Will you be our valentine? We can’t spend every dollar to our name on you or put you in the flyest gear (as early 2000’s R&B teen phenomenon Sammie would) but we can deliver you a steamy playlist full of love, affection, and compassion. Be ours.
1. The one thing we know we’ll see: Big Time Sensuality by Björk –caitiebee
2. It’s a big day, just make sure you “Get it Right” by Catz n Dogz –caitiebee
3. Though sometimes, it’s what we don’t do. Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do –rye
4. Maybe give her some “Dandelions” by Daughn Gibson –caitiebee
5. Go The Distance – The White Buffalo It’s nice to hear a raw, realist love song that still manages to make you smile. –rye
6. Remember what it’s all about with “That’s Love” by Oddisee –caitiebee
7. For when you know she’s the only one “fer sure” One Million Lovers – The Growlers –rye
8. Murder By Death – Foxglove The cello riff in this song always gets me. Get got. –rye
9. And get in the mood with “Feel Like Making Love” by The Dynamics –caitiebee
10. Suicide – Sweetheart A real tender one from Alan and Martin. –rye
11. And then a song that reminds us that sometimes, it’s best to just be “Alone” by Petit Biscuit –caitiebee
12. A classic that needs no introduction. Mark Murphy – My Ship –rye
This group could stay underground for only so long.
Back in early 2012, we stumbled upon a mysterious collective known as “Algiers”, a band whose name conjures bloody images of political defiance, independence and a nation’s struggle with a brutal imperialist history. They teased us with a ridiculously addictive single called “Black Eunuch” (now wiped clean from the internet, somehow), then appeared to have gone off the digital map.
While they seemed to have ceased activity, a subscription to their Facebook & Tumblr pages revealed a group committed to shedding light on impactful cultural moments of artistic protest and enlightenment, ranging from recordings of James Baldwin and Michel Foucault interviews, to Sun Ra and Suicide performances. After hearing more of the band’s material, it’s clear that elements of each of these carefully chosen influences inform the band’s sound and ethos.
At this point, we know Algiers have been brewing an album’s worth of killer material set to release sometime “soon.” Singles from the record are beginning to slowly penetrate the digital space, so we’ll share two with you with much excitement. While it defies characterization, the band’s sound melds fragments of folk, gospel, post-punk, psychedelia and electronic with Southern Gothic reverberations.
First, the “love-at-first-listen” single “Blood”
Second, the Afrika Bambaataa sampling “Irony. Utility. Pretext.”