James Blake – The Colour In Anything

#050 – ’17 week 28

Here is a song where it finally doesn’t be what it seems to be. Except the obvious acoustic and classical sound and the well-known vocal-piano duo that many many other songs also share, this one goes a bit further.

First, the second part of this track is full of vocal layers that play chords within the melody and brings a different mood to the song. It really enhances the overall speech and flow of the song and it gives this unique colour (of anything… :-p) for that piece of music. That way, it becomes something different from what you would know.
Then, the huge dynamic range from piano performance and vocals and great ideas everywhere always catches the audience at every moment to keep and show what the artist wants to say.

By the way, thinking, thinking, performing and recording the whole song would be a huge bunch of work to achieve to this result that sounds simple, soft and very catchy at once!

via Ian Shepherd’s blog

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Derek Reese – Tired Of You

#044 – ’17 week 22

Here is a very cool track, very catchy, nicely mixed and mostly pleasing to listen to.
It’s a very interesting example of good song, with good guys, with very strong points but with not enough exposure as it should, in my opinion.

You could also see this track as one from many others than you missed and you’re going to like, just because it’s a good song that creates something in your mind.

via Indie Recording Depot (you could find another mix there)

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

#007 – ’16 week 37

Yeah, I know, you listened to this song a zillion of times from everywhere but it stills a good song. That’s why I really enjoy listening to this song again.

The point is: it’s a well built song, everything is very spot on and all the job around it were done to make the song great, period.

Bruno Mars is very “upfront” (sorry for this joke) with this song but it really deserves the performance, the vocal tone and the vision of music he has.
Mark Ronson did a great job in the whole album and there is a huge bunch of good ideas everywhere.
It’s really worth the listening!