One of the best ways for us to feel connected to a culture is through music. That is why to cure the Monday blues, each week I’m going to give a list of the songs which should be on your playlist from around the world. This week features two new releases and songs from the Greece and Argentina Chart.
- Michel Telo – Love Song
Two weeks ago the Brazilian boy released his latest video for his new tune, ‘Love Song’. Although the title is in English, all of the lyrics are in Portuguese, except when he gets his grove on with “Love Love, Love Love Song ohhh. I’ve been a fan of Michel for the past six months now and I find his voice easy to listen to and a great way to try and learn some Portuguese! ‘Love Song’ is a dead relaxing feel good track although I don’t think it will be as popular as his number one hit, ‘Ai se eu te pego!’.
- The History of Apple Pie – See You
From my home country of the UK here is a new band which reminds me a lot of 90s American teen movies. ‘See You’ is from their debut album ‘Out Of View’, which will be released on the 28th of January, 2013. With this feel-good indie vibe making a comeback in the music scene, I think they have the chance to go pretty far. The London band is made up of two girls and three boys with their music being a mixture of Sonic Youth and J-Pop influences.
- Nino – Koinos Paronomastis
This song has currently been in the Greece charts since the first of December and it’s currently on the comfy position of number five. Nino himself is Greek and he was a contestant on the talent contest, Fame Factor, in 2003, where he has now released five studio albums. Again, this is an easy listening therapeutic song to listen to. I found the use of the fiddles quite weird as it reminded me a lot of Irish folk music. The intersections of “Spicy” seem a bit random, but they are in reference to the record label, Spicy Music.
- Asaf Avidan & The Mojos – One Day/Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)
So this song isn’t new or lesser known, but God it’s good. ‘One Day/Reckoning Song’ was written by Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan which was then remixed by German DJ Wankelmut, turning it into a smash success. It sure was loved in Europe, being number one in the official charts of: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland, and it is still loved with the song being currently positioned at number three on the Greece charts. It doesn’t matter if the lyrics in the song are basically made up of only two lines as Asaf’s raising passion in his unique voice makes this a gorgeous listen.
- Don Omar – Zumba
Don Omar is one of the big guns in global music, although it’s strange that his recentish song, released in October 2, 2012, entitled, ‘Zumba’ has only been in the Argentinian and Greece charts. If you’re into your Zumba you may already know this song as it was featured in the video game, Zumba Fitness Core. The video for the song is a gorgeous array of bright cheerful colours which you can only hop Latino countries actually look like.
What song did you enjoy best from this list? What is your favourite song you’ve heard for the first time this week?
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