Ting Tings - Great DJ: The Ting Tings are a British male-female duo who know how to make a superfun, colorful video out of a terribly catchy pop song with a relaxing yet soaring hook. The opening puts me at ease, and the rest of the song is danceable without compromising the mellow. It's a got a good beat and there are handclaps. I don't know what else you need. One listen, and you'll be mumbling, "The drums, the drums, the drums, the drums," for the rest of the day.
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Ting Tings - That's Not My Name: The Ting Tings are fun, what can I say? The video is more high-energy than the other one because the song itself is a lot more peppy. It's a wry little "Fuck you" to all the men who can't even be buggered to call women by their proper names. The chorus is infectious as fuck, my favorite part being the way Katie White splits "Sta-cey" into two distinct syllables. And a couple other lines. This song also better showcases the counterpoint of Jules De Martino's vocals, which are actually there throughout "Great DJ" but not as prominent.
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Nine Inch Nails - Demon Seed: Of all the songs on The Slip, this is the one that I fell in love with on first listen, thus causing me to listen to it at the exclusion of other tracks. It has a lot of elements from my favorite NIN songs of recent times like "Zero Sum," "All the Love in the World," and "Right Where It Belongs," but it's more dynamic. I love the bassline and the buzzing and the way it builds for three minutes as Trent cries that he will use his voice and he will use his fists (yeah yeah yeah yeah)...and then it quiets down for a lull before thrusting back out at full force as Trent declares that now he knows what this is all about, now he knows exactly who he is.
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Morningwood - Nth Degree: You've heard this song; you just don't know it. It's used in the Mercury Milan commercial with Jill Wagner. I love that this song sounds so different from the two other Morningwood songs I know ("Jetsetter" and "New York Girls," both of which sound different from each other). It's so unabashedly fun, with most of the song consisting of spelling out the band name in the cutest way possible. Plus, the chorus is adorable! "Uh oh, here we go, turn up the radio! Come on, everybody, to the nth degree!" And then there's a great bit of alternating vocals, and I heart alternating vocals. It's rock music that's fun! We all need some of that.
Elbow - The Bones of You: I got this from my good friend jeeperstseepers, who is trying to spread the word about this British band. I loved it on first listen; it's so fucking moody and evocative. The main guitar hook is just a few strummed notes, giving the impression that the song is always beginning, like it's on the verge of something, and the verses continue that feeling, with each line jumping off from the previous one with no set melody, as if Guy Garvey is telling you a story. And then you hit the chorus, which rises and rises until there's what sounds like a fricking choir (but may be just one woman) backing him up, and even then, even then it doesn't feel like a resolution but yet more beginning, as if there's still something more, something higher to attain. If you download just one song from this post, this is the one to grab.
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