For any number of reasons, January can feel like a drag: Post-holiday brokeness is real and the end of the month is nowhere in sight (how is there ANOTHER week left to this month?!). Depending on where you are in the world you’re in for colder and shorter days. And whatever became of those well-intentioned resolutions? If it feels like it’s all getting on top if you we have sonic and visual remedies to help you hang in there.
RedRed – Finders Keepers (Featuring Sena)
Happiness through nostalgia is probably the easiest feel-good hack there is. Budapest-based African Electronic Dance Music Duo RedRed play on the fondest memories of our high school and college years – that carefree time before the real world snatched from our grasp the earnest ideals with which we would advance the human race. We were going to do it all to the backing of joyful 2-step and 4/4 garage which is exactly what Finders Keepers is made of.
British-Ghanaian M3NSA and Budapest-based DJ/Producer ELO shot the video entirely on two smartphones using natural sunlight, and on a strict budget of 100 Euros. They had Sena Dagadu tag along with them while on tour in Malta, the Mediterranean paradise which also just happens to be one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones. Winter seems nowhere in sight for the sun-drenched frolicking trio.
Allana Verde – So Into You
Still in the vein of happy days gone by, North London newcomer Allana Verde has a “neo-nostalgia” EP due for release shortly, in which she will cover her favourite R&B/pop songs from the 80s and 90s from artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, and this one – possibly R&B singer Tamia’s best one to date.
Branko – Let Me Go Featuring Nonku Phiri
More times than not it’s just easier to put those blues to one side even just momentarily and escape into a world like the one Portuguese film maker Francisco Neffe creates to portray Buraka Som Sistema’s João “Branko” Barbosa ethereal track with South African singer Nonku Phiri and LA-based songwriter/producer Mr Carmack.
Laura Mvula – Overcome
Other times you just need to just stare things down. Use the wisdom of the elders to reinforce your stance if you have to. This video with its ritualistic choreography references Maya Angelou’s caged bird. Singing especially to the world’s present-day turmoil over Niles Rodgers’ sweet guitar licks she offers the hope that these bad times, they don’t last forever.
Matshidiso – Fragile
Shot simply and beautifully in her London front room, Matshidiso’s encouragement is quietly powerful. Knowing a power higher than you is looking out for you should help to lighten the load on your shoulders.