FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1- Avicii ft.Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
After the success of the chart topping, ‘I Could Be The One’, Sweden’s finest export Tim Berg aka Avicii returns with another surefire hit in the form of ‘Wake Me Up’. Featuring vocals from Californian Blacc, who had a recent hit himself with ‘I Need A Dollar’, this track jumps from Country-Road style banjo twanging and singing round a campfire jolliness to huge raving beats. 2 genres you didn’t think could merge, that do here with absolute on point finesse.
2- Caro Emerald – Liquid Lunch
This week sees the return of Dutch jazz singer, Caro Emerald with the latest release from her chart-topping album, The Shocking Miss Emerald. The Mark Ronson style production brings back memories of Lily Allen’s debut, with 20s style swing and a little burlesque thrown in for good measure. It all comes together to create something fun, camp and witty. For every homo that’s ever gone down the pub for lunch and ended up waking up the next morning wondering what happened the day before, this one’s for you. (i.e. every last one of you!)
3- Eliza Doolittle – Big When I Was Little
Fresh from returning on Disclosure’s latest hit, ‘You & Me’, posh-totty, Eliza Doolittle returns this week with quaint little track, ‘Big When I Was Little’. Working with the masters of Deep House doesn’t seem to have rubbed off on her too much though as this one appears to have picked up where ‘Pack Up’ and ‘Skinny Genes’ left us a couple of years ago. ‘Big When I Was Little’ gives shout outs to Eliza’s childhood, which apparently was full of listening to Nirvana and watching Malcolm & The Middle rather than being fed from a silver spoon.
4- Tamar Braxton – The One
One of the most exciting movements in music for me in 2013 has been a revival for real old skool 90s R&B and one of the best tracks around at the moment is ‘The One’ from sister of Toni, Tamar Braxton. After some minor success with her sisters in 90s group, The Braxtons, she is expected to release her third solo album, Love And War this year. This single borrows heavily from Notorious BIG’s classic hip hop anthem, ‘Juicy’, arguably one of the most defining tracks in hip hop ever.
5- Show N Prove ft.Takura – Zimma Frame
Something fun to end on this week. ‘Zimma Frame’ takes a sample from 2001’s ragga hit ‘Baddest Ruffest’ by Backyard Dog (which I’m told was also used on the Ali G movie..) and breathes new life into it with a big bass drop, a cheesy dance routine and a dancing granny in the video. Everything is pointing towards it being one of the big Summer anthems this year.