Welcome to this month’s playlist of new choons (and a sprinkle of older songs) - there have been some great, great tracks released this February and LOADS of my faves are back with new material which is so exciting! Check out the Playlist below and info on my picks:
“Gucci Rock N Rolla” - Snakehips Feat. Rivers Cuomo
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo heads this new Snakehips track - it has such a cool, laid-back feel and tons of attitude and the video kind of reminds me of a Wes Anderson movie which is doubly cool.
“When I Die” - ALMA
ALMA has returned after her big hit “Chasing Highs” - this one is really punchy and also the track I instantly regretted putting on my work-friendly play list as she says The F Word about 5000 times, but IT’S AWESOME so deal with it work.
“Bury A Friend” - Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is only 17 years old and making beautiful, dark, sophisticated music way beyond her years. The production for this track is so arty and interesting, plus the video is very unusual and driven by Eilish’s vision. I am amazed that someone so young is putting out this kind of material and I love seeing such passion and originality from a new artist.
“Roots” - Alice Merton
This has been a favourite of mine for a good few months now and since Alice’s new album came out this month, I thought I’d go back to it. I love the bluesy, rootsy, gutsy feel and it’s so great to have a girl with an acoustic guitar in the charts. Alice is definitely one to keep an eye on.
“Animal” - AURORA
I remember AURORA from her cover of Half The World Away by Oasis, but I don’t know much about her original music. If this new track is anything to go by then I’m seriously going to have to check her out because everything about this is awesome! Such a driving track filled with strong lyrical imagery and hooky melodies. I’m getting definite Sia vibes, which is a real evolution from her last hit.
“Loyal To Me” - Nina Nesbitt
Nina’s new album dropped this month and everything I’ve heard so far sounds really great. This is an older single but I LOVE IT - such a great message and melody, plus the video is amazing. I don’t know why it wasn’t a smash hit because it definitely deserved to be.
“Right For Me” - The Teskey Brothers
I heard this track on a Spotify new music list and I LOVED the old-school bluesy rock vibes. It sounds like a classic song from the past, only it’s totally fresh and so cool it hurts. I’m so into it.
“Why Am I Like This?” - Orla Gartland
Orla Gartland is in the session band for one of my fave singer-songwriters dodie, however she also has her own solo music which has been going for many years. Her new track “Why Am I Like This?” is all about being socially awkward and it’s absolute pop perfection. Really love this one <3
“You Mean The Whole Wide World To Me” - Christina Perri
Christina Perri of “A Thousand Years” fame has recently recorded an album of sweet, acoustic covers dedicated to her new baby girl Carmella. It’s such an adorable, beautiful album and this is the one original song on the track list. It’s short but gorgeous and it really makes you smile!
“Gotta Get Up” - Harry Nilsson
I have been watching the new Netflix show “Russian Doll” this month and “Gotta Get Up” is the track that plays whenever Nadia wakes up from her most recent death in the same point at the same party. It’s perfect for the scene, hitting the right mixture of cynicism and humour, and it made me check out the full track from the late Harry Nilsson. Really great throwback song.
“Why Don’t We” - Austin Mahone
Austin Mahone is a US Youtuber turned musician with a smooth pop style and this new track is really funky - think along the lines of Justin Timberlake/Charlie Puth but with extra brass. Instant bop.
“Dumb Blonde” - Avril Lavigne Feat. Nicki Minaj
Avril is back baby and her new single is sugary pop trash featuring Nicki Minaj (as all sugary pop trash tracks are legally required to do). I love it soooo much, it’s everything I enjoy in a pop song! Someone on the Youtube comments of the lyric video pointed out that the song sounds like something Sharpay from High School Musical would sing and they’re actually not wrong. Personally, that’s why I love it, but your mileage may vary. Anyway, her other songs are lovely so let’s all just be happy she’s back and healthy and making music again! (EDIT: I just found out my songwriting hero Bonnie McKee co-wrote this so OF COURSE I love it to death!)
“Make Me Feel” - Janelle Monae
This is a slightly older track now, but I still fricking love it whenever it comes on the radio or TV - Janelle is one sexy, sassy, quirky lady and the Prince vibes are perfection.
“Cuz I Love You” - Lizzo
After the epicness of “Juice” I am fully invested in Lizzo and her building career - this one is a more dramatic, theatrical love-is-a-rollercoaster power-ballad and it seemed like a good choice for Valentine’s Day!
“Someone In The Crowd” - La La Land Cast
On Valentine’s Day, I re-watched La La Land at the cinema with my husband and we both fell in love with this stunning, beautiful movie all over again. This is one of my favourite songs from the soundtrack as it really captures the exciting, enchanting magic of the storyline. I know it’s very musical theatre and doesn’t fit in with anything else on this playlist BUT I DON’T CARE.
“Siren Call” - Hanson
My friend Lou is the world’s biggest Hanson fan and took me to their String Theory tour this month - this particular new song really stood out to me during the show, it works so well with the full orchestra and shows Hanson’s darker, more sophisticated side of songwriting. They are so much more than their MmmBop hit as kids and I’d really recommend checking out their newer releases if you haven’t heard them!
“365” - Zedd & Katy Perry
Katy Perry made a quiet return this month with the new track with DJ Zedd “365”. The video is already a Katy classic and the song is pretty addictive. It’s not an instant smash like some of her past hits, but I love it a little more with each new listen. Definitely a step up from the last music era!
“All The Ways” - Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor has been working on a new album for ages, then the album got pushed back and a random EP appeared out of nowhere on Spotify. I am very confused, but this song is super cute, classic Meghan so there you go. I’m not sure why she released it out the blue like this, but it’s a lovely little song and extra points for the giant teddy in the music video. She has videos for all the songs from her EP so I want to see them all now!
“Last Night Every Night” - Hannah Jane Lewis
Hannah Jane Lewis is a newly-forming pop star but I really liked her last song “Raincheck” and this new track is insanely catchy with lots of fun, quirky lyrical moments. I feel like she will start to rise higher in 2019 if this is anything to go by!
“Fire” - Sara Bareilles
I love Sara Bareilles SOOO much and this bluesy, driving track is getting me so excited for her new album. I hear she may be playing London soon too and as she is one of the greatest live performers I have EVER seen, I’d thoroughly recommend getting a ticket if you’re in the area!
“Promises” - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
This track is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures of recent months, it’s a mega-camp, super-sexy disco/dance stomper and I know you all bloody know it, but Calvin Harris played it at The Brits and I was like CHOON, GET IT ON THE PLAYLIST.
“I Guess I Just Feel Like” - John Mayer
Although I’m not one of the John Mayer superfans like quite a few songwriters I know, I’ve always really liked his music and want to learn more of his back catalogue. This new track is his typical brand of smooth beauty, it’s just so nice to listen to!
“Stray” - Grace VanderWaal
I am obsessed with Grace VanderWaal - she is so young, but so incredibly talented and her songs are always mature, beautiful, heartfelt and meaningful. “Stray” is the perfect comeback for her and I’m so excited for her new album to follow.
“WTF (Pop Culture)” - Sazzie
One of my all-time besties Sazzie has just dropped this awesome, ridiculously catchy track which pokes fun at all the big news stories and pop culture moments from the last year. This is one of my favourite tunes from her musical catalogue and believe me, you have never heard someone sing “What the fuck is going on?” with such a perfect blend of sugar and spice before. Total tune and so excited for what comes next in her career,
“Peer Pressure” - James Bay (Feat. Julia Michaels)
Anything with Julia Michaels in is just automatically good and partnered with the gorgeous vocals and songwriting of James Bay this is every bit as great as you’d expect it to be.
“Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” - Ariana Grande
I know my playlists are very Ariana heavy right now, but what can I say? The girl just keeps dropping bops. I love the latest cheeky single release from her new album, especially the catchy, sassy chorus. I’m not normally that into RnB style tracks, but Ari does them soooo well. I’m a convert.
“Walk Me Home” - P!nk
I was umming and ahhing about whether to add this track to my playlist, but come on its P!nk and she’s a legend so I had to! It’s a bit of a Mumford & Sons copycat track for me, and yet there is a definite charm about it. Nice to have her back because pop music isn’t the same without her.
“I Don’t Feel Like Crying” - Sigrid
Sigrid is a very cool pop star and this is a very cool new song from her. I felt it was a fitting end to the month!
I hope you enjoy these picks, and don’t forget to check out January’s Playlist under my Spotify username! I’ll see you again in March!