Glitter, bubbles and twinkling lights. There is a frisson of excitement in the air as December arrives. Perhaps because it heralds love, hope and playfulness! No matter what you’ve gone through this year - the break-ups, the new jobs, and even the repetitive routines - it is a time of reflection and taking stock on how far you’ve come - a lot can happen in a year! And before new possibilities arrive on the horizon, it feels like it is a small moment suspended in time, like December in a snow globe... A chance to celebrate and appreciate, before the pace and busyness of a new year kicks in.
Here are the hottest new tracks we've been listening to so far this winter, keeping us warm and electric!
Oh Wonder - Without You
I love the piano melody of this song. It plays in my head through the day and I find myself humming it as I go about my work. A happy place to be, on this melody. And if you like this, there are lots more where it came from! These guys have been releasing a new track on Soundcloud every month of this year, all written and recorded by them.
Disclosure ft. Lorde - Magnets
Lorde brings her different and edgy feel to Disclosure's get-your-body-moving vibes - a great combination if you ask me! And the Disclosure V.I.P remix of their own track is one of my favourites out there right now.
Dua Lipa - Be The One
Born from Lana Del Rey's managment, this new talent is bringing fun, glittery pop vibes to this cold December.
Foals - Give It All
It's no secret I'm a big fan of these guys. Every time I hear one of their new songs, I'm captive. And this record, along with the music video, is working its magic with some beatiful story-telling. CAPTIVE.
Bear's Den - Agape
Agape, from the Greek word meaning the highest form of love. And if you love folky alternative rock, you'll love these guys. Plus winter walks on the beach are quite wonderful.
Anne-Marie - Boy
Anne-Marie, she of the Rudimental track ‘Rumour Mill’. These guys always have the hottest new talent on their tracks - a sure fire way to blast onto the scene (Ella Eyre, John Newman, MNEK to name but a few). And this song is fun and cheeky… kind of like our mood…I know Maria will be crushing on the flowery-tracksuit in the vid!
Coldplay - Adventure of A Lifetime
I love dancing to this song in my room in the mornings, kind of like the monkeys. Go on, do it. You know you want to! A happy tune, and a happy video for the new single from their soon to be released album 'A Head Full of Dreams'.
Wishing you a December filled with love, hope and lots of fun!
And, as inspired by Love Actually, we leave you with the gravelly sounds of Nora Jones and jazz piano whizz Jamie Callum, live with Turn Me On...
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