Every week we’ll each post three songs that we’ve found particularly intriguing, have recently discovered, or more often than not, a record we just love! For those of you that haven’t worked it out yet that you means you’ll be getting 9 fantastic, new and exciting tracks posted on here every week in which we recommend you take a listen. Here’s this week’s songs with our very own rating system. Yep, you’ve guessed it – a Hashtag rating out of 5!
Song: Big Sleep For Alice Band: LODRO Rating: ###
Intriguing is the word I’d use to describe this track, and definitely in the good sense too. It’s always great when you come across gritty sounds like this that you weren’t expecting. This dirty rock/pop number is from LODRO, a Brooklyn based band made up of Jeremy Cox, Jigmae Baer, and Lesley Hann.
Song: Beat Of Your Heart Artist: Summer Heart Rating: ####
As chilled as it’s going to get this Summer (that statement doesn’t include the weather though) – this is the latest one from Swedish outfit, Summer Heart, with a melodic guitar riff and “life’s so easy” attitude. What’s not to like?
Song: Is This How You Feel? Artist: The Preatures Rating: #####
By far the best new track I’ve heard in the past couple of weeks. It’s an irresistibly catchy rock/pop mix that once you hear will definitely be put on repeat. The Preatures, from Sydney, have another good track or two up their sleeves, so I will be posting them and the video for this track on the blog in the near future.
Song: Girlfriend Artist: Icona Pop Rating: ####
From the creators of the hit song, I Love It, the girlband is back with a brand new song! It’s a brilliant party song, and has me bobbing up and down!
Song: Radioactive (Synchronice Remix) Artist: Imagine Dragons Rating: ####
I’ve been trying to find a good remix to this song, as I have felt it was always lacking something… and I have found it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Song: Something About The Fire Artist: Adele & Daft Punk Rating: ####
Very simple and subtle. All I have to say about this song really. The backing track works really well with Adele’s lyrics and it’s just a great song!
This week I am going for a slightly different approach to my Must Hear Tracks. This will all become clear, right below, but in summary, I have elected to go for a series of live tracks.
Song: 99 Revolutions (live) Artist: Green Day Rating: ####
This live version has been released as part of the One Campaign, where a series of protest songs are being used to show the power of music to change the world – you can get more information on it here. 99 Revolutions has come from the latest Green Day album ‘¡Tré!‘, and this performance shows the band on tour in Italy, and it depicts them doing what they do best – rallying a massive crowd, and getting everyone involved.
Song: Blurred Lines Artist: Queens of the Stone Age Rating: #####
Blurred Lines has become a very popular single, so much so that it reached the number 1 spot in the charts, but noone was expecting this during a Live Lounge session for BBC Radio 1. From the bottle of medicine used as percussion, to the Josh Homme rap in the middle, it has QOTSA stamped all over it, and yet it is still very recognisable as the original.
Song: All My Live Artist: Frank Turner Rating: ####
Frank Turner is becoming renowned for his very well constructed covers, from On A Plain by Nirvana, to Somebody To Love by Queen. This latest one was another BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge special, and is a brilliant cover of the Foo Fighters‘ hit song All My Life. Words cannot prepare you for such a different take on the song, but I believe it has been done successfully.