Sunday, 10 September 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 9

1. P!nk - What About Us
2. ÁLI - Cocoon
3. O'Neill Hudson - Lucky
4. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
5. Dacia - Muistot
6. Kamaliya feat Anne Judith Stokke Wik - Plastic Cup
7. James Hype feat Kelli-Leigh - More Than Friends
8. CNCO feat Little Mix - Reggaetón Lento (Remix)
9. Heavy K feat Bucie & Nokwazi - Inde
10. Tom Fall - Kaamos
11. Delta Goodrem - Take Me Home
12. Avicii feat Sandro Cavazza - Without You
13. Kamferdrops - Tusen Bitar
14. Cymbals - Splitting
15. Illusion - Run
16. Nadine - Go To Work
17. Gabrielle Aplin - Waking Up Slow
18. Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
19. Justin Bieber & Bloodpop - Friends
20. Clare Maguire - Elizabeth Taylor (Mulholland Edition)




Monday, 7 August 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 8

1. Nicki French - Teardrops (On The Discofloor)
2. Dua Lipa - New Rules
3. Bella & Filippa - I Think Of Yesterday
4. Kelde - No Reason
5. Enrique Iglesias feat Sean Paul & Matt Terry - SÚBEME LA RADIO
6. Lido feat THEY. - Not Enough
7. Phoenix - Goodbye Soleil
8. Steven Wilson feat Ninet Tayeb - Pariah
9. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
10. DJ Licious - I Hear You Calling
11. Lana Del Rey feat Stevie Nicks - Beautiful People Beautiful Problems
12. Rita Ora - Your Song
13. Kadebostany - Mind If I Stay
14. Kesha - Praying
15. The Fizz - Dancing In The Rain
16. Coldplay feat Big Sean - Miracles
17. Loreen - Body
18. Linda Sundblad - Bridges
19. Simon Webbe - Nothing Without You

20. Ann My Guard - Callisto

Monday, 10 July 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 7

1. Yaşar Gaga feat Sezen Aksu - Şahane Bir Şey Yaşamak
2. Kamferdrops - Jag Trodde Änglarna Fanns
3. Calvin Harris feat Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
4. Wiktoria - I Won't Stand In Your Way
5. Sigala feat Ella Eyre - Came Here For Love
6. Sia - Free Me
7. Sheppard - Edge Of The Night
8. Monarch - Remember Me
9. Nerina Pallot - Stay Lucky
10. DJ Khaled feat Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
11. Yaşar Gaga feat Dilber Ay - Adina Da Derler Sex
12. Clean Bandit feat Marina and the Diamonds - Disconnect
13. French Montana feat Swae Lee - Unforgettable
14. Jax Jones feat Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction
15. Arlissa - Getting Older
16. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
17. Lights - Giants
18. Neiked feat Mimi - Call Me
19. Wankelmut feat Charlotte OC - Almost Mine
20. TLC feat Snoop Dogg - Way Back

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 6

1. Danny L Harle - 1UL
2. Sanna Nielsen - Inte OK
3. Saint Etienne - Sweet Arcadia
4. Missy Higgins - Torchlight
5. Alyss - Pyramid
6. Pound Shop Boys - Fireman Sam (It's Pontypandemonium)
7. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
8. Mastrovita - Invsbl Dreams
9. Jasmine Thompson - Old Friends (Jonas Blue Remix)
10. Katy Perry feat Migos - Bon Appetit
11. Ariana Grande - One Last Time
12. Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
13. Katy Perry - Roulette
14. Jonas Blue feat William Singe - Mama
15. Shakira - Nada
16. Helena Paparizou - Haide
17. The Veronicas - The Only High
18. Katy Perry - Pendulum
19. Miley Cyrus - Malibu
20. Katy Perry feat Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish

Monday, 15 May 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 5

1. Steps - Story Of A Heart
2. Steps - Neon Blue
3. Emma Bale - Worth It
4. Salvador Sobral - Amar Pelos Dois
5. Steps - Firefly
6. Oonagh - Aule Und Yavanna
7. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber - Despacito
8. Drifters - Om Du Fick Se Mig Ga
9. Lady Gaga - The Cure
10. Steps - I Will Love Again
11. Leah - Met Jou Klere Aan
12. Helene Fischer - Achterbahn
13. Cazzi Opeia & Jin X Jin - Batman & Robin
14. Anton Powers & Pixie Lott - Baby
15. Carl Louis - Matinee
16. Claudia Faniello - Breathlessly
17. DJ Khaled feat Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil' Wayne - I'm The One
18. Bleachers - Don't Take The Money
19. Disciples - On My Mind
20. Kristian Kostov - Beautiful Mess

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 4

1. Steps - Scared Of The Dark
2. Huntza - Aldapan Gora
3. Clean Bandit feat Zara Larsson - Symphony
4. The Kelly Family - Fell In Love With An Alien
5. Robin Bengtsson - I Can't Go On
6. Emma Watson - Belle
7. Zara Larsson - Funeral
8. Jowst - Grab The Moment
9. Marble Sounds - If You Stay Then I Can't Go
10. Jana Burcheska - Dance Alone
11. Blanche - City Lights
12. Frances - Cloud 9
13. Francesco Gabbani - Amen
14. Sheppard - Keep Me Crazy
15. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
16. Nelly Furtado - Sticks And Stones
17. Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe
18. Take That - New Day
19. The Sound Of Arrows - Beautiful Life
20. Koit Toome & Laura - Verona


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2017 // Volume 3

1. Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down
2. Loreen - Statements
3. Katy Perry feat Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
4. Tina Guo - Super Mario Bros.
5. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
6. Take That - Giants
7. Troll - Jimmy Dean 
8. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
9. SHELLS - Gold
10. Mariette - A Million Years
11. FO&O - Gotta Thing About You
12. Lorde - Green Light
13. Heathers - Call Home
14. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues
15. Bella & Filippa - Crucified
16. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
17. Anja - Where I Am
18. O'G3NE - Lights & Shadows
19. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's Karma
20. Niké Jemiyo - Dive

It's Eurovision national finals season and therefore no less than half of my favourite new tunes from the past month are either confirmed Eurovision 2017 entries, are still hoping for the chance to represent their country, or are out of the running altogether.


Top of the pile is Sweden's Wiktoria with her second Melodifestivalen entry, As I Lay Me Down. Following last year's Save Me, this catchy track is a classic pop song in the late 90s/early 00s mould, but brought bang up to date with contemporary production. Essentially, it's like a country-pop mash-up of something B*Witched or Vanessa Amorosi might have put out at the turn of the century. Wiktoria herself has a look of Faye from Steps (it must be the big frizzy blonde hair) and a distinctive, but admittedly shrill, voice that I nevertheless absolutely adore.


 


Controversially out of Melodifestivalen before the final, I'm not entirely sure what Sweden were thinking by dumping out former Eurovision winner Loreen's fantastic Statements. Ok, it's not Euphoria, but then it's not supposed to be. This is a very different track that certainly does make a statement. A dark and brooding grower for sure but once it's ingrained its way into your head it never leaves. A really powerful moment from one of Europe's finest artists, it's just a shame that her message is unlikely to make it out of Sweden this time.




Also in from Melodifestivalen are the country's premier boyband FO&O (previously The Fooo and then The Fooo Conspiracy). The trio made their way through to the final of Melodifestivalen from Andra Chansen at the weekend and it's easy to see why - and it's not just because of the support from their hoardes of loyal teenage girl fans. Gotta Thing About You is the sort of thumping and melodic pop track that *N'Sync were smashing with back in 2000. It's a rather wonderful example of its genre and written by no less a figure than Robert 'Mutt' Lange, who co-wrote many of Shania Twain's biggest hits and Breathless for The Corrs.




Also in the 'teenage girl appeal' bracket is Anton Hagman, another Andra Chansen qualifier with his very Shawn Mendes-esque - and very good - debut single, Kiss You Goodbye. Very much not appealing to the same crowd, but confirmed as an instant Melodifestivalen finalist a few weeks ago, is 87-year-old legend Owe Thörnqvist with the unexpectedly charming and catchy Boogieman Blues.


The other Melodifestivalen entries here are Bella & Filippa's lovely country-pop strummer Crucified and Mariette's sparkling dance-pop number A Million Years - a strong follow up to 2015's Don't Stop Believing that could easily have fit onto Delta Goodrem's recent Wings Of The Wild album.




Three entries that have already been selected for Eurovision in the last few weeks are also here, from Italy, Denmark and The Netherlands. The former's Sanremo victor Occidentali's Karma by Francesco Gabbani, is one of the favourites to win, and it's easy to see why - a charming song, performer, staging and message, it's a compelling package. Denmark and The Netherlands have both turned in 90s-inspired ballads of very different kinds. Anja - who was born in Australia to Danish-born parents and won The Voice Australia in 2014 - has turned up with a single Eternal would have been proud to release in 1996. Where I Am may be dated but it has a killer melody and Anja's voice is indeed pretty incredible. Girlband O'G3NE, from The Netherlands, meanwhile have a lovely track called Lights & Shadows that harks back to the 1990 classic Hold On by Wilson Phillips.




Stepping away from Eurovision related music now and the highest current chart hit here is Katy Perry's comeback single, Chained To The Rhythm, a pop track with a slight reggae feel that is somehow both instant and a grower at the same time. Bob Marley's grandson Skip provides a rather excellent rap feature on an incredibly strong comeback single from Katy, who proves that her star has barely dimmed in the four years since Prism was released.


To say he's dominating the charts would be an understatement - this week Ed Sheeran's third album ÷ was released and every song from the deluxe 16 track album is now set to chart in the UK top 20...how's that for a washout! Anyway, it is a very strong album overall and my two picks from it - aside from the ubiquitous singles Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill - are the inspired Irish jig/rap hybrid Galway Girl and the instant classic ballad Perfect, which will no doubt follow Thinking Out Loud's lead to become one of the biggest love songs of the decade.




Chinese cellist Tina Guo's profile is currently rising and her latest album, Game On, is an inspired collection of her versions of some of the most iconic video game soundtracks of all time. My pick of the bunch is her excellent medley of three scores from the Super Mario Bros. series - namely levels 1-1 and 1-2 from the original NES game, the latter somewhat brilliantly performed in a hard rock style, and the Whomp's Fortress stage from Super Mario 64.




Otherwise unmentioned are Take That's anthemic comeback single Giants, which has shades of M83's Midnight City, Gold, a rather lovely, shimmering electropop track from British newcomer SHELLS, and Swedish one-hit wonder Troll's Jimmy Dean, a single I recently discovered that was released right at the end of the 1980s. How this rather epic schlager pop song and its accompanying video have never gone viral or broken out of Sweden I'm not entirely sure.




Finally, Irish twin sister duo Heathers appear with their melodic Tegan and Sara-esque single Call Home, London-based singer-songwriter Niké Jemiyo pops up with the stunning ballad Dive, and Lorde's long-awaited comeback single, Green Light, is oh so different to the music from her debut album Pure Heroine - released way back in 2013 - but also so very brilliant. It may sound like three different songs rolled into one but then, all the best pop songs do. Just ask Girls Aloud.