GEMS! is an on-going series of songs—random songs—that I feature regularly here on the blog. The songs don’t have to be new or English or under any criteria, it’s just great music. Below are 9 songs handpicked for your listening pleasure. Comment if you like them, comment if you don’t.

Captured – Bic Runga [Download]
“I want you when you are close to me / I want you never to be far / I know you have laid a trap for me / Yes, I know you, but not as who you are” This haunting number takes time to grow till it stitches its place among your favorites.

Think of You – Ledisi [Download]
Ledisi is an unfathomed treasure, her music slithers inside one’s soul and takes permanent residence in there.

You Were The Devil – Nicole Atkins [Download]
I have always been a supporter of Nicole Atkins, since her early days before releasing her debut album. If you take one listen to “You Were The Devil” you’d understand what’s so special about Atkins. Her unique sound is unlike anything out there, it sounds as if it came from a different era; it’s a mixer of the greatest of the last few decades.

 Shy Boy – Katie Melua [Download]
Summery afternoons call for this number, its laid-back style makes it effortlessly cool. It’s hard to believe that Melua is one of Australia’s biggest selling artists while she’s virtually unknown in the UK and US (Despite her numerous efforts to break through in the UK)

Memory of You – Girls Aloud [Download]
“I wonder, do you ever wonder too? ‘Cause I hunger for the memory of you”. The B-side of “The Loving Kind” sounds better than half of Out of Control. The Xenomania-produced number plays on my favorite field of the Alouds: Melancholic Rave.

Subliminal – Floetry [Download]
“Yo! Do you feel clever? No, forget what everyone else has to say, do YOU feel clever?” Floetry’s music is almost always full of wisdom, and this one is no exception. If you don’t like their genre of music, just enjoy their intellect.

Communication Problems – All Girl Summer Fun Band [Download]
The vintage sound of AGSFB is muchly missed in today’s scene, “Communication Problems” sounds like a song off a cheesy, 80’s, high school movie, and that’s what makes it great.

No Surprises – Regina Spektor [Download]
Regina Spektor. Go ahead, download.

Is This The Last Time – Led To Sea [Download]
Fans of Regina Spektor will love this one. “Is This The Last Time” is instantly captivating.

Sex Karma (Feat. Solange) – Of Montreal [Download]
Of Montreal’s latest release featured two of the best and most underrated artists of today, Solange and Janelle Monae. Solange’s infectious guest verses on “Sex Karma” balance the number and automatically elevate it to new heights.


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