If ever there was such thing as a “vocal crush“, mine would definitely have to be this British raven-haired siren. I’ve always been a huge sucker for raspy and raw-sounding singers so ever since the moment I first came across Rather Be on the radio, I’ve just fallen instantly in love with the grit in Jess Glynne‘s voice.
As a vocalist, Glynne is perhaps better known for the megahits she’s produced with fellow Brits like Clean Bandit and Route 94. Several #1 collaborations later, the London songtress is aiming to make 2015 her year to achieve solo success, and with this brand new, very infectious gem of a track… it’s looking promising.
Hold My Hand follows Glynne’s Top 10 hit Right Here as the second single off her forthcoming debut album. It offers a very polished and pure Pop sound that we’ve yet to hear in Glynne’s previous Electronic-leaning materials and I absolutely love it! What I love even more is her smoky, soulful vocal performance – it’s genuinely the best of its kind. The way it flows along with the piano-driven rhythms is simply too slick!
Lyrics-wise, it paints a positive picture. This is a great mood-lifter with perfect sing-along words that will stick in your brain after a couple of plays… but it won’t stop there, as I predict the playcount’s about to skyrocket on my iTunes. What do you reckon? 😉
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So sorry I haven’t done one of these in so long!! Truth is, although Wi-Fi is as common as anything throughout Asia, there is no guarantee that it will always work so attempting to stream music presented a real modern day hardship most of the times. Therefore, I’d been keeping track of all the new music I’d missed out during my travels for when I return to the UK, which I am now. Good to be back but I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I don’t miss the sunshine…
Anyway! One obvious stand-out track that I have just listened to now (and already hooked) is the lead single off Tove Styrke’s latest EP, Borderline released late last year, to be included in her upcoming sophomore album Kiddo.
This track comes with bags of attitude and fun wordplays. Indeed, this song’s got some of my favourite lyrics, like /I live my life in shackles but I’m borderline free, I used to be blind and I still can’t see/ . It’s clever but it’s cheeky, and it’s cute bouncing on and off the beats.
Tove and I actually go way back to my high school days when I used to follow the Idol franchise religiously. On her respective series, Tove merely lost out on the crown to a couple of dudes when she finished third but she has since been tipped by critics all over the world to be the one to watch. Well, if she was anything to write home about then, she certainly is the singer-songwriter everyone should be listening out for in 2015!!
This is not the everyday-Pop-diva Tove I remembered from some tired, rehashed-out reality show, in a surprisingly good way. This track shows that this Swedish powerhouse is capable of reinventing herself to stay fresh and exciting with impressive ease.
If you don’t know who Tove Styrke is yet, Borderline is definitely the song to get onboard her love train with!!
*Borderline – EP is available to download on iTunes here. New album Kiddo is due to release on 16/03.
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