Mixing things up may be good for the new year – especially when it comes to music. Check out this week’s picks and subscribe to the Tuesday Tuneage playlist(s) on Spotify!
1. “Over and Over Again” Nathan Sykes feat. Ariana Grande
A case of the friendly exes? This duo soars over the poppy ballad with their well-suited voices. It’s nothing new in terms of a Top 40 slow jams, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t nice to listen to. This is definitely one of those tracks to sing in the shower – you’ll get that slightly eerie background vocal effect that way.
2. “Wild West” – Lissie
You’ve probably heard Lissie’s pop-indie tunes on TV or in movie trailers, but her soaring, Sia-esque rasp is irresistible on this track. While her sound on this track is more toned down than Sia, this track still maintains a driving beat and thrumming background vocals sets it apart.
3. “Death of a Bachelor” – Panic! At The Disco
When I reviewed this album last week, this was one of the standout tracks on the group (now manned by sole founding member Brendon Urie)’s 5th album. After the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 (a first for the group), the title track still stands its ground as one of the record’s best.
4. “Heaven’s Light” – Michael Arden (from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Studio Cast Recording)
From the highly anticipated cast album from the stage version of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s Disney masterpiece, Michael Arden leads a cast that bring new life to one of the most aerodynamic Disney scores. This soaring anthem from Arden’s Quasimodo is chill-inducing and absolutely beautiful.
5. “Love Inside” BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Isabella
Sensual from the get-go, this soulful track is driven by a deep-diving baseline and sweetly accented vocal presence from crooner Kid. The inclusion of horns also adds a bit more depth to the could-be one off R&B track – jam this one, kids.
6. “Spirits” The Strumbellas
Canadian indie rock ensemble The Strumbellas hone in on the Lumineers-type vibe with this sing-along tune. With a new album coming out early this year, the band may be on the cusp of getting traction in the alt-pop world.
7. “Are U Having Any Fun?” Hoodie Allen feat. Meghan Tonjes
Part rap and part pop, Hoodie Allen’s latest off of his new album “Happy Camper” is millennial-era hip-pop for the youngsters. Catchy, beat-driven and accented by Meghan Tonjes’s sweet tones, this is the typical fodder for teens and twenty-somethings looking for a good time.
Video of the Week: “Ham4Ham Snowmaggedon 2016: Ja-Burr!”
Just when you think Ham4Ham couldn’t get any better… While Winter Storm Jonas took over the East Coast this past weekend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the “Hamilton” lottery (now in digital form) gave us this outstanding mash-up of the show-stopping “Wait for It” and “Stars” from “Les Miserables” (“Ja-Burr” being its own mash-up of the respective characters that sing those songs, Aaron Burr and Javert). What better way to weather the storm than with Leslie Odom Jr.’s silky smooth vocals on this epic combo track?
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