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Real by Years & Years 

The English band comprised of three musically-gifted, R&B-inclined friends is creating quite the stir. 

Even without the release of a full length album, the trio have been garnering loads of attention.  

Lush beats and butter smooth vocals from sometimes actor Olly Alexander, make up the rich sound that is Years & Years. 

First TIme by Vance Joy 

Vance Joy has been steadily growing in popularity since the release of his well-received, Riptide. 

Come September, fans are going to get even more tracks to obsess over with the release of his first full length album, Dream Your Life Away.

Down On My Luck by Vic Mensa 

Vic Mensa is a young rapper from Chicago. 

Cuurently, he’s primarily known for his frequent collaborations with fellow Chicagoan, Chance the Rapper. 

Mensa’s own music, however, is rapidly evolving and he’s shaping out to be one to watch.

Better Man (Acoustic Version) by Paolo Nutini 

Paolo Nutini first rose to acclaim in 2006 with the release of his debut album, These Streets.  

After releasing his second album, Nutini took a brief hiatus.

However, now, he has stepped back into the spotlight and delivered his third studio album, Caustic Love. 

The songs featured on Caustic Love do not disappoint. Better Man is a particular stand out and has been described by Nutini to be a strong representation for the direction of his future musical journey.  

His uniquely emotive vocals and charismatic stage presence have prompted the patiently waiting fans to embrace him once again with open arms. 

1998 by Chet Faker 

Faker recently dropped his debut full-length album, Built On Glass. 

Filled with multifarious tracks consisting of soulful grooves and spritzes of electronica, the songs are definitely a fresh treat for listeners. 

Strange Feeling by Panama 

Panama is yet another up-and-coming band from Australia. 

Their sound is full. It’s substance allows listeners to travel along with the smooth, up-lifting tunes. 

They’re playing SXSW this year and are definitely beginning to make major headway with foreign listeners. 

The Moon Song by Karen O featuring Ezra Koenig 

The Moon Song was written and recorded by Karen O and multi-talented director Spike Jonze at O’s dining room table. 

The simplistic, yet heartfelt, piece was created for the Jonze’s critically acclaimed film Her.  

It manages to capture the delicately complicated essence of Her, and is even nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards. 

O will be performing The Moon Song at the event. 

Raining Love by Kyle 

Kyle “K.I.D.” Harvey is an up-and-coming rapper from Ventura California. 

His sound is waggish and has a higher than average quirk quotient. 

Kyle’s palpable uniqueness is manifested in his music videos; all of which are refreshingly playful.

His debut album, Beautiful Loser, is available for free download on his Facebook page, check him out.

I’m Into You (Live) by Chet Faker 

Nicholas Murphy, better known as Chet Faker, is another Aussie talent that has found musical acclaim in recent years. 

Faker’s songs are pieces of soul infused electronica featuring heavy seductive grooves. 

He recently released an EP with another Australian wunderkind, Flume. The EP is titled Lockjaw and boasts three new pieces for fans to jam to.

Adore You by Miley Cyrus 

Miley Cyrus’s most recent single, Adore You, is an amorous ballad that reminds music listeners that she’s not just a tongue and a foam finger. 

My Number by Foals 

Foals are an English indie rock band hailing from Oxford. 

In 2013, they released their third album, Holy Fire; and are currently touring the US. 

I was fortunate enough to see them live when they opened for the Arctic Monkeys at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. They were magical. 

Led by charismatic front man, Yannis Philippakis, the band put on a high-energy show that was significantly heavier than expected. 

Check them out.

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.