Hello, Music Fans!

Phew! Wasn’t the first week back HECTIC?!

Since we’re all so tired this week, we were too sleepy to come up with a creative theme for this week’s Monday Playlist, so we instead opted to share our songs of the week with you once again – something that we haven’t done for a while. In this list you’ll find new tracks, rediscovered classics and even some out of the box songs. As always, we hope that you enjoy our music picks!

Last week we shared with you live reviews of the Fleetwood Mac show down in the Big Smoke (thanks to Rachael for that one) and also of the Foo Fighters’ recent gig in Nottingham’s Rock City Basement. Well sort of – it was the UK Foo Fighters, but they weren’t far off the charisma offered by the real Dave and Co! Scroll down to bottom to check out these reviews if you haven’t already.

Lots more content coming this week from the existing team, but we’re also looking to recruit some new writers! So if you want to get involved, be sure to grab yourself a Demon Media membership and then drop me a message at nicolaclaireallen@gmail.com. I’ll then get back to you as soon as I can, with more information about joining Demon Music and the content that we’re looking for.

‘Til next week,

Nicola x

Music Editor, demon-media.co.uk

P.S: You’ll need to download Spotify and grab yourself an account to access the playlist!

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1. ‘TKO’ – Justin Timberlake

Bradley Duggan (@bradley_duggan) says: “Unfortunately I was one of the unlucky people that didn’t get Justin Timberlake tickets on Friday as they sold out in 4 minutes, but I still love this guy. JT released his 20/20 Experience part 2 album last week and I have constantly been listening to TKO. In a recent interview Timberlake spoke about how he felt part 2 of the double album had a “FutureSex/LoveSound” album. TKO definitely does have that feel with Timberland serving up a stuttering hip-hop beat and JT singing about his sadness through boxing analogies. I can’t get enough of this song. So much that new music is leaving me behind.”

2. ‘Mad Rush’ – Philip Glass

Ethan Williamson (@E523W) says: “A strange one this week, and coupled with it’s length one that might well be skipped over – and I wouldn’t necessarily hold it against you! Nevertheless, this beautifully emotive piano piece has been absolutely dominating my playlist for the last several weeks. This composition really is the sound of being at the very bottom and looking to start moving back up. Raw, beautiful, and cracking with emotion.”

3. ‘The Hunter’ – Free

Alex Underwood (@broadcasteralex) says: “This song is what blues-rock is all about – brilliant guitar and an air of menace about it. Originally by the bluesman Albert King, Free made it a great rocking number, that seems to be appreciated more 37 years after its release as a single. Lyrically, it’s full of threat (or innuendo, depending on how you look at it), and the music really mirrors this from the moment the first piercing guitar notes are shot out.”

4. ‘Bloodsports’ – Drenge

Nicola Allen (@NicoClaireAllen) says: “A new discovery for me in recent weeks. I was pointed in Drenge’s direction by my very music savvy Dad who spotted them on Later… with Jools Holland. Drawing on underground punk influences, ‘Bloodsports’ is a raucous lick that also subtly hints at The Vaccines – especially due to its short song length. Very fast, very catchy, very addictive – enjoy with caution.”

5. ‘Hundred/Million’ – The Whigs

Nicola says: “Upon discovering new band on the scuzzy scene Drenge (above), I rekindled my love for The Whigs, who hail from Athens, Georgia in the US. On cross-Atlantic shores, this three piece have a relatively big and committed following, something that surprisingly isn’t matched over in Blighty. This is garage rock  at its finest, and the rest of their albums are equally as pleasing on the ear. If you like this number, be sure to check out ‘Kill Me Carolyne’ and ‘Black Lotus’, which also feature on their In The Dark album.”

6. ‘Counting Stars’ – OneRepublic

Harry Dean (@harrydeansays) says: “This is just a fantastic feel good song that’s been on repeat all week for me! It’s not a big bass filled club tune but it’s certainly a great listen. The tune actually feel quite relaxed from the music being produced at the minute and is quite a nice change! It has definitely put me in a good mood this week and will continue to do so!”

7. ‘Sonnentanz’ – Klangkarussell

Harry says: “This ones filled with a bit more synth and bass tunes but it follows a similar line to OneRepublic. The relaxed tunes are a delight to listen to and really put you in a great relaxed mood! The lyrics almost cry their love story to you, can easily see this becoming a classic in years to come.”

8. ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’ – The Killers

Natalie Whitehouse (@_natbcfc) says: “There are always songs that I go back to and listen to every week, without fail, and this song is one of them. From their 2004 debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ this song has a killer – pardon the pun -bass line that kicks the track off, spiralling into a real heavy-on-the-drums rock number. The story of the song matches its dark and angry mood, with Brandon Flowers singing about denying the murder of ‘Jenny’ and it’s definitely one of the best Killers songs to date – especially when they play it live.”

If you have a couple more minutes to spare, why not check out the past week’s other content?