song obsession friday!

July 12th, 2012

Song obsessions are those songs that get stuck in your head. This series of posts isn’t about what I or the other panel members think is best, but what our brain latches onto, those ear worms that loop around and around in your head.

Adrian (me):
The Very Best – We Okay (ft. K’Naan) (mp3) (pre-order)

Neil Halstead – Full Moon Rising (mp3) (pre-order)

The Very Best: I’ve been a fan for a while (since their first mixtape) and I’m always excited when new material comes out. But, still, it was ridiculous when I first heard this track; I must have played this song a dozen times in a row. I’ve listened to it a few dozen since. It’s just a very catchy chorus matched with Esau’s and K’naan’s verses; it’s simultaneously very universal and very African at the same time.

As for the Halstead track, it’s also been going around my head–I can’t agree with Sandy below more.

Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites (mp3) (buy)

This song embodies everything that a great summer song obsession should be: ridiculously catchy hook, foot-tapping rhythm, über-joyous melody, and a top down, wind-in-your-hair feel that will bring a smile to just about everyone’s face. Add to that an enthusiastic vocal styling not wholly unlike early Beatles, and “Bright Whites” has become summer 2012 almost-anthem for me.

Neil Halstead – Full Moon Rising (mp3) (pre-order)

The song just has an ease to it. You warm to it immediately, you can almost hum along at first listen. It doesn’t go away – just a great track from a great songwriter.