This week’s recommended songs include new music from a knighted rock legend, a golden-throated English star and an American trailblazer. Sir Elton John calls his latest work “the most upbeat record I’ve done probably since Rock of the Westies,” while Birmingham-born Laura Mvula, who often draws comparisons to Nina Simone, teams up with a genuine disco god. And Brooklyn’s Santigold, who is still fondly remembered for her 2008 smash “L.E.S. Artistes,” is back with another left-field gem.
Santigold: “Chasing Shadows”
Produced by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Santi’s infectious new single from her forthcoming album 99¢ features cooing vocals, hypnotic keys and an insistent beat that cast a dreamlike spell:
The Brooklyn trendsetter always boasts dazzling visuals too, just check out her Instagram account:
Elton John: “Blue Wonderful”
The latest single from the Rocket Man’s upcoming 33rd album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is an upbeat love song that finds Elton singing this carefree chorus: “Go where you want, when you want to/Just don’t let the wind tear you free/Stick around the light that brings you home/Don’t ever hang around with the breeze.”
The video for the song, shot in Montreal, shows a pair of dancers seemingly floating through the air to create a magical feeling in a drab, suburban setting. Watch it here:
Laura Mvula: “Overcome”
The British songbird return to recording sees her pair up with the legend Chic man Nile Rodgers for a gospel-tinged disco track that blends Laura’s dramatic voice with an energetic dance beat:
The thumbs-up response to the single and its accompanying video has Laura positively beaming on Twitter:
— Laura Mvula (@lauramvula) January 22, 2016
Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.