FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT
1- Passenger – Let Her Go
Brighton born singer/songwriter, Mike Rosenberg has just taken, ‘Let Her Go’, his first major single release to #1 all across the world, from Australia to Ireland, Germany and Sweden to name just a few. However, he’s yet to break through back here in his homeland. It’s only a matter of time though, surely, as this stunning and ever so delicate track fits right on trend in an era of multi-platinum album sellers like Paolo Nutini, Mumford & Sons and other story-tellers.
2- Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us
Jessie Ware has been the word of mouth sensation of the last 12 months with the release of her debut album Devotion and a string of radio hits. With plans now to release a Special Gold edition of the album, ‘Imagine It Was Us’ is the first release from the new set and it appears everything is being thrown at making sure this becomes her first major hit single. There’s still the definite foundation of the Trip Hop and cool Neo-soul sounds she’s delivered so far, but this track stirs slightly askew into disco, with resemblance to Roisin Murphy’s brilliant vivacity and a polished video to match.
3- Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines
Over a decade into his career, the often visually admired Robin Thicke is back with the first single from his forthcoming fifth, as yet untitled album. On one hand, this is perhaps what we were expecting from the recent return of Justin Timberlake, with its sleekness and unrivalled funk, but there’s a slight déjà-vu feel to ‘Blurred Lines’. The Pharrell Williams production is perhaps sounding too close to his previous knob-twiddling on Madonna’s ‘Give It 2 Me’ and Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’, which makes the whole thing feel just a tad lazy, but nevertheless worth a listen.
4- John Legend ft. Rick Ross – Who Do We Think We Are?
As we head into Summer and prepare for another bunch of talent show hopefuls to butcher John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’, the man himself returns to show them just how it’s done. In an era where contemporary R&B has managed to evolve into Europop, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear John delivering pure soul. ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ uses a looped sample of soul classic ‘Mr Big Stuff’ by Jean Knight which is a nice touch. The mellow rap from Rick Ross manages to add a little modern twist to the track without damaging the rawness and simplicity of this delightful song.
5- AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies
After slowly building a fanbase with their unique brand of mellow-electropop, 2013 hopefuls, AlunaGeorge were thrust onto the radio overnight with their feature on the huge club hit ‘White Noise’ by Disclosure. Standing back on their own four feet, they have their best shot so far at a hit in their own right with the release of fourth single, ‘Attracting Flies’. It’s a world away from everything else out there at the moment, but with its vibrant R&B production and soulful vocals, there is certainly a gap in the market for a song like this.