This week, I had at least an easy time determining the leading track of my Songs of the Week. I listened to the demo of Look Up – and loved the new song by Systems in Blue. This week’s edition comes with pop, party, schlager… but of course, there are also some fine tracks for rock lovers.
Systems in Blue – Look Up
Okay, I am just not neutral when it comes to new music from these guys. Systems in Blue songs are just too nostalgic, give me too many great feelings and memories. Their 1001 Nights was in the Songs of My Life – and Look Up makes me feel like I am back in the 1980’s again. Thanks for that one.
Lia Caton – Trouble
I ran into Trouble by Lia Caton via a press release. The song could also have made it to my country music playlists, but I felt it suits better year. Lia Caton is originally from Greater Chicago, now residing in Nashville. A nice fit to Look Up – the song just has a nice traditional touch as well.
Anna of the North – Dandelion
The third song on my list in in fact from a girl called Anna living in the North. Anna Lotterud is a Norwegian pop artist based in Oslo, she is originally from Gjovik, though. I will be in her home town in September, when India is facing Norway in Tennis Davis Cup and I will take the chance to watch all the old Lillehammer Olympic venues. So long, I listen to her music – ain’t this track a beauty?
Daya – Love You When You’re Gone
Always by my side
I feel so paralyzed
I can’t get far enough from you
Daya is a Pittsburgh-born artist, who has been a Grammy Award winner in 2017 with Don’t Let Me Down. Her new track might not be going for the same success again – but it is a really nice pop listen.
Kygo & Dean Lewis – Never Really Loved Me
Another Norwegian write: the Bergen artist Kygo is meeting up with Australian Dean Lewis – and even though the record company states that Never Really Loved Me, it definitely deserves a nice radio appearance in my point of view.
Dominik Klein – Changes
Keir – Confession
The name Keir has a Scandinavian touch to me as well – but in fact, the alt-pop artist is from Bristol. I really liked the sound of his new single, which is the first feature from an album to be released soon.
Super-HI – Told You So
Super-HI is a British producer duo. The song starts a bit like folk track, but finally turns into a nice summer-alike dance -pop track.
Peter Maffay feat. Stefanie Heinzmann – Königreich der Liebe
Peter Maffay’s social-critic fairy tale musical series Tabaluga is a legendary part of German rock music culture. Together with Swiss Stefanie Heinzmann, he recorded the title track to the next episode of the stories of the green dragon.
Thomas Lehmkühler feat. Tim Eder – Wenn der Vorhang fällt
Thomas Lehmkühler is a music producer from the Münsterland region in Western Germany. Together with Tim Eder, he created this wonderful pop-rock listen.
Versus Goliath – Im Regen
I already listened to Liebe & Chaos, the album which this German band will release in August. Im Regen is a good appetizer to make you look forward to the major release.
Stratovarius – World On Fire
No Songs of the Week without at least some hard rock or metal. This time, the Finnish band from Helsinki makes our heads bang to their World On Fire. Just some seven weeks until the release of their album Survive (23rd September 2022).
Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Timberline
Another legendary rocker. I guess you don’t have to say too much about Neil Young. Timerline has a nice Americana rock groove. Good one.
Not included in the playlist
Ryan Keen – Wishing Well
Wishing Well is the lead and title single of Ryan Keen’s EP, which has been released this week as well. This song does not get out of my head.
Senta – Musik Musik
You might not know Senta – but if you are into German music, you might know this artist under her previous alter ego Oonagh. Senta-Sofia Dellipointi (that’s her full civil name – what a melodic one) is also an movie and musical actor. Musik Musik is a nice German pop track.
Deine Cousine – Bielefeld, Paris oder Madrid
After these rather modest songs, it is time to party towards the end of the playlist. Rock with a slight touch of punk from Northern Germany – let’s rock and dance!
Antonia Kubas – Jung Für Immer
Antonia Kubas has turned 40 this year. The German singer and PR agent is nonetheless rather regarded as a new artist in the German schlager scene. Nice blend of this genre with rock elements.
Axel Fischer – Mallorca Mallorca
You saw in my recent Dusseldorf Airport capacity trouble posting how many planes in fact currently depart from a single German airport to Mallorca. The Spanish island is in fact one of the Germans’ absolute favorites. Not too surprisingly that there are some party tracks related to it as well. Axel Fischer took the classic Moviestar and turned it into a song, which might be a nice option if you have a couple of sangria to it in the Balearic sun. I definitely smiled during the listen. Cheers!
Steve Aoki & KAAZE feat. John Martin – Whole Again
After this schlager section, I close my list of songs with Steve Aoki, who has co-recorded a really nice dance pop listen as well. Hope you enjoy it.
Songs of The Week – The Playlist
You may also listen to my Songs Of The Week and songs selected in some of the previous weeks on this Spotify playlist: