Each month I’ll showcase a selection of songs that I’m absolutely loving. Some old, some new, some fast, some slow, but hopefully most of them are just obscure enough that your taste can potentially expand into other parts of the vast musical landscape. Who knows, you may be minutes away from discovering your next favourite artist…!
Here are my picks for January 2016:
- DJ Krush – Probability
I was excited to learn that one of my favourite artists released an album in October ’15 after 8 years in the wilderness. 53 year old Japanese native, Hideaki Ishi, aka DJ Krush, has been around a long time and to jam his music into one or two categories wouldn’t do him justice. The best way to understand what he’s about is to simply listen. Aside from the hypnotic beat, it’s the subtleties of this track that has me playing it on repeat.
Listen to ‘DJ Krush – Probability’ here.
- Jill Scott – Can’t Wait
I could have copied/pasted my review of Erykah Badu’s song from last month. I won’t because it’s lazy but you get where I’m coming from. Jill Scott is without doubt my favourite female artist and is the epitome of modern day R&B and Soul. I could have chosen any of a dozen of Jill’s songs, but this track is one I always come back to.
Listen to ‘Jill Scott – Can’t wait’ here.
- BT – Rose of Jericho
This track elicits fond memories of walking along the breakwall of my favourite beach years & years ago, contemplating what the next phase of my life was going to throw up. Obviously you won’t have the same emotional connection to this track but I wanted to include it anyway.
Listen to ‘BT – Rose of Jericho’ here.
- Seth Sentry – Run
For anyone outside Australia, you might be surprised to hear we have a strong hip-hop scene down here, which has exploded in the last decade. Seth Sentry is a clever writer, exhibits an easy flow and doesn’t mind letting loose. The album “Strange New Past” was one of my picks of 2015 and this track is one of its finest.
Listen to ‘Seth Sentry – Run’ here.
- ZHU – Automatic
Steven Zhu, aka ZHU, popped up out of relative obscurity early in 2014 with a cracking track called ‘Faded’. If you haven’t heard it, look it up. But for this list, I’m picking something released in November. ‘Automatic’ is a blend of heavy house vibes, mixed with the guest vocals of AlunaGeorge, and polished off with a sweet saxophone solo.
Listen to ‘ZHU – Automatic’ here.
I’d love to know what you think, and whether you have any recommendations you can pass on. Or check out my tracks from previous months below: