Take 5 Friday: Summer Sound Stack, Week #7

Friday, July 19, 2013

4 new songs + 1 old school jam. As always place your top five songs of the week in the comments!

Raleigh Ritchie - In Too Deep
Raleigh Ritchie is a newbie out of Bristol and already rising in the ranks. He just released his debut EP, The Middle Child featuring this skittish shimmering synth number and his blend of hip-hop meets New Jack Swing crooner is palatable. He reminds me of MNEK or a more upbeat Frank Ocean. Dig in deep. [Listen]
Alice Jemima - No Diggity
Call it the Pitch Perfect effect...Blackstreet's hit that shaped my formative years in the 90's gets re-dressed as a plush, jazzy-soul rumination. Cute, but still pretty slinky. [Listen]

Summer Camp - Fresh
With a name like 'Summer Camp' you better deliver sunshine, rainbows and macaroni art. Well, this duo outta London town doesn't make a macaroni shoe box guitar for me (darn it), but I'll scoop up and devour this swirling Disco treat of a anti-love song instead. All the best ingredients of the Disco era are sprinkled here and there, notably thematic strings and Chic-esque bass licks. This is one summer anthem that you need to add to the list pronto. [Listen]

Carrie Lucas - Danceland 
Speaking of Disco, here's a misbegotten queen from the back end of the California's Soul Train/Solar music family (Shalamar, The Whispers, The Slyvers). Carrie Lucas In Danceland is an essential Disco album in my book (I mean just look at that dazzling album art...mirrored wall! exalted expression! SMOKE MACHINE!), with it's hypnotic title track featuring background vocals by Lakeside and boasting bright horns and a groove that isn't over saturated in the slightest. It's 7 minutes in literal boogie heaven. [Listen]

Ebony Joi - Baby Be Mine
I know. I know. Enough of the Michael Jackson covers. But you haven't heard "Baby Be Mine" sound quite like this. The original was always summery and upbeat, but Miss Ebony kicks it up a notch peppering horns, sharp percussion, and vibrant vocals, swirling it all together to make a melodic treat. This is a King of Pop cover that should always happen. [Listen + Download]

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