Unlike other installments that featured both sonic and lyrical heaviness, this week’s Sunday Sesh features an array of light-hearted music from around the world. We spend a lot of time pondering the important role that music plays in the human experience and try to offer you an assortment of songs that serve specific purposes. This week, we have a selection of new music that we think will put a smile on your face; they put one on ours.
Starting things off is the highly anticipated single from Anderson .Paak, “JEWELZ”. After that, we take a look at the title track from the eclectic electronic duo, Digitalism, and then we wrap things up with much anticipated collaborative album from Sub Focus & Wilkinson, Portals.
Anderson .Paak – “JEWELZ”
Anderson .Paak’s “JEWELZ” was first previewed to fans on his Instagram account back in April when he posted clips of him and his son dancing to the Timbaland produced bop. The funky track features a deep house/disco vibe and .Paak’s pitched-up vocals. The chorus reminds us that some of life’s greatest moments can happen in its simpler ones when .Paak sings “I didn’t even put my jewels on/I didn’t even play my latest, greatest song,” while an animated .Paak dances with his son. The combination of the song’s carefree sound, positive lyrical content and wholesome music video gives us a heartfelt dose of positivity that we all need right now.
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Digitalism – Reality 2
The iconic German duo, Digitalism, known for their distinct style and sporadic release schedule, just dropped a new EP, Reality 2. The five-track release delivers on just about every expectation you could have for a Digitalism release. We featured the title track for you to check out above, but you can preview the entire EP here. If you are getting tired of some of the music polluting the airwaves, make sure to grab a copy of Reality 2 for yourself while you are over there to support and encourage releases like this.
Sub Focus & Wilkinson – Portals
We previewed the first song that Sub Focus and Wilkinson released as a part of their collaborative project, a departure from their typical sounds with the epic breaks track, “Just Hold On”. Well, the day has finally come for that collaborative project to be released.
“Air I Breathe” is a spacey drum and bass tune that delivers a sweet blend of their signature sounds, while reminding us of some of the tracks that made Sub Focus famous. “Turn The Lights Off” is a straight forward drum and bass roller that will tickle scenesters in all the right places. “Stratus” is another mind-blowing breaks track that plays lots of tricks with the synthesizer’s attacks and the way the melody is quantized, giving the song a hallucinogenic and borderline disjointed feel. “Time” has all the makings of a classic dnb anthem, and frankly, the whole album does.
The entire LP deserves its own article, and I could very easily give each one of its song a full paragraph review. Instead, I ask you to spare me the carpal tunnel and support the talents behind this project by purchasing a copy of the album here. Help preserve the art by buying a vinyl copy along with your digital download.