I had a quite long list of songs for my Songs of the Week this time. The 20th May 2022 list is headed by a Japanese artist for the first time. Some German language songs, but no schlager this time – therefor, a lot of rock. Hope that fits to your mood as well.
Rina Sawayama – This Hell
The leading track of my list of songs is featuring a very special artist this time: Rina Sawayama is a Japanese singer-songwriter, who is also working as a model. She is en route to release her sophomore album in September, there is also a European tour this summer and fall. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to listen to This Hell on German stages.
UPSAHL – Monica Lewinsky
I recently had an interview with the Phoenix-origin singer-songwriter Upsahl. Her new release Monica Lewinsky is a real blast.
Diana Ross feat. Tame Impala – Turn Up The Sunshine
Just had to add this one. It made me smile. Diana Ross is back with a new song – you will find it on the soundtrack of the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie.
Foals – 2001
Alternative with a strong funk touch – aren’t these Oxford guys cool? Apart from that, I feel they perfect fit to the Diana Ross track before.
Athena Manoukian & Limitless – Loca
The sound of this track is very Latin American – but in fact, Athena Manoukian is from Armenia. Eurovision Song Contest fans know her – she represented her country in 2020.
Immunity – Sounds like a Melody
Classless Act feat. Vince Neal – Classless Act
Classless Act are a 2019 founded, globally located superband. In their latest release, they feature Vince Neil of Motley Crue. And they feature a lot of rock power.
Def Leppard – Fire It Up
Yours Truly feat. Josh Franceschi – Hallucinate
Alternative from Australia. Especially due to the collaboration with English singer-songwriter Josh Franceschi, this song comes with a lot of power on a wide range. Cool.
Grey Daze feat. Chester Bennington – Starting To Fly
Some cool re-recordings of the well-known band Grey Daze are released this year. This is one of them. Cool!
Kiwi Jr. – Night Vision
Alexisonfire – Sans Soleil
Another track from Maple Leaf state. Really cool song by the post-hardcore band, who are having their 20th band anniversary.
Jack Pott feat. Skamelon – Urlaub auf meinem Balkon
The title of the song means “Holidays on my balcony”. What a cool fun track with punk and ska elements by the Northern German band.
Falk – Wann ist ein Mann ein Mann
In 1984 German rock legend Herbert Grönemeyer asked in his legendary song Männer the question Wann ist ein Mann ein Mann (“When is a man a man”). Sebastian Falk, who is just using his surname as stage name, used it for his 2022 song. Well done.
Aura Dione – Marry Me
Aura Dione is a Danish musician with Faroese and Spanish roots. I somehow feel all these roots in the uplifting Marry Me.
Mark Owen – You Only Want Me
Mark Owen is back! The legendary Take That member released this nice pop song this week. Cool to have a new one from him.
Mary Keey – Shout It Out Loud
Mary Keey is a Swiss artist, who is doing a really cool pop-rock sound. Amazing new single release this week.
Jason Derulo feat. Kodak Black – Slidin’
Slip, Slip, Slidin’ – Jason Derulo is doing a really fun single release this week. Again, there is a touch of funk to me. I personally don’t need the rap part… But that’s what they call “modern” nowadays, I guess…
Lux & Bäer – A Hand wascht die andere
Some Bavarian pop-rock, which is a track about coterie. I just loved the sound of this collaboration of Gary Lux and Ulli Bäer.
Markus feat. Yvonne – Summer of the 80s
Especially Ich will Spaß made Markus a superstar of the German “Neue Deutsche Welle” in the early 1980’s. I felt this guy should close this list of tracks for this week. He simply deserves the honor.
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