There were quite a few songs that I loved listening to, but Demi Lovato’s Unforgettable really stole the show for me. I’ll try and avoid using puns going forward, but this song is truly unforgettable. This track is dedicated to a man named Tommy Trussell who lost a battle with addiction.
You can clearly hear the emotion from her voice and to have the strength to put thoughts to paper and to sing about it is amazing. The other time in recent memory that I can think of is Yebba’s My Mind with Sofar Sounds back in 2016 in which it was a song dedicated to her mother.
Chills come down when Demi delivers those runs on those powerful lungs of hers. So much so that they shine through the production of the track. It’s a simple one for sure, but you’d be hard pressed to find a song that could contain the greatness of Demi. So better to keep it simple and elevate.
As the song goes, her friend Tommy asks her to not forget about him. Well now, he is immortalized. Couldn’t think of a better way to tribute someone you love so much.
In the feel good song of the week, Conor Albert and Maya Delilah put out a gem in the latest track I Think You Should Know. We should have a new type of theme for songs called happy breakups because this is exactly what this song is. Maya is on the track just happily talking about how this relationship just ended and could care less about what the other person is thinking. There is a line in the second verse where she said she was surprised that she would still be here even though she’s single. That’s probably why she feels fantastic that the worst possible situation never came to pass and she can move on.
Conor Albert never puts out bad songs. You can see in the short below that he is just jamming away. The beauty of him being able to play so many instruments must come out when he plays live. There is just so much good vibes coming through in this finished product that I wish it didn’t have to end. Like it feels as though there should be an extended cut of just him playing his instruments. Let’s be clear, I can hear him play all day long. This is quality from Conor. And I’d be remised if I didn’t say that Maya is a talented musician herself. Let’s see them both play for like hours on end.
This track is a part of his upcoming EP Collage 2. Dunno when the release date is, but I’m ready for it.
We are at the end of another week and ending it on a bang with lordkez and Shekhinah with Belladonna. This track is a part of lordkez’s upcoming project Midsummer. I thought I had done a post before involving lordkez because I’ve seen her name in my social media news a lot, but as it turns out, I covered Shekhinah November last year with her song Tides.
The production is so infectious when you listen really closely. There is that surface level on top, but the magic happens around that bass. It’s not the same and switches up from time to time. There are even parts of it that reminds me of producer Sango when he would dabble in Brazilian trap music for his instrumentals.
The theme of the song sounds like it’s about an alternate ego of a woman named Belladonna and how she lives in a higher plane than us mortals. The way they sing about her (and probably themselves as her) makes you in awe of her. All of these platitudes and adjectives sung are fitting with the production and just how upbeat it is. Men (and women?) would give up so much just to spend some time with her and Belladonna is aware and makes sure she’s just a step ahead of everyone else.
The music video is simply a *chef’s kiss*. I am loving that the music videos for the past couple of years are introducing some fauna for the visuals. And aside from the plants and flowers, everyone on set was on point with their outfits. Can’t really put a word to it, but it is like seeing art come to life. The only time the character was broken was when lordkez was doing the second half of her verse. I’m not even saying anything was wrong because I really appreciate the details within the video. The song and video is a breath of fresh air audibly and visually. Gonna be on the lookout for her upcoming project Midsummer.
This week’s playlist is being headlined by London-based artist Sans Soucis and her latest single Games which features a voiceover from Italian politician Cécile Kyenge. This track is the second one on her EP On Time For Her and the focus track of the project.
“…a nod to Sans Soucis’ Congolese heritage. Sampling the sounds of Congolese Rumba (Franco Luambo), it is a deceptively playful sounding cut. Lyrically Giulia takes aim with a cut-throat commentary on Western superiority.”
The production IS deceptively playful. If you were to just have this on in the background the content would just fly right past you. I imagine this was all intentional to how she wanted to tackle this subject. Speaking of playful, the way she just glides through the field in her dress, you can tell she is enjoying herself. There could be some personal satisfaction that she has the agency to speak truth to power on her own terms.
This was the first question Sans posed on her website. After doing this blog for almost two years, you tend to loosen up on what you classify as R&B and the like. Everyone is different and this was the main reason why she is featured this week. Something out of the norm of what you hear, but as long as the music is good, no need to shy away.
This is a Bandcamp so I am going to direct you there first. SUPPORT YOUR ARTISTS!!!!
This week we are going back to Sweden to show love for Lele and her latest single SÄG MITT NAMN (Say My Name). I love her voice and it feels so buttery smooth to my ears. Unfortunately I don’t have any lyrics so I can only go by the tone and Lele’s skills, but I can tell it was well done.
I will say that the music video is sort of ambiguous of what this could be about. You see Lele leaving a storage facility with this important bag. Drives all across town to a bridge where she gets to the ledge with it and the video cuts off. Let’s assume that she doesn’t want anyone to know what’s inside. There were some great camera shots of the video and she was working it on screen.
Please enjoy this week’s playlist and enjoy the weekend!
Turk singer Su Sonia leaves an impression on her latest single PARAŞÜT (Parachute). I love that Alt-R&B vibe as if I was listening to the older Weeknd stuff. The horns you hear throughout the song are a really good touch. I can feel the emotion come from her voice from verses and not so much the chorus. She gets so focused and you hear that coming through in the audio.
Another clue of just how focused she was during this song is the opening sequence of the music video. Spotify did a good job of hiding what the music video was about because the loop was just Su Sonia walking towards an opening. Little did I know, she was going to put on a one-person performance. All she had was a mic and if that wasn’t enough, someone was controlling the lights to signal the transition from chorus to verse. She also has some choreography weaved in this single shot performance. So she was busy from beginning to end of the video. I wonder how many times she had to do reshoots to get it all in one take, but she looked like she was enjoying herself.
I’m sure you also noticed that there was no Cover Art Artist post for this week. I am thinking about shelving it for now. I like it, but I think there is some redundancy with that. So I’m going to try a more efficient way of getting my content out here for you all. Enjoy your weekend everyone and also enjoy this week’s playlist.
Just a peach of a song from Swindle called Darkest Hour which has Poppy Ajudha and Daley. It was hard to choose one this week, but I think it was the horns on the track that helped push this song over. You have a strong team with this three with impeccable production and quality voices. This track is about letting that friend know you can be depended on. That is a beautiful message that needs to be heard from time to time.
On the production front, I haven’t heard a track so smooth in a while like this. Quality adult contemporary this song is. You can hear it in the horns most of all and really shapes the track. It’s almost like listening to a Mayer Hawthorne track in some sense. The vocal arrangement caught my attention by how the two singers appeared on the track. Poppy gave the first verse then Daley would give the pre-chorus and then it reverses. So we get to hear them both in all aspects of the song. The chemistry is really good. I’m a little biased towards Daley as I was able to see him live in concert years ago. Still sound amazing as he did so long ago.
Finally let’s give kudos to the man who is putting the music together, Swindle. When I go back to the catalog of R&B songs over the past 3-5 years with various artists like Mahalia, Greenteng Peng, and Kojey Radical to name a few, now I’ll know who the mastermind behind the music.
So this week we came with the beef. I almost never keep a running tally of songs when I put them together, but this week we have 41 songs. Obviously it’s a lot, but if I didn’t like them, they wouldn’t be on the list. We have Belgian artist Meyy and her latest song Hyli. Thai band Sri with Julian Cary with Lemme Cater. And finally Floridian artist Jenevieve and her latest song Resume. I know it’s a lot of track, but I’ve never steered you wrong. Enjoy the playlist.
Award winning British jazz artist Cherise releases her latest single in Remedy. In this track, she deviates a little bit from the jazz to give us a more neo-soul perspective of her sound. However, it goes without saying that she gives us a top-notch performance. For its production, you have to appreciate the soft and slow-paced instrumentation. Our minds are allowed to slow down in the song, as we are taken into the moments presented. Personally, I feel my heart and soul in the delivery. Cherise’s own voice just melts within the track and it feels like she’s washing all over you like warm caramel melting over ice cream.
It is a shame we don’t have a music video to go with this song because the cover art shows Cherise in a moment of bliss. I would be curious to see how it would manifest over four minutes in front of the camera. And even not, what would a live performance look like with the band playing in the background. Oh what a sight would that be. This is the first track since her debut project Paradise last year. And Remedy is the first track of her sophomore EP, Remedy, that is coming out on October 15. I eagerly await to hear more from her because she has something special that you can feel in your heart when she sings. One could only want for more.
We are almost at the end of another week everyone, thank goodness. We have West London artist Alaina Maria with Backroad Gee with their song Switch It Up. We also have Dutch artist Safa Liron with Candy Dulfer with their song Rise. We also have in this list Californian artist Destiny Rodgers and her latest single What I Like. I hope you enjoy this week’s list.