April | Monthly Mixtape

Here are all my musical favourites that I found in April 2015.

Marian Hill

This duo, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, already featured in my Monthly Mixtape from March with “Got It“, but this month I went on to discover more of their music and I’m glad I did. A mixture of sweetly-sung, metaphorical lyrics and jazzy melodies infused with modern electronic edits and a punchy bass, makes Marian Hill’s music incredibly playful, thrilling and seductive. This is a new sound; I’ve not heard it before and I’m in love with it – I have been all month. I especially enjoy the frisky flow of “Lips“, and the figurative lyrics of “Whisky” .

More April Audio,

Further into the playlist (above) is “Lo-Fi“, an emotion-filled and beautifully-sung track from the very talented Shannon Saunders, and “Lean On” from Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ. The latter is a mainstream dance track which features some provoking words on the strength and importance of young love. The overall message I see in this song is that falling in love at a young age is thrilling and important, however it’s not secure and can be very painful too. All of these aspects play a strong role in shaping a person.

Also featured is Ed Sheeran’s “Bloodstream“. It’s a regular, guitar-backed Ed song, but I can really feel the emotion in this one and his humming is soothing. Ed’s also my “claim to fame”, as I attended the same high school as him and his mother sold jewellery at my charity event. Pretty cool.

Florence + The Machine are back with “What Kind of Man” and it’s nothing short of an emotional, poetic masterpiece. Strong, symbolic lyrics with the video to match. It seems Florence is full of rage and it’s all going in to her music – this woman is on fire. Arguably some of the best British talent around.

Why don’t you check out the March edition of MonthlyMixtape, or go ahead and see the full playlist here.