Spotify Playlist: Writer’s Recommendations

By Ryan McConnell

My round on the old playlist assembly. It’s a harder task than you’d think, man. Too many tunes floating around the old noodle. But I’ve managed to whittle it down to 22 of my most played songs throughout the past few weeks on house arrest. It’s a cracker, sure!

I’ll talk you through a few of my top tracks and then let you all crack on in getting a good listen..

1. Richard Ashcroft – Music is Power
Ashcroft. Need I say more? The guy is a lyrical messiah and is always one of my main go to’s both with his solo work and The Verve. ‘Music is Power’ is one of his more uplifting tracks and the words speak for themselves, a song that seems to have a bit more meaning behind it in the current times we live in.

2. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun
I have had this track on repeat for months now, it is a work of sheer magic! Khruangbin are a predominantly instrumental group whom I stumbled on through one of they YouTube algorithms you find yourself on. Don’t know how you got there, but you’re totally glad you did. This song see’s them team up with American soul-singer Leon Bridges and it is a complete match made in heaven.

Check out one of my favourite solo tracks of Khruangbin below..

3. Loyle Carner – Florence (feat Kwes.)
This track is a bit of a slight change up on my playlist. If you’ve never heard of Loyle Carner he is a Hip-Hop artist from South London and in my opinion probably the best around in the UK at present. I seen him live a few years at The Garage in Glasgow where he explained how he had written this song as if he had a little sister due to how his Mum always wanted a daughter. He went onto say that she was that taken a back by the song that they decided to adopt a girl into their family. Story has always stuck with me since.

4. The S.L.P – Nobody Else
Last year Kasabian guitarist & vocalist Serge Pizzorno brought to us his first offering as a solo-artist with ‘The S.L.P’. Initially I never gave the album much of a chance but I have since re-visited it in recent weeks and I’m hooked. ‘Nobody Else’ is the stand-out song for myself and is the perfect tonic for a few lockdown beers whilst soaking up all the recent good weather in the garden.

5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – While The Song Remains The Same
A track taken from Noel’s second album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ which I have been listening to a lot of recently. The album was solely produced by Noel himself and was his first time in doing so which for me makes this song all that more special. Quite easily one of his best since going solo.

If the album track doesn’t get you, the acoustic version most certainly will. I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of Noel on an acoustic guitar!?..

You can check out the entire playlist below..

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