Usually January is a month of quiet music releases. Artists are getting back from their Christmas holidays – extended ones – and getting back into the swing of things. We are occupied with doing exactly the same with our jobs and so music tends to get exciting again with new releases around the end of February.
However what is great to hear, and it may be in part due to downloads and how instantly we can access music we want and love, is how that new music is not waiting as long now. Why wait for new gems?
Into January and we have been dished up A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera. Their single, “Say Something” is a break up song that makes you listen to it a number of times. Relate to the lyrics, turn it up and absorb or simply admire its ability to grasp your ears. It’s a wonder of a song. It has been nearly as big as cheesecake in America and we are playing it at kmfm.
A Great Big World are two friends, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino who met at New York University. After writing songs together for a few years they had “Say Something” feature during TV show in Dancing With The Stars. Christina Aguilera heard it and had to be part of the single. The rest as they say is history. If you have not heard the song yet, keep it kmfm as you will do very soon. It will capture you.
A nice change in temp awaits your ears this month with Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. Their song, “Rather Be” seemed to come from nowhere.
Now it is one of the biggest singles in the UK. When you hear it you will remember it instantly but it may be referred to as “that song, Rather Be” as you need some reminder of the name Clean Bandit.
They are a band from these shores. Brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith have been together for a couple of years.
Their hit single “Rather Be” is an uplifting slice of a tune that can also be a relaxing song that also works if you were in a lounge bar. It sounds like nothing out at the moment. It’s so catchy and that is partly down to co-writer Jimmy Napes from Disclosure.
You will know them for massive hits like “Latch” and “White Noise”.
Credit, too, to Jess Glynne whose vocals have been likened to that of Adele’s by a kmfm listener who emailed me to ask who this song was by.
I love how the start of the New Year is throwing exciting music at us. We are only just facing the start of February and already 2014 is a very good year for music.
Wait until the summer, when the anthems are out and our car windows are down. Cheers to that!
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