Every year I create a new playlist in Spotify and spend the rest of the year adding all of the new songs that I liked that year to the playlist. I do this for a few reasons; partly so I can blog about the music that I like, but mostly it’s just so that I can collect all of my favorite songs of the year in one place, so it’s easy to listen to my favorites.
It started out in 2013 when I realized that my musical tastes change quite dramatically over time, and I like a huge variety of music. So I’ve got 4 years worth of playlists that I keep and when I go back through them it never ceases to amaze me not only how diverse my musical tastes can be, but also how frequently my tastes change. My 2013 playlist has Kimbra right alongside Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding with Radiohead, and Billy Joel with The Bad Plus. Skip to 2016 and I’ve got D’Angelo alongside Snarky Puppy, MuteMath and Marisa Monte, Tim McGraw and Oz Noy, all happily coexisting on the same playlist. This probably isn’t what everyone would want, but it’s pretty fun and interesting to put these playlists in random and see what comes up next. Sometimes I’ll be listening to Thrice (their latest album is pretty cool), and sometimes I’ll be listening to Hiromi, Prince, or Janek Gwizdala.
So with that lead-in I wanted to talk about one artist that recently got added to my 2016 playlist that I’ve really enjoyed, Drew OfThe Drew.
Their music has an undeniable groove factor, while also having strange, genre-melding arrangements that really strike my fancy. I also like it because the band leader, Drew, is a bassist, composer, and all-around just seems like a nice dude (although his choice of wardrobe is a little odd, but I suppose that works with his music). Drew has a way of putting punk rock, funk, Reggae, and dub step all into one song and still make it work really well. And what makes it even better, his rock-star band makes all of this with a somewhat regular instrumentation of bass, guitar, vocals, and two drummers. Why two drummers? No clue, but I like it. It’s cool.
Here’s a sample, one of the songs that I have enjoyed the most, “My Fire”. It’s got at least 3 genres in this song alone. It’s pretty groovin’.
This one is also a favorite of mine. It’s a lot more straight-ahead than the others in their repertoire, not as much genre-blending, but I still really like it. Something about that opening guitar groove just gets me every time. And then there’s the addition of the banjo . . . the banjo? Yeah, it definitely adds an unique factor to the song.
Take a listen, enjoy, they’ve got a few more songs that I really enjoy. And while you’re at it, check out my 2016 playlist for more favorites.