15 songs, 1 hr 12 min, 8 min reading time.
1) “Summon The Fire” – The Comet Is Coming
What a band name. This will get you in the mood, it will pick you up and throw you around and leave you thinking. All I’ll say is their Spotify bio is worth reading.
Album: “Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery” (2019)
Label: UMG Recordings
2) “17 Days – Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version” – Prince
I love how raw this is and the fact they’ve left in the bits where he talks about volume, echo and lighting showing how invested Prince was in the recording experience. Another great thing about Spotify is being able to access these lesser known albums.
Album: “Piano & A Microphone 1983” (2018)
Label: NPG Records
3) “Fading” – Toro y Moi
Toro y Moi has made it into my playlists and podcasts in one way or another through featuring, producing or writing some of the tracks and this opener from his Outer Peace album out earlier in the year is different yet brilliant.
Album: “Outer Peace” (2019)
Label: Carpark Records
4) “The Fall” – Leyya
This Austrian duo keep popping up with cool indie tracks like this. Each time they have me entranced showing there is still space for music like this after the bombardment of indie poppy synth tracks in the noughties.
Album: “Sauna” (2018)
Label: LasVegas Records
To be honest this is very much still a fringe song and a maybe as to whether I should have included it or not. What did it for me is the ending, swaying it into the remain pile. Not only that but Jacques Greene along with Cid Rim below have been doing some really interesting stuff.
Single: “Heaven’s Only Wishful (Jacques Greene Edit)” (2018)
Label: Don’t Guess
6) “It Rains Love” – Lee Fields & The Expressions
Great feel good song. It is soulful, uplifting and I hope it leaves you with a smile on your face as it did me.
Album: “It Rains Love” (2019)
Label: Big Crown Records
If you’re anywhere near The Shacklewell Arms in East London on February 27 then I reckon this will be a corker of a gig before Cid Rim and I presume his naughty alter ego CD_RM explode onto the scene. Another Austrian act making my playlist this month but this one pulls off a cheeky moustache.
Single: “The Tour Begins” (2018)
8) “Dumb Love” – NEIL FRANCES
To be honest, I have a soft spot for indie tunes that have higher pitched male singing, and this is a great example of that with a nice riff. I reckon I will be revisiting this in the summer, when the weather demands these type of tunes.
Single: “Dumb Love” (2017)
Label: Neil Frances
9) “Lay Your Head” – Júníus Meyvant
Powerful lyrics alongside one of the best Instagram accounts out there, his Instagram stories are brilliantly funny. He is currently touring Europe extensively with his band and if you can get to see him I’m sure you will not be disappointed. He made my first monthly discovery playlist as well with his exceptional Neon Experience.
Album: “Across Borders” (2019)
Label: Record Records
10) “DAWAN” – Apparat
Playing later in the year at Barbican, with KÁRYYN. Sounds like Thom Yorke / Radiohead vibes and when the singing kicks in it really ramps up. I think this atmospheric track in a big setting like the Barbican could be spine tingling.
Album: “LP5” (2019)
Label: Sascha Ring
11) “Pais Nublado” – Helado Negro
Nice and mellow: I won’t lie, I have no idea what is being said but it sounds emotional, interesting and his voice holds you. He is supporting Beirut in London in April if you can get to that.
Album: “This Is How You Smile” (2019)
12) “Shirim” – Melody’s Echo Chamber
Quite rocky, with interesting sounds, I enjoy the chorus. Reading about her backlog she has been involved with some impressive artists from a young age such as a collaboration with Tame Impala in 2012.
Album: “Bon Voyage” (2018)
Label: Domino Recording
13) “London Stock” – Harvey Causon
Very much like Jamie Cullum: it’s poppy and Harvey has a great voice while the piano is used to significant effect.
Single: “London Stock” (2018)
Label: New Fugue
14) “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” – Idris Muhammad
Algorithms at their best; I have been half-heartedly searching for this tune for ages and always forgetting then Discover Weekly serves it up on a plate when I’m least expecting it.
Album: “Turn This Mutha Out” (1977)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
15) “Closed Space” – Single Edit – CFCF
Super mellow and even when the beat is added it keeps a lovely vibe, something to drift around and walk along to. All the parts and layers of the song just work together.
Single: “Closed Space” (2019)