Filed under: Music | Tags: Acoustic, Christina Aguilera, Folk, Live, Music, SiA, SiA Furler, Singer-songwriter, Song Of The Day, SOTD, The Voice, Zero 7
Song: Lentil (Live)
Album: Lady Croissant
In short: Pint-sized Australian songbird Sia Furler has been making music for a long while, but her breakthrough came after her collaborative work with UK trip-hop duo Zero 7. Preceding the release of her fourth album, Some People Have Real Problems, Furler released a live album containing some of her old hits and new songs that were later included on the follow-up release. One of those songs is the sublime “Lentil”, written by Furler herself and long-time friend Samuel Dixon, the song mirrors Furler’s charming personality and is a notch above most singer-songwriters’ material.
Filed under: Music | Tags: All Girl Summer Fun Band, Bic Runga, Floetry, GEMS, Girls Aloud, Hip-Hop, Katie Melua, Led to Sea, Ledisi, Music, Neo-soul, Nicole Atkins, Of Montreal, Pop, R&B. Spoken Word, Regina Spektor, Songs, Soul
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.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Diddy, Dirty Money, Hip-Hop, Last Train To Paris, Music, Rap, Song Of The Day, SOTD, Soul
Song: I Hate That You Love Me
Artist: Diddy – Dirty Money
Album: Last Train To Paris
In short: On his latest record, Diddy outdid himself; his latest protege, all-girl group Dirty Money, stole the spotlight and shone brightly on their nation-debut alongside their mentor. Last Train To Paris is an underrated album, overshadowed by Diddy’s foolery outside of the music.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Chamber Pop, Ethereal, James Sanger, Music, Pop, Siobhan Donaghy, Song Of The Day, SOTD, Sugababes
Song: Halcyon Days
Artist: Siobhán Donaghy
In short: The first member to disband from the Sugagabes, Siobhán Donaghy, has released two solo albums since parting ways with the other members. Her sophomore album saw her working with producer James Sanger, whose production credits include U2, Keane, and Dido. The ethereal “Halcyon Days” is a moody number dotted with rays of hope; Donaghy sings so delicately, as if the melody could be broken by a puff of air. Sound-wise, “Halcyon Days” is the kind of song you’d imagine mermaids singing deep down in the ocean.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Alanis, Alanis Morissette, Earreading, Lyrics, Music
“What part of our history’s reinvented and under rug swept?
What part of your memory is selective and tends to forget?”
“Hands Clean” – Alanis Morissette
Filed under: Music | Tags: Classics, MC Lyte, Music, Rap, Rappers, Song Of The Day, SOTD
Song: Paper Thin
Artist: MC Lyte
Album: Lyte As A Rock
In short: Known for being one of the very first female rappers on the scene, MC Lyte has successfully made her mark and paved the way for the generation that followed. Lyte As A Rock is a great introduction to Lyte’s wonderful world of rap classics, including the album’s title track, “10% Dis”, “Paper Thin”, and many others.