It’s May and that means Great Escape, Sunshine and END OF MY DEGREE! However, we’ve got a few weeks to go yet, so lets lament on the great month of music that was April.
This playlist includes beauties from Merchandise, Bonobo (my favourite album of the month), Lorde and Gambles. However, my favourite track of the month ‘Supposed to Be’ by Tom Odell isn’t up on Soundcloud, so i’ve posted the YouTube link below for your listening please.
I have wanted to make playlists for this blog for ages, and this morning I was having a read around Skeletory‘s blog (amazing blog, check it out) and I realised that Soundcloud allow you to make sets!? I don’t know why I never realised this before, as I’ve listened to loads of sets but never thought about making one.
So this first playlist is a summary of my favourite tracks of this last month. Be prepared for playlists for every occasion, festival and season of the year. Looking back, it’s been a good month for music. Ahhhh…
The first single taken from Bonobo’s upcoming record ‘The North Borders’, which drops on April 1st.
This track features the effortlessly perfect sound of Erykah Badu, and it feels like summer in a song.
New record coming 1st April 2013. Can anything get better than Black Sands?
My listening at the moment is pretty solidly based around Hannah Cohen and The Civil Wars. When will this end? Who knows! But here is some other things that have reached my ears recently which I thought i’d share with you guys.
Vacationer- Good as New
A lot of hype around these guys at the moment (SXSW hype band 2012?). This song is great, love the strings and the dreamy, dubby video. Check out their other stuff too, I like everything I’ve heard so far. Check out this super great interactive website- vacationermusic.com.
This lady has a great voice, very dreamy. She’s from Finland and you can tell it’s Scandinavian- there is that Austra, Lykke Li, Amanda Mair thing going on. It’s great when the electronic beat kicks in- Ellie Goulding ish. My friend Robin at Breaking More Waves just did a post about the original of this song, Boys Boys Boys by Sabrina, definite coincidence as you will see when you look at why he wrote about it.
Emma Madden- After/Qualia (free download)
This is a demo song from a 16 year old songstress from Berkshire. She just put this song on her Soundcloud page and it’s absolutely divine. Her voice is fresh and the unusual offbeat guitar parts and melodies have a really unique sound. Gorgeous.
I Am Harlequin- Wild One
This is very nice. Her voice is pretty Florence- it’s got soul. The song is a sweepingly gorgeous piano ballad. Her other songs are a little more upbeat- check it out here.
Clean Bandit- Birch
I posted a video from this band in the last Been Listening post I did. The slightly manic cross genre UK Shanty. This song, Birch, is taken from their EP which you can listen to on Soundcloud. It’s more chilled and makes more sense (not that I am saying UK Shanty is bad because it doesn’t make sense- that’s why it’s good!).
I will leave you with some Bonobo, for good chilled out Spring nights.