I was going to write about another song but I just couldn’t get this one out of my head. Perhaps the most talked about song in the past week, “This Is America” was created by Childish Gambino, Donald Glover‘s musical alter ego, and Ludwig Göransson, a Swedish composer who produced music for Black Panther and all three of Glover’s studio releases. The non-single, and its accompanying music video, blatantly demonstrates how black people are being treated in America right now. It’s less a response, and more of a clarification to anyone who does not totally understand the turmoil black people continue to face in American society, especially after a shooting.
Sofi Tukker is comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern (get how they got their name?). They’ve been around, at least to our attention, since the release of their first EP back in 2016 called Soft Animals, which spawned the Grammy nominee for Best Dance Recording, “Drinkee.” They’ve just now released their debut LP, Treehouse, which is one of the better electronic dance pop albums that I’ve heard in a while. If you’re not familiar with the duo, you probably already know a few of their songs. Turns out, Apple loves them. The tech giant has utilized not one but three of their songs–the aforementioned “Drinkee,” and two from this album, “Best Friend” and “Batshit”–in their iPhone commercials. But enough about that. We’re here to discuss “Benadryl,” the as-of-now non-single from their remarkable debut.
I think 4 months has been quite enough. While Ellis had already starting throwing his thoughts into the digital vacuum with some really good tunes, I’m just now bursting with songs and albums that I can’t wait to share with anyone who would listen. And there’s really no better way to start my first Colorful Monsters article of the year than with a heavy, noisy, absolutely-catastrophic, loud electronic beast of a song, “This World Is Sick,” by IC3PEAK.
It was a very long year indeed and it was filled with too much music. But out of that too much music, we were able to pick out 25 albums that we seemed to like a lot. If it wasn’t for Steven, it would’ve been 25 albums that we seemed to love a lot. Oh well, here’s to 2017 and the next 12 months of music galore.
25. PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
24. Jlin – Black Origami
For a whole year, we’ve been collecting songs and albums and featuring them on our various podcasts. Now, we’re taking turns to personalize some of them and some of others for our top 10 songs of 2017 lists. Here’s Ellis’….
10. Keiichi Okabe – City Ruins (Rays of Light)
9. Sheer Mag – Suffer Me
For a whole year, we’ve been collecting songs and albums and featuring them on our various podcasts. Now, we’re taking turns to personalize some of them and some of others for our top 10 songs of 2017 lists. Here’s Steven’s….
10. Igorrr – “Houmous”
9. Shugo Tokumaru – “Lita-Ruta”
For a whole year, we’ve been collecting songs and albums and featuring them on our various podcasts. Now, we’re taking turns to personalize some of them and some of others for our top 10 songs of 2017 lists. Here’s Damon’s….
10. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling”
Carly makes yet-another exuberant, extremely danceable love track and she didn’t even need to put out an album. “Cut to the Feeling” is jam-packed with fun beats against a wave of euphoric synth-pop. She knows what she wants and she’s fucking going for it.
9. Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”
Originally created for the film Call Me By Your Name, “Mystery of Love” tackles the absence of love from someone who’s still in love or not ready to let go. It fit well within the film, and even took the scene during when it was played to another emotional dimension that pushed us to feel the intensity of the character’s spirit.