Dream Job: Spotify Playlist Maker
As I love listening to other people’s music recommendations – and discovering my very own gems, I thought it would be a cool idea to start a mini-series which documents the sounds (old and new) that I just can’t get enough of throughout each month. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a pic n mix of tracks/albums I have been loving throughout the month of October – I hope ya enjoy!
Ever since setting eyes on that video of Rogers performing her debut track Alaska with Pharrell Williams, I have been absolutely hooked on her indie – electro sound. I can also confirm that she sounds equally as magical in the flesh. In fact, her 2017 Glastonbury set is still one of my favourite festival moments of all time (yep, I said it). To me, her sound feels very “down to earth”, it has a real depth and sense of authenticity which can often be lost in more mainstream electro-pop.
I have recently fallen hard for her January release – Falling Water, which she wrote and produced with former Vampire Weekend producer Rostam Batmanglij. The track tells the tale of her transition into the world of fame – and the juxtaposing sense of uncertainty and empowerment she experienced along the way. She explained over on Twitter – “It is about giving everything and not knowing if it is enough. It’s about the power of vulnerability – a cry for help and a battle cry at the same time”. The track itself is a soulful number, packed with d.r.e.a.m.y, stacked harmonies and feel good, percussive handclaps which drive the track forward. Although I am an indie/rock girl at heart, it’s always nice to mix things up a little – and Maggie’s sound is perfect for doing just that.
I first stumbled across this artist a few weeks ago via my Spotify recommended playlist (I swear that those Spotify playlist makers are real-life wizards, how do they get it so right?). Anyway, you know when you hear a song and love it so much that you instantly save it to your favourites? Well, I subconsciously found myself doing this time and time again with tracks from Bridger’s latest album – Stranger in the Alps. It really is a gem and a half. My personal favourite from the album has to be “Motion Sickness” – a dreamy folk-pop number with butter-smooth harmonies – and a hook that you’ll no doubt be singing till Christmas. I’m in love! (P.S the track also has a really cool music video – anyone who can look this chic whilst riding a micro-scooter is a hero in my books).
Next up, at the other end of the genre spectrum – The Blinders. I first came across this (insane) band at this year’s Tenement Trail (which was absolutely incredible, might I add). I honestly haven’t shut up about their set since. As a huge lover of bands such as Slaves and Cabbage etc – I can’t believe I hadn’t set ears on them before. However, upon stepping into their show at The Garage, I knew that they would become my next obsession.
Catching them one song in, the room was already on fire and their energy was infectiously electrifying. For me, picking a favourite from their latest album Columbia just ain’t possible – it is unskippable. However, my top 3 picks would probably have to be Hate Song, Gotta Get Through and L’Eat C’est Moi. Packed with dark, electrifying slaves – esque riffs, and gritty, venom-filled vocals, Columbia has quickly become one of my favourites of 2018 already!
I have to say, I’ll always have a soft spot for Scottish bands – I’m pretty sure it is an inbuilt reflex. However, I really do believe that The Snuts are something extra special. Over the past year, the band have already made major waves. They’ve gone viral – with their demos receiving over 1 million plays, they’ve stormed the UK festival scene and have recently managed to sell out all of their Scottish tour dates within hours!
Over the past few weeks, I have had their latest release – The Manhattan Project pretty much on loop. It is an anthemic banger featuring gritty – emotion-packed vocals courtesy of lead singer Cochrane – and golden riffs which induce a heavy case of festival nostalgia.
Their sound, in general, possesses a definite cult classic vibe – whilst bringing something completely new (and very exciting) to the table. Most importantly, their tracks have left me absolutely dying to experience the band’s live sound. Believe me, they are at the very top of my 2019 gig bucket list! If you’re into the likes of The View or Catfish and the Bottlemen (I realise that sounds very cliche, but I do think there are a few similarities there, soundwise), they’ll be right up your street!
The Paris Street Rebels
Finally, we have The Paris Street Rebels with their gem of a debut track – Freakshow. The PSR are a a four-piece punk/rock n roll band hailing from Fife, Scotland with a seriously refreshing punk sound. I first came across the band just a few weeks ago via their Instagram account – which I admit, has to be the least punk thing I’ve ever said (written) out loud – but C’est la Vi, eh?
Their track, Freak Show, produced by Johny Madden of Baby Strange tells a tale of 21st-century working class outrage. It is angsty and raw. However, it still manages to possess a Cribs / Ramones-esque feel-good factor that makes you want to listen again and again. By the sounds of things, 2019 will be a very exciting year for The Paris Street Rebels and I cannot wait to see what the boys get up to. Let’s face it – considering The UK’s current political climate, I think we are all in need of healthy dose of quality Punk – and the PSR are providing just that!
I hope you enjoyed this lil old ramble and end up enjoying these tracks as much as I do! If you have any recommendations of your own, please leave them in the comments below. I would LOVE to hear em’ ❤️