Songs of the Month: November 2015

November’s been a very strange month, and mostly bad as well, so it’s meant that music and writing have both very much taken a back seat to life. Here are three songs that, in their own way, have made up the story of my month: CHVRCHES – “Up in Arms” My favourite band came to Aberdeen on the 23rd and it was a delight to see them live again.  Their set was full of fight and fun and was exactly what I’d hoped it would — Read more →

Songs of the Month: October 2015

Niteworks – “Beul na h-Oidhche” ‘S e seo a’ chiad òrain air an clàr ùr aig Niteworks ‘s fhathast tha mi den bheachd gun e am fear as fheàrr.  Tha e a’ toirt còmhla a h-uile pìos cìuil leis a tha Niteworks ag obrachadh agus ann an doigh soirbheachail ‘s soilleir. The first song on Niteworks’ new album, this is still their best in my opinion.  It brings together all of the parts of Niteworks’ unique sound and does it in a clear and successful — Read more →

Songs of the Month: September 2015

September was a month whose sonic soundscape was dominated by the release of a few choice albums for me.  CHVRCHES’ new album Every Open Eye was an absolute triumph and similarly Disclosure’s second album Caracal managed to produce a few good tunes that added to their catalogue of house masterpieces. So I’ll kick off with the one tune that stood on its own two feet for me before picking over the highlights of those two fine albums. Major Lazer – “Get Free” If you’re familiar — Read more →

Songs of the Month: August 2015

La Roux – “Uptight Downtown” After re-inventing herself, or her band, as a solo artist – La Roux kinda disappeared from the fray for a while after the hugely successful debut back in 2008.  However, that’s not to say she’s been and gone – with last year’s album Trouble in Paradise providing a few great songs including this one. Set around the London riots of 2011, it’s a disco infused pop song that manages to blend a funky beat with the soaring vocals that you’d — Read more →

Songs of the Month: July 2015

SOPHIE – “Lemonade” This is one of the many weird, weird songs that I’ve graced my iPod with but one that’s ridiculously catchy perhaps just for that reason.  Repeating “lemonade, le-le-lemonade” over and over again isn’t the pinnacle of song-writing, but it lures you in with the bubbly synth drops before a quick chorus steals the show and the limelight.  It’s marketing gold for the likes of a McDonald’s ad, but a great little earworm too. Kacey Musgraves – “Cup of Tea” I’ve extolled the — Read more →