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7 songs you’ve missed this year – You won’t believe number 3!!!

WARNING: TITLE IS CLICKBAIT!

But wait. It’s too late. You already read the title and said out loud: “I just NEED to know what number three is!”

I’m sorry for using these cheap psychological tricks (apparently not sorry enough to go back and actually come up with a better title). BUT…  Without spoiling too much, I will say that there is a special surprise in the list (and you guessed it already, it’s number 3)

To be honest, I can’t keep up with writing a post for every good song that comes out, as I only write these when I’m in the mood for it. This made me want to make a list of songs that flew under the radar in the mainstream – and remember, you are free to comment on the list if you agree with it or if you just want to let me know that one of the songs I included was actually quite popular and went straight number 1 on the charts in Bhutan.

The songs aren’t listed in any particular order and I made it easy for you to check out the songs – you just click on the title (I know, I’m a genius for this one).

  1. Stromae – Défiler (Bande originale de la capsule No. 5 Mosaert)
    I bet most of you remember how good (and quite annoying at the time) Alors on Danse was. Well, Stromae is back and released (back in April) an almost 9 minute long song that is awesome in every sense of the word. Even if you don’t understand French, this is a must-listen!


  2. serpentwithfeet – invoice
    Invoice is a song that builds up pretty slow, but once serpentwithfeet gets started, he just goes all in and truly showcases his vocal range in this one. Everything in this song comes together to make it one of the most powerful songs this year. It’s definitely one of those songs that you should listen to with some good headphones to get the full experience.


  3. MMS – Don’t Believe the Internet
    The world exclusive premiere to a new song made by me. To be honest I have been playing around FL Studio for quite a bit and decided to record a song. I know it isn’t the best song ever, but I actually think it’s quite good for a first song. I uploaded it to YouTube – let me know what you think in the comments.


  4. SABA – BUSY / SIRENS (feat. TheMIND)
    Saba released one of the best (if not THE best) hip hop album this year, and somehow I didn’t make a seperate post about it when it came out. If you haven’t checked Saba before, this is the perfect time to get into him. And make sure you check out his Tiny Desk Concert performance as well. He kills it!


  5. Mewithoutyou – August 6th
    I just found this group this year when I listened to their Untitled EP, and I have to say that I really like their melodic approach. At times the way they structure their melodies remind me of System of a Down – no wonder I like them. It’s not as heavy as SOAD, but it’s some of the best rock I’ve heard in years (but I have to admit that I don’t follow the genre as much as I used to).


  6. Raleigh Ritchie – Time in a Tree
    If this is your first time hearing of Raleigh Ritchie, you should probably check out all his material. His writing abilities is the perfect combination of catchy, while still telling a (great) story. Even though I linked to the spotify in the title, you should also check out the music video on Youtube – It fits the song perfectly!


  7. Joey Pecoraro – First Kiss
    This is the defintion of Sunday music. The whole album is filled with good-feel songs (the album is named Music for Happiness which is exactly what it is). It’s instrumental only except for sampled vocals and it never fails to put me into a calm and relaxing state. I promise you that Joey Pecoraro will become your go-to for that!


And there we have it! A list that touches on a lot of different genres. Hopefully you will give it all a listen – you never know when an artist or a band hits your perfect musical sweet spot.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it – and I can already now tell that their will be coming a Top 20 songs of 2018 list in December. If you haven’t already checked out my other song rankings of 2016 and 2017 – you can go ahead and do that now as this post is probably ending soon…

 

 

 

… But not quite yet. Okay – now it is. I promise.

SOPHIE – Is It Cold In the Water?

OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES

This is the title of SOPHIE’s new album. As some of you have already guessed from the title alone, this album is weird. Very weird. Or should I rather say… interesting.

I love the experience you have when you listen to this album from beginning to end. The whole emotional spectrum is active during the listen, and it’s actually difficult to listen to some of the songs. The beats are so unusual that it’s  impossible to react properly to it – I’m in awe as well as disgusted by some of the songs. This is what SOPHIE does best. The album challenges the way you think about music, and that is a big reason why this album does something for me. It challenges the way I think about music – WOW!

I realize that the above passage was about the album rather than the song. I don’t care anymore. SOPHIE doesn’t seem to care about tradtional music structure, so why should I care?

There is some order to all the chaos, and the reason I chose Is It Cold In the Water as the song I wanted to put forward, is because it perfectly captures some of this order during chaos. In the end, it all comes down to the build up. The build up in this song is flat out amazing. I felt blueballed throughout the whole song – I just wanted the beat to drop so hard in the end that it would put every EDM song to shame. But it didn’t happen.

It didn’t give me the satisfaction of ecstacy – and I respect the song a hell of a lot more for that. If you want to experience this right, you should listen to the album from start to end.

The answer to the song title is a perfect answer to your listening experience of this album – it’s chilling!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music
Apple Music
YouTube
Soundcloud

Baio – Sunburn Modern

In 2010, I went to my first big festival – Roskilde Festival. It was an awesome experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.

I initially bought a ticket cause Drake was supposed to be come, but he cancelled like a week before and I was so gutted. I decided to go anyway and I’m glad I did. I got to see Gorillaz for the first time and it really put me on to their music – I had only listened to their radio hits at the time, but after watching Damon perform live, I was so excited to listen to Plastic Beach (released that year) and it’s one of my favorite albums now.

Muse and The Prodigy were other great concerts that stand out from that year, but I did make one mistake, that I now regret! I went home a day earlier and didn’t get to see Prince because of it. Now, that’s a missed opportunity, but you live and you learn, I guess.

One artist that surprised me that year was Vampire Weekend. I had initially only heard the song Cousins and I liked how strange it sounded (at the time), so I decided to go check out their concert at the festival.

The settings were perfect for the concert. The sun was up high and it was really warm. I think there was something like 90% girls and 10% guys, but it was awesome how everyone was just having a good time. Good vibes all around and if anyone has ever listened to their album Contra (which they had released that year), it isn’t hard to imagine why everyone was radiating good vibes.

This experience really put me on to Vampire Weekend and I must have listened to Contra for the rest of the summer. And it’s still awesome to put on, if I want to force myself into a good mood – I dare you to try!

That was a long background story as to why I have chosen to post this song today. The other day, I was reading an article from Stereogum: What Have Vampire Weekend Been Up To Since Modern Vampires Of The City. This is where I discovered that Chris Baio, the bassist, went on to work on his solo project. I checked out some of his music and I really love the production on it. Especially his older stuff without vocals that’s just straight up electronic. You can hear some of the Vampire Weekend vibe in the tracks and I love that – It’s like he took the Vampire Weekend sound into a new genre and it ended up sounding just like you would expect.

It does remind me a bit of Jamie xx’ sound, so if you like that, you should definitely give this one a listen!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music
Youtube (Edit)
Soundcloud (Edit)

Enter Shikari – Live Outside (edit)

It’s crazy how far Enter Shikari has come ever since I heard their first album, Take To The Skies. On Friday, their new album Spark will be out and from the sound of it they have gone into a new direction once again.

Enter Shikari has always played around with different genres and a mixing of sounds – it’s one of my favorite things about them. You never know what to expect. But that’s not completely true. They definitely do have a particular sound to them – that’s why this song is both a completely new, experimenting track as well as a familiar Enter Shikari sound. I can’t image how hard it must be for bands to experiment and try different stuff, while keeping the core of your band intact – but I feel Enter Shikari manages just that!

Even if it is a bit more pop-influenced than their previous releases, I definitely welcome this change and I can’t wait to hear the other songs.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music
YouTube

 

Mura Masa – Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)

Hello everyone! I’m finally back after taking a break from the blog due to various reasons.

So much music have been released since my last post almost a month ago, and I’m gonna start off with one of my favorite releases during this time – a Mura Masa song from his new self-titled album.

This song features the one and only Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and I just instantly fell in love with the song. The whole song is beautifully constructed and it reminded me of the vibe I got from Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album.

I feel like that the two complement each other’s sound very well, and I hope that there will more collaborations in the future. Until then, check out the song below!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix)

I’ve been to NorthSide Festival the whole weekend and what a weekend! I was finally able to see Frank Ocean perform after listening to his music since Nostalgia, Ultra. He had to cancel three of his shows prior to NorthSide due to “production delays” – I was so scared that he would cancel this show as well, but luckily he made it and as a huge fan, it was definitely worth all the mud and rain throughout the day – what a perfomance!

I was also able to catch James Blake and even though I saw him last year at Roskilde Festival, I just love his music so much that I couldn’t miss out on him. At some point in the concert he went away from the slower songs and almost turned it into a rave. Everyone was vibing to it and he kicked it all off with this song!

As with almost everything, it is definitely better live, but I think everyone should take a listen as it’s pretty good even without thousands of people having a party next to you!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Keith Ape – IT G MA Remix (josh pan Opus)

Let’s get some korean rap up in this! Keith Ape released a song 2 years ago called IT G MA that quickly became very popular among hiphop fans.

Since the song came out, a popular remix featuring A$AP Ferg, Waka Flocka Flame, Father, and Dumbfoundead was released and the song started to gain some traction again.

BUT… The whole thing was completed when josh pan (who is now signed to Skrillex’ label) jumped on and did a remix of the remix – he played around with the beats and production, but most importantly a verse by Anderson .Paak was added and daaaamn.. what a verse!

You should definitely check out the whole song (I know, it’s 14:25 minutes long), but if you just want to listen to Anderson .Paak spit fire, go to 8:40 and brace yourself!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Calvin Harris – Slide (Feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)

Prepare yourself for this year’s best song (so far). I’m just gonna casually mention some names: Calvin Harris – Frank Ocean – Migos.

I can’t imagine a world without this song – how have I been living in a world without it for so long? Just stop everything you are doing and put this song on. If you have a bad day, it will brighten it. If you have an awesome day, it will become even better.

STOP READING AND START LISTENING!