Happy May everybody! Hope you enjoy this month’s musical picks - I blasted this playlist in Matty’s car on the way to a wedding last weekend and I can tell you now that it passes the “epic driving music” test. Woohoo!
"Girls" - Chelcee Grimes
I discovered Chelcee Grimes through Taeyeon who she wrote "11:11" for and I became a bit of a fangirl of her songwriting in general. This year she has been putting out music for herself as an artist and this is an empowering, catchy track with awesome lyrics. I hope she gets a hit with her own material because she's a real talent.
"Wanna Be Bad" - KELLA
KELLA is a new pop star on the scene from LA and I LOVE this sweet, poppy track which is the perfect blend of sugar and spice. One for the real pop fans.
"If I Can't Have You" - Shawn Mendes
You know when you hear a track for the first time and it's so slick you're sure it's already been a hit for years? This is one of those kind of songs. Welcome back to the charts Shawn!
"Got My Number" - Kim Petras
I have been meaning to check out Kim Petras' back catalogue for a while now, I love her mega pop Britney meets Paris meets
"Late Night Feelings" - Mark Ronson Feat. Lykke Li
It took a while for Mark Ronson's latest track to grow on me, but it really has after a few plays and I love the retro feel and video. Lykke Li is so cool as an artist and it is a collaboration that works really well... Super vibey! And quite possibly one of my fave songs of the year so far…!
"Anywhere But Here" - Hilary Duff
Look, this came on during my cheesy, girly shower playlist AND IT IS A SOLID POP BANGER AND I REMEMBERED EVERY WORD OF IT so I am sharing this oldschool cheesy jam with you all to bring joy to your lives YOU ARE SO WELCOME.
"Started" - Iggy Azalea
Iggy Iggggzzzzz is back on the music scene. This song is very trashy, but massively addictive I can live my rap fantasy singing along to it. Swagtastic.
"Sing It With Me" - JP Cooper & Astrid S
This is a very sweet, melodic storytelling duet and it kind of tugs at my heartstrings so I had to include it. I am however sceptical at the line about how the guy can't afford a bunch of flowers but he can write his crush a song. Look JP if you stopped buying so many stupid hats you could get flowers, a nice bunch is only a fiver in Tesco.
"Exhale" - Sabrina Carpenter
I am a huge fan of Sabrina Carpenter and this new track from her shows a dreamy, RnB side to her songwriting the vein of Ariana Grande. It's a different vibe to her last album, but I like it a lot!
"Shower" - OH MY GIRL
This month saw the release of the first full album from K-Pop band OH MY GIRL - featuring the track "Shower" which I co-wrote with Steven Lee and Willie Weeks! It is a soft and sweet mid-tempo
"Missing You" - Ingrid Michaelson
I LOVE INGRID MICHAELSON SO MUCH and this track is a big step into a more modern style for her. Her music is always so sophisticated and full of emotion even with a more dance production and I'm super excited for her next musical chapter. On a side note, she has written all the music for The Notebook musical coming soon so expect a lot of people to be talking about her soon!
"Hell" - Eliza And The Bear
This is a track I heard on an indie Spotify list and I really liked it a lot! I think it's a few years old now, but if I find a timeless choon then it totally goes on the list. This one takes me back to my love of folky-indie bands for sure!
"Reasons Not To Die - Demo" - Ryn Weaver
I heard this track on the Netflix film "Someone Great" and it stood out to be as being really beautiful. I have seen Ryn Weaver's name floating about the singer-songwriter circles for years and I need to check out more of her material. Also, that whole movie had an epic soundtrack and was really enjoyable so I'd recommend it!
"Too Much" - Carly Rae Jepsen
The latest banger from Carly Bae's new album - another solid Carly bop. Enough said!
"Badass Woman" - Meghan Trainor
This sassy pop track is the theme for the new Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway movie "The Hustle". Meghan is queen of cheesy yet addictive girl power anthems and this one makes for a perfect fierce lady duo soundtrack.
"Blame It On Your Love" - Charli XCX & Lizzo
I LOVE Charli XCX. I LOVE Lizzo. I LOVE that they have teamed up to make a total earworm, melodic bop. Case closed.
"Carry On" - Kygo & Rita Ora
I went to see Pokemon Detective Pikachu this month and this was the end theme. I wasn't that fussed about it when it was first released but I was full-on bopping in my cinema seat when it got played. Perhaps it was the endorphins from watching Pokemon on the big screen for 2 hours. Either way, Rita Ora's singing is a lot better than her acting so that's something.
"Zero Gravity" - Kate Miller-Heidke
Come on, this was the STAND OUT of Eurovision this year by a wide country mile and was completely robbed on the scoreboard. I know Kate Miller-Heidke performs with Ben Folds a lot and I'm sure I've seen her live with him (or am I making this up?!) - and yet it has taken her spinning around on a stick in a fairy outfit for me to finally pay attention to her. Forgive me Kate, I seriously want to get to know you now.
"How It Feels" - Zuzu
Zuzu is a new pop singer-songwriter from oop North and this track is super fun and catchy, kind of like a modern day Natalie Imbruglia with a Liverpool accent. I think she's one to watch.
"Parallel World" - Jazz Morley
My friend Jazz has just released this beautiful, soulful piano track about a love that can never be from the POV of 'the other woman'. I remember hearing the live version of this song when we used to play live together and the studio rendition really showcases Jazz's gorgeous, emotional vocals. If you love singer-songwriters like Adele or Alicia Keys then you should check out 'Parallel World' and the rest of Jazz's back catalogue.
"I Don't Care" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
I fricking love Ed Sheeran and I'm so glad he's back on my radio. This duet with the Biebs is a banger (and yes he totally ripped off I Don't Care by Cheryl Cole but we'll just pretend we didn't notice). Also the video is hilarious and the part with Ed's floating head in space makes me laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME. Looooove it.
"Don't Hurt Like It Used To" - Grace Carter
I heard this on a Popjustice new music playlist and I love the drama of the instrumentation, it feels like an epic 50 Shades Of Gray track. Definitely caught my attention.
"Woke Up Late" - Drax Project Feat. Hailee Steinfeld
This is pretty much "7 Days" by Craig David, but for a new generation and nothing like it melodically. If you understand what I mean. Also, I love everything Hailee Steinfeld releases. The end.
"How Long" - Charlie Puth
This is a bit of a throwback tune by now but I'm kind of discovering a belated love for Charlie Puth in 2019 and I'm obsessed with this track. SOOO good. His voice is gorgeous. And I'm not gonna lie, I love the sassy, calling out a cheater theme. My playlists are quite lady-heavy lately so Charlie can bring a bit of manly sex appeal in May.
"I Can Do Better" - LOVA
LOVA is still growing as a pop artist, but every catchy and quirky new track she releases is on such a high level that I have no doubt she will become a star in due time. Another great addition to her back catalogue.
"Cry" - Anne-Marie
I re-listened to Anne-Marie's debut album this month and it was soooo good, I feel like I haven't been giving her the credit she deserves. So here is my love for Anne-Marie in writing. This track reminds me of oldschool pop meets modern production and it's a real stand out for me!
"Nightmare" - Halsey
Halsey is one cool chick and I love how dark and passionate her music is. "Nightmare" is an awesome track with amazing lyrics that really pack a punch, I'm a big fan of this.
"Guiltless" - Dodie
I loooove Dodie and was so excited when she dropped this new track (featured on Radio 1 woop!). It's full of lush instrumentation, harmonies and melodies, plus the lyrics tell a powerful story of when a family member pushed a secret onto her that she wasn't ready to handle (something she also talked about in her book). I love hearing her explore personal stories and emotions through her music and feel this is up there with her best songs.
"Focus" - Kim Dong Han
Here's a bit of K-Pop to shake things up a bit - I don't know much about the artist Kim Dong Han, but I have heard this track loads on the show "Simply K-Pop" and it's SO FRICKING CATCHY and the production is SO FRICKING CREATIVE. So basically, I love it. Good job everyone involved.
"Light On" - Maggie Rogers
You know when you hear a song on a movie soundtrack and it's so good you hang around the cinema screen for the end credits so you can figure out who sang it? Yeah, that. Heard this one on the movie "Late Night" and was convinced it was Gabrielle Aplin, then discovered it was Maggie Rogers who my fave Dodie has covered on Instagram stories, and thus the circle of musical life was completed. In short, this is a good song.
”Used To Be” - Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson is a name that always popped up on naughties indie TV shows and movie soundtracks, and this new song has appeared in a few Spotify playlists and you know what, I realllly like it! Takes me back to the guitar based singer-songwriter tracks of my youth, and I like the line about having a king sized bed and a PHD. That’s hot. And a good note to end this playlist on.
Hope you liked the list this month - see you guys again in June!! :D