It’s the end of the month and this means a new TFE music playlist! We selected some great songs for you in August and it’s a lot of fun to listen to all of them again.
Below the playlist you can find the pieces we wrote about each smoothie song. They’re nice to read if you want a little more info about the artists. So, enjoy the TFE Music Playlist and don’t forget to follow us on Spotify!
Even though this indie folk band is based in Berlin, the band members are from the United States, United Kingdom and Italy. Ian Hooper, Claudio Donzelli and Craig Saunders formed Mighty Oaks in 2010 and immediately booked success when they released their self-produced EP that same year. With 370,000 plays on Soundcloud, fans and the music industry were eager to hear more from Mighty Oaks. The critically acclaimed studio EP, Just One Day, followed in 2012 and this year the band released their first studio album, named Howl. The first single Brother of the album is an upbeat folk song that would make waking up early on Monday morning a bit more doable. Enjoy!
Singer/songwriter Jamie Scott and DJ TommyD started collaborating in 2008 and made the song Stare Into the Sun. This led them to write & produce an entire album together and form Graffiti6. Their debut album Colours garnered a lot of positive reviews and their songs have been used on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and CSI:NY. Graffiti6 recently released their second album, The Bridge, which consists of 15 tracks, including the single U Got the Sunshine. This song is an upbeat feel-good song that will make you enjoy the summer even more!
Oh the lovely Paloma Faith…..Born with that name, she was destined to become an artist! Many people don’t know that she actually started out as an actress and has appeared in both UK TV shows and film (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). Her latest album A Perfect Contradiction, which was released last March, is a lovely mix of pop and soul with a jazzy feel to it. Only Love Can Hurt Like This is the second single of her album, soon to be followed byTrouble with my baby this month. We are eager to know what this girl has got in store for us in the future. For now, this is a perfect way to slide in that weekend effortlessly
Kat Dahlia is a singer/rapper from Miami. With the release of her single Gangsta last year, she was selected as a BET “Music Matters” artist. With her Cuban roots she brings a mix of pop, Latin, hip-hop and reggae influences to the table and has created her very own style. Her latest single can be found on her debut album My Garden which will be released in September 2014, featuring production by Timbaland and Missy Elliott, among others. It’s called Crazy, and let me tell you that we go crazy over this song. Hit play already!
This eclectic track makes a nice pairing with this lemonade recipe. It has this funky feel to it, that just makes you want to move, make you go to the beach or organize a nice get together with your friends. Basically we just had to share it with you guys, because it will make your day! Wilde Belle is an American indie rock band, composed by Natalie and Elliot Bergman. These Chicago siblings released their debut album, entitled Isles, March 2013 and since then their music was used in various TV-shows and movies, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘The Way, Way Back’. Keep you was used in the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’, starring Anna Kendrick and we chose a cool remix of the song. Not sure when new music will be released, but give Isles a go and we will keep you updated!
You might know this Swedish DJ-duo from their worldwide success with their single I Love It. The song was featured in various TV-commercials and TV-Shows (Coca Cola Light, Samsung Galaxy S4, Girls and Glee) in 2012-2013. After a few other single releases from their album titled This is….Icona Pop, they’re back with a new edgy song called Get Lost. Not sure whether a full-length album will follow soon, but these ladies sure know how to get that weekend started!
The Seattle-based band Fences has teamed up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for its latest song Arrows and it’s no wonder these long time friend’s turned to each other for another collaboration yet again, the track sounds awesome! Fences is also featured on their “Otherside Remix” (2011) and has a writing credit on The Heist opener “Ten Thousand Hours”. This is the first release from the duo since their multi-Grammy-winning platinum-certified 2012 album, “The Heist”, and Arrows is the first single from Fences’ album Lesser Oceans, which comes out on October 14. Wake up and have a Happy Monday!
Although this Dutch band started out back in 2005, it was their single Let Go in 2011 that got them picked up nationally as well as internationally and after the release of their second album Vultures, including hits such as Home Again and Ghosts, Kensington was here to stay. Their latest album Rivals, which came out first week of August is taking the music scene by storm has entered the Dutch albumchart with a #1 position. Their single Streets was a huge success and All for Nothing is the theme song of the Dutch film “Bloedlink”, starring Tygo Gernandt and Marwan Kenzari. Near the end of this year a sold out clubtour throughout the Netherlands is planned with an additional concert in HMH Amsterdam. These guys seem unstoppable! Not sure which single they will be released next, but War sure is one of our favorites!
La Roux is an English synthpop act formed in 2006 by singer Elly Jackson and record producer Ben Langmaid. Their debut album La Roux back in 2009 was a critical and commercial success, winning a Grammy Award and you might know them from that hit single “Bulletproof”. Trouble in Paradise is their new album, which was released last July and although Langmaid has worked on it, Langmaid and Jackson have parted ways leaving Jackson sole member. “Let Me Down Gently” was released as their first single with many more great tracks to come, such as Sexotheque of which we think is La Roux at its best.
Foster the People is an American indie pop band from L.A., California. Their song “Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010, and from there on their fan base grew through small club shows and appearances at the music festivals Coachella and South by Southwest. After releasing their debut album Torches in May 2011, “Pumped Up Kicks” became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid-2011 and the group received two Grammy Award nominations. Their second album, Supermodel, was released last March 2014 and is everything you need to get this week started!
Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk-blues group that started out in 2006. The siblings also each have two solo albums, with Angus releasing “Smoking Gun” (under the pseudonym Lady of the Sunshine) in 2009 and “Broken Brights” in 2012; Julia’s albums are “The Memory Machine” (2010) and “By the Horns” (2012).Together Angus & Julia Stone have released three studio albums, “A Book Like This” (2007), “Down the Way” (2010) and as of 1st of August their self-titled-album where they collaborated with Rick Rubin. The first single of the album was released on May 27, called Heart Beats Slow, but as usual we give you our other favorites of the album, so here is Get Home!
Wilhelm Tell Me is a German band that was founded in Hamburg in 2010. Their musical style can be described as indie or synth pop, however they describe their style as post-indie. These guys are a band to closely follow, because ever since their latest song Let Me Take You Away was released as a world exclusive pre release on Spotify last July we have been listening to them practically non-stop. Can’t wait for what’s next! Liking it too? Let us know!