Song: “Christian Nationalist”
Remember when we were told after the 2016 election that some solid protest punk was on the horizon? This is exactly what they were talking about. Full of piss, vinegar, and gang vocals galore, “Christian Nationalist” is exactly the energized political takedown to expect from the storied Anti-Flag.
Artist: Steve Mason
Song: “Like A Ripple”
Album/EP: Coup d’état
A bubbling, broiling vat of uneasy bass and industrial tones plays across the surface of “Like A Ripple”. This mature dance punk takes its time developing and unfolding over the course of its five minute runtime, leaving no pauses but avoiding any rush despite its pulsing pace.
Artist: The Brook & The Bluff
Song: “Everything Is Just a Mess”
Album/EP: First Place
Warm and enveloping with a soulful depth that demands attention, “Everything Is Just a Mess” is a generously mellow offering from The Brook & The Bluff. The smooth clarity of the vocals lay perfectly within the instrumental’s folds, which are especially elevated by the delicate keyboard and guitar interplay.
Artist: Joseph Arthur
Song: “Mayor of the Lower Eastside”
Album/EP: Come Back World
Joseph Arthur has golden vocal cords. Of course, the rest of the song is beautiful, too – layering guitars, choral backings, and folksy stylings make for a gorgeous listen – but it’s Arthur’s laconic, heartbreaking gravel tones that make this tune a memorable one.
Artist: El Freaky
Not a typical inclusion for the Inbox, but what can I say…I’m a sucker for this bass. “Danser” is an easy dancehall DJ favourite, and it’s plain to see why – that incessant backing track, no matter how simple, is what hits are made of. Not to mention the syncopated percussion and catchy syllabic vocals, too – it’s a no frills bop. Easy as that.