This is my favourite track from MAASAI's debut album 'Feeling Blue Seeing Orange'. The Stockholm-based duo, Dominique Teymouri and Zackarias Ekelund, create soulful sonic landscapes with a cinematic touch. Beautifully honest lyrics, brilliant catchy chorus and wonderful instrumentation throughout. A genuinely fantastic track and stunning music video.
2. Sax - Fleur East
'Sax' is the lead single from Fleur East's debut studio album 'Love, Sax and Flashbacks', set for release this Friday (4th December). After being announced as the runner-up in last years' series of X Factor, Fleur signed a recording contract with Syco Music a month or so later. Another classic example of the runner-up doing better than the winner, and with this single a product of that, I'm not complaining! Enjoy this punch of pop!
3. Paper Plane - We The Wild
We The Wild unfortunately called it a day back in February, earlier this year. However, this song has made it onto many playlists of mine in the past week, and it just missed out on a space in the WILT blog post last week, so here it is. Genius alternative pop from Anthony West and Casey Roarty, and I'm pretty gutted they're not working together anymore, however Anthony is now part of pop duo, Oh Wonder (and we all know how much I like their debut album...)
4. Sugar Pill - The Japanese House
Here's a taster of who will appear on our Sound Of 2016 list... The Japanese House are a fantastic electronica / indie pop band and this is a track from their recent release, 'Clean EP', which is well worth a listen. The soundscapes they create whilst incorporating influences from many different genres is impressive to say the least and it allows them to create a unique sound for their vocals to run smoothly over...
5. Happy Ending - Dodie, Zannah & Melanie
Dodie Clark is a favourite on Music In Time Blog, but she really has stepped up another level (didn't know that was possible...) This cover with Zannah and Melanie (also brilliant singer - songwriters) of Mika's 'Happy Ending' is incredible. The harmonies are phenomenal and it's so easy to get lost in it. I'm sure anyone and everyone will enjoy this one!