5@5: A morning playlist featuring Cautious Clay, Dear Japan, and more

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Cautious Clay's cover art for 'French Riviera'

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Cautious Clay – French Riviera (Submission)

This man, Cautious Clay, has yet to release a dud. Every song that I have listened to is well-thought out. ‘French Riviera’ is yet another fantastic new song by the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. If you’re looking for something to wake you up, hearing the sound of the song will do it. As the start of the song suggests, at this rate, he will be the cult classic he dreams of being.


Dear Japan – Kushiro (Submission)

Voices that are capable of inducing a dream state are a talent of its own. ‘Kushiro’, a new track by a mysterious band called, Dear Japan, is one of those tracks. Although the unknown lead vocalist sings about distance and breaking up with a loved one, two things that usually bring pain and unrest to an individual, it brings peace to me. At times, her voice becomes shaky, but I believe it is part of the vocal performance. Stream the audio below to come to your conclusions.


Cool Company – Shadow featuring Innanet James (Submission)

Picture loving someone’s shadow more than them. I couldn’t. It’s the first of its kind that I’ve heard, but apparently, it is a ‘thing’. As the lyrics of the song suggests, the person loves him when he is low, down and out. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, feeding into negative energy is real. There are human beings who feed off of it. Subsequently, if you are around these types of people, it will be difficult for you to achieve greatness. They are called, ‘energy suckers’.

Check out Cool Company’s new interesting song ‘Shadow’ featuring Innanet James below. It is from the forthcoming extended play titled, ‘The Dose Pt. 1’.


Basement Revolver – Baby (Submission)

Marking the Canadian band’s first release from their forthcoming debut album, it is exciting to share ‘Baby’ by Basement Revolver. Chrisy Hurn, the singer-songwriter on the project, does a swell job at making apologies to the one she loves. Based on what I’ve heard from the debut single, I anticipate the follow-up releases from ‘Heavy Eyes’.

PS: Congratulations on one million streams, Basement Revolver. What an accomplishment!


POLY POLY – Supercluster (Live Session) (Submission)

Who could ever deny a funky jam session? Probabyly using Moog synthesizers, based on the branded sweater seen in the video, the two producers make a dreamy soundscape that I can easily hear at a show in Los Angeles. The German guys would open for Dam-Funk, and if Snoop Dogg is in the audience, he’d happily dance to the music with Bootsy Collins and the honourable Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan beside him. You can get the lead single from their self-titled LP now on Bumm Clack. It’s available in vinyl, too.


Gyles Bartle – You (Submission) (Bonus)

On a wet and snowy London day, British recording artist-producer Gyles Bartle sings atop a drab slow beat. ‘You’ evokes the feeling of night time and sleeping alike. I woke up not too long ago, and after hearing this song… I want to go back to bed. Inspired by Jazz and Electronic music, the artist says that when he recorded ‘You’, he felt detached from everything. I can hear the distance.