Monday has arrived again – and Monday means music! This week’s Spotlight Dancer, Alex of Alex J. Cavanaugh chose the theme “European Favorites” – this should be fun! Grab your favorites, and come dance with us, won’t you?
Let’s start off with a powerful, cinematic new single that is on the Wonder Woman soundtrack. Similar to this artist’s past contributions to film soundtracks, the singer-songwriter creates a sweeping, epic musical moment with this song.
Here’s the inimitable Australian Sia featuring English musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer Labrinth with “To Be Human” (from the Wonder Woman Soundtrack) :
Next up is a song that this collaboration between two groups was debuted at Coachella two years ago has finally become a reality. The song is infinitely relatable and perfectly complements the collaborators unique talents.
Here’s the British electronic music group Clean Bandit and Welsh singer-songwriter Marina with “Disconnect”:
Next up is an Irish rock band who recently returned after a two-year hiatus, bringing with them a new sound, developed over their break, and as a reaction to the changing climate of the music scene – a lot can happen in two years.
This is the first single from the new album, and when they were asked if their change in sound was deliberate, they said it was a reaction to the changing times. They were quoted as saying:
“When we started this record we wanted to do something where people would hear a song and go ‘oh I love that song!’ and then look it up and find it’s us. We wanted to change our sound a push our sound a bit. It’s either adapt, change or die in this industry. It’s very difficult in this industry.”
Their new single is definitely reflective of the love for dance music in the charts right now, with a video even set in a club.
Without further ado, here’s The Script with “Rain”:
Last, but certainly not least, are two X Factor alumni who teamed up for this next fun tune. This song is the fourth single of the male singer’s newest album – the album version of this song doesn’t feature the 19 year old female artist, but apparently the male artist always felt it should be a duet so he sent it to her. She loved it so much they decided to record it as a duet.
The 19-year-old is supporting the other artist across the UK when he kicks off his UK summer tour later in the year. While she became the youngest ever winner of The X Factor in 2015, the other artist only finished second on the show after losing out to winner Joe McElderry in 2009. Despite not winning, he has seen huge success with a string of hits from his first few albums.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our awesome friend Cathy, from Curious as a Cathy.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
Alex of Alex J. Cavanaugh