2014 Kickoff: #MusicMonday

#MusicMonday Jan 27 – 2014

We kickoff AAOP’s first #MusicMonday with a selection of 7 eclectic tracks. These picks are sounds generated from the music genome app Songza. My first introduction to Songza’s “Music Concierge” feature was very pleasant. Users are able to select playlist based on mood, activity, and listening preference. My go-to selection on Songza lately has been Brand New Music -> Internet Famous -> Before It Breaks: Winter 2014 / Blogged 50 / Obsessively New (all these are great!).

This delve into the world of Songza has renewed my enjoyment of discovering and sharing new music. Journey with me through these 7 tracks that’ll add some good vibrations to your Monday

Pick 7

1) Into The Thicket -U.S. Royal

Into The Thicket - U.S. Royalty

U.S. Royalty  — These guys are a D.C. based quadro. You know,  not a duo or trio, but a four person band…Anyways, their sound and music are MUCH better than my jokes. They also just had an album release recently.

2) Love More, Worry Less – Bipolar Sunshine

Bipolar Sunshine

Bipolar Sunshine – UK based artist and musican.  When I first heard this song, I knew right away it had to be featured.  It’s got this strange electric earthy hip vibe to it.  The video to this track also doesn’t disappoint.

3) Over Your Shoulder – Chromeo


Chromeo – These dudes are fun. They’re a Canadian duo originating from Montreal. They’ve got this electro-funk groove vibe going…and I dig it. You can find more of them here.

4) You’re In Love – Betty Who

Betty Who

Betty Who – Australian singer-songwriter and musician. This song has an airy and poppy vibe to it. Easy on the ears, but also very artistic. She’s a Berklee trained and studied musician — so that could explain it 😉 .

5) Try – The XX

The XX

The XX – English indie pop band. I ran into this a group some time ago (no thanks to Songza). Their sound just stuck with me, especially this particular track. The video is pretty cool too, looks like it was shot in South Africa…not sure if it’s fan made or what, but it’s perfect .

6) How Loud Your Heart Gets – Lucius


Lucius is a pretty fun listen. They’re an Indie Pop Rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. They’re currently touring the West Coast and Southwest USofA right now. To all the Texas homies, they just finished up Houston, but you can catch them in Dallas Tuesday 01/28 and Austin Wednesday 01/29. 

7) Valley Of The Sun – U.S. Royalty

US Royalty

Yep, U.S. Royalty was so good I listed them twice. This song really makes me long for the next time I’ll be able to do a road trip. The beats light, tempos steady, free flowing lyrics and the music just moves ya.

The Jump

Music is a beautiful and fascinating thing. I’m always envious, and most importantly inspired, by those that are capable of producing genuine sounds of high quality.  To the singers, musicians, artists and all of us with our inner rockstars — keep rockin’ and vibin’! Happy Monday! -MK

Listen to the entire playlist below.

About the Author
Mariel Kanene is Founder and Editor of TheArtOfPersptive.co and lead storyteller with a focus on music, startups and travel. His passion for storytelling was born in Kinshasa, Congo and bred in Washington, DC where he resides. By day, Mariel spends his days slowly trying to change the world—one meaningful interaction at a time. He loves reading factual-fiction, good podcasts, traveling, health and fitness, foreign languages and good conversations over good coffee and even better rum. He hates talking about himself in third person.Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. Find me on: Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Website.

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