This week’s edition of “Dancin’ Digs” teeters on the visceral plane. Thematically the tracks all contain a languid beat but lyrically they couldn’t be more different. The fashion of all five artistes is intriguing, from the stylized Popcaan to the comfortable style of SZA. So sit back and enjoy the sounds and sights from the songs we sourced straight from the bloglines we love and delivered to you for a little mid-week upliftment. As we say, shake those mid-week blues right off and get to work with a little swagger in your step.
Popcaan, “Everything Nice (Produced By Dubbel Dutch)
Mixpak Records has had an ongoing affection for dancehall artists over the years. Exhibit A: Vybz Kartel’s Kingston Story. “Everything Nice” is a single from Popcaan’s summer album release on said label and a taste of what is in store for the artiste. In this Jay Will directed video, Popcaan sits serenely as his stylist looms in and out of view, changing him from one look to the next. The track may seem like a simple posi-vibes song but it’s Popcaan’s calm embrace of moments of happiness that make the video most endearing.
BANKS, “Brain (Produced by Shlohmo)”
American singer BANKS is haunting in this Shlohmo produced track, evoking that calm, California R&B style that you hear from artistes like Jhene Aiko, but with a heavier grovel in her voice. In the video for “Brain” you see BANKS’ silhouette morphed in a mirror and transposed over geometric graphics, making her even more mysteriously beautiful then she already is.
Sky Ferreira, “You´re Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)”
Sky Ferreira is definitely one of our favourite break out artistes from last year. Her personal style is killer and her voice is refreshingly mature for her youthfulness. We’re loving how this Cid Rim Remix of her track “You’re Not The One” is syrupy and dancey all at once.
Sometimes we try to imagine a present day Erykah Badu (present day Erykah Badu excluded) with that melting soul sound over a contemporary production. Step in SZA, who is equal parts self-reflective, soulful, and bohemian. In her track for “Babylon” she takes a dip into a murky lake, rejuvenating herself in a self-inflicted baptism, undoubtedly a visual play on her suggestion to crucify her.
AlunaGeorge, “Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)”
AlunaGeorge’s album release last year and their track “White Noise” with British EDM darlings, Disclosure, propelled them onto the Electronic dance scene, refreshing dance music with more soul and style. This Kaytranada edition of “Kaleidoscope Love” continues to highlight the sensual voice of front woman Aluna Francis, pairing her voice over a dreamy dance beat. It’s perfect for floating into a dream sequence.