Every week we compile our favorite tracks released throughout the previous days that have us buzzing into a mixtape in order to share with you! This time around we have some great new songs from Cold Beat, James Bay, Alvvays, and many other artists putting out material in 2014.
Power pop trio Beach Day released its first new song of 2014, "All My Friends Were Punks," on Record Store Day as part of Kanine Records' vinyl exclusive compilation Non Violent Femmes. This week the track popped up online for streaming and we've had it on repeat ever since!
RIYL: Best Coast, Vivian Girls
Celebrating the very recent signing with Polyvinyl Records, Canadian indie rock quintet Alvvays has shared a brand new track "Archie, Marry Me." Reminiscent of 1990s alternative rock outfits like Sixpence None the Richer or Letters to Cleo, we're so excited for more from this group in 2014.
RIYL: Letters to Cleo, Sixpence None the Richer, Dum Dum Girls
Singer-songwriter James Bay has already caught the attention of The Rolling Stones and Beth Orton as a supporting act for a number of concerts, but 2014 is looking like his year. Bay's new song "Running" is a perfect example of the promise of this talent.
RIYL: Jeff Buckley, James Blunt
"Mirror" by Cold Beat is a wall of punchiness to bring us back into the more upbeat side of our mix. Try not to get up and dance around to this song!
RIYL: Camera Obscura, La Sera, Tennis
As you all know, great covers are one of the best parts of mixtapes. This week The Horrors covered Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" and Beth Gibbons of Portishead collaborated with stoner metal group Gonga to cover Black Sabbath. Such exciting takes on some already great tracks!
Jumping into the world of emerging hip hop artists, if you haven't heard of Kate Tempest we're glad to introduce you to her work. The young emcee's latest track "A Hammer" uses industrial influences, with a solid story being told throughout.
RIYL: MIA, Bat For Lashes
One of the simplest songs from this past week is easily one of the most impressive. Dub Thompson's "No Time" definitely showcases the band's namesake with a reggae-esque hook mixed with a more aggressive refrain pulsating throughout.
RIYL: Gorillaz, King Krule
The Walkmen's bassist Peter Matthew Bauer debuted a new solo song this week entitled, "Philadelphia Raga." Starting off as a mesmerizing instrumental, this track turns into an upbeat Americana number, inviting listeners to sway along.
RIYL: Wilco, The National
Speaking of The Walkmen, multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin is also working on a solo record for 2014 but his is aimed at children. His latest track "Hey Sister" is a duet with Brooklyn singer Kat Edmonson and though it's really for kids we're still enjoying it!
RIYL: Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan ... but for kids
This mixtape would be a perfect compilation to share with a group of your friends just enjoying the fine weather that is slowly coming into play this week. Spring is finally breaking through the dreary winter, so break out some cool new tracks to celebrate!