“Lady Luck” by Jamie Woon
Florence + the Machine “Cosmic Love” Halloween Boston Show
Without question the best live show I have ever seen, Florence + the Machine had the crowd absolutely mesmerized during her Halloween show in Boston this weekend. Her voice’s sweet, syrupy quality has an unmatched strength, instantly paralyzing listeners in a gripping emotional vice. She’s easily the best new artist of 2010 and my top personal favorite from the moment I first found her in 2009. Florence’s completely original, eclectic music style causes critics to struggle when attempting to accurately categorize her genre. Simply put, she’s destined for huge stardom and international acclaim.
Tristan Prettyman, “Madly” Cities 97 Sampler Volume 20
The Cities 97 annual cd series is a hidden gem produced by the Minneapolis radio station featuring acoustic sessions of noteworthy artists from the year. Locals endure long lines in the bitter November cold for their chance to buy one of the roughly 35,000 cds which are snatched up in a few short hours. Artists include the likes of Jack Johnson, Sarah McLachlan, David Gray, Missy Higgins, A Fine Frenzy and many others from similar genres. In true mid-west fashion, all proceeds from the highly successful project benefit surrounding charities.
Royal T Ft Roisin Murphy- Crookers remix
Roisin Murphy’s unique, strong voice is like a well blended cocktail of sex and sass. She’s best known as the lead vocalist for Moloko, the UK trip-hop duo, who produced Sing it Back and Fun for Me (my personal favorite of hers, but no where near as popular as the former). In this remix, Crookers does what they do best by putting a progressive and edgy spin on the track. Their end result captures the listener’s attention through each loop and around every beat drop. If you like this, also try Crookers - Royal T (Sticky K Remix) which takes on a more drum and bass feel.
“Winter Song” Sarah Bareillis & Ingrid Michaelson
Sarah Bareillis and Ingrid Michaelson team up for Winter Song accompanied by charming animation depicting the two artists. It is simple, beautiful, melancholic and refreshingly hopeful.
Jessie J (aka Jessica Cornish) from the U.K. is currently working on her debut album and she’s definitely one to watch rise to the top in 2011. She writes all her own music with a distinct passion and a punchy beat containing hints of old school soul, true rhythm & blues and modern pop. Also worth checking out are her live performances of Big White Room on youtube.