Hello all! You may have noticed that I missed the last couple of weeks’ posts. After going almost the entire winter without getting sick (we’re talking beyond sniffles), I finally got hit. It was one of those deals where you’re still feeling the effects three weeks later. There seemed little point in posting because I wasn’t even listening to new music, let alone writing. I am thrilled to be back at my desk once more! So, without further ado, here’s this week’s featured music…
Don’t Wanna Dance by MØ
Today, I’m doing something I usually don’t. I’m pulling a track from an album that just cropped up on my Spotify page this very morning. MØ is a brand-new artist for me. Born in Denmark in 1988 as Karen Marie Ørsted, she goes by the handle MØ. Pretty cool, huh? She released her debut single, Maiden, in 2012—a very fitting title since her name means virgin. Don’t Wanna Dance is a track from her No Mythologies To Follow album.
Don’t Wanna Dance gives a nod to pop/rock from the 50s and 60s, while at the same time infusing undercurrents of today’s sound. At the the heart of it, is MØ’s memorable voice—Adele-ish in its nature, but still original enough to make you perk up and listen. Spotify users can listen to this track below:
Expect Us by Gramatik
This song has been cutting a swath through my house, with everyone listening to it. A long-time jazz fan, I grew up with a grandmother who loved Swing and Big Band equally. So it was super-cool to find Expect Us, which infuses Techno/Pop with a throwback Big Band counter-melody. Gramatik is the stage name of Slovenian-born, Denis Jasarevic, who also moonlights as a DJ and producer.
Expect Us is a track on Gramatik’s Age of Reason album, which is a stunning potpourri of Funk, Jazz, Big Band, Techno—yeah, you name it, it’s in there. The bass lines are phenomenal. What I love most about this track, heck, this entire album, is its inherent power to introduce listeners to all different genres of music. Spotify listeners can check it out here:
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