Take 5 Friday: The Decoders + Steed Lord + Kelela + Cyril Hahn + Sonia Stein

Friday, February 7, 2014

Reheating leftovers of the week...

The Decoders (feat. Alice Russell) - Adventures In Paradise
Real talk. Minnie Riperton's Adventures In Paradise is a fantastic album and it is one of my all-time favorites, and yes, the title track is the '70s brass funk that won't quit. So how can the Decoders impress me with their re-fix? Easy. Add in some potent Latin beats, mix in the golden sunshine that is Alice Russell's voice, stir, and then bring to a boil, and voila! cover song nirvana. [Listen]

Steed Lord - Curtain Call
You know I can't pass up some modern day '80s centric-syths and this time they come from Icelandic trio, Steed Lord who seriously bring the electric youth on this catchy track. Seriously considering this as a theme song for the '80s teen flick that I wish was called my life....  [Listen]

Kelela - The High
Sometimes it takes me awhile to warm up to a particular artist that everyone is craving about, as sometimes I need the right song to get me to that sweet spot of acceptance that rings out: "yeah, this artist is cool, and I need to gobble up more of their music". Kelela, who is a signee on Saint Heron (aka Solange's pet project) touched down with her debut EP, Cut 4 Me, and everyone went wild --- except for me. Well, I'm a doubter no longer as I'm convinced of her talent with the aquatic mood piece that is "The High". [Listen]

Cyril Hahn (feat. Javeon) - Breaking
Who can't Cyril Hahn not mesh with? First it was Shy Girls, now newcomer Javeon are aural amigos and it's just all-around good, heck, even better. With shades of '80s synth-funk painted into the creases of a tight House groove, you'll be repeatedly playing this one just as much as I have over the last few days. [Listen]

Sonia Stein - Friendly Ghost
Dubbing this 'sonic folk' as London newcomer hugs her guitar well (as well has got a heck of a croon going on) but allows it to blend in seamless with some glossed atmospheric synths. Lovely and brisk, all in one go. [Listen]

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