This week the beautiful Drew Sullivan, aka Slow Dancing Society, brings us his current top 5 musical loves. Enjoy this wonderfully eclectic mix and be sure to check out the Slow Dancing Society discography including the recent re-workings of his material by Hidden Shoal’s Antonymes.
Also be sure to keep your eyes and ears out for some previously un-released Slow Dancing Society tracks we’re releasing very soon!
1. “CONTAGION” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Cliff Martinez
I cannot say enough about this release. I’ve been a huge fan of Cliff Martinez for years. Every score he does has a common thread that runs through them, but all are extremely unique.
This one in particular is a bit of a departure from his typical tonal/washy sound. Its heavily weighted in vintage synth sounds and has a very rhythmical quality, almost techy in parts. It sounds like a modern Blade Runner Sountrack.
2. “ACHTUNG BABY” (20th anniversary edition) by U2
Still can’t believe this album came out 20 years ago. It sounds so amazing and still fresh today. The 20th anniversary edition comes in a few forms. Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Uber Deluxe. Being the huge fan that I am, I got the Uber Deluxe edition and it comes with EVERYTHING. All of the original 7″ singles, hard back photo album, various DVD concerts and docs…oh and a pair of Bono’s famous FLY sunglasses…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
3. “RELAYTED” by Gayngs
I discovered this band by happenstance on YouTube and I was blown away. They’re a mixture of funk, soul, and yacht-rock. Yes, yacht rock. You know, stuff like Christopher Cross, Phil Collins, Paul Young, Michael McDonald.
Believe it or not, it’s incredible fresh and familiar at the same time. It’s a very trippy sounding record as well with the subtle psychedelic-funk under-tones.
4. “THE EUROPEAN” by Kramies
I absolutely love this guy. Amazing melodies and well crafted tunes on this fine little EP.
Right away I heard influences from an old favorite of mine that I didn’t think anybody knew about…Tommy Keene. Power-Pop mixed with heartbreaking acoustic-crafted songs.
Don’t sleep on this one!
5. “CRY” by Creme & Godley.
Not an album, but an old gem that I came across recently and haven’t been able to stop playing it. Such a great tune. Check out the video on YouTube for a ‘way ahead of its time’ video.
Also, the pick above by GAYNGS, does an amazing cover of this song too.