- Alessia Cara – Here – Last week, Canadian singer Alessia Cara was nominated on BBC Music Sound Of 2016 top 15 longlist of new talent. When I heard “Here” for the first time, I immediately recognized the sample that is used in this song from Portishead’s “Glory Box”, but the original song comes from Isaac Hayes’ “Ike’s Rap II. Alessia has a great and distinctive voice and after I heard the song a few times, it stayed in my mind and I started to like it very much. I’m curious to see if 2016 will really be Alissia Cara’s breakthrough year, since many musicians who were previously on the BBC Music Sound list of new talent are now very successful artists!
2. Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up – I heard this song for the first time when I sitting was in the car and for me this is a typical song to play in the car as loud as possible and to push the accelerator pedal as deep as I can. “Tearing me Up” comes from the debut album “Days Gone By” of Canadian electric pop/dance duo Bob Moses (Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance) who are currently based in trendy Brooklyn. “Tearing Me Up” is both a dreamy and exciting electronic pop song, which reminds me of a great Gerry Rafferty song called “Get it Right Next Time”. This song is already from 1979!, but somehow I hear the same vibe in it!
3. Lukas Graham – 7 Years – Lukas Graham is a Danish 4 piece band and in Denmark they already have sold millions of records and they’re the most popular live act. In 2013 Lukas Graham signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records and with this great song “7 Years“, I think they will soon have their great international breakthrough. Lukas Graham call their music genre a mix of soul, funk, hiphop and pop or “ghetto pop”. 7 Years is the story from singer Lukas (Graham) Forchhammer. Born in Christiana, Copenhagen he was already streetwise at a young age and as he says himself in the song text of 7 Years: “by eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor, never rich so we were out to make that steady figure.” Also a great song to listen to during the coming holiday season as for me it really matches the atmosphere!
4. Jonathan Jeremiah – Rosario – New, dreamy single from British soul-folk singer Jonathan Jeremiah, coming from his third album Oh Desire (2015). Just a great, sweet and relaxing song to listen to. Enjoy!
5. Miike Snow – Heart is Full – The last I remembered from Swedish indie pop threesome Miike Snow (Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt), is the great track “Paddling Out” (2012). “Heart Is Full” is Miike Snow’s bold comeback track, brimming with rich, brassy soul samples (Marlena Shaw’s Waiting for Charlie to come home/Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – The Cook Up), thundering beats, and larger-than-life melodies that’ll make you forget Miike Snow was ever gone in the past few years. The song immediately had my attention and I think it is awesome!