Sunday, 17 January 2016

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2016 // Volume 1

As a new feature for 2016, instead of posting a weekly top ten, every few weeks or so I will post a list of my favourite songs of the previous few weeks, with a bit of blurb about why I'm loving them. Enough great songs have come to my attention over the past three weeks or so to justify the first installment of 2016, so here it is:

1. Pegboard Nerds - Emoji
2. EFF - Stimme
3. Alan Walker - Faded
4. Craig David & Big Narstie - When the Bassline Drops
5. Matt Simons - Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)
6. Little Mix feat Jason Derulo - Secret Love Song
7. The Corrs - White Light
8. The Corrs - Stay
9. Glasperlenspiel - Geiles Leben (Madizin Single Mix)
10. Tobtok feat River - Fast Car
11. 99 Souls feat Destiny's Child & Brandy - The Girl Is Mine
12. Danny L Harle - Broken Flowers
13. Sia - Reaper
14. Birdy - Keeping Your Head Up
15. Jess & Matt - Nothing Matters
16. David Bowie - Lazarus
17. Walk The Moon - Different Colors (Lost Kings Remix)
18. Rachel Platten - Stand By You
19. Sander van Doorn & MOTi - Lost
20. Zara Larsson - Lush Life

Danish dubstep act Pegboard Nerds have been entertaining me for the best part of five years now but Emoji is their best yet, and the video is really genius, bringing everyday objects to life. I'm quite surprised the video hasn't become a viral hit but then dubstep hasn't been in vogue for around five years so perhaps no real surprise.

Other fantastic dance tunes around at the moment include German language gems Stimme by EFF (a duo comprising of Felix Jaehn and Mark Forster) and Geiles Leben by Glasperlenspiel, UK garage legend Craig David's brilliant retro-infused gem When The Bassline Drops, the Lost Kings remix of Walk The Moon's Different Colors, the Deepend remix of originally acoustic song Catch & Release by singer-songwriter Matt Simons, Sander Van Doorn & MOTi's Lost and Norwegian DJ Alan Walker's stunning Faded.

Of the older tunes recently brought bang up to date, 99 Souls' mash-up of Destiny's Child's Girl and Brandy & Monica's The Boy Is Mine continues to be utter genuius while Tobtok's tropical house cover of Tracy Chapman's Fast Car is to my ears more enjoyable and interesting than the more popular Jonas Blue cover which is currently smashing in various countries.

The Corrs are still hanging around in my affections with the fantastic album tracks White Light and Stay while other MOR pop comes from Rachel Platten's uplifting Stand By You, Birdy's Keeping Your Head Up and Little Mix's latest single Secret Love Song - their third really excellent single in a row.

Otherwise unmentioned are Swedish singer Zara Larsson's Rihanna-esque jam Lush Life, the late and great David Bowie's haunting but genius new single Lazarus, Australian duo Jess & Matt's Nothing Matters, Sia's Reaper - the latest (and perhaps for me greatest so far) new track from her upcoming new album This Is Acting, and Danny L Harle's genius PC music track Broken Flowers, which features a fantastic video set inside a commercial printer's factory.