You know the drill so let’s get straight into the music!!
Christina Grimmie “Shrug”
The Voice US alumni are killing it lately!! Following Melanie Martinez‘s Cry Baby on my list last month (here), season 6 finalist and YouTube sensation, Shrug is Christina Grimmie’s second official single since finishing third on the talent show.
The track is jam-packed with sass and swagger, showing off a refreshing side of Grimmie I’d never seen.
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Kacey Musgraves “Dime Store Cowgirl”
This July favourite of mine is personal. It’s an account of Kacey’s career so far but the way she’s put it into words makes it very relatable to me.
Indeed, even though I’ve been living in the UK for the past six years and will carry on so in the many foreseable years to come, I still call my hometown “home”. There is no question that I’m a huge fan of Country music. I love the sentiment and storytelling element, and Dime Store Cowgirl perfectly embodies everything I adore of the genre.
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MKTO “Bad Girls”
I’ve been aware of this track for over a month and half now but it hasn’t grown on me so much until the last couple weeks so I thought I would include it here just for your pleasure.
Plus, the namesake EP has just dropped more than a week ago so it sort of counts as a July release… I guess? Anyway, Bad Girls is a flawless summer track through and through, with catchy lyrics and infectious beats so enjoy!
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Havana Brown “Battle Cry (feat. Bebe Rexha & Savi)”
A multitalented export from Down Under, singer/dancer/DJ Havana Brown charted worldwide with We Run the Night back in 2012 and has been releasing some decent music that I think are severely underrated.
Teamed up with vocalist Bebe Rexha and Dance music producer Savi, Havana’s sophomore album promises to bring a whole new sound with Battle Cry, which creeped in at the tail end of July – and it’s already soaring on my iTunes play count!
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Gin Wigmore “Written in the Water”
The Auckland native’s last release in 2011, Gravel & Wine made a lasting impression on me… to this day, I still play Black Sheep and belt to it! Written in the Water comes just as the perfect follow-up to that.
Although much to my surprise, I first heard this song a couple of weeks ago on the radio, instantly I recognised and was hooked on the soulful yet playful vocal delivery Gin does so well!!
There you have my choices for July! Tell me if you like any of my picks! Don’t forget to let me know in the comment who you’ve been listening to in the past few weeks!