So recently I put out a request on my Facebook page (you can visit it and like it by clicking here – go on, it’s nice over there. I’m on Twitter too, you can follow me there if you like), asking people for their favourite song recommendations for me to include in this week’s Musical Discovery. Thanks everyone who suggested tunes, I really liked the suggestions you gave, and I had a good listen!
Now, without further ado, this week’s Musical Discovery sees me do something a little different. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and have always thought about making this a regular post in terms of music, or at least for a one-off. The premise of this is that with a traditional iTunes voucher you can purchase (roughly) 15 songs (on the grounds that they are all priced at 99p), or around that. So, with the added fact that Christmas is coming soon, and that iTunes vouchers are often used as a gift, here’s a hint as to what songs to download when getting one.
1. Youth – Foxes
Most commonly known for its orchestral cover for the Debenhams adverts, this track actually has a strong electronic original version. With vocal distortion and powerful drum beats throughout a variety of different verses in the song, the track contains a large variety throughout. A feel-good track to listen to anytime.
2. Look Right Through – Storm Queen (MK Remix)
Not to be confused with the MK Dub Remix and other similar remixes, this is a great and funky remix of the track by Storm Queen. There is also a funky and stylish video to accompany the song too. A very catchy and rhythmical track overall.
3. Girls – The 1975
With this being the next The 1975 track I listened to after the amazing Chocolate, it’s good to see that the rock group have once again created a unique but still catchy guitar riff, and fitting vocals to create a song for their album that is original, but with the same pattern and themes that The 1975 have made their own.
4. Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
A memorable track and return for the singer. The track has gained a lot of air-play recently, and has since reached the charts. The song is a nice country track with meaningful lyrics to accompany it. A heartwarming, relaxing, and emotional track to listen to.
5. All the Wrong Places – Example
Example has always been one of my favourite musicians. This track sees him return to his singing roots (taking a break from rapping) and focus more on delivering more memorable electronic tunes! This song comprises of powerful and complex drum rhythms, and a touch of Faithless near the end.
6. Hey Brother – Avicii
After Wake Me Up, it is clear that DJ Avicii has a thing for combining country vocals with memorable electronic melodies for the chorus. When it comes to Hey Brother, this is similar, but with the chorus melody setting the song apart from previous single successes.
7. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
I heard this song on the radio whilst on Florida, and with its long release date, I eagerly anticipated its release. It’s now finally here! This track sees funky trumpet solos combined with secret base tones that create a really positive feel-good track! A great song overall!
8. You Make Me – Avicii
Personally, I’m not one for the video, but this song sees a much more relaxed song from the musician. Unlike other singles which see a more fast-paced electronic solo, this track sees a much slower tempo. At first, I wasn’t too keen on the high-pitched vocals towards the chorus, but after listening to it many times, I appreciated that it provided an opportunity for the unnamed vocalist to show off his talent.
9. Applause – Lady Gaga
The return of Lady Gaga was a good one, personally. Applause contains a memorable synthesiser pattern, with powerful and talented vocals. A good return and introductory single for her new album, ArtPOP.
10. Sexy Lady – Jessie J
Another song that has been made popular through publicity such as TV show appearances and adverts, this song by Jessie J bears a similarity to the funky guitar riffs present in her song Domino. A catchy track that is unique in its own right, but with a touch of the expected Jessie J flair.
11. Atlas – Coldplay
Not only does Coldplay’s status as being a great band create a hit single straight away, but with this track becoming a part of The Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, it appeals to a much larger audience. This track sees a different tone to what Coldplay usually does, but fits the tone of the film, but also creates a relaxing song to listen to. Another tune by the band.
12. Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat – Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr and Beardyman (Calvin Harris Remix)
With an interesting documentary-style music video to add to simplistic vocals by Riva Starr, this remix sees an amazing beat drop that suits the title. A great floor-filler.
13. Let Me Go – Gary Barlow
Now usually this isn’t my usual preferred type of music, but with the publicity of the single (especially as this is the first solo track by Mr Barlow), it has lead to a large amount of airplay. This repetition has lead to this song being liked by me. The chorus also adds to the catchiness of the song.
14. F for You – Disclosure
This is one of those songs that has been lingering in the back of my mind for a while, and after exploring it in further detail, it is clear that Disclosure have made a brilliant debut with past tracks, and this adding to the collection. However, the music video can be confusing to watch, not to mention a tad boring…
15. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais
At first, with many chart shows and radio shows dismissing the song as a sad (regardless of the title) and depressing track, but when putting this aside. Gervais’ cleverly timed bass melodies add a new level of emotion to the track, and lightens the mood, making it more enjoyable for people like me.
This is a just a selection of current tracks I’m liking. Do you like any of these too, or is there any I should add? Comment below!