Playlist March 2019

The Chemical Brothers – Got to keep on
Astrid S – Someone New
Ava Max – So am I
Rita Ora – Soul Survivor
Ariana Grande – Break up with your girlfriend
Ashley All Day – Obsessed
Bebe Rexha – Last Hurrah
Marina – Handmade heaven
Marina – Superstar
Emarosa – Get back up
Adam Jensen – I can hold a grudge like nobody’s business
Carly Rae Jepsen – Now that I’ve found you
Icarus – Sirens
Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m so tired
Kerli – Savages
Anna of the North – Leaning on myself

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Playlist February 2019

Bring me the Horizon – Mother Tongue
Bring me the Horizon – Nihilist Blues ft. Grimes
21 Pilots – Chlorine
Gessafelstein – Lost in the fire ft. The Weeknd
Mabel – Don’t call me up
Dua Lipa – Swan Song
Nina Nesbitt – Colder
Rudimental – Scared of love
The Modern Strangers – Red Strip Lights
Sam Smith – Dancing with a stranger
21 Savage – A lot
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
Jungle – Casio
Illenium – Crashing
Bonobo – Ibrik

Playlist January 2019

The Vaccines – All my friends are falling in love
Bring me the Horizon – Medicine
Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar
Jade Bird – Love has all been done before
Ten Tonnes – Better than me
Circa Waves – Movies
Cobi – Church of the lonely
The Chainsmokers – Hope
Rita Ora – Keep Talking
Icarus – Man of the land
Camelphat – Breathe
Mike Shinoda – Cant hear you now
Benny Blanco – Better to lie
Moss Kena – Touch
Echos – Guest Room
Sharon van Etten – Jupiter 4

Music of 2018

Looking back at 2018, I once again made changes had things happen to me that were completely unforseen just one year ago. The most significant was a full head-on, wall crashing collision. I was burning gas way to much, living life much too vicariously and consuming all my inner power and health for plans that were actually unattainable.
The most subtle and important change difference : that of the mindset. I no longer have expectations, hopes and dreams, nor dissapointments, tragedies, depressions and mental breakdowns. My life has no other meaning than that of a playground, a place were possibilities and potentialities intertwine, where everything can, and eventually will happen. I’m not yet convinced this is the perfect explanation, but it’s definitely the best I found so far. With this in mind, I can now proceed to become the person I always envisioned and always wanted to become. Prior, and without this explanation, the realization was impossible.

Music was once again the linchpin to it all. Discovering Meg Myers was intense as heck, dreaming over Amy Shark‘s light lyrics was necessary, banging and yelling over Dead Sara’s was cathartic. While Bring me the Horizon, Imagine Dragons and 21 Pilots were blasting my souls pieces, the same ol’ Florence, Christine, Lauren and the newcomer Allie put my soul back together again and again. With Grimes, St Vincent, Krewella, Charli XCX and Cat Power all making their presence, it felt like the last 10 years all came together, in a simphony of becoming.

Even though there was way less rap ( still, Motorsport was a song could never truly get rid of ), and electronic influences ( Gorgon City and Aura were the standouts here ) and way more indie and pop ( Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha and Halsey, in case you were wondering) , it’s never a perfect science anymore, and that’s ok. I no longer choose which songs stick in my lists, they choose me.

For the first time in some years, I did not know which was the best song when I started charting. And it was especially difficult when it came down to the last 10-12 of them. That being said, Allie X was a significant influence all year with her dreamy, light, retro-ey pop, with Science starting the top 10, and Amy Shark‘s extremely optimistic and care-free I said Hi at 9. Marmozets ( with Major System Error ) continue to make head-banging rock music and managed to make their second top-10, after their first in 2013. Gorgon City and Night Drive was an instant love affair, the quintesential late-night-drive classic. And speaking of driving, Motorsport, was like the girl I just couldn’t get out of my head, a true masterpiece in 4 acts. Meg Myers was an artist I got completely blown away by, Jealous Sea with it’s destructive power and Numb , coming in at number 5, with it’s cataclysmic burst of depression.

And then, the 4 best songs of the year. Coming to this point, I really did not know what was the correct order, and it took intense soul searching to arrange them.

4-th best was eventually Mallrat, with UFO, the perfect post-adolescent anthem, which works best with some smoke around. 3-rd best was Kodaline with Worth It, which took me on a never ending journey of self discovery and purpose. Chrvches‘s Miracle was a masterfully crafted pop-anthem and came in at 2 ( Lauren’s voice will never grow old on me, and the underlying album ‘Love is Dead’ was the best of the year ).

But ultimately, the best song of the year 2018 is Dead Sara and Unamerican. Nothing short of creative genius lyrically, mocking today’s society at it’s core, unapologetically funny and corosive with it’s strong riffs ( I’m still a sucker for strong riffs). Just like life in general, you don’t need to take the song seriously ( it’s actually, somehow, even better with this in mind ), but you absolutely do need to conserve your humour and instinct to criticize.

Other Awards

Best Female : Meg Myers

Best Male : Charlie Puth

Best Band : The Chainsmokers

Best Album : Chvrches – Love is Dead

Best Video : Kodaline – Worth it

Best Rock : Dead Sara

Best Indie : Mallrat ft. Allday – UFO

Best New Act : Allie X

Dance Anthem : Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss

Best Romanian : Mark Stam – Impar

Guilty Pleasure : Becky G ft. Natasha Nati – Sin Pijama

Sound of 2019 : Sarah Close

Full playlist (ordered) :

See you in 2019, and may your journey through it’s uncertainty be great

Playlist December 2018

Ghost – Dance Macabre
Grimes – We appreciate power
The Chainsmokers – Beach House
Sigrid – Sucker Punch
Poppy & Grimes – Play Destroy
Muse – Algorithm
Dead Sara – Anybody
Georgia – Started Out
Allie X – Cant Stop now
Zuzu – Dark Blue
Ava Max – Sweet but psycho
Transviolet – Small victory
Amy Shark – All Loved Up
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Allie X – Sunflower

Playlist November 2018

Alice Merton – Why So Serious
Rat Boy – Internationally Unknown
Kiiara – 1%
Martin Garrix – Waiting for tomorrow
Major Lazer – Blow that smoke
MO – Red Wine
Zara Larsson – Ruin my life
Imagine Dragons – Zero
Sarah Close – Crazy Kind
Halsey – Without Me
THEY – What I know now
Post Malone – Sunflower
Evalyn – Big Bad City
Arlington – Hollow Moon
Au/Ra – Ultraviolet
Meg Myers – Jealous Sea

Playlist October 2018

Allie X – Little Things
Chvrches – Grafitti
Rita Ora – Let you Love me
Hozier – Nina Cried Power
Burns – Worst
Imagine Dragons – Natural
Muse – Pressure
Dead Sara – Unamerican
K Flay & Mike Shinoda – Make it up as I go
Christine and the Queens – La Marcheuse
Jess Glynne – 123
St Vincent – Savior
Gorgon City – Night Drive
Jessie Ware – Overtime