So, I’ve got something a little bit different for you guys. Every month I’m gonna be setting up a Monthly Favourites playlist over on my Soundcloud, which I will then talk about on my blog. Feel free to subscribe to the playlist, give me suggestions, share or simply just get some new music to listen to!
Bebe Rexha – I’m Gonna Show You Crazy
This girl burst onto he scene featuring with Cash Cash with their smash hit Take Me Home, but now Bebe is taking the world by storm on her own. This is her second single, following the huge success of I Can’t Stop Drinking About You, which promises to be another hit we can belt out. The lyrics alone show her bad girl attitude and her alternative view of love, explaining how she will be a ‘psychopath’. I am sure there’s much more to come from this young Albanian, so keep your eyes, and especially your ears, wide open.
Kwabs – Walk
This 24 year old from Bermondsey in South London has been going from strength to strength. After starting out by covering songs on YouTube, his cover of James Blake‘s The Wilhelm Dream went viral, he has gained international recognition since releasing this single in October last year. Even though it didn’t chart highly here in the UK, it became hugely popular in Germany and Austria and was even number one in the iTunes Music Chart for quite some time. This inspirational song is bringing great things for this guy, so watch out for his soulful voice in the future.
Tove Lo – Talking Body
This Swedish pop-sensation has been spotted all over the charts for the past few months, but only as a feature. Now, with the release of her own music, she is certainly earnt those places in the mainstream music charts. Taken from her Queen of the Clouds EP, Talking Body is a relaxing pop ballad that gives an unconventional view of love. The 27 year-old really has done everything, toured with Katy Perry, written for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with Scream My Name and has recently teamed up with Alesso for the smash hit song (that’s obviously going to be a summer song) Heroes (We Could Be). This is just the start for this girl, so get used to hearing her name a lot.
Charli XCX – Doing It (Ft. Rita Ora)
A playlist wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Charli. And what a song. This time, 22 year-old Charlotte Aitchison has pulled Rita Ora in for the ultimate girl-power song to kick off the year. After being catapulted into our heads with Icona Pop and their ever-so-catchy hit I Don’t Care (I Love It), this girl has been here, there and everywhere. Her CV certainly is becoming something of a spectacle, featuring working with Iggy Azalea, opening all legs of Katy Perry‘s Prismatic Tour and writing songs for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. C’mon, you have to admit that you love this girl – well, you have to, I don’t think she’s going anywhere anytime soon.
Sam Smith – How Will I Know (SJUR Remix)
I found this gem after searching through the depths of Soundcloud and I play it all day, on repeat, everywhere I go. And I think this man needs no introductions to his awesome voice and his angelic way of melting our hearts. Sam Smith is probably the singer of the Century (arguable, I guess) and has been dominating the world song by song. This guy is only 22 and seems to have done everything, gained international acclaim for his debut album In The Lonely Hour, sang with Mary J
bloody Blige and given us the best rendition of shower Beyonce ever. And if anyone is able to do Whitney justice, it’s this guy. Give it a listen and fall in love with the boy once more – I know I have.
DJ FRESH – Gravity (Ft. Ella Eyre)
Once again, DJ Fresh is bringing us an ultimate banger. But it’s the 20 year-old from West London that provides the vocals in this record that guarantees success. Ella Eyre has been on the radar for some time now after working with superstars Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and many more. This tune promises to be helping us transition into summer with the sick drum ‘n’ bass beat that is hard-hitting and makes you just wanna dance. She came second in the BRIT: Critic’s Choice Award (only to Sam Smith himself), won Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards and has announced to be supporting Olly Murs on his area tour in 2015. Wow! This girl is destined for great things. I can’t wait to see more from her, you should be excited too!
Fifth Harmony – Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Cover)
I think these 5 latinos need no introduction because of that X-Factor final performance that stuck their song BO$$ in our heads for weeks (it still hasn’t escaped mine!) The girls, that finished third in X-Factor USA, have covered this song that seems to be absolutely everrrrrrywhere at the moment and it might just be their greatest cover to date. Since finishing the competition, they have been dominating the world, touring with Demi Lovato, visiting the White House and getting praise from Michelle Obama herself and setting up their own clothing line. Just give the song a listen, it gives a fresh take on the song with their voices and resonates their sassy attitude. Remember their name, I guarantee they will be everywhere in 2015.
Kygo – Firestone (Ft. Conrad)
This guy is relatively unknown in the UK, but in Norway (where he’s from), he’s a huge name. He has recently accumulated over 80 million views on his YouTube videos and Soundcloud mixes, with Firestone being his most recent success. This remix shys away from the melancholic original and gives it a new relaxing feel, giving you something to chill out to. Since his breakthrough last year, the 23 year-old has been contacted by supergroup Coldplay to remix their song Midnight and has warmed up for Swedish genius DJ Avicii for a festival in Norway. It seems like this guy is sticking to remixes at the moment, but he will get his time – trust me!
Sigma – Higher (Ft. Labrinth)
I’m pretty sure that this drum ‘n’ bass duo from Leeds need absolutely no introduction whatsoever. Since bursting onto the UK charts with their genius rework of Kanye’s Bound 2, they have been dominating the mainstream music scene, releasing masterpiece after masterpiece. And I’m sure this will be no different. I’m not a huge fan of Labrinth, but anything that these boys (Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie who met whilst at University) do seems to be turning to gold so it would be foolish not to feature them on my playlist. After topping the charts twice, with Nobody To Love and Changing which featured vocals from Paloma Faith, this group is destined for great things. I’m certain they will be dominating the airplay in 2015 too!
Years and Years – Desire
This trio from London have been catapulted into the charts lately with their catchy lyrics, electronic beats and enticing vocals. Since the release of this single, they were shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list and came out on top of the poll at the beginning of this year. This song has been absolutely everywhere and you’d had have to been living under a rock to not hear it. After recently teaming up with The Magician on his top-ten hit Sunlight and Tourist with Illuminate, they have been stamping their names onto the charts. I’m sure these boys will be bringing a summer hit for us this year, so keep listening for them on my playlists in the future.
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
I dare you to listen to a Jess Glynne song without feeling extremely happy. And this one is no different. The cheery upbeat tempo and positive lyrics deem this Hampstead born girl success once more. She has constantly been in the charts for the past year and it doesn’t seem she is going anywhere soon. Since working with Route 94, she provided the vocals for Rather Be with electronic quartet Clean Bandit, released her top-ten debut single Right Here and sang at every festival you could ever think of. And it seems that her and Clean Bandit loved working together so much, they collaborated again and delivered the smash Real Love. She’s sure come a long way from being rejected from X-Factor when she was just 15. It just reminds us that talent shows aren’t always the best way to get into the industry. Hard work is what pays off and this lass has proved that she can really do it.