Hello, I know it’s been a while, (nine months to be exact), since I’ve done a Fresh Music Roundup and that is inexcusable, so I’m going to show you some of the songs that I have discovered/been listening to the most during the past month. The playlist includes music from the likes of J Hus, Rihanna and Kali Uchis. I hope you enjoy!
We’ve made it to the last month of the year and just for that we have a lot to be thankful for. You can also be thankful for the latest edition of Fresh Music Roundup. Pull up a chair, place a napkin on your lap and get ready for the juicy, succulent offerings to end your year right!
Stormzy – Shut Up (Studio Version)
In a year where Grime has captured the attention of the mainstream media, one of the artists riding the wave is Stormzy. In Shut Up, Stormzy, hailing from London, reminisces on his successful year including sharing the stage with Kanye West at the Brit Awards in a performance that caused a lot of controversy from viewers due to its excessive censorship. Stormzy is now embarking on a campaign to get the song to number one this Christmas in an attempt to keep X Factor winner, Louisa, from the top spot.
Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
Katy had a successful 2014, scoring her first number one album (Little Red), as well as a top 5 hit, Crying For No Reason, and she is back with her latest funky-house offering, Calm Down, from her upcoming album, Honey. The track is irresistible and understated yet enchanting, and is a fantastic follow up to her last offering, Rumble, with Tinie Tempah whch went number one a couple of weeks ago!
M.I.A. – Borders
M.I.A. asks ‘What’s up with that?’ after naming several events and issues that have encapsulated 2015 including white privailage, police brutality, immigration, and questions the relevance of pop culture phenomenons such as slang like ‘Slay’, ‘Bae’ and ‘Breaking the internet’. I think through contrasting the two verses she is saying that we need to be more aware about what we are investing our time and energy into and what we are consumers of because there are things happening in the wider world that are more concerning and important.
Gallant – Weight in Gold
With a name meaning ‘brave’ or ‘heroic’, Gallant’s lyrics in Weight in Gold are resonant as he is singing about having the strength to fight for what you believe in despite the consequences. Gallant looks set to conquer the music industry as he has already been tipped by Spotify to be a spotlight artist of 2016.
I can’t believe it’s been two months since my first music round-up. Well I’m back; here are the freshest songs that I’ve been hooked on lately.
Tinashe – Cold Sweat
As you’ll probably notice as you progress through this post, lately I’ve been binging on Tinashe’s music. I loved her album ‘Aquarius’, and her free release ‘Amethyst’. This song really stands out from the album from me, not only sonically, but lyrically. It can be interpreted in many ways, but I feel as though the song is talking about how people start acting different around you once they realise you’re meant for bigger and greater things and you show signs of progression on your journey to success. I also feel as though it is depicting her strive to succeed in the music industry and stand out from the rest.
Tinashe – Dreams Are Real
Another sound out song from Tinashe. She apparently recorded her whole Amethyst project in her bedroom over the Christmas period last year. Her song compliments the instrumental to this song, and the song just leaves you floating on a cloud.
Ty Dolla $ign (ft. Tinashe & Charli XCX) – Drop That Kitty
Now, to liven things up a bit, here is a song that didn’t quite grab me at first, due to the generic DJ Mustard beat. However, after a few listens it has grown on me and I love it. In all honestly, the females outshine Ty on this track, especially Tinashe, who showcases her dance skills in the video. Also, another performance you could check out is Tinashe’s latest performance on Conan the other day of her latest song, ‘All Hands on Deck’. She is really transitioning into a star before our eyes.
Rae Sremmurd – Lit Like Bic
When it comes to songs like this, I tend to block out the lyrics and vibe to the actual music as well as the sound of the artist’s voice rather than what they are talking about, and this is no exception. I love the crescendo technique that these guys use in their songs, vibing off the contrasts in each other’s voices to add light and shade to their music.
J Cole – January 28th
There’s no denying that J Cole is not at the top of his game right now, after scoring his third US number one album, back in December of last year, with little to no promotion whatsoever. This happens to be my favourite track on the album. Take a listen.