Spring symbolizes new life, rebirth, and purity; some would even say reinvention. So to embody those feelings and much more in the last couple weeks, and more markedly after the first day of Spring just last week, I’m happy to share my first playlist I’ve curated for Music is My Drug of Choice! I’m hoping to roll one out every month, so stay tuned for Vol. 2!
The songs signify different experiences and a particular state of mind in the past month that help me reflect fondly & deeply, feel refreshed & renewed, look & leap forward to the abundant potential that the season carries. Many of these are from rising artists who were featured throughout the music portion of SXSW and will be making festival appearances throughout the year at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc., so if you like what you hear, check out the lineups and start tracking the talent on Songkick now! From an eclectic mix of chill indie, electronic, rock, some fascinating blends of soul, R&B and jazz, some of the notable favorites include:
“Magic”…Having inspired an earlier post, this song will always hold a special place and memory in my heart and is fittingly #1 on my playlist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t catch them at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, but the free screening of their live show on iTunes seriously gave me chills – to hear them perform the song live for the first time since its release, and in no other city than one that is my pride and joy.
“Ordinary Love”…2014 Golden Globe winner for Best Song, 2014 Oscar nominee for Original Song, and to be part of this year’s Oscar recipient of Best Picture, it’s been 5 long years, and I couldn’t be more excited (and impatient) for my all time favorite band’s awaited album release. It, unfortunately, is not predicted to be out until 2015 according to Billboard. “You’re killing me, [Bono].”
“Talk is Cheap”…Hailing from Australia, Chet Faker’s heart wrenching textures of soul and jazz made for a highly acclaimed EP Textures in Thinking, and this track is just a sneak preview to his anticipated LP Built on Glass. To me, personally, the song perfectly complements “Magic” and some of the emotions and thoughts it evokes.
“Say You’ll Be There”…who doesn’t like being reminded of the UK pop sensation, Spice Girls, every now and then? Like it so happened with Tania, you may not recognize the cover at first, but that’s because MØ does it better with her unique vocals and sound that somehow captures every one of the Spice’s vocals of Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty.
“Rather Be”…I first heard this British electronic band’s cheery song, “Dust Clears,” last August included in my Inner Workings of My Mind Soundcloud playlist. I love the classical music with string instruments that gives them a baroque pop sound.
“Before I Ever Met You”…As another British based singer, BANKS is simply phenomenal. I caught her during one of my volunteer shifts at Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel at SX and her rich, R&B voice is just the kind that reverberates and sends tingles up your spine. With such an infectious, intense and heavy bass, I have to be careful not to turn up my Bose speakers at home to keep the upstairs neighbors from complaining – I suggest you do the same if you’re victim of thin walls. She began touring with and opening for the Weeknd last year and has producers like SOHN and Shlohmo backing her up, so if you’re a fan of them, you’ll be guaranteed to love her. Plus, she’s talented enough to beautifully cover the beloved Aaliyah during BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and SXSW, so how could you not?
“Backyard Animals”…Even before this month, this song helped get me through the last stretch of busy season with the Swedish duo, Max Elto’s soul soothing voices, and it remains one of my favorites since.
“Strong”…it makes sense why this British band trio were one of the opening acts for Coldplay during the iTunes Festival at SX. Hannah Reid possesses a soulful, jazzy sound with a wide range to hold and carry powerful notes and give personality and emotion to the trip hop genre – which was superbly evident when I also caught them at Hype Hotel. You may have heard her featured in Disclosure’s Help Me Lose My Mind. “Hey Now” is also another beautiful track on the playlist that reminds me of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” Frou Frou and the XX. I, especially, love what her music and lyrics symbolize for her as she described during an interview with Glamour Magazine to be “emotionally affected” and “writes about people who come in and out of my life,” which in many ways, are channeled for me through music and this blog.
Hope these and the rest bring as much joy, peace, and positive feelings of Springtime that are in full bloom. Be sure to follow the playlist on Spotify!
And a special shout out to my bestie, Esha, for inspiring me to do this sooner than later!