Songs of the Week 55: April 3 – April 9

claptone#5. Claptone Feat. Nathan Nicholson – Heartbeat

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Catchy lyrics, catchy beat, catchy song. I like a good prog house track, and while the above isn’t the extended mix by any means, it is the perfect snippet to give you a taste of some real smooth house music from an artist known to produce lots of quality stuff.


prince rama#4. Prince Rama – Now Is The Time of Emotion

soundcloud.com/princerama

Went to a show last week with a friend. She loved Prince Rama. I loved one of their tracks (Bahia), but couldn’t offer much about anything else they’d done. Going to chalk that mistake down to my own stupidity. I was blown away at this show… perhaps because I went in with no expectations, but more likely because Prince Rama are just pure fun. This was the song from their set (I think they played it third) that really got the joint rocking.


jay fresh#3. Jay Fresh Feat. Jay Sabin – Heard it All Before

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Been a while since hip hop has happened upon a weekly post. Jay Fresh changes that with Heard It All Before. This one I’m obviously quite late on, as it was released last year… but the laid-back nature of the track sits nicely with me and the style of hip hop I tend to enjoy.


matt black#2. Matt Black – Riot

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Matt Black was my big, exciting discovery this past week. While this track didn’t hit the #1 spot, we’ll be seeing Matt Black here again next week as another of his songs blows me away and I just didn’t want to have the same artist featured twice in one week (I know, I’ve don’t it before… if you really want to hear it, Mr. Black has only released two songs on his soundcloud so it shouldn’t be too hard to guess which one will be here next week).


glasshouse#1. Glasshouse – Back To You

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Lovely soft rock (pop?) from Glasshouse here. I was hooked from the first guitar pluck, and the subtle strings in the chorus only make it that much better (I’m a sucker for strings).

Songs of the Week 40: December 13-19

bibi bourelly#5. Bibi Bourelly – Ego

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Do you like Alessia Cara’s Here? Well then, enjoy Bibi Bourelly’s Ego… because I’m not sure I’ve ever had two completely unrelated songs feel so similar. Gritty and emotionally driven tracks by two promising young artists.


fleurie#4. Fleurie – Sirens

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Give this one a couple minutes to get going. It’s a slow starter, but really builds into a nice, brooding pop song. The strings really puts Sirens over the top for me (similar to warped lyrics, I’m a sucker for string accompaniment to any pop or rock song).


jacob-banks#3. Jacob Banks – Grace

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Some bluesy-soul here, and another song that I think really sets itself apart halfway into the track once the piano starts up.


prince rama#2. Prince Rama – Bahia

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When I first heard this song earlier this week, it only stood out to me as being kinda weird. It still is weird, but the more I’ve listened to it the catchier it’s become. Not sure how to classify it, nor am I quite sure who to compare these two young ladies too… but I’m glad I gave this one a third and fourth listen before rendering judgement.


rhythm district#1. Rhythm District Feat Jessy Allen – Temperatures

soundcloud.com/rhythm-district

An easy choice this week for the #1 spot. Nothing has had me dancing more than the sassy-sounding Temperatures from Rhythm District. That chorus is terrific, and there is perhaps no better song right now on my playlist for a little casual dancing. This is the perfect song for that background track at your little dinner party when you want to secretly bust a move on your way back to the kitchen for a refreshment.