With Christmas approaching, you’d think that the good music would stop emerging for a while and things would go a bit quite until the new year...not quite. 2013 has been a exceptional year for music and November has kept this momentum going, here are some of the best things I heard this month:
Katy B - Crying For No Reason
Following the epic 5am, Katy B is continuing her thus far flawless Little Red album campaign with new single Crying For No Reason. The start sees Katy at her most vulnerable, just her voice, piano and a few light synths before turning into a full-on banger when the instrumentals truly kick in. The result is one of Katy’s strongest songs to date, which bodes well for her new album.
Rebecca Ferguson - Freedom
Being a past X factor contestant, releasing a second album is an achievement in itself, but making on this good is something else entirely. Following-up her near-perfect debut Heaven was never going to be easy, but Rebecca manages to create yet another solid album without compromising her credibility in the process.
Metronomy - I’m Aquarius
After cryptic teasers and snippets, Metronomy recently unveiled the lead single from their up-and-coming fourth studio album Love Letters. Compared to their previous singles, I’m Aquarius is a lot more sparse and airy, it builds over 4 minutes and pulls you in slowly as it does so. The main attraction here are the ‘shoop-doop-doop-ahhs’, which float over Mount’s vocals and straight into your brain. So far so good.
Rainer - Hope / Satin / Glass / Dreams EP
Rainer’s Girls is one of the most addictive songs of the year, and this EP doesn't disappoint; four perfectly formed electro-pop jams which grow with every listen.
Rosie Lowe - Right Thing EP
The debut EP from Devon-born singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe is truly something special, her sound sits comfortably between Jessie Ware and Jessy Lanza whilst also being individual and fresh. With Dave Okumu on production, this was always going to be excellent; the songs are haunting yet warm and inviting. She is definitely one to watch in 2014.