Sam Recommends: “Flyin’ High” by Delicate Steve

I first encountered Delicate Steve in 2014, when they opened for Tame Impala (who will surely appear on this blog at some point in the future.)

It was love at first listen. I’m not a huge fan of instrumental music, but while Delicate Steve’s entire catalogue is (very nearly) free of vocals & lyrics, it never sounded like instrumental music to me.

To me, that lead guitar (I’m not a musician, so I don’t know if that terminology is correct) acts as the vocalist & storyteller in Delicate Steve’s songs, and it conveys just as much emotion as any human voice ever has.

In “Flyin’ High,” that voice is telling a story about the resilience of the human spirit. It expresses a slow but steady (and ultimately euphoric) realization that things are going to be okay, that there is beauty and joy to be found in the world, and that it’s worth getting excited about.

That’s what I hear, anyway.

Sam Recommends: “Them Changes” by Thundercat

Holy funk, this song is so good. I dare you to listen just once. You can’t. Unless you’re a masochist. In which case, do your thing. 

In the mood for a 3-for-1? Okay, sure.

So, if you’re like me, what probably first drew you into “Them Changes” is that opening drum beat, right? You might recognize it as a sample from Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day,” which is another all time favorite jam.

But, if you were raised listening to oldies, you probably know that Ice Cube actually borrowed it too, sampling The Isley Brother’s “Footsteps in the Dark.”

Sam Recommends: “Evil Woman” by Black Sabbath

This is definitely a change of pace from my previous two recommendations.

Let me set the scene for you:

It was the summer of 2010. I had just been dumped. And then a slew of other bad happenings followed. Listening to this song (along with “Warning”) on repeat was incredibly cathartic.

Thanks, Ozzy. Love you always.


Sam Recommends: “Really Something” by Hector Gachan

I have to hand it to Spotify’s “Discover” weekly playlists. They’ve turned me on to some really great songs/artists.

This track by Hector Gachan is one of those fortuitous introductions. I think fans of Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ariel Pink, etc. will enjoy the listening experience.

I can’t find a whole lot of information about the artist online, but I’ve been following him on Facebook, and he just released another song tonight. So if you find this song as addicting as I did, check out his new release “Untitled 91.”

Sam Recommends: “Tyrant” by Kali Uchis (ft. Jorja Smith)

In honor of our current call for submissions, I’m going to plug some of the songs that have inspired my own obsession.

I’ve been listening to “Tyrant” by Kali Uchis (Feat. Jorja Smith) at least 3x a day for the past two weeks.

It’s a hypnotizing, sensual, and salty-sweet love song that I discovered via HBO’s “Insecure.” If you haven’t seen the show, start watching because it’s amazing, and the soundtrack is a true gift.