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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.

Anderson .Paak – ‘Til It’s Over

More of this, please? I know it’s been a while since this song came out, but I have to share it with everyone that maybe skipped it the first time around (Why would you ever skip an Andersoon .Paak song though?).

The song reminded me on why I became a huge fan of Andersoon .Paak in the first place. His voice has the perfect combination of being raspy and soft at the same time – I honestly can’t think of anyone that even come close to his sound. He has truly found his own lane and wow! – what a lane to have carved for yourself!

I saw Anderson .Paak (and The Free Nationals) live two times, two years ago. It has, hands down, been two of the greatest concerts I have ever been to. He is a true performer because he performs the truth (kinda corny, I know). What I actually mean, is that his presence on stage is so authentic that it has an mesmerizing way of making you step into his world. The world you step into is colorful, honest, but most of all so enjoyable that you don’t ever want to return to your own world which now seems all dull and boring.

When you’re listening to his music, it gives you the exact same feeling. This song teleported me right back to the concerts, and I just surrendered to Anderson Paak, his voice and his world. I believe a good artist makes you listen, but a great artist makes you feel – Anderson Paak is definitely in the latter category.

I hope there is a good balance of upbeat, chill and ‘in-your-feelings’-music on his upcoming project (dropping this summer, maybe?). No matter what, I know that it’s going to be an instant favorite.

Daniel Caesar – Transform (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)

It wasn’t that long ago that Daniel Caesar released his album, Freudian and I was sold the second I heard the first song.

Despite being from Toronto, he is one of the newer upcoming artists from there that don’t copy Drake or the OVO sound, instead going his own way – and what a way he chose! The album as a whole is great, but what really shines on this project is his voice. His voice reminds me a bit of John Legend’s and that is never a bad bad thing. Mix this with a more interesting sound and you definitely got my attention.

Some of the songs litteraly gave me chills – the flow of the album is great, and every song is strong on its on, but works beautifully as a whole as well. I urge everyone to give this album a listen if you are looking for tender love songs and excellent piano play with a modern twist.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Bryson Tiller – Before You Judge

I’m back with another post after a couple of days off. I have to admit my “one-post-per-day”-mission was, despite being a fun goal, pretty optimistic and I probably won’t go back to that. I will instead only post songs when I really feel like sharing them – that usually means that the songs does such an impression that I have to share it with everyone!

“Now back to the good part” – Michael Bolton

Bryson Tiller dropped his album a whole month before it was supposed to be released. His debut Trap Soul was really enjoyable and this came as a pleasant surprise. Before You Judge reminds me so much of his song Rambo and I love how hard he goes on both of those songs.

Be sure to check out the song and if you like it, check out the album as well!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Frank Ocean – Lens

I know, I know.. I’m a bit late with the song, but I have to post it. It’s Frank blessing our poor souls with track after track in 2017!

I don’t think anyone expected this would happen after waiting 4 years from Channel Orange for Endless/Blonde, but I’m so happy that we get these tracks – there is even going rumors about that he will release Endless as an album with all new featured tracks (which definitely could be a real thing now that Slide On Me released with a Young Thug feature), let’s hope so!

The song itself is classic Frank. Pouring his emotions out with a beautiful and chill instrumental going on in the background – sonically, it’s a mixture between Blonde and Endless with the added autotune on his voice and the ending is like something straight out of Endless.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

The-Dream – Heir Jordan

The-Dream is an artist that I have enjoyed listening to ever since I first heard his album Love King back in 2010. He is far from my favorite artist, but I am always excited when I see something new from him because there is always a chance that he has that one amazing track.

Heir Jordan is that track from me on Genesis. Apparently Genesis was released as a visual album back in 2016, but has only recently been released on music streaming services. The other tracks on the album didn’t get my attention, but this song has a really cool vibe to it and it reminds me a bit of The Weeknd’s mixtape era – Dark vibes with great singing.

If you miss the old The Weeknd vibe (I know I do), then give this song a listen!

 

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) had a great 2016!

Kendrick Lamar dropped his album, untitled unmastered back in March. In July, Schoolboy Q dropped his album, Blank Face LP. Isaiah Rashad dropped The Sun’s Tirade in September. Both SiR and Lance Skiiwalker dropped their projects in October, called HER – EP and Introverted Intuition respectively. And finally Ab-Soul released a great album called Do What Thou Wilt in December.

But this doesn’t mean that 2017 will be any slower for TDE it seems. SZA recently dropped a track called Drew Barrymore which have officially made me over-the-top hyped about her upcoming project.

Give the song a listen below and you will understand why!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Syd – All About Me

Syd from The Internet is coming with a solo album soon. The first single from the album just dropped and I hope that the album can make her become more known in the mainstream as she is very talented.

The beat is very trap-inspired and her unique voice definitely makes the song go from good to great.

You should also check out the album Ego Death by The Internet. It truly is one of my favorite albums that I always come back to.

ILOVEMAKONNEN – Down 4 So Long Remix feat. Ezra Koenig & Despot

What do you get when you mix Ilovemakonnen, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend and Despot together in a song?

The three artists couldn’t be more different from each other and yet they somehow they make the song work. Ezra’s whole verse is gold and my favorite line is when he says:

“Went to the Hamptons and I thought I was the man
‘Til Mary-Kate said my Ray Bans were off-brand”

No wonder he is feeling down after such a tragic event. Check out song and the other verses just below!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Soundcloud

Spooky Black – Pull

It’s snowing right now. Spooky Black (Now known as Corbin) has made the perfect song for a long and cold winter. The singing, the feelings, the vibe – all this makes it one of my favorite winter songs.

And the crazy thing is that he was only 15 years old when he made it back in 2014! Stream it below and make sure to check out the whole EP, Leaving.

Spotify