The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.
10. Kisses – “Huddle”
Each time a great new track speared by Jesse Kivel comes to the fore, I feel compelled to insist that we’re not related while simultaneously lauding his superb pop sensibility. His work with brother Matt in indie pop quartet Princeton caught our attention last year, but its his electro-leaning, ’80s-tinged duo with Zinzi Edmundson, Kisses, that’s got us this week. The second single from their upcoming album Kids in LA (due May 14th on Cascine), “Huddle” mines the territory Yeasayer’s been angling at of late, Kivel’s emotive vocals crooning over a bouncy beat of glowing synths and ribbed bass. “Meet me in the middle, girl / meet me in the huddle,” he calls, sincerely attempting to lure back a distant love. -Adam Kivel