Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 7

Electric Guest, Skip Marley, H.E.R., Wild Nothing, Heart to Heart, Alex Kennedy, Mighty Oaks

Clockwise from top left: Electric Guest, Skip Marley with H.E.R., Wild Nothing, Heart to Heart, Alex Kennedy and Mighty Oaks.

Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems.


Mighty Oaks, “Lost Again” — The Mighty Oaks perfectly capture that feeling of wanting to go back and change the past on their new single “Lost Again.” The song’s mellow acoustics evoke a sense of realization that everything happens for a reason, favoring peace and forward movement over dwelling in the past. The song has a very demure feel to it, but each note and melody leaves a mighty and emotive impact.


Skip Marley featuring H.E.R., “Slow Down” — The suave, sensual voice of Skip Marley and Vallejo’s H.E.R. come together for a sultry number, portraying a form of love at its raw, ecstatic best. The visuals off the video contrast the simplicity and grace with taking it slow and the urge to skip to the good parts. The song’s reggae fusion sound maintains what every Marley is known for, while H.E.R.’s soulful voice takes the listening experience in a refreshing direction.


Electric Guest, “Dollar (Cha Cha Version)” — Electric Guest release the Cha Cha cut of one of its most iconic songs, “Dollar.” The new version is more laid-back than the original, even more perfect for a day at the beach. Its catchy beat and a feel-good sound takes you to a hot summer day spent with your friends. It upholds the pop standard of taking the weekend nights by storm, but its emphasis on hypnotic percussion could land it in a house music club as well. It gives it much more crossover appeal than most radio-friendly synth-heavy tunes.


Alex Kennedy, “Baby Steps” — Alex Kennedy puts into words what most expecting parents think about during a pregnancy on “Baby Steps.” Kennedy wrote this song a few months before his daughter was born and the song emphasizes how fast life can speed ahead during this time. Still, what he wants is to stop and appreciate each moment. It’s a song about what he wants for his daughter: for her to be happy. All these thoughts take place amid a sweet acoustic backdrop.


Heart to Heart, “Insufferable” — This song channels all the raw emotions of Heart to Heart frontman Nick Zoppo. He was going through a breakup while in the studio, and that’s effectively and intensely evoked. “Insufferable” puts into words what many feel through the process. Heart to Heart’s sound is reminiscent of sad-boi rock of the early 2010s. It’s a band that many ex-emo or scene kids can enjoy, as well as people who want to acknowledge the high school angst that they might have forgotten about.


Wild Nothing, “Foyer” — Wild Nothing’s sound remains as immersive and danceable as ever. Like New Order being sucked into a black hole of euphoria, the soundscapes of “Foyer” are both brain-melting and beautiful. Jack Tatum’s arrangements harness the powerful volume and overwhelming size of shoegaze in order to bolster what’s essentially a catchy synth-pop tune. Where guitar, synth, drum machine and drum kit start and end stops mattering. What matters is the euphonic sound cascading over you like a benevolent supernova.


Aarushi’s Pick: As a former emo kid, Heart to Heart’s “Insufferable” really jumped out to me. I would definitely have had this on all my playlists in high school because it reminds me of something I would’ve gone through during the time. It reminds me of a lot of Pierce the Veil songs that I would listen to on repeat. The first heartbreak is always crushing, and “Insufferable” perfectly captures that whirlwind of anger and confusion that results from the initial breakup. It’s a great song to scream the lyrics for the cathartic release that would come from it.

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