As the new year kicks off (a month ago), I always get really excited about new music and gigs for the forthcoming year. 2018 is already shaping up to look pretty impressive (yes I obviously bought Harry Styles tickets) and I thought I would share with you all what I’ve been listening to to kickstart my year.
1. Justin Timberlake – Filthy
I genuinely got goosebumps the first time I heard this. Yep. I said it. JT has been in the news a lot recently, new album out and of course his Super Bowl performance that received pretty mixed reviews – I thought it was pretty alright tbf. Let’s face it, SexyBack is a pretty tough pop song to follow, but Filthy is catchy enough for me.
2. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
My other half who thinks he’s too cool for mainstream music, absolutely loves Dua Lipa, so that’s when you know a song or an artist MUST be good. New Rules was always going to be a hard one to follow but Dua Lipa, the goddess that she is, released this absolute wonder.
3. Rex Orange Country – Best Friend
After earning an impressive 2nd place on BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2018, the sounds of Rex Orange County has already managed to land himself on my Spotify ‘2018’ playlist. This track in particular, is so lighthearted and it even has trumpets so I’m all over it.
4. Isaac Gracie – Reverie
My ears were also blessed with Isaac Gracie through BBC Radio 1. His live set with Annie Mac a few weeks ago was so mesmerising that a few days later I booked myself onto his new tour. His track ‘Terrified’ also gave me Damien Rice vibes, which as everyone knows is my true love.
5. Holy Mattress Money – Blue Hundreds
You know when you don’t have Spotify Premium and your playlist goes off on a tangent and starts playing random stuff you don’t really want? Well I discovered this song one time it did that, but it must have been fate that brought me to this. This was released back in 2017, but I’m happy to have found it and its twinkly piano in 2018.
6. Sigrid – Strangers
Voted number 1 on BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2018, Sigrid is set to take the music world by storm this year, and already has done so with Strangers. I just love the build up to chorus and how it makes you want to dance about a bit.
7. Kendrick Lemar and SZA – All The Stars
In my last blog I revealed that Humble was my most listened to song of 2017, and I would imagine that All The Stars is my most listened to song so far this year too. This song was the first time I had properly heard SZA’s voice and it juxtaposes perfectly with the rap on the track.
8. Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B]
I’ll be really honest, the main reason I love this song so much is because it reminds me of me and my best friend dancing round to this at my friend’s 21st birthday. Bruno Mars certainly cleaned up at the 2018 Grammy’s, and I don’t think Uptown Funk will ever leave my heart.
9. George Ezra – Paradise
Yay he’s back! I love this so much, just as we are crying out for the weather to change to Spring, this bright, energising, please-can-it-be-festival-season-again song appears! BLESS YOU GEORGE EZRA.
10. Troye Sivan – My My My
Genuinely been stuck in my head for the past two days and I’m totally ok with that.