Tunesday: “Soubour” by Songhoy Blues

Ah, my good ol’ friend Spotify Discovery Weekly does it again! Really, I’m not sponsored by Spotify, I swear! (but, hey, Spotify, if you’re interested, I’d love to work with you).

Now, I don’t usually go into a band’s origin story, but I quite like this one: Songhoy Blues formed when the soon-to-be band members were pushed out of their hometowns by Ansar Dine, a jihadist group which banned cigarettes, alcohol and music [1]. They all met while living in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and started writing “desert-blues” with a Northern Mali style to remind their fellow refugees of home.

This song makes a perfect soundtrack for walking. You will automatically picture yourself as a badass, triumphantly walking away from successfully sabotaging an Ex or a nemesis from work. Maybe you just pulled off a successful hit, and now get to celebrate with your newly acquired bounty? Soubour has hints of motivation, mixed in with the hope of a brighter tomorrow… like you know you are so smart that you can tackle everything and can solve any problem in a weird, unique, and badass way, naturally.

If you like:

  • The Velvet Underground Guitar Solos
  • Walking-like-a-bad-ass Music
  • Desert-Blues (Ooo, so cool!)
  • A wicked guitar riff and a driving beat

… then you’ll like Soubour by Songhoy Blues. Hecky, you’d probably love the whole album; it’s pretty great!

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Tunesday: “Pop Muzik” by M

I don’t know how old I was when I first heard this song, but I’m pretty sure it was track #2 of the first CD I burned back in grade 4. (Track one was, obviously, a Simpson’s mash-up. The Simpson’s mash up was also track three by accident).

What better song to bring back #Tunesday with than a parody of pop music itself? This song has enough “Shooby-dooby-doo-wops” and “La, la, la’s” to meet anyone’s pop music needs, along with a catchy melody to sing along to. It’ll get your toes a-tappin’ and your hips a-wigglein’.

One of my favourite parts of #Tunesday is watching the music video for my favourite songs. This one is a jewel: monotone delivery; empty set; cool camera tricks – did you see how it made him look like he was IN the mirror? How cool?! – it has it all. Really, the only person who could have made a better music video for this song was me, as a 12 year old, lip syncing in the three-way bathroom mirror. (Now that’s what I call cool mirror tricks!).

Press play, crank it up, and transport yourself back to a time when music videos were simpler. Let your ears surf along a knarley New Wave. Let’s talk about Pop Muzik.

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Tunesday – Culcha Candela – “Party Bus”

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have caught on to the fact that I love pop songs with shitty lyrics. If a song is bad, I will listen to it on repeat. If a song features a rapper who can’t rhyme or doesn’t sound “cool and hardcore”, it becomes my favourite part. Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to Weird Al parodies and cover albums by The Muppets or The Chipmunks, but give me a terrible pop song and I will love you forever.

I think I discovered Culcha Candela from a “Best of Eurovision” playlist years ago, and on that day I knew I had discovered audio gold. Culcha Candela are a german hip hop/reggae/pop band that sing in English, German, Spanish and sometimes French. Most of the time I have no idea what they’re saying, but if their English lyrics are anything to go by, it’s definitely not poetry… (my favourite lyric in this song is when the one guy goes: “Enjoy, joy, joy, joy, joy. joy, it is time to enjoy!” but holy moley are their songs catchy! And really, what more do you want from a pop song than something with a good beat that makes you want to dance?

I have this idea in my head that Culcha Candela is the guilty pleasure of all Germans. No one would admit to liking them, but secretly they know all of the words and love it when one of their songs comes on shuffle.

When I was in Berlin I did hear their music on the radio, so I know they’re not just a wonderful pop hallucination of mine.