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(It's not a requirement for any of the songs to have been released on the following month. The only requirement is for me to enjoy listening to it enough to recommend it!)
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1. Son Mieux - Everything
Origin: The Netherlands
Genre: Alternative/Indie, Pop
"Son Mieux is the seven-headed band formed around singer/songwriter Camiel Meiresonne. After the success of first EP Vice Versa they delivered their debut record Faire de Son Mieux (French for: ‘Getting the most out yourself’) in February 2019. The album features ten complete pop songs brimming with irresistible hooks and choruses. Think personal stories in the best folk tradition, each with an electronic sub-layer. The combination resulting in sophisticated, always danceable music with a deep emotional load. Son Mieux is Camiel Meiresonne, Maud Akkermans, Quinten Meiresonne, Olivier Lucas, Justin Schellekens, Timo Prins & Niels de Maa." sonmieux
2. blond - Les bonnes manières
Genre: Indie pop
"Blond is a singer with a clear and androgynous voice, who tells us about his lost loves, his family ties and his imperative need to exist. Inspired by the world of Sébastien Tellier, Christine and the Queen or even Daft Punk, his tone blends with melancholic pianos carried by warm and catchy rhythms." spotify
3. Stromae - L’enfer
Origin: Belgium, Rwanda
Genre: Pop/ Electronic
"Paul Van Haver (better known by his stage name Stromae) is a Belgian singer-songwriter-composer born in 1985 in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father. In 2009, Stromae worked as an intern at NRJ, a French radio station that is also broadcasted in Belgium. Julie Van Heuverswijn and Vincent Verbelen (who was in charge of Musical Programming at NRJ at the time) decided to include Stromae in their programme. At that time Stromae created Mosaert, a label of his own which was a part of Universal Music France, and he brought out two singles: "Alors on danse" and "Up Saw Liz". On 21 June 2010, Stromae brought out his first album, "Cheese". The success of this album was astonishing and Stromae's music went international. This was the true beginning of the Stromae phenomenon."
4. Quantic, Nidia Góngora - Adiós Chacón
Origin: England, Colombia
Genre: Dance Music, Folklore
"Considered one of the foremost artists of the marimba music of the South Pacific region, and a guardian of the oral tradition, Colombian folklore singer-songwriter Nidia Góngora fronts leading regional outfits including Grupo Canalon and plays a key role as a counsellor to younger groups. Now based in the city of Cali, Góngora was born into a musical family in the Afro-Colombian community of Timbiquí."
"Quantic, aka Will Holland, is a British born musician, producer & DJ splicing electronica & global rhythms saturated in the sunkissed soundwaves of the Caribbean. One of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today, Holland now works from Brooklyn, New York, after recent years in the highlands of Bogotá, Colombia. Quantic has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality."
5. Ivan Ave - On the Very Low
Genre: Rap, jazz-fusion, electronic
"A Norwegian MC, rapping in English, making his mark on the global underground hip hop scene is pretty rare. Eivind Øygarden aka Ivan Ave is that rare exception. Growing up in Telemark in Norway, an area surrounded by rugged, majestic mountains, Ivan found his musical influences in the R'n'B records of his older sisters; The Fugees, Janet Jackson and Raphael Saadiq. Since then, he has carved out his own path with jazz-fusion heavy, nineties-inspired rap, creating his own lyrical universe. In Oslo, Ivan met his earliest collaborator Fredfades. They created Mutual Intentions, a label and a collective of like-minded friends. It became a platform that hadn’t existed in Oslo previously, and opened the doors to work with international producers, such as Mndsgn, Dâm-Funk, Kiefer and Kaytranada."
6. Charlie Puth - Light switch
"Charles Otto "Charlie” Puth is a popular American pop singer and songwriter. He started gaining fame by posting his original songs and covers to his YouTube channel. After his talents were exposed to the world he was signed in by Ellen DeGeneres for a record label, which led to the start of his official career. His debut studio album was released in January 2016 by the American record label Atlantic Records. Even though it received negative reviews from critics it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 published by the ‘Billboard’ magazine. A deluxe edition was also released in November which contained three additional songs. Puth wrote, co-produced as well as sang the hook on Wiz Khalifa’s hip-hop anthem ‘See You Again,’ included in the soundtrack of the motion picture ‘Furious 7.’ It became a huge hit, reaching the No. 1 spot in nearly 90 countries worldwide. It also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, Shazam, iTunes and Spotify, undoubtedly becoming one of the most important works of his career. According to Puth, his family background is not wealthy and during his childhood his family had to struggle to make both ends meet. He has expressed gratitude to his parents who worked hard to help him pursue his musical goals. Being not only a vocalist but also a producer, a songwriter, and an instrumentalist, Puth is definitely a multi talented celebrity."
7. ELIS NOA - Make me think of you
Genre: Electronic Pop
"Viennese electronic-soul duo ELIS NOA - Aaron and Elisa - met during their time at music university. They make music in search for honest reflection of their lives and as an expression of their constantly evolving artistic process and identity.
ELIS NOA's sound ranges from pop to contemporary R'n'B, all the way to future soul. The intimacy and depth of their songs make you sit up and pay attention, the sound is soulful and elegant, but also honest and raw and will definitely not leave you unmoved.
After two EPs ,'High' (2017) and 'Love Letters' (2019) and performances across Europe, they released their debut album 'What Do You Desire?' in 2020."
8. Joyce Olong - Outta Town
Genre: alternative, soul
"Joyce Olong is a Nigerian Singer/Songwriter who within a couple years of subtle input into the alternative music scene, has been able to capture many discerning ears with her sound, vibrations and lush lyrics. Her style is greatly influenced by Northern African sounds and rhythms infused with RnB, Reggae and Soul. Growing up open to unique vibrations, she listened to the eclectic sounds of Gregorian chants, Arabic music, Reggae, Motown, the myriad of Nigerian and African genres and with a focused and thorough dissection of Hip-Hop and country pop music, she was able to improve her songwriting skills. Joyce Olong carried on with her exploration of music at college in Canada where she was a member of the Roots African Caribbean Society and featured as one of the singers at the yearly event called CultureWave, for two years. In October 2017, Joyce released her first solo project, a five track EP titled Merci Beauté which is a series of letters of gratitude to the women in her life."
9. De.Ville - Mon Amour
Origin: Canada, Morocco
Genre: Electronic, Arabic
"DE.VILLE is a half Quebec, half Moroccan duo, comprised of the musician and producer simonpierre and the singer Ziad Qoulaii. Their melancholy sound and their hard-hitting bass and percussion pair well with Ziad’s unique vocals. DE.VILLE borrows from Raï, North African, and West African music while fully identified with Montreal’s music scene. With a linguistic repertoire consisting of Darija, classical Arabic, French, and English, the multicultural aspect of the project reflects the reality of Quebec and is a reaction to the obsolete classification that is “world music” They release their debut project Sables in 2018 (Which won the best ''World Music'' album/Ep at the GAMIQ), followed by the single Semhilia with Jamaz. At the end of 2020, they released the small Ep Atlantique with their first music video. In 2021, they collaborated with the Moroccan rapper Raid on the song Exil, which charted in the top 50 most streams songs on Spotify and Deezer in Morocco. They are now working on their first LP, releasing from times to times a single"
10. David Walters, Folamour - Sam Cook Di (Folamour Remix)
Genre: Dance/ Electronic
"David Walters grew up in Paris in the seventies and has been living in Marseille for a few years – a city which has become a home base for this relentless traveler. His passion for other cultures was obvious when he co-hosted the television show ‘Les Nouveaux Explorateurs’, broadcast in France for several years, during which he travelled around the world. This on-screen experience was actually a sort of parenthesis in his career. First and foremost, David Walters is known for his music, which perfectly reflects his interest in multiculturalism. Since his first album, ‘Awa’ (2005), the singer-songwriter has shown the breadth of his influences: Creole music, Brazilian music, soul, jazz, funk, pop, Afrobeat… Listening to one of his albums sees your mind move from one place to another (between Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean islands where his parents come from), even within the same single song: David Walters takes you by the hand and drags you gently across different countries, different continents."
"French DJ/producer Bruno Boumendil (aka Folamour) takes the bright aesthetics of disco and adds a significant amount of house groove, making for laid-back but propulsive club tracks.
Originally hailing from Lyon, Boumendil quickly found his feet as an upcoming talent, releasing his first mixtape, 2015's Chapeau Rouge, on Fauxpas Music. From there he went from strength to strength, establishing himself outside of France for his skills as a DJ. He went on to establish his own label, Moonrise Hill Material, alongside Ethyene, Kaffe Crème, and Okwa; he released his debut album, 2017's Umami, through the label. Around the same time, he moved over to London, where he established another label, FHUO (For Heaven Use Only) Records, through which he released his sophomore album, 2019's Ordinary Drugs."
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There you have it my fellow music explorers!
My top 10 for January 2022.
(The order is completely random)
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