Active Child – “Evening Ceremony”
In 2010, Active Child put an EP called “Curtis Lane” that was the best thing I’d heard in awhile. His full-length 2011 follow-up “You Are All I See” was a little bit of a disappointment, but still a solid effort. His new single “Evening Ceremony” continues in the slow-harp-melodies-and-falsetto direction of “You Are All I See,” but it’s still worth a listen.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – “Leave on the Light”
Alex Bleeker is a member of Real Estate, a band that’s gotten a ton of critical acclaim over the last couple years (for reasons I’ve never quite understood); I’ve always thought his side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks is better. “Leave on the Light” is a rambling, alt-country-rock song and the new single from their upcoming album “How Far Away,” due out May 28.
Hudson Mohawke – “Pleasure”
Hudson Mohawke has been around producing for a while. I still go back to his 2009 album Butter every now and then. Lately he’s been working in a duo called TNGHT with Lunice, churning out trap-inspired electronica. “Pleasure” is his remix of Janet Jackson’s “Pleasure Principle,” and it doesn’t disappoint.
When Saints Go Machine – “Love and Respect ft. Killer Mike”
When Saints Go Machine put out a pretty good electro-pop album called “Konkylie” in 2011. “Love and Respect” is single from the follow-up album. The song bizarrely features the gruff Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, but the guest spot works out surprisingly well for them.
Beyonce – “I Been On (Remix) (ft. Bun B, Z-Ro, Scarface, Willie D, Slim Thug, Lil Keke)”
In the original version of “I Been On,” Beyonce does a little shout out to Houston: “Hold up, Texas trill, H-town going down.” In response, Bun B et al decided to release this remix, probably the most Houston song of all time. You can’t get much more Texas trill than Bun B (formerly of UGK), Scarface and Willie D (formerly of Geto Boys), and Z-Ro. The only way for it to get more Houston would be for OG Ron C to do a chopped and screwed remix of this remix.