Public – “4Her”: The journey from rock n’ roll with a classic bent into pure pop territory for the band continues with the release “4Her,” a breezy tune that stands in stark contrast to the weather outside (it’s grey and icy where I live as I write this). The topic at hand is a classic – seeking out a girl expressed through some cutesy yet fun lyrics. The thing I enjoy the most about this song is it’s expression of PUBLIC cementing themselves in a pure pop role. The EP between their eponymous release and their current run of singles was fun, but didn’t have a super consistent identity. At this point in time, there should be little doubt as to John Vaughn’s ability to craft tasty jams easy for a trio to flesh out. -RG
Clubhouse – “Blame the Weather”: Mere seconds into listening to this song I’m a little sad I didn’t include it on my top 100 for 2016. The introduction reminds me a little bit of “Light Up” by MUTEMATH, an excellent experimental electropop track from last year. The music here is very danceable and carries an effervescent quality I think many folks will love. Listening to this song also explains straightaway how they were able to snag a premiere with the almighty Alternative Press. It’s exciting to see a band that has played a Tuned Up event make waves in the broader market. -RG
Grey Lamb – “London”: Indie hip-hop duo Grey Lamb have had a busy year. After two freshly released EP’s plus a single, and performances alongside hip-hop stars like D.R.A.M., Bryce Vine, and Waka Flocka Flame, you would think it would be time for Grey Lamb to take a vacation. The group apparently had something else in mind because they just dropped a new single and video for ‘London’, what we can assume is the lead single for a new album.
The track showcases a blend of David Zucarelli’s fastest rapping as well as a mellow hook from producer Eric Swanson. With themes of embracing where you’re from but also dreaming of something more, Grey Lamb does not venture far from their signature conscious-rap brand. Well-placed cuts and thoughtful dynamics make the track refreshing in the context of the scene of developing hip-hop acts. -BH