Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here.
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Alex da Kid “Not Easy”
Remember in 2011 when IBM’s artificial intelligence unit created a computer that would go on to win at Jeopardy? They named it Watson; Watson has now helped this producer write this next song by scanning global events and then interpreting how people FELT about them.
Yes, the computer was researching your feelings on culture. Producer Alex da Kid worked with Watson and also his pals X-Ambassadors, Elle King and Wiz Khalifa, and here’s the result: Alex da Kid “Not Easy.”
Sleigh Bells “I Can Only Stare”
If you were a 80s kid you may recall the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the guitarist from Sleigh Bells sure does. Apparently Derek Miller’s childhood crush on Roger Rabbit’s sultry cartoon lounge singer wife helped inspire the new album titled Jessica Rabbit, which is out November 11.
Here is the latest from Sleigh Bells “I Can Only Stare.”
Zed’s Dead “Too Young”
Love a good guest feature on a track? Then you’ll love the new album Northern Lights by Toronto EDM duo Zeds Dead. This one features Pusha T and Rivers Cuomo, it’s Zeds Dead “Too Young.”
The Shins “Dead Alive”
There are some movie soundtracks that are so good their embedded in your brain forever. If you’re a relatively unknown indie band, getting in one of those films can change your career; case in point The Shins. They were introduced to millions when “New Slang” was featured in Garden State.
While you wait for their next record, which will be out early 2017, The Shins have given you this new song as a Halloween present, “Dead Alive.”
Phantogram “Same Old Blues”
By now you know all the words to Phantogram’s you don’t get me high anymore – so let’s move onto another track that just as me of an ear worm! This one has the same emotional intensity but some additional oomph courtesy of a great choral sample. Phantogram’s “Same Old Blues.”