Each week we take a look at some of the songs that are impacting the chart on Hype Machine, the internet’s music blog aggregator. As ever, we’re looking at the good, the bad, the surprising and the expected and this week has offered up a few shiny gems.
Mick Jenkins – The Artful Dodger (Prod. By Kaytranada & THEMpeople): HIGH POINT: #9
Kaytranada’s name is EVERYWHERE right now, which is great for him as he leads up to his debut LP. In the past month he’s dropped two singles, two tracks with River Tiber, dropped edits of Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson and produced a track for Kali Uchis and this one for Mick Jenkins. The man is busy. And on top of all that he’s just come out in this incredibly candid piece on The Fader. Once again, Kaytra proves why he’s one of the world’s most in demand producers on this one and Mick Jenkins flows fairly wonderfully over his beat. There’s reportedly a BBNG sample on this too but I’m not sure where it is.
Jean-Michel Blais – Nostos (Feat. Bufflo) | HIGH POINT: #2
Literally the last thing you’d expect to see on the Hype Machine charts this week was this beautiful experimental piano piece from Canada’s Jean-Michel Blais. Since cottoning on to this one I’ve gone in on further listening to the entire album II and it is thoroughly worth your investigation.
EXES – Twentythousand | HIGH POINT: #15
A song about a damaged relationship that’s bittersweet in its saccharine vocal and broken hearted lyrics. A lot of young hearts are going to resonate with this one and it’s rather pretty so I think we’ll see it stick around.
Donna Missal – Sick | HIGH POINT: #12
Donna is a highly touted pop hopeful coming out of the US, flying high on the back of a soaring debut single called ‘Keep Lying’ and although ‘Sick’ doesn’t scale the same heights as ‘Keep Lying’, it still hints at good things to come.
Pusher – Clear (feat. Mothica) | HIGH POINT #4
This is a really good, straight pop song produced to feel a little bit edgier than it actually is. The vocal is gorgeous and the production is bright and chirpy enough to make this one sparkle. It lost me a little during some of those vocal-less sections because it’s not interesting enough to stand on its own but when Mothica is front and center it’s actually a pretty lovely record. No need for the drop, really is there? Drop the drop.
D.R.A.M. – BROCCOLI Feat. Lil Yachty | HIGH POINT: #28
It feels like the beat end of this thing is lacking which is crazy since it was produced by 63 different people. There’s some cute as hell lyricism especially in D.R.A.M.’s verse so it’s worth listening closely. Maybe the cutest dude in hip-hop, he’s definitely up there with Chance et al.
HONNE & Izzy Bizu – Someone That Loves You | HIGH POINT: #6
This song is a legitimate song with a legitimate chorus and it sort of reminds me of that Snakehips x Tinashe track in its [legitimate] structure. This one might actually work at radio if that hook is as undeniable as I think it might be.
Gypsy & The Cat – I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else | HIGH POINT: #17
The sentiment in the title of this track seems strangely poignant to Gypsy & The Cat. It feels like they’re making tracks that would be Triple J hits if they were released by anyone else but because fashion is as fickle as it is, this act has been left well behind. The Hype Machine litmus test shows that listeners still like the songs but I think the brand might be dead. Who knows how or why that’s so.
The Aston Shuffle – Only 1 | HIGH POINT: #8
Look I’ve never been a big fan of Aston Shuffle but I’m not their target market… but then… something… about this… is ok? I don’t hate it, I don’t love it. It might do alright.
Two Another – Shouldn’t Have Done That | HIGH POINT: #5
Two Another are Sydney expats now living abroad making these very relaxed fusions of soul and disco. This is the most laid back thing they’ve released so far but everything they’re putting out seems to be getting some fairly colossal numbers, due in part to this very Hype Machine action. This is the weakest song of the three so far and it’s worth going back to listen to ‘Higher’ which is a j.a.m.