#MellowMonday: Muzik Speaks’ 1st Birthday Playlist

Here’s a playlist of all the #MellowMonday songs we’ve featured during our first year…enjoy!


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This week, Muzik Speaks turns 1 year old and to celebrate, we’re giving you a themed playlist, for each day this week. The playlist will contain all of the songs we’ve featured on our blog during the past year, all themed around the corresponding day.

Today, it’s #MellowMonday and our playlist includes:

  1. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
  2. Coldplay – Magic
  3. OneRepublic – Can’t Stop
  4. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
  5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
  6. Miley Cyrus – Adore You
  7. You+Me – Unbeliever
  8. The Barr Brothers – Even The Darkness Has Arms
  9. ODESZA – All We Need featuring Shy Girls
  10. Passenger – David
  11. Lucy Rose – Our Eyes
  12. Shura – 2Shy
  13. Jesse Boykins III – Plain
  14. Grimes – Entropy
  15. Sigma – Changing featuring Paloma Faith (GoldSmyth Edition)
  16. The Pierces – I’ll Be Dreaming
  17. Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
  18. Chris Brown – Liquor
  19. Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me
  20. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream
  21. Vindata – All I Really Need
  22. Sam Feldt – Show Me Love featuring Kimberly Anne
  23. Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me
  24. Etta James – At Last
  25. Hayley Kiyoko – Girls Like Girls
  26. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
  27. Timeflies – Stuck With Me
  28. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
  29. Chicane – Ibiza Strings
  30. The Japanese House – Cool Blue
  31. The Fray – How To Save A Life
  32. Years & Years – Eyes Shut
  33. Celtic Woman – The Voice
  34. Ella Eyre – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  35. Cher – You Take It All
  36. Said The Sky – Nostalgia featuring Missio
  37. Will Young – What The World Needs Now Is Love
  38. Hearts & Colors – Fireflies
  39. Alex Parks – Get Out
  40. Snakehips – All My Friends featuring Tinashe & Chance The Rapper
  41. Maroon 5 – Animals (Gryffin Remix)
  42. Yuna – Tourist
  43. Sia – Breathe Me
  44. Timbaland – Don’t Get No Betta featuring Mila J
  45. Shura – Touch featuring Talib Kweli
  46. Lisa Goe – Still In Love

If you want to download the songs and use a custom cover for them, here’s one we’ve made for you 🙂

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#Playlist: February 2016


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G’day fellow Speakerz!

So, February has been just as incredible as January was! We’ve done another interview, with singer-songwriter David Ford and been to review The Japanese House‘s gig at The Haunt in Brighton as well as shared a whole heap of songs.

We hope that you have enjoyed this month’s songs and you can find both the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!

We hopefully have a couple more interviews and gig reviews lined up for March too, including Lucy Spraggan and MEST, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

As always, please keep sharing our posts and remember to share your song choices with us by commenting on our posts or talking to us on Twitter and Facebook.


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#MellowMonday: Timbaland – ‘Don’t Get No Betta’ featuring Mila J


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The super-producer that is Timbaland is back!

Although his own material has been somewhat sparse and quiet for a while, he’s been incredibly busy producing music for the hit US television show, Empire and of course, producing music for other people. Recently and most notably, he produced Michael Jackson‘s Love Never Felt So Good which featured Justin Timberlake.

Now he’s back and gearing up to release his fourth studio album, Opera Noir, and this single is quite a nice way to start your week – it’s got that trademark Timbo sound; but on the quieter, calmer side of his work. Mila J‘s vocals are beautiful and the video is pretty cool too!

I’m pleased he’s back and can’t wait to hear more of his upcoming album!

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‘Don’t Get No Betta’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-get-no-betta-feat.-mila/id1082878774


#WildCardWednesday: The Fray – ‘Give It Away’

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The Fray are an American band most notable for their debut 2005 single ‘How To Save A Life’. Since then though, the band have released 4 albums. Their most recent album, ‘Helios’, features this incredible song, ‘Give It Away’.

I had to share this song because although it’s an album track, it’s one hell of a tune! It’s funky beyond belief and would make for a good single release!

The song was co-written by The Fray and busbee, who has written songs like 5 Seconds of Summer‘s ‘Don’t Stop’P!nk‘s ‘Try’ and Timbaland‘s ‘If We Ever Meet Again’.

What do you think of this song? If you like it, check out the rest of their album! Please share your #WildCardWednesday track with us in a comment below.


‘Give It Away’, taken from the album ‘Helios’ can be downloaded now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/give-it-away/id756630619?i=756630626


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#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Missy Elliott

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This week’s #ThrowbackThursday post is a special #ThrowbackThreesday (like May’s Will Smith post).

I decided that I wanted to post a Missy Elliott track this week but couldn’t decide which one to choose; I was left with 3 epic tunes of hers to share so thought, why not share them all!

Back in 2001, Missy Elliott really broke into the UK mainstream, with her Top 5 hit, ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (taken from her 2001 album, ‘Miss E… So Addictive’). The track was produced by Timbaland and has a heavy bhangra influence, featuring spoken words in both Japanese and Hindi.


Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’


This track was later followed up by another Top 10 hit, in 2002, ‘Work It’ (taken from her 2002 album, ‘Under Construction’) and this song became notable for her use of backwards lyrics, an elephant sound to block out an expletive and the use of the term ‘badonkadonk’.

Also produced by Timbaland, this is a massive song by all accounts!


Missy Elliott – ‘Work It’


Finally of the three Missy Elliott tracks, is ‘Lose Control’, which was released in 2005 and the lead single from her album, ‘The Cookbook’. Missy Elliott herself produced this song and it features guest vocals from Ciara and Fatman Scoop, which really add to the song. Fatman Scoop’s shouts and Ciara’s attempts to rap, really enhance the song to perfection.

The song also features samples from Cybotron‘s ‘Clear’ and Hot Streak‘s ‘Body Work’ and produced another Top 10 hit for Missy E!


Missy Elliott – ‘Lose Contol’ featuring Ciara & Fatman Scoop


Have you enjoyed reliving these huge Missy Elliott hits? You still love them?! Please share the link to this post with your social media chums.

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#FeelGoodFriday: Michael Jackson – ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ featuring Justin Timberlake

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Feel-good? This song is happiness itself!

Michael Jackson may no longer be with us, but L.A. Reid and Timbaland sure brought him back to life in 2014! L.A. Reid (head of Epic Records) spearheaded the production of MJ’s posthumous album, Xscape, using a variety of unreleased songs and demos and put several big-name producers/production teams in charge of contemporising them.

In charge of this particular track was Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon who brought in long-term Timbaland collaborator, Justin Timberlake, to add some guest vocals for the single release, seeing further chart success for the sadly deceased entertainer.

No matter what you may think of him personally, no single person can deny the man’s incredible talents; vocally and in his live performances. His death has left a great hole in the industry as one of the all-time greatest performers.

This song fits perfectly just about anywhere at any time; it can brighten the darkest day, lift the deepest mood or just make a great summer day even better. I’ve listened to this 100 times or more and I’m still not bored of it! (I may be slightly biased though as Michael Jackson is my favourite performer ever; I’m surprised I’ve held off this long from making him a featured track of the day!)

What do you think of this posthumous MJ release? Are you a fan? Have you got your own #FeelGoodFriday track for today? Please leave a comment below and share this link.

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#MellowMonday: OneRepublic – ‘Can’t Stop’

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OneRepublic have gone from strength to strength over the years and their most recent album, Native, is probably their strongest album to date (a very difficult thing to achieve!)

This song is an album track and hasn’t been released as a single, but my word its a powerful song – it may not be the calmest of songs when it gets into it, but it’s a beautifully written song. I hope you like it as much as I do.

OneRepublic have some incredible, mellow songs; have you got a different song of theirs you’re loving on this Mellow of Mondays? Please share and reply to this post.

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#WildCardWednesday: Justin Timberlake – ‘Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)’

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This song is my Wild-Card for the week. Why? Well, I recently re:DISCOVERED my love of Justin Timberlake’s vocals and musical style.

The song is the first track on Timberlake’s most recent album, ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2’. 2013 saw the return of Timberlake, after 7 years away from music, with the release of not one, but TWO albums.

This track has a lot to offer; fantastic harmonies, quality Timbaland production, quirky musical elements and sounds which bring the track to life, and jungle-like beats.

There’s something which gives me a thrill about singing the first line of the chorus, loudly in the car; “Now take me to your jungle, I’m not afraid”.

Crank up the volume and enjoy this gem!

What’s your Wild-Card? I’m excited to hear what interesting tracks people are listening to right now!

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