April is in the books. You know what that means—it’s time to recap the best tracks of the past month. Here are 10 songs that are still on repeat to accompany your warm weather gallivanting.
Top Songs of April 2014
1. Future ft. Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino – “Move That Dope”
As the summer approaches, the need for anthems (this year’s Daft Punk or Yeezus) is becoming more and more apparent. Luckily, Future stepped up with the roll-your-windows-down track we all needed in “Move That Dope.”
2. BANKS – “Goddess”
BANKS is an electro-R&B singer that’s beginning to find her stride. Though she’s still a little shy on stage, she shines in the studio on this single from her forthcoming album of the same name.
She takes the glitchy production of Jesse Ware’s early work and brings it to an even colder place. A closer look at Ware is a good reference for where BANKS’ path could lead.
3 . Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”
Electronic music in a post Random Access Memories world. This track recalls Giorgio Moroder with gritty dance-floor house.
4. Wye Oak – “Glory”
Wye Oak took a left turn down the road of synthesizers and electronica on their fifth album. The gutsy move paid off with the collapsing sirens of “Glory,” a song that completely reinvents an already successful band.
5. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Blind Babe”
Avey Tare closely resembles Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz with this one, yet “Blind Babe” captures an accessibility that his full band couldn’t muster with their latest effort.
6. EMA – “Smoulder”
The subject matter of EMA’s The Future’s Void explores selfies and Internet induced anti-socialism. The smeared digital snarls of “Smoulder” signal the angst of a generation filtered through a microchip.
7. Beverly – “You Can’t Get It Right”
Foreboding guitar riffs and intertwining vocals create this post-punk by way of Brooklyn sound.
8. Kelis – “Jerk Ribs”
“The bass vibrates right through me”; “It feels just like it should.” Kelis’ lyrics describe the tune better than I ever could.
9. Girl Talk ft. Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame – “Tolerated”
Girl Talk always had the uncanny knack for making us dance. Now, he takes on hip-hop production with the delightfully old-school sound of “Tolerated.”
10. Ought – “Habit”
Let the gentle musing of this David Byrne-esque rocker take you into May.
Article by Nicolas White