1.) Coming Home by Leon Bridges on Coming Home
Leon Bridges first popped up on my radar back in February when singles from this album started dropping. I was immediately captured by his old school sound. Only 26, he sounds like soul singer from the 50's and 60's. And this track is one of the best on the album. I look forward to where he is going to go from here.
2.) Your Loves Whore by Wolf Alice on My Love Is Cool
Another artist which popped up on my February list, their full album finally dropped in June. I had a hard time picking just one song from it. This one earns by the killer intro, it starts off with an interesting drum beat but then builds by layering in guitars and bass and then finally vocals. In a normal month this would have been the top song.
3.) Dreams by Beck, a single released in June
Sad Beck has been pushed to the background, happy Beck is back! This is the perfect summer jam.
4.) Defector by Muse on Drones
I'm not familiar with Muse's overall catalogue but in this album they seem to be channeling Queen and especially on this track. It also balances out the song from this album which made my March list, that one was bleak while this one offers a ray of hope that we can opt out of the system.
5.) Summertime by The Mowgli's, a single released in June
The Mowgli's are no strangers to my lists and this one earns its spot by being a good summer jam, as the title implies.
6.) Fire Under My Feet by Leona Lewis, a single released in June
I'm generally not a fan of the diva genre of pop but this one earns a pass by being just catchy enough with a beat that has me moving my head.
7.) Hunger by Of Monsters And Men on Beneath The Skin
I've been a big fan of this group since their first album catapulted them to fame. The sound on this album is an evolution adding a little electric instrumentation while subtracting some folk. It is not as sharp a transition as Mumford is trying to pull off but it is noticeable.
8.) Golden Parachutes by Desaparecidos on Payola
This group made my list last month with a single from this album. I had a hard time picking a song from the album but this one earned its spot from the sheer in your face rock sound. A little social commentary about executives with golden parachutes doesn't hurt either.
9.) Come And Get It by John Newman, a single released in June
It is official, funk and soul inspired music is the new "it" genre of music right now. Folk had its time in the sun and now funk. I'm not tired of it yet.
10.) 4 U with Love by Giorgio Moroder on Deja vu
If you had asked me who Moroder was a couple years ago I would have given you a blank stare. Then he made a guest appearance on the latest Daft Punk album a few years ago. He apparently helped found disco and electronic music and he is still out there creating new stuff. Enjoy this purely electronic dance track.
11.) Flame by Sundara Karma, a single released in June
I had never heard of these guys before hearing this track. The sound just captured my ear.
12.) Fatal Flaw by Titus Andronicus, a single released in June
The name of this band is somewhat familiar to me but I don't think I could name another song by them. Either way this track is just good summertime rock and roll.
13.) Into the Sun by Bassnectar on Into the Sun
Another electronic track for you. Starts off slow but then gets going.
14.) Your Love is Enough by Jon Foreman, a single released in June
The lead singer of Switchfoot occasionally does some solo work which is more introspective and acoustic. I was tempted to make this the last track but felt like the lyrics of the next track worked better as the final. This song serves as a good reminder that God's grace and love are enough.
15.) Till Forever by Joy Williams on VENUS
I find this to be the perfect closing track. You can tell Williams is working through some deep thoughts and emotions on this album and it is all the better for it.