Friday Five: Jack Garratt, Dua Lipa, Lissie, Conrad Sewell and Oh Wonder

It’s Friday, so here’s this week’s “Friday Five” — 5 song you NEED to hear!

And as always, let me know what you think!  Tweet me your thoughts!

1. “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt

Finally Jack Garratt’s album is released! I haven’t heard it yet, but I will for sure pick up the cd! Yeah, I still buy cds! Every single song we’ve heard from Jack has been top notch. I’m mesmerized by the fact that he is able to reproduce the songs live. It’s one thing to layer and produce a studio track, but to be able to pull them off live, and alone is incredible, and it’s one of the reasons there’s so much (well deserved) hype around him! Do yourself a favor and pick up his album, Phase!

2. “Last Dance” by Dua Lipa

Another amazing song from Dua Lipa! She’s amazing. I’ve constantly got her three songs in heavy rotation and never get sick of it. I really need an album from Dua Lipa soon! “Last Dance” might be my favorite song from her yet! And the video is super weird, but a cool weird. I dig it.

3. “Don’t You Give Up On Me” by Lissie

Yes! Lissie is back with an excellent new album. I was a massive fan of her debut album, Catching A Tiger. It’s amazing folk-pop. Is that a genre… well, it is now, and Lissie is one of the best. Last week, she released a new album, My Wild West, and I’m really digging it. After a few spins, my favorite songs are “Wild West,” “Hero,” “Hollywood,” and the lead single, “Don’t You Give Up On Me.” Lissie rocks!

4. “Shadow” by Conrad Sewell

2016 is going to be a massive year for Conrad Sewell! You might not know him by name, but you know his voice – he’s the vocalist on Kygo’s hit “Firestone.” He’s got an incredible voice, that soothes both the slower ballads as well as the up-tempo songs. I never posted it (shame on me!) but his song “Hold Me Up” is a straight-up hit! His song “Shadow” gives me Michael Jackson vibes! I’m a fan of his debut EP, All I Know and stoked to hear his debut album soon.

5. “All We Do” (Live) by Oh Wonder

I mean, can we talk about how cool Oh Wonder are! They’re just so chill – I’m such a fan of them. This song is just perfection. They remind me of London Grammar, Broods and The xx. Just amazing chill indie-pop.

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Friday Five: Listen to Jack Garratt, Raleigh Ritchie, Rudimental, Oh Wonder and The 1975!

It’s Friday, and I’m keen on keeping the “Friday Five” tradition going, so yeah, here’s 5 song you NEED to hear!

And after you’ve heard them, share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which ones you love and which you think were awful! Music is subjective, and maybe your taste is terrible! I’m kidding. But really, please do tweet me your thoughts!

1. “Worry” by Jack Garratt

It’s safe to say I’m not the only one obsessed with Jack Garratt and his sound. He’s a one-man band a la Ed Sheeran and KT Tunstall, but crossed with Robert DeLong and Royal Blood. He’s debut album, Phases, comes out next Friday, and it’s bound to top the charts. The 24 year-old phenom from England has already been named BBC Introducing Aritst of the Year, won BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice, and was also named the winner of BBC Sound of 2016. No pressure! Check out this amazing live version of “Worry” and you’ll know why he’s set to dominate in 2016.

2. “Bloodsport” by Raleigh Ritchie

This song! I was instantly drawn to this song. It’s such a cool song. I love the chorus and the beat. The rap verse took me by surprise when it started, but I dig it. I’m a fan of Raleigh Ritchie and the sound. Excited to hear his album, You’re A Man Now, Boy, which will be out at the end of February.

Fun fact: Raleigh Ritchie is also an actor – you may recognize him as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones.

3. “Rumour Mill” by Rudimental featuring Anne-Marie and Will Heard

I LOVE Rudimental’s latest album, We The Generation. Actually, I love their debut album too. This is such a cool and funky song. Rudimental are known for having amazing vocalists featured on their song and they’ve again struck gold with Will Heard and Anne-Marie! They’re amazing on the track, and even better live. The energy they bring to the stage show is insane – it’s one giant party. And Will Heard has some killer dance moves! Turn this up and get your dance on!

4. “Without You” by Oh Wonder

I really dig Oh Wonder! “Without You” is one of the catchiest songs on the duo’s self-titled debut album. They have a super chill vibe to their music, and it’s wonderful. It’s an album you could listen to and enjoy from start to finish and really get lost and absorbed in it. Very pensive, at least for me. Seriously, check out their album, so good!

5. “The Sound” by The 1975

I’m a massive fan of The 1975’s self-titled album. It’s got a great pop-rock vibe to it and it’s one hit-song after another. For the follow up, which has a ridiculously long title, they’re going with more of a pop sound, and I dig it. Of the songs we’ve heard from it, “The Sound” is my favorite so far. Oddly, they don’t have (or I couldn’t find) the official audio on YouTube, so here’s their live performance from SNL, though I prefer the studio edit. Nevertheless, it’s a cool song.

So there you go, what’d you think of the songs?

As always, share your thoughts with me and send me any recommendations via @itsaMiro on Twitter

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