Today marks the beginning of a new column for CAAKES UNLTD, Songs Of The Week, where I send you the top 10 songs I’ve been listening to this week. It doesn’t matter what genre, how old, nothing. Quality is quality. Your reminder to Create Authentic Art, Keep Everything Simple.
10. Virgo by Benny Green on These Soulful Days
To start this off strong, we’ve got Virgo performed by Benny Green, written by Horace Silver. I found this a couple weeks ago on Bob Reynolds’ vlog, and let me tell you, this song is in the pocket. Just great playing from Mr. Green, and the whole group.
9. Bicycle Race by Queen on Jazz
There’s always an excuse to listen to Queen, and this scratches between the ears for me. Perfect balance between a little out there (bicycle bell choir?) and surprisingly triumphant (those guitars couldn't get any better). Topped off with some discourse on social events and this is a certified song of the week.
8. Topdown by Channel Tres on Channel Tres
Featuring a luscious deep voice and solid dance groove, there's not much else you need to start a workweek. An L.A. native, Channel Tres scores his highest played track with this 2018 release.
7. Yessirskiii by Lil Uzi Vert on Eternal Atake (Deluxe) - LUV vs. The World 2
Featuring 21 Savage, this bonus track from Uzi’s Eternal Atake project is a top pick in recent memory. With 808’s that leave nothing else to be desired, the production is top notch, and the dynamic duo of 21 and Uzi deliver polished bars to create this USA top 40 song.
6. Bad Girls, Good vibes by Ufo361 on Rich Rich
German rapper Ufo361 delivers a very strong album with Rich Rich, including a feature from Future. This song stands out as sentimental and vulnerable, with outstanding melody and production. Even for those who aren’t as initiated in the German language, this track conveys the message spectacularly well.
5. Suspicions by Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival on You
Larry Lovestein (Mac Miller) creates under an alias to release the chill rap album You, featuring intimate undertones and the raw emotion Miller was feeling in 2012. RIP Mac Miller.
4. On the Sunny Side Of the Street by Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, and Dizzy Gillespie on Sonny Side Up
Easily one of my favorite songs of all time, this jazz classic has been played on repeat in my headphones recently. With jazz icon Rollins, esteemed bebop linguist Stitt, and of course the father of bebop trumpet Gillespie, there’s no way this recording could be bad. But this golden trio goes a step farther, presenting a lovely tune with intricate and deeply personal solos. Overall a wonderful recording for the sunny and cloudy days alike.
3. Carry Me Home by KOKOROKO
This single from London based jazz octet KOKOROKO holds both great nostalgia to Fela Kuti bands and the modern sound of tight arrangements and electronic elements. Lots of great jazz is coming from across the pond and this is no exception. I, for one, will be closely following this band looking for more releases like this one.
2. Come Down by Anderson .Paak on Malibu
Paak never misses, this track from Malibu always deserves some recognition. I have never heard a national anthem go so hard. With Paak’s James Brown-esque vocals and a highlight reel bassline, this is the real deal all-in-one track
1. Dragonball Durag by Thundercat on It Is What It Is
A goofy, groovy, romantic track tops off our review for this week. If you don’t know Thundercat, I suggest you get acquainted. Given name Steven Bruner has collaborated with names such as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Anderson .Paak, Donald Glover, and Mac Miller. His six string hollow body electric bass sings like none other, and he’ll make you sing too.
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