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Music Round-Up // May

Just because I don’t write enough music posts and this interest of mine is what fuels my daily life, I have come up with a great idea to keep up with modern music on my blog… after all, it’s called Suede & Symphony.

may musicWords: Oliver @oliverinstead

Starting now, at the end of the month or the beginning of the following month, I will be making one special post to share my absolutely favourite releases in the last four weeks. These will be the tracks that are skyrocketing on my iTunes play count, the tracks I’ve kept on repeat all month long.

Please note that I will only consider those I have actually listened to so if there’s been a particularly popular song and I have somehow missed it, then it’s unlikely it’ll appear on my lists… but if you think it’s a track that I really need to know, please feel free to tweet me about it @oliverinstead or simply let me know in the comments below!


Tove Styrke “Number One”

Conveniently kicking off the list is Number One by the Swedish songtress:

It hasn’t been long since Tove appeared in a music post of mine with one of the previous singles, Borderline (read here) off her sophomore album, Kiddo – which will also serve as her first crack at the US market. With the addition of this glittery synth-led jam, the record is shaping up very nicely indeed.

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Pia Mia “Do It Again (feat. Chris Brown & Tyga)”

Teaming up with the dynamic duo, Pia Mia has the song of the summer:

I’ve been following Pia’s rise to superstardom fairly closely. It was her contribution to Divergent’s soundtrack that initially caught my attention but then she went on to produce some of the most solid EPs and now I’m just proud to see this budding popstarlet getting the recognition she deserves with this smash hit… but that’s not all, she’s also scored herself a Missguided campaign!

So if you don’t already know who Pia Mia is yet, better start getting used to this voice and face.

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Josef Salvat “Till I Found You”

Having seen him perform live (and boy, does he perform) and heard all of his official as well as some yet-to-release materials, I can safely say that Salvat’s upcoming debut is one of the most exciting this year.

As usual, he matches explosive beats with heartfelt lyrics that don’t simply paint pictures but take you places. Till I Found You is no less cinematic than any of his previous works and I’m seriously in love with it.

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Little Mix “Black Magic”

Probably the most mainstream track on my list this month.

I was skeptical at first when the X-Factor champs talked about its “unusualness” but having listened to it, I honestly have to say I’m really liking the new sound. Although the lyrics are merely passable and the singing isn’t bad for a Pop tune (I have heard way better performances from the girls, cue Turn Your Face), it’s the 80s beats that make this track what it is – a rhythmic nostalgic trip back in time. I mean, is this the new age Girls Just Wanna Have Fun or what?

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Adam Lambert “Underground”

From the current Queen frontman, Underground is perhaps my favourite song from an American Idol alum in the last five years.

Unlike most typical Lambert songs, this is a dark, almost haunting R&B ballad that is stripped off of all the extras and theatrics. What’s left here is pure emotion-filled vocal deliveries – Adam proves just why he’s so rightfully the Freddie Mercury of our time.

If you like this, then I strongly recommend you to check out Ghost Town, which is yet another eargasm of a track.


So what do you think of my picks? Do you have a favourtie? What songs have you been blasting in the past month? Let me know and stay tuned for my June selection!!


Love, Oliver

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  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    June 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I haven’t listened to new music in such a long time. I do really like Adam Lambart though – he has such a powerful voice.

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    Kosta Karakashyan
    June 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    The Pia Mia track sounds great for the summer! I’m not very impressed by the Little Mix song as I think their R&B-flavored tracks are stronger.

    Kosta // Cool Gear Cavalier

    • Reply
      June 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Oh no… I actually quite like their switch in musical direction in this particular track! I’m excited to hear what album 3 is going to sound like!

      Oliver x

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    June 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Oliver, oh yes, a music post 🙂 I love Adam Lambert 🙂

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    Anna, Dont Cram My Style
    June 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I love your picks. I barely listen any music lately but its about time! I like this post, something different isn’t? I am huge fan of your outfit and now of music style 🙂 You encouraged me to listen more 🙂

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    cliona mulvihill
    June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Love the pia mia track! Great post xo

    • Reply
      June 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Yes! It’s proving to be a hit!! 😀

      Oliver x

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    June 9, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Love all of your picks! I actually haven’t heard of any of them – I’m so uncool!! I literally just listen to Oasis and that is about it haha! xx

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      June 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Nothing wrong with Oasis! *Manchester Represents!* But I’m glad to have introduced you to new artists!! Feel free to drop by more often! 😀

      Oliver x

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