For once (ONCE!) in my life, I’m going to disagree with Katy Perry and declare that “Prime” is Allie X’s Spring Jam. Yes, “Catch" is a great (and more structurally interesting) song, but "Prime" gets seriously stuck in my head. Her biography on AllMusic describes her sound as “airy yet sassy electro-pop”, which I just can’t stop reading in a cockney accent.
According to Billboard, Allie X is planning on a less traditional rollout which “incorporates original artwork, videos and GIFs”, which is fine and all, but please hurry. I have a feeling Allie X could be the best thing to happen to Toronto since Joe Carter hit that home run that one time.
According to lead singer Matthew Healy, Manchester-based The 1975 got their name from some scribblings in a book about the beat generation he received while on vacation in Majorca. The page was dated “1 June. The 1975”, and when it came time to pick a name for the band, (t)he(y) felt it was perfect.
This version of “Sex” is the third track on the 2012 EP of the same name. The 1975 re-recorded the song for their self-titled debut album in 2013, but I find this version to be slightly more vibrant (read: better). Feel free to tell me how wrong you think I am.
I’ve already posted this song, but wanted to share the acoustic version because it’s pretty great. Colin Hay’s music was alloverScrubs and, as a result, was all over my “Top 25 Most Played” iTunes playlist in the mid-00s as well.
It has become an anthem for my 20s. Thank you, Man at Work.
Okay, this is a terrible comparison, but throughout the album, José James showcases his ability to perform in nearly every style. “Do You Feel” is the album’s sexy slow jam, and good gravy I love the organ accompaniment. The piano solo goes from being beautifully understated to introducing a strange chord progression unheard of elsewhere in the song, which brilliantly removes any risk of redundancy that would otherwise adversely affect a seven-minute song.