Songs for the Summer

I’m not usually a fan of what is going on in the music charts, the thud thud of club bass and rap verses makes every song sound the same, and not in a good way. But, recently I think there’s been an resurgence of classic song-writing techniques – especially with what Pharrell Williams has been doing – starting with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, then Blurred Lines, Happy, Love is the Answer and most recently, SING with Ed Sheeran.

So here’s what I’ve been into the last couple months. It’s a mix of Pharrell’s groove and funk, slower soul and some hip-hop vibes for good measure. I think all of these picks provide a great soundtrack to whatever you’re doing this┬ásummer.

Pharrell Williams – G I R L. Of the back of all his success in 2013, Pharrell’s new album will get you on your feet with some great beats and unique falcetto tones.
Causic Love
Paolo Nutini – Causic Love. It’s been a long time since Paolo’s last album “These Streets”, but it was worth it! His Scottish spark is funkier than ┬ábefore (which I love), but also very deep in some places. I especially love “Numpty” when he compares starting a relationship to failing to build a house, saying one day he’ll wake up and say “who’s that bitch with my second name?”
John Newman – Tribute. On the back of my love for the Rudimental album last year that just screams a BBQ party vibe, this debut album is more of the same, but with less club and more soul.
X (Multiply)
Ed Sheeran – X (Multiply). The last time I was this excited about an album release was for Daft Punk’s last year, and we all know how that went down. I loved Ed’s first album, but this takes it to a whole new level. More Hip Hop-esque in SING and more emotion in Thinking Out Loud makes this better for partying and chilling alike.
Jason Mraz – YES! Finally ending on another hotly-anticipated release. I played Love Is A Four Letter Word to death last summer, the saxophone solos and catchy tunes carried summer to euphoria. This album is more chilled, with orchestral strings playing a big part in the songs. And, having just bought tickets to see Jason Mraz at the Royal Albert Hall in September, it goes without saying that I’m wetting my pants for this to be in my earholes.

Let me know if there’s a song or album that you can’t get out of your head at the moment, I’d love to hear what you’re into and I’m always on the lookout for new music to work and play too.

Until next Thursday x

Paloma Faith

I saw Paloma Faith live a couple of weeks ago at the Hammersmith Apollo, and I’m not ashamed to say that she genuinely moved me. Her story is truly inspiring.

She funded her way through a Theatre Directing MA by working in various jobs such as a sales assistant in Agent Provocateur, a singer in a burlesque cabaret, and a life model. Her dedication to her dreams eventually led to being recognised by the music industry in the late 2000’s.

She’s always been interested in the music, and wary of becoming a singing puppet for big record labels – she allegedly walked out of an audition at Epic Records because the manager of the label refused to turn off his phone when she asked him to.

This down-to-earth character is what made that night at the Apollo so touching. Her performance of Just Be, acoustic, sat atop a lone piano was just mesmerising – the words and the way she sang them massaging an open emotional wound for me in that moment.

If you like this song, go and buy her Fall From Grace album, I implore you – it’s a musical masterpiece from start to finish, and this song is just one piece of the story that the album tells with amazing power.