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Songs of the Month: May

Ah May… This month marks the end of my second year at university, kinda crazy how quickly it has gone actually. All of the songs below are pretty chilled. This certainly reflects how I am feeling after all the stress of my deadlines. So sit back and have a listen to my most played songs from this month. Enjoy peeps.

Track 1:

Losing My Way // FKJ and Tom Misch

What a beautiful little song this is… Not just one but TWO base guitars in this suave little song. The video shows Tom Misch and FJK just having a fun jamming session together, making very sweet music at Red Bull Studios Berlin. The arrangement of this song is sublime, with base, beat-boxing, vocals, keyboard and saxophone – I mean it’s all going off but in the best possible way. A little bit in awe with the groovy, funky sounding base, both extremely talented multi-instrumentalists and you would be silly to not give this gem a listen. I’m just hoping another collaboration is in the works for the future.

Track 2:

Electric Relaxation // A Tribe Called Quest

This is the second ATCQ song to feature this year, I wonder how many more will be featured? What a song. I think I have overdosed a bit on ATCQ recently. Partly because they’re great and partly because they unfortunately will not be playing Parklife this year due to Q-Tip needing surgery. Gutted is an understatement.

Relax yourself girl, please set-tle down… these lyrics are sometimes what you need to hear in life and I am really not going to argue. Not much can really beat 90’s hip hop – ATCQ will always be the epitome of old-skool hip hop when it was at its finest.

Track 3:

Know We Now // Cul De Sac

Manchester’s hip hop scene is something not to go unmissed, with the likes of The Mouse Outfit, Levels and now Cul De Sac with their new wave of organic sounding hip hop. The collective is made up of four solo artistsĀ Truce, Layfullstop, Kid Katharsis and Berry Blacc who aim ‘to make music, say something real, and make people feel’. This low budget music video is just a group of cool 20 somethings, riding bikes in an abandoned car park but their delivery is effortless, lighthearted and just has good vibes and energy.

Track 4:

Skyline // FKJ

I feel like featuring the same artists twice in on month is cheating. Nevertheless, this just further emphasizes how great this artist is. FKJ actually stands for French Kiwi Juice, great stage name if you ask me, sounds like summer in a glass. The French producer and DJ is the master of super mellow and smooth electronic music, he has even been described as a ‘flag bearer’ for French house music. His multi-instrumentalist talents will catapult you into a cosy new dimension of dulcet sounds. The vocals are gorgeous throughout this song and the video is really relaxing to watch too. How interesting that 2 of the music videos featured this month include people riding bikes…

May has been rather chilled in terms of music, which was the perfect antidote to the end of my second year. I hope you have enjoyed this months selection of some of my favourite songs this May. Next month is going to be jam-packed with music as it’s Parklife and the line-up for this year is crazy good. I might make June a special edition post as we will be half way through 2017! Also, good luck to those still ploughing through exams and assignments x

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