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Every Sunday, the 5-Star Sounds team will be assembling a list of songs, albums, and artists that we can’t get enough of. Take a listen to what we’ve been playing over and over for the past week.
What We’re Listening To
Chad M. Crabtree
Rhye, “Beautiful” (2020)
This sultry new single from Canadian R&B act, Rhye, features one of the most infectious grooves I’ve heard in a long time. The rolling bass line provides the ideal backdrop for singer Mike Milosh’s lazily seductive vocals. “Beautiful” might just be Rhye’s best work since 2013’s “Open.”
Jim Croce, I Got a Name (1973)
Jim Croce barely made the charts in his lifetime. But the post-mortem release of his 1973 album I Got a Name suggests that he could have been one of the most influential soft rock artists of the century. The title track evokes a sense of relaxation and reflection and draws the listener in for more.
Aesop Rock, Freedom Finger Soundtrack (2020)
Where Aesop Rock’s previous full-length album, The Impossible Kid, feels like he packed every beat with syllables and every verse with rhymes, the lyrics he wrote for Freedom Finger flow in a more deliberate rhythm. This EP features some samples from Freedom Finger, the game, and a few instrumental versions of the first three full-length vocal tracks.
Hujan, Lonely Soldier Boy (2010)
I’ve recently been introduced to some amazing artists in the underground Malaysian rock scene, and Hujan is the one I haven’t been able to get out of my head. The hummable 2000’s garage tunes mixed with Japanese pop rock undertones haven’t left my head or headphones all week, even if I don’t understand every line.
Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)
Paul Simon mixes gospel, jazz, and pop into a cocktail surely whipped up at dive bar in the Deep South. There may be some bias, as I own a beat up, flea market version of this record on vinyl. “Kodachrome” and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” will have you on your feet, while “Tenderness” and “Learn How to Fall” will have you in your feels.