The Riptide Movement – Fall A Little More In Love

Has a strong Brit Pop vibe with a ting of The Cure on this track from Ireland band, The Riptide Movement. The melody at times reminds me of Pulp’s ‘Common People‘. However, this one has a bit more grit on the guitar. I love the synth lead line that runs in the chorus. Of course, this chorus crushes it and Malachy Tuohy does an exquisite job on the vocals. I’ve had this tune on repeat now for about ten times and counting. Definitely making my best of 2020 list.

Alfie Templeman – Things I Thought Were Mine

That lead line melody jumps from the start. It’s then pushed to another level by his soul inspired vocals. It’s just one of those tracks that hooks you from the start and doesn’t let go. This track is from his latest offer named, ‘Happiness in Liquid Form’. From which I really like two other tracks, ‘Wish I Was Younger’ and ‘My Best Friend’. Alfie is an 18 year old from Bedfordshire, England.

Yelle – Karate

Back with another Yelle track and video. Yelle not only consistently produces great tracks but they always seem to find a simple premise to build a music video with. This time out, we are in the Dojo of dance. And lead singer Julie Budet (aka Yelle) is in red to contrast the with Dojo dancer in white. Was hoping for a dance showdown at some point, which didn’t happen but the video is entertaining nonetheless.

As for the tune itself, it’s rooted in a Hip Hop vibe of old. Has elements of house like the synth bassline and the keyboard chord stabs. The love on this track for me is the last minute or so of the track with that heartfelt synth lead line that drops around the 2:20 mark. Just another great track from the massive catalog of Yelle. The main line of the track is:

“Ton kimono est un pyjama” which translates to “Your kimono is a pyjama”.