see him working with more live instruments. Listen to benhurzz’s “Stargaze” below and see if you can write a hit to it, or have I had too many shots of whiskey tonight?
Daniel Rosenholm – Why Do We Treat You So Bad featuring Klara Kazmi (Submission) (Bonus)
Have you ever listened to a song and only liked one part of it? Like, you only like the lyrics but you think the beat could be better or vice versa? Well, this is one of those times for me. I think the instrumentation is amazing and I could put it on at any occasion, but the vocals are bad, really bad. Not on some “why are they singing?” bad, but I do think they should hire a writer for their songs and need to tell the guy singing not to sing anymore, ever. I know what you are saying “Thirston, why so harsh?” Nah, guys, the truth is always better than lying and I must tell the truth. This would be an amazing song if they had an actual writer write the song, took the man off and let the female vocalist sing the entire song. Her voice was awesome, but not for these lyrics. Her tone kind of reminded me of Erykah Badu and she just happens to be one of my favourite singers. This is an awesome Jazz song, without the vocals, with the vocals it was a sparring match to finish the entire song. Listen to Daniel Rosenholm’s, Why Do We Treat You So Bad featuring Klara Kazmi and get those jazz hands ready.
Run Child Run – Can’t Catch Me (Submission) (Bonus)
How infectious is “Can’t Catch Me”? It makes you want to dance, nod, sing along, and share it with a friend. There’s a website that encourages you to make beats that use similar vocals, but I can’t remember what is right now. For now, stream the sick track via this link.