As we ease into the middle of the first quarter of 2015, here are some of the songs that have been a soundtrack to January and February (so far) for me, or which have made my ears perk up.
Ciara – I Bet
Since blasting onto the music scene in 2004 with massive ‘Crunk’ hits like ‘Goodies’, ‘1, 2 Step’ and ‘Oh’, Ciara has since experienced a whirlwind career, taking her up the charts and, well, spending a lot of time at the bottom as well. However, it seems as though Ciara has taken an introspective look at herself and is back with a refreshing, new undeniably R&B track, ‘I Bet’. Let’s hope it fares well on the charts, because the song is fantastic.
Mikky Ekko – U
Cast your mind back to 2012, and think; bathtub, teal water, and a set of dreary, repetitive chords being played on the piano. What else could I be talking about, other than the ballad ‘Stay’ by Rihanna. However, you may also remember that there was a male counterpart on the track. Well, his name was Mikky Ekko, and he is actually quite an amazing artist, who released his debut album, ‘Time’, last month. His track ‘U’ instantly captivated me with it’s enchanting, echo-y chorus, and its endearing lyrics. It has honestly become one of my favourite tracks, ever.
Mapei – Don’t Wait
Ok, this song isn’t exactly ‘fresh’ in the sense that it was released in late 2013. However, ‘Don’t Wait’ has been bubbling ever since. Taken from Sweedish artist Mapei’s debut album, ‘Hey, Hey’, the track has also been remixed by Chance the Rapper. The twang of the chords slightly remind me of cowboy and western movies, and the sincerity of the lyrics are touching and inspiring. Therefore, in another sense of the word ‘fresh’, I think it belongs on my list.
Sevyn – Don’t Kill the Fun
Ever since I heard ‘I Like It’ in 2012, I knew I had become a fan of Sevyn. When I found out she had co-written tracks such as ‘Slower’ by Brandy, ‘The Way’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Fine China’ by Chris Brown and ‘New Day’ by Alicia Keys, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. With the release of her EP, ‘Call Me Crazy, But…’ in 2013, I was mesmerized and the smooth vibes of ‘Don’t Kill the Fun’ are sure to make this song a hit for Sevyn.