Musical Discovery: January Tunes

At the start of this month, I had all my Musical Discovery posts for January planned out, written and scheduled weeks in advance. However, as the days went by, I realised that I had found a lot of new music this month. Last week, I was desperate to let you all know about Frances, so this week is a round-up of my January tunes!

 

Good Times by Ella Eyre:

First of all, thanks must go to OliviaCheryl – as I stumbled across this song whilst browsing her YouTube channel (definitely go subscribe, by the way).

Anyway, after listening to this track, I was surprised that there was no mention of a drum and bass artist in the title of the YouTube video/song. In my head, I could tell that the drum-and-bass progression had to be typical of one DnB DJ – was it another collaboration with Rudimental? DJ Fresh? Wilkinson?

It took a moment to investigate, but it turns out that Good Times was a collaboration with Sigma – it’s just there was no credit to them in the song title! I was kicking myself when I realised (the song’s style was typical of the duo), but nevertheless it’s another triumph for both Ella and the DnB DJs. The music video was uploaded in July last year and whilst it’s still popular today – it was probably a great summer anthem when it was first released.

Also, I would go as far as to say that this is up there with her collaboration with Rudimental on Waiting All Night. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of Ella Eyre (at least not her original work) and so I would say that she really shines in these DnB singles – where the pressure of a fast-paced tempo is on and she can experiment with her vocal range.

Lastly, as well as the song being a feel-good summer anthem, the music video is full of euphoria, pugs and kittens – what more could you want?

 

Calling Out by Penguin Prison:

 

You may remember a while back that I reviewed Elephante‘s remix of Calling Out by Penguin Prison in a recent Musical Discovery. This time, however, I was keen to listen to the original version.

Whilst I wasn’t keen on Penguin Prison’s other tracks, it was interesting to compare this version with Elephante’s remix. After listening to both of them, it was clear that Elephante was respectful to the original, and that Penguin Prison’s version is just as funky – with a bouncy drum beat and strong guitar rhythm. Usually, I am not keen on remixes, but this is another track where I am keen on both a remix and the original.

 

Miracles by Martin Jensen feat. Bjørnskov:

Earlier this month I reviewed a few tracks from RAC, and that was after stumbling across his music on Facebook. Now, the social networking app’s ‘promoted’ sites has directed me to another artist I might like. This time, I came across DJ Martin Jensen’s, Miracles.

Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed with the beginning of the song. Soulful vocals from Bjørnsjov don’t quite fit in with the light piano melody. Thankfully, as an electronic melody and slow drum beat are introduced, the song finally develops a reliable and consistent tempo. Whilst this relaxing style appears in the opening verse, a simplistic synth melody paves the way into a similarly euphoric and ‘bouncy’ chorus.

In a video on his Facebook page, you can see where Martin Jensen originally got the idea for the chorus from. The wavering synth melody actually comes from an audio sample – taken from the ‘duck army’ video which went viral last year. It may be bizarre, but this audio sampling isn’t apparent when you give the song a listen.

Overall, the backing synth and jumpy drum beat in the chorus – combined with Bjørnskov’s vocal talents – create a chilled house melody that’s definitely worth listening to. Also, with the song only having been released in November last year, it’s fair to say that Martin Jensen may go on to achieve great things in 2016.

 

Which of these tracks is your favourite? Comment below!

Liam

 

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Musical Discovery: RAC

Towards the end of 2015, I noticed a music video ‘promoted’ on Facebook. I was intrigued – keen as always to find new music – and noticed that it was from RAC. It was a teaser for his new single, Magic Hour, which was to be released on Christmas Day. Whilst waiting, I decided to look at his other music. It’s since grown on me and RAC is this week’s Musical Discovery.

 

Hollywood feat. Penguin Prison

I’ve always said that I instantly like a song if it has sharp piano stabs anywhere in the song. In Hollywood, this appears in the chorus and combines with upbeat vocals by Penguin Prison, bouncy guitar riffs and a simplistic drum beat. Also, if you’ve read some of my previous Musical Discovery posts, you may have noticed that Elephante remixed Penguin Prison’s Calling Out, which shared this pop-funk feel. This is without a doubt my favourite song by RAC so far and I have a feeling that Penguin Prison may become a future Musical Discovery.

 

Let Go feat. Kele & MNDR

After noticing that Kele featured on this single, I knew it would be interesting. I recently heard his vocals on Sub Focus’ euphoric track, Turn it Around, and decided to give it a listen. Immediately, I was drawn to the funky bass riff that continues throughout the song. However, whilst some may see it as being repetitive, the vocals certainly make it an interesting listen – as well as a drum beat which becomes more complex at certain points of the song.

Whilst it may have lacked the electronic style of other singles, the song’s still got something memorable about it which means people will still give it another listen.

 

Cheap Sunglasses feat. Matthew Koma

Much like Let Go had one single bass riff running throughout the song, the marimba-style synth melody in this track is what really stands out. It’s how this merges with Koma’s vocals, a subtle bass riff and off-beat drum rhythm which makes Cheap Sunglasses a tropical house single perfect for summer months.

 

Back of the Car feat. Nate Henricks

It was the title of the song which drew me to this single. Immediately, I had thoughts of it being reflective of summer months, where you would be driving along American highways listening to country music in a rusty old jeep. When Back of the Car started with a mellow guitar riff – which would develop to be one of the main instruments on the track – I knew that would the case.

Admittedly, I was thrown off by the bizarre verse structure, but that certainly makes the song unique. The chorus, of course, just repeats the words: We’re living out the back of the car, shouted in quite an upbeat manner by Nate Henricks. Perhaps this was intended, to capture the euphoria of summer?

 

Overall, I think RAC may be big this year. But what do you think of RAC’s music? Which is your favourite track? Comment below!

Liam