Get ready, kids! It’s time for Five at 5!
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each day at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. We hope you like them. Today, NH7 contributing writer and Pune’s original Jedi knight Ritwik Deshpande tells you to drop what you’re doing and play his jams. Check it out.
5. Alt-J – ‘Bloodflood’
Thank Alt-J for being the coolest politically correct band of last year. ‘Bloodflood’ introduces the climactic portion of the stellar ‘An Awesome Wave’ with a melody that’s as sparse as it’s big. It burns slow, almost slithers and manages to stand out without being too extravagant.
4. Roc Marciano – ‘Thread Count’
A Q-Tip produced standout on his most recent LP, Reloaded. Slick, savage (“I jumped off the heel of my Achilles/This is light work to me”). Marciano rhymes like he’s got nothing to prove to no one.
3. Nosaj Thing – ‘Eclipse/Blue’
Between albums, Nosaj Thing evolved like a Pokemon. Weightless synths timbres form a capsule for Kazu Makino’s elegantly tortured vocals. Perfectly documents the warmth of a frostbitten winter night.
2. P.O.S – ‘Bumper’
Heavily inspired by punk, Minnesota rapper weighs every word he delivers. Dissing mainstream bravado (“At $10 a pack I might as well resort to robbery/While rappers try to act like their labels advance them money still”) over a ferocious post-motorik beat, P.O.S could very well be the answer. This is rap rock done right.
1. Death Grips – ‘Come Up and Get Me’
There is only one thing to be said. A century from now, the textbooks will hail 2012 the ‘Year of the Ride’.
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.