SONGS WE LOVED! 23-29 January 2023

A delicious collection of freshly-released songs that were sent our way and became our favorites.

Featuring Lauren Morrow, Wolf Manhattan, Dakota Jones, Paul McCann, Colette Clinton, Thursday's Child, YOVA, Juice Mazelee, Natalie Shay, Skofee

By Chris RoditisMusicngear Lead Editor

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Lauren Morrow - Only Nice When I’m High

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Only Nice When I’m High is an intimate musical treasure and a first, tantalizing taste from Lauren Morrow's long-awaited full-length debut EP People Talk (March 31). The song's enchanting country pop backdrop is elevated by Lauren's powerful and radiant vocals which shine throughout the track, with the lyrics offering an in-depth look into her thoughts and feelings, providing a relatable and honest perspective on self-perception and fitting into the world around us.

Lauren illuminates the story behind the song: “A few years ago, my husband Jason and I smoked a little joint before we went Christmas shopping. While we were walking through shops and chatting about things, he turned to me and said ‘you're a lot nicer when you're high.’ He isn't wrong. I'm not a huge stoner or anything, but a little toke here and there helps me navigate my life and be the person I know I am inside when my anxiety isn't trying to derail me. The song is a very intimate look inside my brain, my thoughts about myself, and how I fit in the world around me.”

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Wolf Manhattan - Sometimes

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Introducing the multi-talented bedroom producer and post-punk electronic artist, João Vieira, the creative force behind his alter-ego Wolf Manhattan. Sometimes is the first, highly mouthwatering taste of his upcoming self-titled album set to drop on March 17th, and encapsulates the essence of his alter-ego project while also serving as a form of liberation from societal pressures to conform to others' expectations. 

An aural delight with sharp lyricism and effulgent vocals that melt over the gorgeous pop-garage backdrop.

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Dakota Jones - Sugar Pie

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Sugar Pie is the highly-anticipated new release from the renowned funk quartet Dakota Jones, following their critically acclaimed debut album Black Light (listen here). Led by Tristan Carter-Jones's effortless, utterly captivating vocals, Sugar Pie is bound to transport you into a realm of immersive R‘n’B-infused funk harmonies, where the sweet joy and the infectious energy of love are praised.

The band explains about the song: "It’s the effortless cool of a gang of two, walking in step through streets paved with sugar under a plush pink sky.  Don’t know where you’re going and you don’t care.  It’s rose-colored glasses on the tip of your nose and kisses like cotton candy.”

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Paul McCann feat. Sylvie Lewis and Gary Lucas - Love is Αll Τhat Matters

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Love is Αll Τhat Matters is an emotive and deeply moving anthem from Irish songwriter and musician Paul McCann. Taken from his upcoming album Alter Ego, set for release on February 17th, Love is Αll Τhat Matters is a truly emotional song, as it serves as a response to a note McCann's young daughter gave him with a drawing of the two of them and the song's title at the top. The song overflows with McCann's and Sylvie Lewis' shining vocals which blend perfectly with Gary Lucas' utterly masterful guitar melodies, creating a sense of calm and tranquility.
Allow yourself to immerse in this serene, soul-soothing dreamscape (and be sure to listen to the instrumental version here).

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Colette Clinton - Clouds

Clouds is the latest single by Navan-based singer-songwriter Colette Clinton - an atmospheric and melancholic ballad that brims with Colette's gentle yet powerful vocal delivery, that effortlessly flows over the lush string instrumentation. Indulge yourself in this tranquil soundscape. 

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Thursday's Child - Feels Like A Dream

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Feels Like A Dream is a feel-good, refreshing, and vibrant alt-rock single from singer-songwriter Anna Stafford aka Thursday's Child with Mick Egan in instrumentation. Delivering emotive vocals over a backdrop of infectious guitars and drums, Feels Like A Dream is sure to lift your spirits and give you the energy you need for the rest of your day.

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YOVA - Rain (Live Studio Version)

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Taken from experimental pop duo YOVA's new EP Hurt Like No Hurt, Rain is brimming with compelling harmonies and emotive lyrics with the acoustic and electric guitar complimenting the mellifluous vocals perfectly, crafting an evocative soundscape that draws you in.

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Juice Mazelee - TRUTH

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TRUTH by Chicago rapper Juice Mazelee is a forceful, raw, and thought-provoking anthem that showcases Mazelee's ability to seamlessly blend his talents as a music artist and a storyteller. Wrapped in honest and poignant lyrics, TRUTH paints a vivid picture of his life experiences and his journey of navigating the challenges and struggles of his community to find a path that leads to a better future.

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Natalie Shay - The Edge

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Natalie Shay's latest single The Edge is a brilliance of indie pop, that delves into the heart-wrenching experience of losing a close friendship. Contrary to this unpleasant feeling, the song is an oasis of uplifting, feel-good vibes and enthralling vocals, crafting a truly euphonious soundscape that fills you with positive energy, and entices you to listen again and again.

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Skofee - I'm Sorry I Killed Your Plant

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lofi pop ballad I'm Sorry I Killed Your Plant by Los Angeles based alt-pop artist Skofee, is an evocative ode to the painful end of a relationship. The song overflows with heartfelt vocals, emotional acoustic guitar riffs and poignant lyricism, all blending together smoothly to capture perfectly the pain and sadness of a relationship that has come to an end. 

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Chris Roditis has been an active musician since 1995 in various bands and projects across a variety of genres ranging from acoustic, electronic to nu metal, british rock and trip hop. He has extensive experience as a mixing engineer and producer and has built recording studios for most of the projects he has been involved with. His passion for music steered his entrepreneurial skills into founding MusicNGear in 2012.

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