After my post about the importance of music in the kitchen (if you didn’t see it, just click here) I thought I would let you all know what I’ve been grooving to while whipping up a storm.

  1. Midway – Bad Bad Hats: I’m pretty sure that I first heard this on my Discovery Playlist. It’s one of those songs that as soon as the vocals kick in you have to immediately find out who is singing. A slow, lingering verse with a thumping chorus is everything you need to get the party started.
  2. She Burns – Foy Vance: Imagine if early Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison had a baby. Then the baby was left to fend for himself in Ireland with nothing but a guitar and a fantastic moustache. That, my friends, is Foy Vance. She Burns is a slow number about being incredibly attracted to someone, if you’re looking for a more upbeat tune, just hit Shuffle Play on his profile and one will turn up.
  3. An Evening I Will Not Forget – Dermot Kennedy: Just ridiculously good. Dermot Kennedy has one of those voices that sounds like it is always performing live. You can hear tiny imperfections which enhance the subject and delivery of the few songs of his currently available on Spotify. I am very much looking forward to hearing more of his music and, if I get the chance, seeing him live.
  4. Devil Like Me – Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Don’t let the name fool you… actually let it fool you. You know when you go into a film and expect it to be crap and it turns out to be amazing. In fact, your pessimism made you enjoy it more? That’s what I had with this band. A sort of acoustic/blues Miike Snow mixed with The Flaming Lips, I now think the name is amazing and the music is even better.
  5. Chocolate – Jesse Mann: A cover of The 1975’s song that somehow manages to completely change the tone of the entire song. Stripped of all instruments except one guitar and a fantastic voice, it goes from a jaunty tune about the folly of youth and becomes almost like a love song.
  6. XO – Eden Project: I think these guys changed their name to just “Eden” but you can still find this song under this name. Starting off with a very 90’s acoustic guitar riff over a very English sounding voice (think Bastille) it soon delves into more of an electronic sound which actually brings a lot to the song. It’s used sparingly to emphasise the lyrics instead of trying to sound like an EDM song (thank God!).
  7. Ready 2 Wear – Geographer: This band has not made enough music, as far as I’m concerned. They have 2 EPs and, quite frankly, I want more. Mike Deni’s voice is the stuff that dreams are made of and the way he describes emotions is free from hyperbole. It’s honest, simple and bloody gorgeous.
  8. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepson: What? Don’t look at me like that! This is an amazing song. It’s upbeat, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not like I said “Call Me Maybe”. Although that song is pretty awesome too.
  9. Without You – Oh Wonder: Good Lord this band is amazing. I’m very excited about seeing them at Latitude Festival with the Noodle. I could have chosen any of the songs from their self-titled album, but this one just seems to crop up the most.
  10. Lou Lou – Albin Lee Meldau: Honestly, the only thing wrong with this song is that it’s too short. While it does accomplish everything it needs to in just over 2 minutes, when a song is this good it should last about 10 minutes. Albin Lee Meldau sounds like Hozier covering a Nina Simone song and it’s as good as that too. Speaking of Nina Simone
  11. Sinnerman – Nina Simone: If I have to explain who Nina Simone is or why I would listen to this song, we need a long conversation about life.

There are more, but  if I were to produce an exhaustive list I would be here all day and I wouldn’t have another blog post to offer further down the line.

If I get the chance/figure it out I will start including Spotify playlists with these posts. For now, find the songs and enjoy.

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