As the summer slowly turns its back on us for the year, It may feel like the deciduous trees we too are going to molt our happiness with the seasons very first mist in the mornings. But that’s not entirely true. Live events may have been halted for the year, but there’s an extensive number of music being issued by your favorite artists. And with many postponed albums finally coming out, you can never run out of the GOOD music. So here are 5 songs we recommend you to listen as Autumn arrives apace.
Real J. – One Love
Chicago Godfather Frankie Knuckles’ first recordings were recorded in a DJ booth onto cassette. House music was lo-fi from the beginning but the term lo-fi house born from the “new era” of house music whose wry and sometimes sleazy essence make it sound like they were produced using primitive equipment in a Chicago basement some 20 years ago. Real J.’s popularity went into hyperdrive back in 2017 with One Love. Even though the EP Stuck In The Realness was formerly from 2017, it was added to Spotify in 2020. Originally sampled London Town by Lights Of The World, Only Love’s fuzzed-out keys and funky drums will make you bob your head to the track.
Kavita Seth & Kanishk Seth – Rangi Saari
Kavita Seth is most notably known for her signing of sufi music and Bollywood songs for an extensive amount of time. But her prominence really came into play with Ikatara from Wake Up Sid back in 2009. The song became one of the biggest chartbusters in the country. But all these were from a time where nobody would undergo a 14-day quarantine for touching each other. Kavita Seth’s latest installment, a traditional thumri built on top of electronic beats and vocal chops, Rangi Saari with her son Kanishk symbolizes love and all its playful mischief with the beloved in a time where physical beings have become a temple of contagion. Rangi Saari is a song for quarantine. A culture that has changed nearly everything about us.
Sony Alven & mags – I Cried At The Rave
Sony Alven has a discography full of summer anthems catchy enough to feature at some major festivals like Ultra Miami, Coachella, or Tomorrowland. I cried At The Rave’s original intent was probably that too when it came out on January this year. But instead it became a song for a bizarre time when even clubs and bars are empty or closed, let alone festivals. So when parties at home have become ubiquitous and raves are a part of ravenous longing and not receiving, I Cried At The Rave seems to be the perfect song to listen to at home.
Momoko Kikuchi – Blind Curve
One of the best thing about the 21st century is probably the rebirth of Japanese city pop, a Western-influenced “new music” from the post-war economic-miracle-occupied years of the 1970s and ’80s Tokyo. Music journalist Yutaka Kimura, who has published a number of books on City Pop and its associated artists, definescity pop as “urban pop music for those with urban lifestyles”. Even though city pop has been widely criticized as cheesy, mainstream, disposable and shitty pop music by the Japanese people who grew up with it, the AOR, soft rock, R&B, funk, yacht rock and boogie influenced genre has found its way in the millennials’ dream in the 21st century. Momoko Kikuchi’s Blind Curve is one of those outputs. Though its reissue in the Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986 has received a moderate reviews from the critics, Blind Curve is something you should check out.
Natalia Lafourcade – El Balajú / Serenata Huasteca
Natalia Lafourcade’s Un Canto por México, Vol. 1 offers a wide range of Mexican genres from Bolero to bossa nova to Son Jarocho. According to Lafourcade, Un Canto por Mexico is a love song to Lafourcade’s Mexico. Lafourcade has described the album as representing a visit to a Mexican market – the people, the sights, sounds, everything you find in such a place is in her music. El Balajú, with Son jarochoensemble Los Cojolites, the intro of the album is one of the imposing additions. Kicking off with full two minutes mariachi by Los Cojolites that Lafourcade describes as “Very pure, very traditional, very faithful to the genres,” El Balajú / Serenata Huasteca would be an excellent addition to your Autumn playlist.