Wednesday, 24 June 2015

ALG June Playlist

ALG June Music Playlist: Songs I've Been Listening To

(There has never been this much colour on my blog, ever. I don't know how I feel about it.)

Another month, another playlist... with only one post in between. Oops. Clearly it's been a bit of a rubbish month for blogging...

I hope you all still like me.

June has been a great month for discovering music. I love stumbling across new artists or bands, and this is happening more and more as I explore Spotify/other blogs. In fact, I've noticed that I'm listening to so much more music thanks to doing these monthly playlists, which makes me the happiest ever (especially considering I went through a phase of listening to almost no music at all near the start of university).

So, here's a little bit about what I've been listening to this month. If you've seen my past playlist posts, you know the drill: playlist, plus some Soundcloud extras, below.

001. Banks - Brain

A rediscovered favourite. May or may not have included this in a past playlist, but I don't care one bit.

002. LION BABE - Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Cover)

The second time I've featured this incredible duo (yep, it's not just the girl with the sensational hair) on my blog now, this is a nice homage to Curtis Mayfield's classic, Move On Up; it's beautifully soulful and well produced, too. Anyone else think of Bend it Like Beckham when they hear this song?

003. Miamigo - Hard to Love

Heard via my new favourite blog, Le Blow, this is one of those synthpoppy songs I can't help but sing along (and dance around) to. Weirdly, the intro reminds me a little of The Weeknd (vocally), but the overall sound is not dissimilar to Glaswegian synthpop trio, Prides (featured way back in my second ever playlist, aw). That's a great thing, IMO.

004. Jamie XX - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug, Popcaan

Jamie XX grouped with Popcaan and Young Thug? Yep. It shouldn't work, but somehow it just does. You get the feeling it wasn't your average "because we can" grouping (i.e. Pitbull/Nick Minaj featuring in just about every song in the past five years) either; there's some thought behind it. It's modern, poppy dancehall at its best, and I'm such a sucker for dancehall (s/o to Clarks at Hifi, Leeds - I miss you, my spiritual home).

005. SG Lewis - Warm

The most aptly named imaginable, this is warmth in a song. Lewis' vocals are deliciously, addictively soft, not as distant as Jai Paul's and not as produced as James Blake's; he's sat somewhere in the middle, and it works.

006. Lianne La Havas - Unstoppable (Jungle's Edit)

Lianne La Havas is incredible and Jungle are just doin' their thing; I couldn't love this more. 2:10 - those vocals!

007. Julio Bashmore - Holding On ft. Sam Dew

Julio is at it again with his annoyingly catchy, brilliant feel good tunes; this one is flavoured nicely with a bit of soul. I'm interested to see what he's got for us with Knockin' Boots (out July 10th, in case you were wondering).

008. Marvin Gaye - Got to Give it Up (Part 1)

Ode to my pal Bowers leaving me for the Big Smoke (I'll miss ya), who not long ago re-introduced me to this classic. It's the happiest, summeriest song, so perfect for the past few weeks.

009. Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight

New (ish) album, yet more funk, soul, fast-paced baselines and of course, Brittany Howard's ridiculous vocals. Don't Wanna Fight tells a story of conflict, of sorts, and you have no choice but to be right there with them. It pulls no punches.

If you like what you see/hear, give my June Playlist a follow below (or click here to open the app); it makes me feel nice.

 Do you have any recommendations for me?

Look out for my July playlist - it's going to be a little different to usual!

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