Take 5 Friday: Summer Sound Stack, Week #13 [Final Week!]

Friday, August 30, 2013

This is the last week of Summer Sound Stack. *tear* I hope you guys enjoyed all the new cuts and some old favorites that I shared with y'all. So here's to another great summer, and don't forget to take the time to express all your summer favorites in the comments!

Falling - Yuna
Yuna has brought Quadron's Robin Hannibal along for the ride of her latest single. Like with last year's "Live Your Life", Yuna meshes well with her producer of choice and kicks off a brand new project (her second album, Nocturnal, due October 29th) in stylish aural class. "Falling" has an unmistakable Quadron-esque rhythm just this time Yuna's sweet tone drenches itself lovingly over this string-laden mid-tempo. [Listen]

Call It Home - The Foreign Exchange
FE+ are back and are aiming to please us with Love In Flying Colors, the collective's now fourth album, and they kick things off on an anticipatory note with their first single, the skittish and hypnotic "Call It Home". I've gotta say on first listen the track just kind of glided on past me, but given a second and third chance (and a view at their wonderful visual), and believe me I was bewitched over how much the group has grown style-wise over the last four years. It just keeps getting better with them, doesn't it? [Listen + Watch]

6AM - Fitz & The Tantrums
Imagine if Janelle Monae joined Scissor Sisters....I've mentioned Fitz & The Tantrums, a bunch of funky cats from LA, once before, and they are back at it again as their second album, More Than Just A Dream, was released earlier this year. I got to catching up with them and this particular number burst out at me in all of its Motown melodic meets synth-pop anthem. [Listen]

Linger Well - Szjerdene
An electronic soul instrumental done by British producer Throwing Snow gets revamped with lyrics and Szjerene's cool, calm, and collected vocals. It's a bit of the melancholy that I'm used to from Szjerdene lyric wise, but bubbling video arcade synth backdrops take care to warm up all the somberness. Bonus is that you can grab this one for free.
[Listen + Download]

Do Your Thing - *NSYNC
Yep, I'm still *N serious nostalgia mode concerning my all-time favorite boy band from my youth as I've been going through the albums and videos like mad after their little reunion at MTV's Video Music Awards. Now everybody knows about "Pop" and of course "Girlfriend" from the group's final album, 2001's Celebrity, but for the most part a bulk of that album is terribly underrated. "Do Your Thing", the final song on Celebrity, thrusts the band into a brand-new direction and it's a shame they didn't last long enough to explore this ambitious mix of two-step and soulful R&B corner further because they were onto something a bit above their peers here. It is by far one of my favorites from them, and it proves how vocally these guys were, well duh, in sync. [Listen]

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