I’ve included above a video playlist of all the songs listed in this week’s edition of Tempo Tuesday.

The links below lead to each standalone song.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals – Tiny Desk Concert

This is a short 15-minute concert performed by Anderson Paak and his bandmates. The sheer talent and impeccable delivery makes this group extremely hard to NOT appreciate.

“Good luck trying to classify Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals. Much of their sound is layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation; from there, your safest bet is to call it a hodgepodge of genres in the best way possible.

Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez inject a hard-rock edge into the Hi-Tek-produced “Come Down,” this set’s opening number. When you hear them play the first few jazz chords of “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance,” it’s hard to simply call this R&B.”
– Bobby Carter,  via NPR Music

Stage Kids – Cyniculture

“This is one of the most unique albums I’ve heard in a while. It’s a mad science concoction of space-jazz, math-groove mixed up with electronic/programming sensibilities. These kids are pure talent and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for their next release.”

-Jon Ponton, via Bandcamp user comment section

Glass AnimalsSeason 2 Episode 3

“everyone knows someone like the character from this song. someone who does nothing. all day. every day. there are lots of references to different psychedelic cartoons and old video games in this one. including adventure time. sonically we tried to make sounds that would have been floating around in the character’s brain…sounds that could have been in those cartoons and video games. and there’s a line about mayonnaise”

-Via the Glass Animals official Facebook page.

Two AnotherKeeping Me Under

I fucking love the bass in this jam. I think this song is about the struggle that a guy is having when he starts having emotions for a girl. There’s something that I vibe with about the inner struggle that comes with being emotionally entangled with someone when you’re used to being single.

Warm BrewThe Mission

“Much like the track, it is a hazy, West Coast thing. The guys (Ray Wright, Serk, and Manu Li) roll through a stoop-side cookout, to an extravagant dinner party over looking the ocean, and then back again — one long, lackadaisical day that represents both their success and their roots.”

– Zara Golden, via thefader.com

I grew up listening to west coast rap and this shit feels old and new at the same time. You got to check this jam out if you like the 90’s rap vibe.

ValleyzThe Morning (feat. DVWEZ & Olukara)

A mellow hip-hop jam with a sultry female intro that dives right into rap verse that’s made to be consumed with coffee as you drive to work on a foggy morning. I’d like to be all artsy-fartsy about describing the sound to you, but to be completely honest, I just really like those plucky sounds. Mhmm fuck.

BANKSFuck With Myself

“Fuck With Myself” premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 Radio. During her interview with Lowe, Banks talked about the song’s birth, particularly its title:

“I was diving into my fear. Sometimes you just dive into overthinking, and I guess I was just venting. My dear friend and collaborator Tim Anderson was in the studio with me and after I was done with my little rant, he was like, “Do you want me to read you some of the statements that you just said?” I didn’t wanna hear it. And then he said, “You said, ‘I fuck with myself more than anybody else.’” It felt so perfect for that day and I needed it so bad, and I gave it to myself.”

BANKS via Genius.com

Tom MischCrazy Dream (feat. Loyle Carner)

I fucking love Tom Misch. All of his music has this calm vibe but still gets you into a feel-good upbeat groove.This song talks about the surrealism of life and how sometimes the most mundane events of our past can have incredibly strong emotions attached to it. I think. At least that’s my interpretation of it. Great jam regardless.

Balance And The Traveling Sounds Something About Us (Daft Punk cover)

This is an incredible jazz cover of Daft Punk’s Something About Us. Check out these comments from some Reddit users:

“I don’t know why but this song always makes me tear up. I just feel like it excellently captures the uncertainty in relationships and life in general. In particular, there were those times when I’d drive home on a rainy night after failing to get the girl and this song would play, and it would just so perfectly match the mood, I’d just feel overwhelmed.”

– theBMB, via reddit.com

“I used this song to propose my wife… She loved it!”

– Shoninjv, via reddit.com