THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S FAVORITE MUSIC ROUNDUP VOL. 3
Hey guys! We’re back with volume 3 of my favorite songs of the week and beyond. This post will feature a bunch of songs I’ve been hitting the play button on more than once. Let’s get straight into it!
1. SAM SMITH // “I FEEL LOVE (DONNA SUMMER COVER)”
This gorgeous modern reinterpretation of the stunning Donna Summer Disco classic finds Sam Smith pushing the boundaries of his vocal technique. The song produced by Guy Lawrence features some of Sam’s highest singing ever. “I Feel Love” is currently featured in a Target Holiday campaign and is Sam’s second solo single this year following “How Do You Sleep“. He also had a hit collaboration “Dancing With A Stranger” with R&B singer Normani.
2. SPENCER BARNETT // “WASTE MY TIME”
This is 18-Year-old Spencer Barnett’s‘ new single since the release of his debut EP Reckless. It’s also our first taste of his new sound and direction this Summery Pop anthem (filmed in Montauk, NY) is tinted with R&B harmonies. The song comes from Spencer’s writing sessions in the U.K. at Abbey Road and Angelic Studios.
3. 4TH & ORANGE // “ONLY YOU”
Southern Californian Pop-Reggae band 4th & Orange presents us with a fun cover of this 80’s synth-pop classic from British band Yazoo. The track is driven by bright guitars and accented by the staccato drumbeat update and gives a fresh take to the song.
4. DUA LIPA // “DON’T START NOW”
On Dua Lipa’s’ first official single release in 2019, we find the singer in a fierce and fabulous form. In this glittery funky disco-inspired track, The “New Rules” singer proves she shines best in writing breakup tracks.
5. BASTILLE (FEAT. ALESSIA CARA) // “ANOTHER PLACE”
On “Another Place“, Bastille finds a home in writing about love and the hardships of it. For Dan Smith, it always seemed fitting to give the fan fave another take and they did so by bringing on Alessia Cara. The song takes on a whole new meaning with Alessia Cara contributing not only vocals but writing an added verse. The Surrealist video for the song not only added another perspective but depth. Allowing the viewer to gather one’s interpretations, something Bastille has become quite adept at in their lyrics and imagery.
6. FUTURE THIEVES // “I DON’T THINK I’M OKAY”
This jazzy rock number from Indie Country band Future Thieves features lots of jangly guitars and rhythmic bass to keep you on your feet. As the song rolls along and speeds up, lots of fuzzy guitars come in with the drums keeping the pace. The song rounds out with super catchy vocals, and you’ve got yourself a fun country-pop single.
7. THE 1975 // “FRAIL STATE OF MIND”
The 1975’s new track opens up with a beautiful harp melody before it transfers into something completely different. The song has a lot going on with many different elements to it, and yet it somehow works. It’s 90s House; it’s Trance, yet it’s Brit Pop and Rock at its core. The song is overall very cool and unlike most of the music, I hear today. That makes it very refreshing to the ear.
8. HEBE // “HUNTING ME”
Rising artist HEBE music delivers a haunting but electric synth-pop jam with “Hunting Me“. The track finds the singer taking on her demons and fears. It reciprocates that feeling head-on with pulsating bass and synth beats, with huge drums that seemingly take charge. HEBEs’ vocals are the underlying current that pulls everything together. The song is off her forthcoming debut album, “Cards On the Table“, set to be released this Spring.
9. MOSS KENA // “BEGGING”
Soul Pop singer Moss Kena delivers another emotionally driven song on “Begging“. The track was co-written with Bastille’s’ Dan Smith and Songwriter-Producer Mark Crew. Moss Kenas’ vocals cut through like a knife and are rich yet restrained, adding to the emotion of the already heart-aching lyrics. All of this set against a Pop-R&B Euro club beat perfect for dancing those tears away.