February Music Fix

James Dix

James Dix from Chipping Norton often meets David Cameron at the local Sainsbury's, "No I don't want an NHS cut, I just want some milk". Final year student of Journalism and English Literature from the countryside, studying at Northumbria University.

In February, it’s easy for all us single folk to get hung up on Valentine’s day. Instead, let’s focus on all the new music there is to be heard. This month, the best pick of the bunch are dance tracks with enough momentum behind them to become mainstream hits. Here are my favourites:

 

Sam Smith – Money On My Mind

The first major media coverage of Sam Smith was with his performance of ‘La, La, La’ with Naughty Boy on the Top of the Pops Christmas special.

Since then he has performed his upcoming single ‘Money on my Mind’ at Radio 1’s Future Festival. Smith’s first single ‘Lay Me Down’ lacked commercial success, yet he has won the BRIT Critic’s Choice Award for 2014.

The 21 year old artist’s second single is set for release on the 16th of February. His album might not be out until May, but you can access his EP, Nirvana, from PMR Records.

Katy B – Little Red

Katy B is best known for her track ‘Katy on a Mission’, from her album On a Mission (2011). Her new album Little Red is out on the 10th of February.

Recent single ‘Crying for No Reason’ followed the party anthem ‘5 AM’, not to be confused with Kate Nash’s ‘3 AM’.

Following the album release, Katy B will be doing a six-date tour around the UK from March including: Brighton, London (twice), Oxford, Birmingham and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now.

Zedd – Stay The Night/Clarity

Bizarrely, despite a US release date back in September 2013, the Digital release of ‘Stay the Night’ featuring Hayley Williams is yet to happen.

The follow up track to ‘Clarity’ is out on February 9th, five months after the US. The track might be a little bit old, but it is still worth a re-listen.

Zedd’s deluxe version of album Clarity will be out on the 17th of February to follow up the new single. The German DJ Zedd recently won a Grammy for ‘Clarity’ as the Best Dance Recording track.