The B Tribe’s Music Correspondent, B.Roz, on ear-candy. She also writes here. When she’s not thinking tennis.
Welcome to Beats at The B Tribe, where we discuss, dance, sing along and rock out to music from around the world.
I know, it’s already the end of April, but it’s the weekend, and we’re declaring our ten must-listens from the first quarter of 2016.
“Closing Shot” – Lindstrøm
“Formation” – Beyoncé
I like how “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation” could just as easily be heard as “now let’s get information”.
“Drone Bomb Me” – ANOHNI
ANOHNI finds beauty in darkness, in this song written from the perspective of a girl seeking death after her family was killed in a drone attack.
“Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón” – Alex Anwandter
Like his 2012 single “Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo?” (“How can you live with yourself?”), Chilean popstar Alex Anwandter’s latest serves as both personal account and a metaphor for a wider struggle against homophobia.
“It’s Always Friday in My Heart” is, in many ways, a joyous tribute to the weekend, but it’s also a call for the destruction of inert cultural and political institutions. Heavy subject matter for this glittery disco track.
Just do what it says.
I’m generally ambivalent about gratuitous nostalgia (looking at you, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) but it can be nice sometimes – like when PSB releases a song that sounds as good as anything they released 20 years ago.
“Galaxy” – Ladies’ Code
It’s not easy to come back after losing two of your members in a tragic road accident, but Korean girl group Ladies’ Code shows us how it’s done with this stylish, yearning number. Those jazzy phrasings in the chorus alone! Anything more upbeat – or worse, a ballad – would have rung false.
“Girl Next Door” – Brandy Clark
“So baby, if you want the girl next door, go next door”
A propulsive and defiant kiss-off, and an excellent addition to the sassy Southern girl canon.
I didn’t know I wanted a smoky steel guitar R&B/country duet in my life.