1. Dexter & Sinister – Elbow
Dexter & Sinister is taken from Elbow’s upcoming album ‘Giants Of All Sizes’. The track is indicative of the band’s usual style, starting off with a couple of broken and slow piano and string melodies, weaving in and around each other in a serene fashion, with not much vocal work from lead singer Guy Garvey at the beginning.
When the vocals do chime in, they carry an almost dreamlike tone through the instrumental, laying on top of the strings and comforting the eardrums.
I love Elbow and this track is one that has been on repeat for the last 2 weeks, mainly at night, helping me drift off to sleep.
2. You should see me in a crown – Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is one of the most talked about and controversial artists in the business.
‘You should see me in a crown’ is taken from her debut album ‘when we all fall asleep where do we go’, and it is one of the best from the album. The track shuffles between slow eerie beats and dramatic crashing waves as it progresses.
The slow instrumentals are accompanied by an almost strangled sounding, strained vocal, almost haunting in its delivery. And at several points the track builds for about 10 seconds before crashing into the chorus, accompanied by snappy, almost angry dubstep style sounds.
This track definitely gives my ears a thrilling rollercoaster ride and I simply love it.
3. Megatron – Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is one of the best female rappers in the world, and I am always excited when she releases new music.
This track is taken from her upcoming album (which she has hinted will be released this year, but has not elaborated on as of yet). It is a slight departure from Minaj’s usual stylings, being a bit more of a pop song rather than a straight up rap track.
I feel like this is when she is at her best, as most of her collaborations with other artists are better than her solo tracks. I still love all of her music but this is definitely the right direction for her to go in.
4. Small talk – Katy Perry
This is the 2nd track Katy Perry has released this year, and it’s a brilliant one.
‘Small talk’ has a 60’s vibe, as referenced by the single cover art. It has a classic Katy Perry sound, infused with the bright, colourful vintage sounding vocals of a timeless 60’s pop song.
This one has been on repeat since it was released only a few days ago.
5. Cross my mind – ARIZONA
This sultry loving song sounds like how I imagine it would feel to take a bath in lukewarm, silky smooth chocolate for a chocolate lover.
Arizona’s smooth vocals wash over me every time I listen to this track (easily the best from his debut album) and I just melt into his words and become one with his melodies.
This one is also a repeat offender, often showing up at the top of my ‘most played’ list on Spotify.
6. Praying – Kesha (Frank Walker Remix)
When this song was originally released in 2017, I was far from interested in listening to it. I wouldn’t call myself a Kesha fan by any stretch of the imagination.
But then the 4 remixes were released…. and this is the one that stood out. Frank Walker is not a very well known DJ, but he is respected in music circles and has been a producer and a mixer on many successful albums from the past 10 years.
I watched an interview with Frank Walker shortly after these remixes were released and he explained his process in reworking this track. He explained that he isolated the vocal track from the instrumental track and started working on the instrumental, using the same BPM (beats per minute) that the vocal track followed, allowing him to match his remixed track’s speed to the speed of the vocals, which made it easy to re produce the track in unison with the vocals.
This is by far the best way to remix a track, and the easiest. After I had listened to the remix, I went back and listened to the original track for the first time and was able to compare the two. I do prefer this version as it has more of a beat to it and sounds better produced. I love this track.