This week’s playlist is all about attitude with four bold and aggressive tracks to get the adrenaline pumping. The first track comes to us from Cure For Paranoia, a “trippy, soul-infused, hip-hop” quartet out of Dallas’ Deep Ellum. ‘Bad Impression’ is a menacing track with a head-bouncing beat and intimidating lyrics. The rapid bassline knocks as cumbia-esque howls and rings fill the background all wrapped together with a hyper, articulate delivery from frontman, Cameron McCloud and special guest, Topic.
The next track, ‘Mustang Kids,’ comes to us from Zella Day’s KICKER album, one of the most complete albums we’ve come across lately. ‘Mustang Kids’ is a certain kind of special. This passionate and ambitious track featuring Baby E takes Zella’s arousing sound to a ravenous level. ‘Mustang Kids’ is pissed-off pop for a new generation.
I will make no secret of the fact that I’m a huge Mobley fan. This Austin-based, “solo” showman is a straight-up beast that defines post-genre pop with originality and adventurous experimentation. Typically a one-man band, Mobley, collaborated with Houston two-piece rockers, Catch Fever, on his latest track, ‘Dreamers‘. A distorted drum beat and monstrous robotic duet engulf Mobley’s airy vocals texturing this track with an antagonistic overtone. Light and dark battle as the mood of ‘Dreamers’ evolves from brooding and malevolent to progressive and uplifting with the chorus of “are you gonna change or are you gonna die?”
Emily Bell’s latest track is a promising preview from her upcoming Kali EP due out April 21. This tenacious ‘Godess of Destruction’ channels her raw, primal femininity with ‘Can’t Talk Back,’ an energetic garage rock track with avant-garde flare. Bell hits peak ferocity with the howling chorus of this powerful women’s anthem proving she’s the tremor in our earthquake and sugar in our milkshake. If you like this track, you’ll love the video which features Bell padded in ‘pigskin polyester’ channeling her inner J.J. Watt with the all-female Austin Raiders.