Five Songs We Can’t Stop Listening to is a collection of our newest favorite songs. Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love. This week we talked to The Social Experiment and Absofacto.
Listen to the whole segment and all the songs below.
1. The Social Experiment picks “Give Me a Try” by Sizzla
For the first song of every week, we always ask one artist that we love to tell us about a song that they love.
Justin Barney: Nico, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to.
Nico Segal: Man, I have been listening to the Young Thug album, but there’s a specific song that reminded a friend of mine of a different song that he put me onto by an artist named Sizzla. S-I-Z-Z-L-A
Justin Barney: Not SZA. Sizzla.
Nico Segal: Sizzla. The song is called “Give Me a Try” and it is extremely hot. I encourage the world to indulge themselves.
Justin Barney: What about it is hot? What makes it hot?
Nico Segal: The simplicity. His vocal is really unique and interesting. The melodies are all really interesting. The beat itself sounds really good. Like I said, this beautiful simplicity, showing a lot of people where music today was at one point, where it’s been influenced from. It’s not super super old, but it definitely shows you this combining of genres and this combining of feels that’s happening now.
Justin Barney: It’s a footstep from where we were to right now.
Nico Segal: Indeed. He’s mostly a reggae artist, but this song in particular is very ambiguous and very hot.
Justin Barney: Alright. Let’s do it.
- “Give Me a Try” was released in 2003 on Sizzla’s album, “Give Me a Try.”
- Listen if you like: Young Thug, rap/reggae, hot tracks
2. Parquet Courts – “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience”
Song two this week is “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience” by Parquet Courts. It is two songs in one, and the whole thing comes in in less than three minutes and 30 seconds. In my opinion, the second song is better than the first, so it is worth the wait.
Parquet Courts are from Brooklyn and are releasing this song on their fifth studio album “Wide Awake!”
I think that Parquet Courts sounds like something you would hear at CBGB. They embody the spirit of rock ‘n roll. Adam Savage- on vocals- is heady and wordy. He delivers in a speech-talky form, which is something that I love.
- Listen if you like: classic New York bands, something you could hear at CBGB, rock ‘n’ roll
3. Absofacto picks “I Feel Like I’m Drowning” by Two Feet
Justin Barney: Absofacto, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to.
Absofacto: I am completely addicted to Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning.” It’s this really simmering, moody, dark vibey track that’s really… heavy bass and sexy blues guitar; just really dark, dripping with dark sexiness. My friend Two Feet showed it to me a while ago and he actually asked me to direct the music video for it, so I’ve listened to it a million times. For the rest of my life I will have that song stuck in my head.
- “I Feel Like I’m Drowning” was released as a single in 2017.
- Listen if you like: SOHN, Chet Faker, Jack Garret
4. Janelle Monae – “Django Jane”
Justin Barney: From the music desk at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, I’m Justin Barney.
Dori Zori: And I’m Dori Zori.
Justin Barney: This is Five Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To.
I am here with your morning ray of sunshine, Dori Zori. Hi Dori.
Dori Zori: Hi Justin, I’m so glad that you picked me for this week because there is a brand new song out that has been on repeat. I listen to it at least a dozen times per day, no lie.
You know that feeling, like, the Kool-Aid man bursting through the wall. He’s like “Oh yeah.” That’s kind of how I feel everytime I listen to that new Janelle Monae track, “Djanjo Jane.”
It makes me feel like I can do anything. I’m not a woman of color, but I’m a woman, so I feel like I can relate to a lot in this song. It’s just so powerful, and I might even start crying if you make me talk about it more, so I think we should just listen to it really loud.
- Janelle Monae’s new album, “Dirty Computer” will be released on April 27.
- Listen if you like: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Black girl magic
5. Yuno – “Not Going Back”
The final song this week this week is “No Going Back” by Yuno. Yuno encompasses everything and does everything. He is of British and Jamaican decent and grew up listening to Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks. He taught himself guitar by watching Youtube videos of metal bands play guitar. He was inspired to do his own solo performance by watching MC Lars. He does all the production, all his own art direction, and directs and shoots his own music videos. He also does his own press photos.
He does, is, and is inspired by everything. Even though he puts all this hard work in, this song is surprisingly laid back. You can hear influences from all of those things. You can also hear influences of MGMT and Tame Impala. It’s got a feel.
- Listen if you like: MGMT, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra