Playlist Picks: Electric Guest, Estelle and Norah Jones

Songs that make you get up and go, strut your stuff and sway in the breeze

Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
If your pulse doesn’t start to race to the sound of Electric Guest’s ‘This Head I Hold’, then it’s time you saw a doctor. It’s burst after burst of repetitive, high-energy rhythms that rise to a climatic zenith. With the help of producer Danger Mouse, who merges the hasty bass with synths sounds and hand claps, this duo from Los Angeles have made an irresistible head rush of an indie pop tune.

Estelle – Do My Thing feat Janelle Monàe
Estelle has always been Britain’s Alicia Keys – her soulful tones, her feisty nature and a hint of womanly confidence that women respect and men are attracted to. But that’s a disservice, because Estelle has some profound rhymes that you just won’t find in Ms Keys songbook, as ‘Do My Thing’ shows. “Say what you like cos this one ain’t gonna change,” she proclaims against a precocious beat. Add faultless guest vocals by Janelle Monàe and you have a sassy R&B gem that leaves you feeling deliciously empowered.

Norah Jones – Say Goodbye
There are a lot of pretentious break-up albums out there, thankfully Norah Jones’ latest, Little Broken Hearts, isn’t one of them. “It ain’t easy staying in love if you can’t tell lies,” Jones sings in that oh-so silky smooth voice of hers, the song infused by a woozy melody from Danger Mouse. Honestly, if ‘Say Goodbye’ was nothing but Jones’ voice, it would still be worthy of repeated listening. It’s melodic swaying music.

Last, but not least…
Hypnotic Brass’ new album is full of infectious instrumentals, like ‘Spin’. The album is a family affair, with the brass band’s father and inspiration, jazz legend Philip Cohran, giving it direction. And speaking of comes back, Bobby Womack’s gnarly vocals erupt with confidence in the gentle ballad of ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe’.

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