As a huge music fan (and a musician myself) I love immersing myself in the sounds of a great album, whether it’s sticking on the headphones in my room or blaring out a new CD (I love CDs) in the car.
I suppose soulful RnB/Pop would be a good description for my favourite genre of music. I’m pretty open minded and also love pure, acoustic music that has little production to hide behind and showcases an artist’s real talent.
Thinking about who to include in this post was tricky, but I’ve picked out my all-time favourites as well as some albums that I’ve enjoyed a lot over the past few years, and some that take me back to particularly special times in my life.
If you’re into this type of music, here are my recommendations:
Firstly, my Top 3…
Jessie Ware – Tough Love This has to be my favourite album of all time and Jessie is my absolute idol. I love her silky smooth vocals and probably listened to this album on repeat about 10 times when it was released back in 2014. I’m gutted that I haven’t seen her live yet, but hopefully when she next starts touring again (she’s just had a little bebe) I’ll be able to get tickets.
The 1975 – The 1975 Probably my favourite band. I can’t get enough of their guitar riffs and their songs have such a distinct sound – Chocolate and Sex are up there with my favourite songs of all time. I saw them a couple of years ago at Heaven, one of London’s great gig spots, and there’s no music that makes me want to get up and have a dance more!
Josh Record – Pillars Josh Record is an absolute dream and underrated in my opinion. I was lucky enough to catch him live a few years ago when he supported Sam Smith at Shepherd’s Bush – an amazing surprise! His harmonies have helped send me to sleep many times.
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill A classic from the coolest woman on earth.
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough? An album that inspired much of my own songwriting.
Adele – 25 Not much needed to say. Saw her in Lisbon back in May as a Christmas present from my boyfriend – one of the most emotional evenings of my life! Perhaps due to this, 25 has to be my favourite album of hers.
Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys My childhood favourite – I just wanted to be her!
Kwabs – Love & War Great for a belt in the car, and fabulous dance moves from him and his backing singers.
Lucy Rose – Work It Out A reminder of last Summer, including my best friend’s wedding and my first date with my boyfriend, Dan. The latter took place at Sound Knowledge, a great independent record store in Marlborough that regularly hosts intimate gigs from great artists, recently including Izzy Bizu and Tom Odell.
Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness A new favourite! Such a talented vocalist with a beautiful, rich, jazzy tone. Also great for a belt in the Clio.
And a few other ones to mention, because there were too many…
Years & Years – Years & Years
Prides – The Way Back Up
Hozier – Take Me To Church
If you’re a fan of any of these artists yourself or have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear!