Los Angeles-based indie pop duo Capital Cities burst onto the scene in 2013 when their infectious hit, "Safe And Sound," became a radio hit. The band, made up of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, released their debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, in June. The guys are nominated for Best New Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May.
Capital Cities teamed up with iHeartRadio to Guest DJ a radio station that suits their eclectic taste in music. Check out the band's top ten tracks below.
1. Daft Punk, "Face To Face"
"This is my favorite Daft Punk song," the band tells iHeartRadio. "It's made from chopped up samples of electric light Orchestra's evil woman and showcases their amazing sampling ability."
2. Stevie Wonder, "I Just Called To Say I Love You"
"'I Just Called To Say I Love You' by Stevie wonder is the first song I ever recall hearing in my life. It holds a very nostalgic place in my heart."
3. Rhye, "3 Days"
"I love the haunting, androgynous vocals on this track and the mix of electronic elements and organic instrumentation."
4. Postcards, "Napoleon"
"'Postcards' is a collaboration between us and the amazing producer Simon Mills, who is best known for his work with the U.K. duo Bent."
5. Poolside, "Do You Believe?"
"'Do You Believe' is a track by poolside. A really cool band whose debut album is called Pacific Standard Time. You should check them out."
6. Donny Hathaway, "A Song For You"
"Donny Hathaway is the best soul singer of the 70s, but many people don't know him. 'A Song For You' is such a raw expression of emotion."
7. Bei Ru, "The Maiden"
"'The Maiden' is a track off of the L.A.-based producer's album Little Armenia. He samples old obscure jazz and foreign folk records and creates fresh beats."
8. Madonna, "Think Of Me"
"Madonna was the originator of electro pop on her first album. 'Think Of Me' sounds like a modern blog hit."
9. Pink Floyd, "See Emily Play"
"'See Emily Play' is one of Pink Floyd's first big hit singles back when Syd Barrett used to front the band. He was later replaced by David Gilmour because Syd Barrett lost his mind."
10. Fleetwood Mac, "Dreams"
"'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac always calms me when I am driving through L.A. traffic. Perfect 70s sounding drums."
Photo by Shelby Case
Originally published in December 2013