MUSIC OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2017

Can you believe it’s September already? It’s pretty much Autumn, festival season is over and it’s time to get SPOOKY.

If you wanna catch up on July’s music, click here.

Havana – Camila Cabello, Young Thug

Chilled, laid back pop at it’s finest. Cabello might have left Fifth Harmony behind, but she’s still nailing it with all these tunes. This sultry track is the one to end summer with.

Sugar – Mallory Knox

This song is best to be sang forcefully into a hairbrush or in the shower. Get mad, get desperate and let go of those feelings of being completed isolated in a world where no one else is. Maybe a tad TOO real, but it’s a right jam.

Pain – The War on Drugs

Taken from their latest album, Pain is a slow track laden with acoustic guitar and smooth, soulful vocals. Pop this on during your commute and you’ll feel like you’re in the epilogue of a movie involving a love triangle in high school.

You – dodie

Nothing will make you feel more youthful, or more like you’re dancing in an elevator than ‘You’. Chirpy vocals, calm ukelele and sweet backing come together for this treat of a song that wouldn’t feel out of place in a musical.

Carin at the Liquor Store – The National

Little bit of drums, constant piano and a unique guitar solo make up the latest track from The National’s next full length outing. A somber affair filled with longing makes this an evocative listen.

Silence – Marshmello, Khalid

Khalid’s soft voice and calm lyrics (‘I’d rather be a lover than a fighter’) are layered over Marshmello’s heavy synth that’s evolving and changing every few seconds. Somehow it’s a coherent and fun track though.

Basket Case – Bastille

Bringing out the first cover Green Day have ever approved, Bastille have taken a classic and added a ridiculous amount of strings making this 90’s anthem a cinematic masterpiece. Smith nails every line, and that one key change will force you to listen repeatedly.

Which is entirely appropriate, as this track’s for the new Amazon Prime series ‘The Tick’. No clue about the show, but if it lives up to the soundtrack, it’ll be incredible.

Friends – Justin Bieber, Bloodpop

Bieber’s been on a string of hits for what feels like forever. No matter your feelings about the man, you’ve gotta admit he can smash out many catchy tracks. Bloodpop’s transition from producer to collaborator can be heard in this, with some sick synth after every ‘Can we be friends?’

This track is exactly what you expect, simple, catchy pop.

Waking Up Slow – Gabrielle Aplin

Very different to the John Lewis ad she’s famed for, Aplin brings upbeat vocals and high end production for a track that sits comfortably alongside big summer bangers.

What Lovers Do – Maroon 5, SZA

Like a middle aged mum, I love me some Maroon 5. The past few years have brought a few interesting collaborations and the latest with SZA could be their best.

No one can hit those high notes like Levine, and no one can riff those lines off like SZA. The two make an unlikely but brilliant duo.

Here’s the playlist I’ve made collating all of 2017’s best releases so far:

That’s all for this month, fingers crossed August delivers!
See you in the next addition.

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