When the heat gets you down these blues will cool you off and ease any of that heartache you may have. Grab a spot on the porch, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea or grab a brew, and enjoy these soulful blues-rock artists from around globe.
Songhoy Blues – Soubour. I’ve already mentioned this Malian band’s song Irganda. But mentioning them once is not enough! Especially when they have songs this good. For all you Black Keys fans Songhoy Blues will definitely float your boat. And if you don’t like the Black Keys, then well you will probably still like this. I mean come on this guitar work is hot.
Jack Savoretti – Written in the Scars. I was really intrigued by Jack’s unique and raspy voice. It’s a sound that gets easily overlooked these days. Go Italia!
Tinariwen – This Tuareg band also comes from Mali but this time the northern region and while Songhoy Blues is rich and earthy, the guitar notes laid down by Tinariwen’s musicians are as bone dry as the Sahara they play in and just as beautiful.
Lowdown 30 – Asphalt (feat. Joosuc). This song by South Korean trio is as rough as it’s name and trust me that’s a good thing. Get ready for a hard blues-rock back beat with edgy electric elements with a rap solo thrown in. All together its a combo that will make you feel so hardcore.
Hozier – Work Song. Thank you Ireland for delivering Delta Blues perfection clad in plaid and topped with a man-bun into the world. Hail Hozier. This is all. Actually go listen to Arsonist’s Lullaby and It Will Come Back. What are you still doing here? Go!
Any soulful blues we need to hear? Post them below!
You know Mondays mornings can be kind of a drag.
Alright let’s face it 90 % of the time they stink. Who wants to say good bye to the weekend and get up early? It’s hard to wake up happy when you have the rest of the work week staring you in the face. But don’t let those Monday blues get ya down!
Start your week off right with these tunes and it will fly by in no time.
Jung Yong Hwa with JJ LIN – Checkmate. The first step to surviving the work week is knowing that you are not alone. When you feel like the working world is against you these boys (from Korea and China respectively) have got your back!
Atif Aslam – Jeena Jeena – Waking up Monday morning can’t be that bad with this gentleman by your side. I can see it now, me drowsing on a boat rocking to the waves in the sunshine with Atif Aslam crooning my stress away.
Also a former flautist (7th and 8th grade represent!) I fully endorse songs that rock that flute.
Nazim Ziryab – Tchakchouka. Get yourself outta bed and put on the coffee with this rollicking tune. Who can say no to the blues guitar with a berber feel by this UK based Algerian musician?
C2C – Happy. Words cannot express how much I love this song by French DJ collective C2C. Listening to this song I feel like I can conquer any work week drudgery thrown my way. Plus dancing is pretty much required. Dancing before work (or at work) will make your day better. I guarantee.
Songhoy Blues – Irganda. Are you dancing yet? This Malian band’s joyous song is great for commuting because you can bob along to beat and maybe fit in an inconspicuous shuffle or two on the train.
Anybody have songs that make you feel prepared for the work week ahead? Put ’em in the dooblydoo below!