#5. Zimmer Feat. Fhin – Lost Your Mind
While I’m already a big fan of both Fhin and Zimmer, it’s the lonely, The XX-ish guitar that steals the show for me. It’s subtle and not prevalent enough for my liking, but it is nevertheless captivating.
#4. Public – 4Her
Some lighthearted, fun Brit-pop from Public (and yes I realize that they are from Cincinnati, but for some reason I am getting major Brit-pop vibes here).
#3. Sara Hartman – From the Other Side of the World
I get an immediate sense of lonliness listening to Sara Hartman’s From the Other Side of the World. It’s a beautiful song with a full sound and some great layering.
#2. Leon Else – Dance (Oliver Remix)
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The original by Leon Else is fantastic in it’s own right, but I love what Oliver did to the track. Gave it a more steady bounce that doesn’t quite get as amped up as the original, but has me dancing all the same. I went through a huge disco phase in the early 2000s, and this brings me back to that (it’s also scary to think of the early 2000s as a long time ago).
#1. Oliver – Electrify
Yep – it’s a double Oliver kind of week. Which also means it’s a double disco kind of week. I LOVE the vocals here. For some reason this makes me think of the track from A Goofy Movie, which was probably my favorite song back when I was a kid for a good 2 months after I first saw the movie.
#5. Me Not You – Bulletproof
Debut track from Me Not You is interestingly beautiful. Love the vocals.
#4. Draper Feat. BB Diamond – Jealous
Normally I’d have a song like this higher… but it’s been a great week of music (and it’s already lookin like it’ll be a strong one next week as well). This has all the components that tickle my musical fancy – catchy lyrics, great beat, throwback to the 80s/90s sound and extremely danceable.
#3. Rationale – Prodigal Son
It actually pains me to put this at #3 considering who’ll be at #1 this week (hint – it’s a major guilty pleasure song). Rationale is definitely one of my favorite “unknowns”… he hasn’t quite had that breakout hit yet that has him everywhere. However there’s tons of passion in every one of his tracks and one of the few artists in my library that hasn’t had a “miss” yet.
#2. Childish Gambino – Redbone
Controversial opinion time – I really don’t like Gambino’s new album. It makes me super super sad to say this too as I had unrealistically high expectations for it (he’s basically my favorite artist ever). Hearing Redbone a few weeks ago only heightened those expectations, and I held off sharing it in case there was something on the album that I’d come to like more. Unfortunately, that did not happen. In fact, there’s nothing else on the album I really like at all. That said, I think Redbone is absolutely amazing and probably in my top 5 Childish songs ever.
#1. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Yup. I know. I can’t help it. I cannot stop playing this song. I need help. Not listening to radio has it’s advantages… you don’t get bombarded by the same 5-10 songs over and over and over. However, when a track like this is flying around, if you don’t listen to radio there’s a good chance you never hear it (despite how ubiquitous is may be). Had I not been in a friend’s car when this track came on, it may very well have completely passed by my musical consciousness. Get ready, because every wedding for the next 5-10 years will have this song on it’s playlist.