As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to share a few tunes that have resonated with me throughout the year. Although songs like Drake’s, “Just Hold On, We’re going Home” and Beyonce’s entire Beyonce album was on constant repeat, most of these artists are not in the mainstream and if you know me, then you know my enthusiasm for discovering hidden gems. These songs are in no particular order.
1. Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” — Listen, there have been countless moments where I have had, as a friend of mine would describe a, “30 second dance party” alone or with my fiancé’ when this song plays. We could be cooking, watching tv, whatever, but shoooooot, everything stops and I GO IN. *Cue Michael Jackson moonwalk, spin, and pelvic thrusts. It’s that good.
2. The Civil Wars – “Billie Jean” — Okay, I am usually VERY against anyone covering, “The greatest entertainer that has ever lived,” BUT sometimes you have to let go of your reservations and explore. Sprouting from Nashville, TN, The american folk duo’s rendition of the pop hit is one of the best I’ve heard.
3. Electric Guest – “This head I hold” — This funky pop crew put together a great one here. Similar to what happens with “Uptown Funk,” I can’t help but at the very least do the wop to this upbeat track.
4. Ben Khan – “Drive, Pt 1″ — If you are a fan of the show, “How To Get Away With Murder” you may recognize this song. it was featured in one of the many hot and steamy scenes that the shows flaunts. My ears couldn’t resist. I immediately shazamed this dark, sultry, hypnotic, tune that will have you calling (or texting) up your “cuddle buddy” for a rendezvous.
5. Us The Duo – “Shake it Off” — Oscar Wilde said it best, “Everything popular is wrong” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off” is at this point beyond popular. So you can imagine my reaction when I see the title of this song pop up on my Spotify station, but I sat back and just let the music take over. The magnetic pull of the acoustic guitar and the soft, affectionate tone that this pop duo uses to create a floating sensation is remarkable and worth listening to.
6. James Blake – “Retrograde” — If you haven’t heard of James Blake by now, please do yourself a favor and dive into the entrancing spell binding pool that is his music. And when you come out for a quick breath, your perspective on the world may be a little different. #ThankMeLater
7. Majid Jordan – “U” — If you like the Drake hit single, “Hold On, We’re going home” then you will have to give credit to this Canadian recording and producing duo made up of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. Fun, lively, and musically sound (see what I did there,) there entire EP, “A Place like this” is noteworthy and a diamond in the ruff.
8. Tove Lo – “Got Love” — Discovered this gem via iTunes Single of the week. Press Play, see what you think. I enjoy it and it has been one of the top played tracks in my iTunes.
9. Jessie Ware – “Desire” — If you ever need a mood setter, this is your track. The English singer-songwriter’s album Tough Love is tough. (yes, tough in a good sense.) But this song right here has been played over and over and over again for all the right reasons.
10. Banks – “Warm Water” — I’ve already posted about this song, but I have to say again that this song resonated with me throughout this year and discovering Banks was like discovering $20 in your jeans. A joy.
Happy New Year to you and yours.