The cold is beginning to break, at least for the weekend here in Michigan, and things are looking up. Here are the songs I'm listening to the most this month. We start slow and push the tempo. Click play on the Rdio playlist above to listen to them for free, Enjoy!
Morning - Beck
Beck begins this month's playlist with one of the opening tracks from Morning Phase. Morning Phase won a Grammy for both Best Rock Album and Album of the year, bringing Beck's collection of Grammy awards to five. Obviously the whole album is worth a complete listen-through.
Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran has grown from an artist that I casually liked, to one that I actively listen to as one of my favorites. His most recent album, Multiply (X), has elevated him to that status. His songwriting is excellent and captivating. I'm not the only one taking notice, Ed has also had a very successful awards season. The Yorkshire native was nominated for 3 Grammy's and 2 BRIT awards, taking home the latter two for Best Album and Best British Male Solo Artist.
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding has probably been my favorite pop artist for two and a half years. Halcyon, released in 2012 is, without a doubt, my most listened to album over that time period. Since the last album was re-released with extra tracks in 2013, Ellie has been pumping out regular singles and collaborations with other artists. Her next studio album, due to be released this year is one I look forward to with great anticipation. This song has proven to be extremely popular and has topped the charts in over 20 countries.
Greek Tragedy - The Wombats
I have very little exposure to this British Indie band, other than their popular song from 2010, Jump Into The Fog. This track is a fantastic reminder of why they are worth listening to. Their next album, Glitterbug, will be released on 6 April 2015, I look forward to checking it out.
Earned It - The Weeknd
The Weeknd's voice is incredible—full stop. This track is the second on this Month's playlist to come from the soundtrack of the Hollywood adaptation of Fifty Shades of Gray. While I haven't seen the film myself, I am pleased it was made simply because of the Soundtrack, its worth a listen.
Legend - Drake
A lot has been said about Drake's surprise album, If You're Reading this It's Too Late, which dropped unexpectedly on February 13th. Most hardcore fans only expected a mixtape, not a full-fledged album, was it simply to fulfill a contractual obligation? It doesn't matter. Drake has established himself as one of the best rapper's of this decade, this song shows that he knows it.
Julia - Jungle
Each single released from Modern Soul group Jungle's self-titled album has a very similar sound. This is not a problem in the slightest, it is unique, easy-listening, feel-good music. After each single is released and cemented in my mind, I fall deeper in love with the sound. Jungle is here to stay, I can't wait for what they have next.
Say My Name - Odesza (feat. Zyra)
I am a serious fan of electronic music, if you were not already aware. Odesza is a Seattle-based Electronic Duo that I was first exposed to watching Ben Brown's daily vlogs. This song which is brought to life by the vocals of the Managing Editor of Notion Magazine, Zyra, is as fantastic as the rest of the album.
King - Years & Years
This is my favorite song of the playlist. Years & Years, a currently-exploding electronic trio from London, is the winner of the BBC Sound of 2015. Their first full-length album is due later this year, but a 4-track EP called Y & Y is available now. All four songs, plus others from YouTube, have been on non-stop repeat since I first heard them. I do not anticipate that ending anytime soon.
I Loved You - Blonde (feat. Melissa Steele)
Blonde is a Deep-House duo also from the UK that is bursting onto the dance scene with this excellent track with vocals from Melissa Steele. While this is their third single, its the first with regular airplay on BBC Radio 1, and therefore widespread popularity. This is just the beginning for this group, I'm sure that there are more quality tunes on the way and I can't wait.
Pray to God - Calvin Harris (feat. Haim)
Another hit from Old-Reliable. Calvin has discovered exactly what it takes to create songs that captivate people and make them want to move, he pumps out Top 40 hit after Top 40 hit. While Calvin's music may epitomize House music becoming mainstream in the early 21st century, it is undeniable that it is good. The sixth single from Motion features American Sister-trio Haim on vocals will be on repeat for a while.
Can't Stop Playing - Dr Kucho! and Gregor Salto (Oliver Heldens and Gregor Salto Remix)
From mainstream-house to the stuff a little too out-there for Top 40 in the US. I'm obsessed with this song. It's bass-heavy, extremely repetitive, and exactly what I want to listen to right now. This is a remix of Can't Stop Playing, another example of some of the excellent work done by Oliver Heldens. While I like this and the original, I think this one just hits harder.
Promesses - Tchami (feat. Kareem Taylor)
Continuing on the more obscure theme is this excellent track from a French DJ previously-unknown to me, Tchami. This is the first popular original track from Tchami and has charted at number 7 on the UK charts.
Imagination - Gorgon City (feat. Katy Menditta)
Turn up the Bass. Gorgon City is another electronic group with varying featured artists on vocals, how original. I joke, I love this group. The whole album, entitled Sirens, is great. The most popular tracks, Ready for Your Love and Go All Night, are also great, but I think this is the track that everyone should be listening to.
I Want You to Know - ZEDD (feat. Selena Gomez)
We end on another mainstream house track. This song, just released a couple weeks ago, features Selena Gomez and is sure to prove popular. Russian-German producer ZEDD has been releasing massive collaborations for a few years now, and this track is exactly what we have come to expect, I think it is a nice high-BPM way to end the playlist.
So those are my picks for March, what are you listening to?
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