Wednesday, 31 October 2018

WE'RE nearing the end of the year, and it seems that artists have been saving their best work for now. It's been incredibly hard for me to narrow down the 24 songs in this month's playlist to only 5. Alas, here it goes...

5. Fingers - ZAYN (RCA Records)
Writers: Alex Oriet, David Phelan, ZAYN
Production: Saltwives

Quite possibly his best solo work yet, ZAYN's Fingers does not stray too far from the style he offered in his 2016 debut album, Mind of Mine. However, there seems to show more maturity - mostly marked by the song's suggestive lyrics. Zayn's seductiveness on this record provides the perfect tone to accompany the lyrical content. Listen below:

4. None of My Business - CHER LLOYD (Polydor)
Writers: Alexsej Vlasenko, Henrik Meinke, iamBADDLUCK, Jeremy Chacon, Jonas Kalisch, Kate Morgan
Production: Hitimpulse

Cher Lloyd has come a long way since appearing and placing fourth on THE X FACTOR (2010) - charting albums in UK and US, collaborations and most recently, starting a family. However, she's back with new music and I'm rather impressed. I've never been a fan, but I'm really enjoying the new song; particularly the chorus. It's catchy, relatable and poppy - just the way I like it.

3. Overtime - JESSIE WARE (Virgin EMI)
Writers: Alexandra Govere, Andy Ferguson, Danny Parker, James Ford, Jessie Ware, Matthew McBriar
Production: James Ford, Andy Ferguson, Matthew McBriar

Anyone who knows me well would know that I am a huge fan of Jessie Ware. She's a musician I keep going back to. Her latest release is the first one for this year and does not disappoint. It sounds like a new-classic pop song. You know, the non-dated kind. Cannot wait for more new music from Jessie.

2. Mirror - IDER (Glassnote)
Writers: Elizabeth Somerville, Megan Markwick
Production: MyRiot

I discovered this song off Discover Weekly. The duo's unison singing was ear-catching, and not to mention the incredible chorus (and the drum lead up to it). Even better, the song offers a great bridge - it builds up nicely and the lyric-melody balance is perfect.

1. Ladies In The 90s - LAUREN ALAINA (19 Recordings/Mercury Nashville)
Writers: Amy Wadge, Jesse Frasure, Lauren Alaina
Production: Jesse Frasure

I've been following Lauren Alaina since her 2011 appearance on American Idol. She had placed second and went on to have so much success that her hometown of Rossville, Georgia declared May 25 to be "Lauren Alaina Day". Seven years later and Lauren is still killing it. This song has been on repeat all month. I love the retro pop-country style and the fusion of old songs released by female artists  (Spice Girls, Britney, Shania Twain and more). Have a listen below:

As always, check out some of the songs that did not make the cut:
Even In My Dreams - FOURS
You're Gonna Break My Heart Tonight - TOM ODELL
Ceasefire - ONLY THE POETS

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Until next month!
N.B. Unless you're viewing the link in October 2018, the songs will have by now changed from the ones mentioned in this post. However, the Top 5 featured above will be compiled in one playlist, marking my favourite songs of 2018.

Maria x

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