Week 5: Chicane feat. Paul Aiden – Oxygen

It’s not on purpose I’m choosing tracks that are similar a few weeks in a row, but this track has more than a few things in common with last week’s track. First of all, I had never heard of this artist before this week, and secondly he’s in roughly the same genre as last week’s entry. Not that it matters, it’s just funny. This is a great and energetic track that makes me happy I haven’t heard of every single artist and band that make music I truly enjoy listening to.

Week 4: Above & Beyond – Blue Sky Action

It’s amazing when you discover a band that you never knew existed, even tho they make music that’s exactly what you’re looking for. My newest discovery is Above & Beyond and their great album We Are All We Need. The album is a nice mix of slower and faster tracks, and I’ve chosen one of the more dance friendly ones. The vocals are provided by a very talented singer by the name of Alex Vargas, whose soulful vocals provide a nice quality that elevates this track further.

Week 3: James Bay – Sparks

The early trend for 2015 continues with another strong track from a very talented male singer and guitarist. This track, which I found on the EP Other Sides, features the strong vocals of James Bey and a very nice sound with a guitar that is borderline blues. At times, the singing reminded me a lot of the way Michael Jackson would use his voice to convey emotion, especially around the 2:15 mark. It’s not a complicated track, but that’s pretty much the whole point.

Week 2: Joshua Radin – Beautiful Day (Feat. Sheryl Crow)

I never intended to start the year of this relaxed, but what am I to do when two very talented songwriters release two great albums in a similar style in the first two weeks? The new album by Joshua Radin titled Onward and Sideways is a real treat and has a number of really great tracks. The track I chose is a duet with Sheryl Crow, and I just can’t stop listening to it over and over.

Week 1: Adam Dale – Midnight

I had to listen to quite a few tracks of new music before I found this gem. Before hearing his new album, I had no idea who Adam Dale was. I now know he’s a very talented musician and tracks like this is exactly why I wanted to only include new music from now on. This track has a lot of heart and is just the right kind of laid-back to kick off the new year smoothly.