Algun dia me voy a morir/ Mientras tanto estoy aqui
This volume builds and undulates, so it’s only fitting that we start off with Kiiara‘s “Feels,” a dripping recollection of pill-popping and altered states. It’s one of the very few songs we’ve heard from the 20-year-old pop singer, but one of her tracks has already gotten the Hippie Sabotage remix treatment, so we can assume she’s got similar Tove Lo-level ambitions.
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The next three tracks are all comeback singles from established alternative acts: Miike Snow (“Genghis Khan”), Poliça (“Lime Habit”) and Yeasayer (“I Am Chemistry”). Who would have thought that out of those three artists, Yeasayer would be the band coming back with the trippiest, most experimental track. Miike Snow takes the cake for cheekiest music video, though, with their exploration of homosocial desire (the notion that competition between males is actually fueled by an unconscious attraction) set in a James Bond-type musical.
Flume (“Never Be Like You”) and Wet (“It’s All in Vain”) deliver solid bedroom jams. Her, School of Seven Bells and Tigertown make our most exciting musical discoveries in this volume. And we unearth an oldie but a goodie from the always-reliable Sufjan Stevens. This time the featured track, “A Little Lost,” is actually an Arthur Russell cover. Russell was a 70’s and 80’s avant-garde producer who became an inspiration to quirky dudes singing uninhibitedly under a disco ball (read: LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Dev Hynes).
The volume wraps up with our version of a Latin explosion, hence the Spanish lyrics above taken from the beautiful “Algun Dia (Alicia)” by Mexican indie band Hello Seahorse! That’s followed by the Bossa Nova-influenced Sofi Tukker, then Hinds, a female garage rock band from Madrid, and finally Maluca, a Dominican-American “mala chica” who has collaborated with Robyn.