Too Much by Drake featuring Sampha
On September 20, 2013, Drake released his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same.
The album features appearances by Jay Z, Big Sean, Majid Jordan, Two Chainz and English singer, songwriter and producer Sampha.
Nothing Was the Same features many standout tracks, however, Too Much manages to capture something special.
St. Tropez by FTSE featuring ForteBowie
Leicester native Sam Manville performs under the cognomen FTSE.
There seems to be a translucent film that blankets his songs, which lends itself to a moodily atmospheric mellow sound.
His music is a murky mixture of James Blake and the XX.
I love it.
You Instead (Acoustic Version) by
Luke Treadaway and Mathew Baynton
In 2011, the film You Instead was released to mostly unfavorable reviews and little commercial success.
I cannot understand why.
The film was shot and edited over a 5 day period in 2010 at the T in the Park music festival in Scotland.
It follows two combative musicians from different bands that get handcuffed together after an altercation.
The film’s chaotic setting and organic dialogue foster a feeling of intimacy that sticks with viewers long after the film ends.
I love the movie, and I love the title track.
This Life by Josef Salvat
Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter with a flair for creating broody synth-pop.
His voice is disarming. It’s a grounding force that balances nicely with his cavernous melodic arrangements.
Media outlets and fans alike are branding Salvat as the male equivalent to Lana Del Rey.
Heartbeat by Wilkinson featuring P Money and Arlissa
Wilkinson is an English producer and dj hailing from the suburbs of South West London.
His songs span the electonic sound spectrum and often showcase heavy drum and bass influences.
With singles like Afterglow and Heartbeat making searious radio headway in various countries, Wilkinson is primed to make an impact in the coming year with the release of his debut album, Lazers Not Included.
Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings by Father John Misty
Joshua Tillman, who performs under the moniker Father John Misty, makes music about life.
His songs read like a novel and often reference autobiographical moments from Tillman’s life.
The video for Tillman’s hit single features Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza.
Both the song and the video toegether create a truly mezmerizing piece of art.
Nirvana by Sam Smith
Sam Smith is a British singer with a seriously unreal voice.
His music has palpable soul and evokes emotion.
Future Startes Slow by The Kills
The Kills ae probably one of the coolest bands around.
Their music emits an oxymoronic energy. A finely tuned balance between the hard and the vulnerable.
See them live.
Kick it by Scrufizzer
Romani Lorenzo, or Scrufizzer, is a West London producer and MC.
He masterfully mixes rap and grime together to create ridiculously dancable tracks.
His single Kick It was released in October 2013 by Black Butter Records, and is making traction with English radio stations.
Srufizzer is gaining momentum, look out.
Snaggletooth by Vance Joy
James Keogh, or Vance Joy, is a true talent.
His songs have lyrical substance.
He’s currently touring North America. If you are able, go witness his genius in person.
Far Nearer by Jamie xx
Jamie XX, or Jamie Smith, is an English producer and member of The XX.
His music consumes the mind. His sound is tangible. Listen for at least two minutes to get the full spectrum.
White Noise by Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge
Disclosure is an English electronic duo that makes amazing dance music.
I got to witness their greatness first hand at Lollapalooza and I was fully impressed.
They’ve garnered massive amounts of media attention and chart success around the world and are starting to make traction in the USA. Watch out for them.
The Zone by The Weeknd featuring Drake
This song is pure magic.
The way that the beat unsteadily lurches in and out, the cascading vocals, all of it. A mood is created that transports listeners to some darkly sensual plane that they find themselves never wanting to leave.
Get lost in it.
I Spy by Mikhael Paskalev
This song and this video are so different. I love both elements.
From Nowhere by Dan Croll
Dan Croll has been my obsession for some time now.
He makes songs that are quirky and inviting.
Croll hoaned his sonic skills at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which was founded by Sir Paul McCartney. Croll’s natural knack even earned him a one on one session with the Beatles legend.