Music is something that brings me immense joy, so it would be odd for me to exclude it from this blog. The hardest question I’m repeatedly asked is, ‘So what sort of music do you listen to?’ to which I usually reply, ‘How long have you got?’
I can’t play an instrument, I can’t dance well, and I certainly can’t sing in a manner that would please anyone, but I do love exploring different genres and expanding my music library whenever possible.
Each month I’ll showcase a selection of songs that I’m absolutely loving. Some old, some new, some fast, some slow, but hopefully most of them are just obscure enough that your taste can potentially expand into other parts of the vast musical landscape. Who knows, you may be minutes away from discovering your next favourite artist…!
Here are my picks for December:
- ‘Woozy’ – Faithless
‘Woozy’ has all the hallmarks of a typical Faithless track. A myriad of samples blended behind deeper grooves, and before you know it, you’re in a dark, underground club somewhere in London. The track constantly changes tack without losing its direction and the haunting but unassuming vocals of Maxi Jazz carry you the whole way.
Listen to ‘Woozy’ by Faithless here.
- ‘Please you’ by Angus & Julia Stone
A calming track by this Australian brother & sister indie-pop duo that I frankly hadn’t paid much attention to until recently listening to their self-titled album released last year. The whole album is one evening stroll along a beach in the summer, but this track in particular stands out for me.
Listen to ‘Please You’ by Angus & Julia Stone here.
- ‘Woman’ by City & Colour
I first heard this track around 2 months ago and was blown away. Multiple listens later and the effect hasn’t worn off. The slow, haunting guitar and ambient beginning sets up the lengthy 9-minute offering, but it’s worth your time. Lyrically it’s a basic track, but the haunting vocals of Dallas Green are powerful enough that the words become less of a priority.
If you want the climax of the song halfway through to send shivers up the spine, turn it up loud and close your eyes.
Listen to ‘Woman’ by City & Colour here.
- ‘Next Lifetime’ by Erykah Badu
I only just discovered Erykah, and her album ‘Baduizm’ this week, although it was released almost 20 years old. Her voice and lyrics are soulful and catchy (similar to Jill Scott) and this track is one I keep jumping back to.
Listen to ‘Next Lifetime’ by Erykah Badu here.
- ‘Salva Mea 2.0’ by Faithless (Above & Beyond Remix)
Above & Beyond are possibly my favourite act/band/group. They release their own electronic/dance albums but also do a weekly 2hr podcast playing purely dance music from a variety of artists. This remix they did as part of the recently released Faithless album just stands above. A progressive track that incorporates enough of the original Faithless song, but with plenty of A&B influence to call their own. This is the perfect track to turn my car into a mobile dance club.
Listen to ‘Salva Mea 2.0’ by Faithless (Above & Beyond remix) here.