This month’s best releases are here! Fifteen days into February and we already have a treasure trove of awesome tracks for you to explore! A multitude of genres, unique sounds and most importantly new artists – check them out right here!
#1 “Ghosts Again” by Depeche Mode
Pioneering English band Depeche Mode took the underground electronic club sounds of the early ’80s and expanded them to stadium-sized levels within a decade, becoming one of the best-selling international groups in the process. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they debuted with a bouncy electro-pop spirit which gradually developed into a darker, more dramatic synth-rock style that ultimately positioned them as one of the most quintessential alternative bands of their era.
#2 “Love You Anyway” by Luke Combs
Blending a love of classic country and Southern-fried soul – a fusion inspired equally by fellow modern mavericks Eric Church and Chris Stapleton – Luke Combs slyly updates these traditional sounds with a hint of modern R&B. This combination, which flourished on ballads, made Combs stand apart from both slick country-pop crooners and bro-country revelers, a distinction that helped him become a hit right out of the gate.
#3 “Love Come Down” by CloudPainter
Rising band from the Arizona desert – CloudPainter just shared “Love Come Down”, a debut that marks the reunion of RJ Cloud and Liz Painter. The two are joined by Steve Smith on bass and Josh Sailor on drums, completing the quartet. CloudPainter’s new single represents the modern sound of southern rock, folk, and soul/RnB – a fusion so sharp and smooth, it’ll have listeners coming back for more. “‘Love Come Down’ was inspired by the story of how we originally met in Tucson, and how sharing creativity among a new circle created lifelong friendships,” Liz Painter told Stereo-Saints magazine. Having built a world-class recording studio with a massive collection of vintage instruments, microphones and amplifiers, the band explores the sonic characteristics of iconic instruments recorded with a hybrid of vintage/modern techniques to achieve their original sound. Check out “Love Come Down” below!
#4 “Call Me What You Like” by Lovejoy
“Declaring on Twitter that the track marks “a new era of Lovejoy”, it’s a more ambitious version of the band, and rightly so — 2022 saw them amass another legion of fans in the wake of their 2021 EP ‘Pebble Brain’. The band have also dropped a music video for the track, directed by bassist Ash Kabosu. You can watch the sky-high affair in full below,” Readdork reported. The band is ready to share more awesome music this year and we can’t wait to hear it!
#5 “When I Get There” by P!nk
Debuting in the late ’90s with a radio-friendly R&B sound similar to a crop of other young performers, singer/songwriter P!nk quickly developed her own identity, transforming pop songcraft and powerhouse, rock-influenced vocals into a winning combination that kept her in the Top Ten for decades. From 2001’s quintuple-platinum M!ssundaztood to 2003’s Grammy-winning Try This, P!nk steadily made moves away from her early R&B style, becoming an icon for many.
#6 “I Wrote The Book” by Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ (Big Loud/Mercury/Republic Records) notched historical chart status as Billboard’s longest running Top 10 album in history for a solo artist, eclipsing even Adele’s 21 and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA, earning him the coveted ACM Album of the Year award. The East Tennessean’s deeply personal third studio album, One Thing At A Time, sees the American Music Awards’ Favorite Male Country Artist winner taking his music to his fans on 2023’s 63-stop/30-stadium shows tour, One Night At A Time World Tour.
#7 “Mountain With A View” by Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini has consistently made history. With the release of her debut album The First Time, she became “the only female country artist to hit #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album.” She has logged four back-to-back Top 10 entries on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including the platinum-selling The First Time , gold-selling Unapologetically , gold-selling kelsea , and ballerini . Most recently, Kelsea led the field for 2022 CMT Music Awards nominations with three nominations.