Check out the top 5 songs for the last week of 2014!

Check out the top 5 songs for the last week of 2014!

I hope you enjoyed my top five from last week, I also hope you tuned in and taken a listen to those songs. My purpose is to expose you to new music, and get an idea of what it is I like. Back by my own popular demand to give you my new top five songs. I’m not sorry some songs from last week remain here because that’s life. When we like a song we rinse it of all its goodness.

Sampha
Happens
2013
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Sampha will stay here until further notice. The song gets deeper for me with every listen, and greater every time I wheel it up. Our team here at ‘HoB’ has also noted him as a Black British artist you must listen to.

Teyana Taylor
Dreams
VII
2014
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It’s gone beyond a guilty pleasure. It IS a pleasure and I have zero interest in your opinion. Just joking, but I’ve found myself playing songs from this album a whole lot more though. Trying not to say too much I do intent on doing an album review for you, so don’t judge me.

Teyana Taylor
Broken Hearted Girl feat. Fabolous
VII
2014
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Yes, another one from Teyana Taylor. If you haven’t then please do listen to her debut, as it is a solid effort for a first attempt. R&B listeners will generally love this one. Anyway ‘Broken Hearted Girl’ stands out because it features none other than, FA-B-O-L-O-US (said in my fabulous voice). Not to take away from Teyana, but his verse makes it that much better. The song is about a girl with a broken heart (self-explanatory really,) but rather than sing about an emotional break up, and getting her man back; she seeks sexual gratification. Desperate for that rebound “fun” with this guy, the song takes a different approach to a common feeling. I must say the Portuguese bit at the end could have stayed in the Teena Marie song it sampled, titled “Portuguese Lover”.

PartyNextDoor
Persian Rugs
2014
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Justin Bieber who? Drake has been more than an inspiration to these Canadians, R&B crooner PartyNextDoor [PND] hails from Ontario, Canada and right off the bat he has received a good response. Signed to Drake’s OVO label, PND stepped on the scene back in 2013 with his first self-titled EP. Whilst his fan base has grown massively since, he has released his debut album, ‘PartyNextDoorTwo’, and just a few weeks back he dropped new EP ‘PNDColours’. Enough rambling on though, ‘Persian Rugs’ is a non-album track that should’ve been. A little slower than his usual stuff, the song starts with what sounds like a piano intro, not long before his voice echoes over the premature beat. The beat comes in a bit heavier further on, but just slightly with what could be a kick-drum, however his voice still manages to stay afloat. The beat drops out, leaving the reverb on his vocals haunting your ears. The song is very sensual, and about seducing his lady, but music is art, and it’s about appreciation.

Jhené Aiko
Everything Must Go
2013
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I’m sure by now we’ve all heard of this little beaut. Jhené Aiko started her career years back appearing on B2K’s album, in 2011 she released her debut mixtape ‘Sailing Souls(s)’, which features music heavyweights like, Kanye West, Drake and Miguel. The mixtape is critically acclaimed as a hot debut. Whilst writing new music for her then new EP, ‘Sailing Out’ Jhené often treated us to new recordings. ‘Everything Must Go’, always reminds me to appreciate the finer things in life. She sings this song from experience, when her family lost everything in a fire. The message behind it is that the things of this world, i.e. money, cars, clothes and all the other materialistic things we think we need; are things that provide temporary happiness. In her life, at the point where she lost everything, her and her family only had love and each other and that’s what got them by. Quite humbling in my opinion, and it’s true. Especially when I find myself consumed in social media and being ruled by material things, I remember that one day these “valuables” will have no meaning. But yeah, good song with a great message, it’s been on repeat all week.

That wraps up this weeks top five, the final five for 2014! Check in next week in the new year to see what I’m listening to!

-Stephen Paul


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