Songs of the Month: January 2017

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One series of blogs that I’ve done that fell by the wayside a little last year was songs of the month, where I’d round up the best tunes I’d discovered, or re-discovered, and share them.

I already think this year has a lot of potential to be one of the best for music in a long time, so maybe it’s time to kick this off again?

Alan Walker – “Alone”

“Faded” was one of my favourite songs of last year, but Alan Walker’s music seems to be so very, very samey it’s hard to get too excited about something new.

“Alone” manages to break the mould that little bit more to make it sound fresh, with a different sort of drop after the same soaring female vocals that we’re used to.

The kid can go far, but there needs to be more invention like this or it’ll not be as far as he could hope for.

Christine & the Queens – “Tilted”

Some songs just sound right don’t they? They might not mean much at times, but the music just sounds great and makes an impression. “Tilted” is one of those songs.

The verses might suffer from the curse of translation, but the soft ethereal synths, the percussion of breaths and drums and the vocals do make this a really powerful song to listen to.  The chorus also has a nice message of accepting yourself for your flaws, which is good I guess too.

Sigala – “Only One” (feat. Digital Farm Animals)

This is a fantastic Galantis-rip from Sigala, packing the same high-energy happiness into three and a bit music of dance pop, but it keeps the signature summery bells in the drop to make it his own.

It’s a tremendously fun song and one that you’ll struggle to avoid a smile to.

Jax Jones – “You Don’t Know Me” (feat. RAYE)

RAYE was featured on this year’s BBC Sound of 2017 list, and this being her second pop hit in as many months featuring killer vocals it’s hard to argue against the hype.

This tune is full of sass and beautifully puts together a club-friendly beat with some elastic vocals that slow up and slow down perfectly to add a bit of a kick to proceedings.

It’s a great tune and one I can’t stop listening to at the moment!

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