As we all know, Christmas is next Sunday and bloggers have already started creating their Christmas playlists filled with their favourite songs to get you in the Christmassy spirit. I haven’t created a Christmas playlist because everyone’s playlist is pretty much the same to be honest. I prefer all the classic Christmas songs such as All I Want For Christmas and Last Christmas. One of my favourite Christmas songs ever is Merry Christmas by British rock band, Slade. I love UK Christmas songs above all and I just can’t get used to listen to pop artists Christmas songs, it just sounds weird to me lol. Enjoy the Christmas playlist below and have a great week!
San Junipero is the fourth episode in season 3 of one of the best shows on Netflix, Black Mirror. It’s about two tourists who meet in a town called San Junipero and a lot of things are revealed throughout the episode. I watched this episode of black mirror last month and I was blown away! I love this episode so much and the extended spotify playlist, created by the writer, brings back the best songs from the 80s from some of my favourite musicians such as The Smiths, Belinda Carlisle and Whitney Houston. One of my favourite songs in San Junipero is Fake by Alexander O’Neal. I’ve been obsessed with this song for a while now because it’s so catchy and has a very 80s vibe. I highly recommend that you watch this episode of Black Mirror and check out this great playlist below:
Who Run The World? Girls. is a great playlist that contains some of my favourite female R&B, Hip-Hop and pop artists like Beyoncé, Eve, Sia, Rihanna and Britney Spears. It always features some of my favourite girls groups ever like The Spice Girls and the Pussycat Dolls. This is a particularly great playlist if you want to listen to some girl power!💁🏾 The singers in this playlist are straight BOSS and show this clearly in their songs. Like the last two playlists, this is more of a throughback playlist because I love hearing the great tunes that were released between 2000-2010, which made me first fall in love music. Listen to this great playlist below:
Room 2: Urban Classics is a great playlist full of my favourite urban tunes. It contain Hip-Hop, R&B and UK garage songs from artists including Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Nina Sky and Sisqo. What I love about this playlist is that it includes some of my favourite dancehall jams like Gimme the Light by Sean Paul, No Letting Go by Wayne Wonder and Turn Me On by Kevin Lyttle. The blend of UK garage and mainstream Hip-Hop makes this playlist unique and refreshing, mostly beacuse UK garage is not as popular as it used to be however, it’s still a great genre of music. Enjoy this playlist below:
Tell me what you think about this playlist and comment below any playlist you’ve heard and/or created!
This weeks songs are:
1) Sigma – Find Me ft. Birdy
Sigmas has released the music video for their latest single, Find Me, on Thursday which features Millie Bobby Brown from the show ‘Stranger Things’. This song features the English singer-songwriter, Birdy, who I must admit I’m quite a fan of. I love her voice in this song, it soo emotional and I like that the music video reflects the song perfectly in my opinion. Check out this great song below:
Sigma – Find Me ft. Birdy
2) Vybz Kartel – Fever
Fever has to be one of my favourite Dancehall songs ever! Vybz Kartel released this song in May and it was one of my favourite summer jams. If you don’t already know, dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music. I’ve always loved dancehall music because it’s so energetic and lively, so please listen to this song below:
Vybz Kartel – Fever
3) Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s True
Even though Milli Vanilli didn’t actual sing their own songs, I really like this tune. This duo used back up singers to sing their songs and they were ultimately stripped of a Grammy Award when the media found out. This song reached no. 1 on the German Official charts, so check out this song below:
Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s True
This weeks songs are:
1) Foxes – Let Go For Tonight
Let Go For Tonight is a pop song by the English singer, Foxes. This is the fifth track on her album, Glorious (2014) but it also featured on her debut EP, Warrior (2012) as a demo. I really like this song because it’s all about seizing the moment, relaxing and focusing on the love you and your partner share. It can sometimes be hard to let go of everything and enjoy the moment due to our stressful and busy lives. This song peaked at no. 7 on the UKs Singles chart however, it reached no. 1 on the Japan Hot Overseas chart in 2014. please listen to this song below:
Foxes – Let Go For Tonight
3) KDA – Just Say ft. Tinashe
KDA is a house music producer and this song features American singer-songwriter, Tinashe. I love the powerful beat in this song and the distortion of Tinashe’s voice which, creates a unique and upbeat track. The lyrics of this song are quite self-explanatory as she says “Just say that you love me, cause I want you to”. This is the first song that I’ve listened to by KDA and I really like it so check out this track below:
KDA – Just Say ft. Tinashe
3) Oh Land -White Nights
Danish recording artist, Oh Land, released this song back in 2011 and it appeared on her self-titled album, Oh Land (2011). This was her first top 20 single on the Danish Singles Chart and it also appeared on an episodes of Teen Wolf called ‘The Tell’ in 2011. This song is about summer nights that don’t go dark even though the sun goes down. I really like the softness of her voice in this song so please check out this cool song below:
Oh Land – White Nights
Enjoy the song choices for this week and please tell me what you think about these songs!
Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) last month and it features songs like ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes In The Sky’. Honestly, I haven’t really listened to any songs by Solange in the past and I’d only recognise her as being Beyonce’s older sister. ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ is a mix between funk music and electronic and it definitely grew on me the more times I listened to it. This songs accurately reflects how important Black people express themselves through their hair and how we should celebrate how unique it and ignore any negative comments/ideas about our hair. The first line says ‘Don’t touch my hair, When it’s the feelings I wear’, its weird beacuse I can relate to people in the past literally coming up to me, uninvited and touching my hair like it’s some sort of magical artefact. LOL. I like how she notices that our hair is a way of self-expression whether we use weaver or go natural. I particularly like the pre-hook where she says ‘They don’t understand, What it means to me, Where we chose to go, Where we’ve been to know’ because it truthfully talks about how sometimes Black people’s hair is said to be undesirable compared to European hair and how other people might not understand why we like to take care of hair so much. Check out this great song below:
SOLANGE – Don’t Touch My Hair
‘Cranes In The Sky’ is the lead single of her album and it was actually written in 2008. The song talks about the pains of being an African-American woman and how Solange tried to deal with these problems through drinking, sex etc. The first verse says ‘I tried to drink it away, I tried to put one in the air, I tried to dance it away, I tried to change it with my hair‘, Solange is literally trying to push those negative thoughts and feelings away from her and she feels as if the rejection she has faced, over the years, are hanging over head like cranes in sky. I really like the music video for this song, it reflects how beautiful and delicate her voice and this song is. There are some great scenery in the music video and the harmonies when she says Away is so beautiful. Fun fact: the music video for this song was shot in nine different cities. Please listen to this song below:
SOLANGE – Cranes In The Sky
I hope you like this weeks special on Solange and please tell me whether you’d like to see more artist specials from me!
This weeks songs are:
1) Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)
This is one song cover that I absolutely love! Cheat Codes and Dutch DJ, Dante Klein created this EDM cover of Kevin Lyttle’s banger, ‘Turn Me On’, which was released in 2003. If you haven’t heard the original song then obviously you must have been living under a rock! I really like the original dancehall version of this song by Kevin Lyttle but I also enjoy this version which features some new lyrics. Both songs talk about how they’re going to take the girl they have their eyes on home, so please check out this great song below:
Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)
2) Usher – There Goes My Baby
There Goes My Baby is an down-tempo R&B track from Usher’s sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond (2010). It peaked at no.25 on the Billboard Hot 10o and Usher brilliantly explains this song by saying in 2010: “The feeling of it is if you have a true connection with somebody, no matter what happens in life, it will always come back, No matter how long it takes to make it through whatever issues pull you apart, something pulls you back together. The rest is between the lines.” I love hearing Usher’s falsetto, it’s what makes this song so beautiful so, please check out this song below:
Usher – There Goes My Baby
3) Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine
English Musician, Labrinth, released this song back in 2010 and it’s the sixth track on his debut album, Electronic Earth (2012). This song brings back old memories of when I first started downloading songs onto my Sony Ericsson phone when I was 12. He talked about the inspiration for this song and said: “It was influenced by the sun coming up. I was working in my little studio in my bedroom. My brother was sleeping in the bunk bed behind me and kept waking up saying, ‘Keep it down, you’re making too much noise.’ At that time, I felt I was learning so much musically and it felt like the most perfect moment writing that track with the first rays of sun shining into the room. People listen to it and they say it sounds like a ‘eureka!’ moment and it was.” Check out this nice song below:
Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine
Enjoy this weeks songs and please tell me what songs I should feature on next weeks Music Monday!
This weeks songs are:
1) Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go
Maverick Sabre is an English-Irish singer/songwriter/rapper, who released Let Me Go back in 2011. This song is a hip-hop/r&b track from his second debut studio album, Lonely Are The Brave (2011), which was titled after a movie he watched when he was 12. Let Me Go peaked at no. 16 on the UKs Singles chart in 2011 and I remember, when I was 13 years old, hearing this song for the first time on TV and falling in love with it. Maverick opened up and said that this song was about his alcohol problems, specifically Jack Daniels. I particularly like Maverick’s unique and soulful voice so please check out this song below:
Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go
2) Wretch 32 – Don’t Go ft. Josh Kumra
Don’t Go is also a Hip-Hip/r&b track, released by English rapper, Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra. This is the fourteenth track on his debut studio albums, Black and White (2011), which is a mixture of British Hip-hop, r&b and grime. This song reached no. 1 on the UKs singles chart in 2011. Wretch 32 said that this song, originally known to be a love song, is about his love for music which was surprising to many people. Check out this great song below:
Wretch 32 – Don’t Go ft. Josh Kumra
3) Garbage – #1 Crush
I first heard #1 Crush while watching a video about Spike and Drusilla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This song was written and recorded between March 1994- May 1995 and it also appeared on the soundtrack for Romeo + Juliet (1996). #1 Crush is actually the B-side to their debut release Vow and this song is about having an obsession over a love interest. Shirley, the lead singer of this group, said this about the song in 1997 – “All real love is a form of obsession. If you love someone more than anything else, that degree of exclusivity requires an abnormal amount of passion and care. And that can be positive. It’s just that keeping it short of unhealthy, short of violence, really requires a bit of moderation. You can’t let something like that take over all of your thought processes.”
Garbage – #1 Crush
Like last weeks post, this week has been so hectic with school and all that comes with it. I didn’t get to write a blog post on Friday because I had so much work to do and I’d probably be repeating everything I’ve said on my previous blog posts. This week has been quite stressful however, in the beginning of last week I discovered one of my now favourite playlists on Spotify called ‘All Night Dance Part’. I’ve been particularly listening to dance music this week beacuse it somehow lifts my spirits, makes me forget about all the school work I have to do and brightens my mood. In a way, it reminds me of summer when I didn’t have to worry about mid-topic assessments and making pre-notes for lessons. I highly recommend that you listen to this playlist, some of my favourite songs are Girls Like, BOSS, I Loved You, Slave To The Vibe, Ain’t Giving Up, House Work, Rinse & Repeat, Just Say, Freak Like Me, Changes etc. So check it out!
I might start posting my favourite playlists every week on my blog with different song genres and my own playlists as well, so please tell me if you think I should!