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Sounds of May 2015

Jared Weseman

Hey, here is some of my favorite music that will be on repeat all month long. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes is great. This song is great,  pulled from is the fantastic sophomore effort also called Sound & Color. The group, unsurprisingly, hails from Alabama and is one of the best things to come out of the state in both recent and long term memory. The whole album is unique and an extremely strong follow-up to their extremely popular debut, Boys & Girls

2Shy - Shura

Shura is an emerging English singer-songwriter who was recently long listed for the BBC Sound of 2015. Her full-length debut album will be released later this year. This song is a nice synth-laden track perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I look forward to more from Shura this year.

No Trouble - The Weepies

Songs like this are why I love having a subscription music service like Rdio. I would have never found this music without the recommendation engine and a constant stream of new music that I can listen to without limits. The Weepies are a indie-pop duo/married couple hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts. This song is just one that I was able to randomly pull off of Sirens, the bands first album in over five years. Be assured, the rest is just as good. 

Bills - Lunchmoney Lewis

Lunchmoney Lewis is a new emerging hip-hop artist from Miami. You may not have heard of him, but this song has gotten relatively wide radio-play in the UK and topped the charts recently in Australia. Hopefully this is the first of many hits for Lunchmoney Lewis, maybe then he will be able to worry about the bills a little less. Crank this with the windows down on a sunny May day.

Cheerleader - Omi (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

This song has been around for a while. The song is originally from Jamaican-born reggae singer, Omi, with Felix Jaehn giving it a remix treatment. The remixed version was released last year and charted all over Europe and is finally making it to the States, entering the Billboard Hot 100 in late April. Keep the windows down and the volume cranked.

All Cried Out - Blonde (feat. Alex Newell)

This is now the second single I've featured from Blonde, and for good reason, they keep releasing great tracks. The full album, due later this year, is sure to please. This track features vocals from American Actor, singer, and Glee-star, Alex Newell. Its a great follow up to I Loved You and is worth a few repeats. 

Moments - Tove Lo

Tove Lo, which I am proud to say I just recently learned how to pronounce correctly, is the Swedish singer songwriter well known for her single, Habits, but the whole album Queen of the Clouds is fantastic and worth a few listen-throughs just to catch the lyrics alone. This song is fantastic and she is charming as fuck.

The One - Kodaline

Kodaline has also been featured here before, what can I say, I like what they do. This song is a little more down-tempo, but another prime example of a band doing what they do best, despite the haters. Reviews for Kodaline are mixed, and it may not be for everyone, but it is for me. Skip next if you want, but I'm gonna let this one, and the rest of Coming Up for Air, play out.

Lonesome Street - Blur

Here is a weird one: The English rock-band Blur just released their first album since 2003. It has a unique sound that is different enough to be new and fresh but similar enough to please all the Britpop fans. Its like really good, you should listen to all of The Magic Whip as soon as you can.

Handsome - The Vaccines (Single Edit)

The Vaccines have only been together for about five years but have put out three studio albums in that time. This song is the Single edit from the most recent album called English Graffiti. I was first exposed to the Indie rock band when I first began listening to BBC Radio 1 regularly in 2012, and have thoroughly enjoyed their music ever since.

Cool - Alesso

Alesso is only 23, which only further reinforces my concerns with what the hell I am doing with my own life! The Swedish DJ and Producer has been releasing singles and very popular collaborations with other producers for the past couple years, but is preparing to release his debut studio album in a couple of weeks, its called FOREVER and I'm looking forward to it.

Peaches N Cream - Snoop Dogg

There isn't much left to say about Snoop. He's back with this track produced by Pharrell, and I'm not ashamed to say I love it, I think you will too.

Talking About - Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard is considered by many to be the Justin Bieber of the United Kingdom. While I may agree with some of the vocal comparisons, Conor seems to be a far better human. His first album was released in 2013, since he has been touring and writing music. This single really raises my expectations for what his second album could be. It's not yet announced, so this banging single will have to tide us over.

Lean On - Major Lazer (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)

I think this is my favorite song of the month. Both the song and music video can be described as loud, weird, and unique. The song is another one of the great collaborations that have completely permeated the music industry. Lean On is by Major Lazer, a project of American Producer Diplo, featuring DJ Snake, the French DJ whom I was first exposed to with the trip that is Bird Machine, and vocals from Danish singer, MØ. Collectively the group produces a tune that perfectly fits my tastes.

Call It Off - Shamir

Wrapping things up this month is a great track from emerging artist, Shamir Bailey. Hailing from a Vegas suburb with wide-ranging musical influences, Shamir is producing an electronic beat-heavy song that is sure to please. 

Those are my picks for May, what are you listening to? 

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