Well unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 12 months, you would be familiar with The Weekend.. (I can’t feel my face when I’m with you… but I love it.) I was lucky enough to see him perform live at a taping of the Graham Norton show in London. The boy can sing! His latest single is Starboy, and when he hits those high notes I’m reminded of the late, great, Michael Jackson. This guy is going to have a huge career.
On Starboy he has collaborated with French DJ duo Daft Punk and it definitely gives it a little somethin’ somethin… it’s not my normal genre but it has a super catchy hook and a beat that just makes me wanna bop… and that’s why it’s on repeat this week!
The late, great, David Bowie is still a regular on my playlists. So many wonderful songs that I will never tire of. Recently I was listening to my copy of ‘The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars’ record and it was there, lying on the carpet (as I usually am when listening to vinyl) that I rediscovered the wonder of ‘Moonage Daydream’.
This song takes me to another place entirely. There’s so many elements to it, I love how it builds a little bit throughout, there’s some interesting breakdown with flutes and synth and then it all comes to a head with a beautiful string arrangement.. I am a real sucker for strings on a song!
Earlier this year The Last Shadow Puppets dropped their second release. I have been a fan for years but on first listen ‘Everything That You’ve Come To Expect’ didn’t do a lot for me. It’s one of those slow burners that takes multiple listens and then one day it all just clicks and you suddenly can’t stop listening to it!
One track I’ve got on repeat at the moment is ‘Miracle Aligner’. It gets under your skin, you can be going about your day and suddenly you realise it’s been in your head for hours… and that’s not a bad thing! Oh and the film clip is ridiculous and hilarious.
I’ve liked every song The Kills have ever released but I’ve never really delved into their albums or back catalogue.. until now. Their latest release ‘Ash & Ice’ is amazing. The whole album has been on repeat for me lately, but one track in particular sticks in my mind, Black Tar.
I love Alison’s voice, her vocal on this track has an echo to it that gives it an almost haunting quality. It grabs you and sticks with you.. the melody and guitar work is also great. It’s a lesson in taking it back to basics.. take a listen..
I’ve been a big fan of Warpaint’s for years now. Their latest album ‘Heads Up’ dropped in September and ever since I have barely stopped listening to it. Full of addictive melodies that float over your ears, it’s so easy to listen to, to chill out, to drive to, or to just listen to.
The opening track Whiteout has been on repeat for me lately, you can immediately hear a difference to their previous sounds. There’s a synth drum track and it’s a little bit more clipped and punchy than their last record. But what remains are those juicy bass lines and dreamy melodies. I’m in love.
It’s been a while since I sat down and listen to Stonefield. Previous winners of Triple J’s Unearthed High (2010) the four sisters have a distinct sound that seems to have come straight out of the 1970’s. Their heavy guitar sound is reminiscent of bands such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
Their latest song ‘Love’ is covered in a layer of reverb giving it a chilled out vibe. Lead singer Amy’s voice is almost unrecognisable, a softer and more delicate vocal than their other tracks. I find this song really infectious, it’s super easy to listen to I’ve had it on repeat for the last few days!
Check it out;
I discovered this week’s track on The Graham Norton Show. Elle King is an LA native, and also dabbles in acting (naturally).
The track Ex’s & Oh’s has got traces of blues, rockabilly, country, rock, pop and it’s damn catchy!
Take a listen..