Mandy’s Top 20 Tracks of 2017

2017 has seen the release of so many incredible songs. It’s extremely difficult to pick the best 20! I decided to give it a shot anyway. Here are my top 20 tracks of 2017:

20. “White Noise Boys” by Airways

19. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran

18. “Separate Ways” by Joe Dolman

17. “The Last Of The Real Ones” by Fall Out Boy

16. “Pay The Man” by Foster The People

15. “Born To Die” by Coasts

14. “One Of Us” by New Politics

13. “Drown” by Kovic

12. “Sight For Sore Eyes” by Knox Hamilton

11. “Something Beautiful” by Joe Dolman

10. “Ropes” by Kovic

9. “Sorry” by Nothing But Thieves

8. “Let Me Love You” by Coasts

7. “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by Fall Out Boy

6. “I Think It’s Strange (Acoustic)” by Joe Dolman

5. “Broken Machine” by Nothing But Thieves

4. “Explore” by Sundara Karma

3. “Heart Starts Beating” by Coasts

2. “Amsterdam” by Nothing But Thieves

1. “Happy Family” by Sundara Karma

Check out all of these songs below! 

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Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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On the evening of the 15th November, I crossed over to the Fox and Newt pub in Leeds for a relaxed folky evening with Joe Dolman, Sunflower Thieves and Amy J.

3 pints of squash later and Amy J was ready to ‘Rock The Boat’ with a beautiful set mixed with her own material and covers including Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go.’

Sunflower Thieves aka Lily and Amy mix stunning close harmonies and heartfelt lyrics in their serenely calm duo set.

It was the penultimate night of tour and Joe Dolman brought ‘Something Beautiful’ to Leeds. With a mix of old and new songs and injection of soul with a Ray Charles cover Joe delivered a pure an unforgettable night.

Joe Dolman Gives Us “Something Beautiful” With New Single

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My favorite singer/songwriter, Joe Dolman, released his highly anticipated new single today. Entitled “Something Beautiful,” the track is exactly what the title suggests. This song has a bit more of a pop feel to it than his earlier work, but still has that familiar acoustic sound I’ve come to love. I’ve always admired Joe’s lyrical work, and this track is no exception. He’s captured a feeling that I’m sure many can relate to, including myself. His melodic vocals are flawless as always. All in all, this single is nothing short of amazing. 

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The single comes complete with a b-side, “I Think It’s Strange (Acoustic).” This song is classic Joe, nothing but his voice, an acoustic guitar and subtle hints of keys. This beautiful ballad really lets Joe’s vocals shine, raw and full of emotion. I’ll admit it gives me chills.

In short, I am forever blown away by Joe’s talent. Both of these tracks are absolutely stunning. Give them a listen below!

Joe will be embarking on a UK tour starting on November 1st! Trust me, his live gigs are not to be missed (if you’re not stuck in America like me). Check out the dates below.

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Summer 2017 Playlist

It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it (at least here in North Carolina)! We’ve put together a playlist of songs dripping with summer vibes, perfect to listen to whether you’re poolside, roadtripping or catching some waves.

Check it out below! 

Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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From singing Ed Sheeran covers on YouTube to taking on his own material, Joe Dolman is doing what he loves to do and that is very evident from his music.

Joe is in his final year at uni and is currently balancing his time between this UK tour which ends tonight in Sheffield and writing his dissertation at service stations.

I heard about Joe Dolman through Mandy who was sadly unable to make it to Joe’s London date. Luckily for me, however, his penultimate gig was in Leeds….shot gun there!

The gig which was due to take place at the Milo wine bar changed venue at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances to the Fox and Newt. Fortunately as I was running early anyway I managed to hop on over to the other side of town with plenty of time to spare.

Lauren Rycroft was the first act of the evening and her gorgeously angelic vocals mixed beautifully with melancholy poetic lyrics.

Tiger Twins brought a rock element to the evening with an enthusiastic and hilarious set. Indeed their tale about being told that they were playing a gig at Milo that night was one of the comedic highlights of the evening.

Joe Dolman’s acoustic set included favourites such as “Learning To Fly” and “Addicted To You” as well as new song “Nervous” and I loved his ‘crisp’ vocals, gentle instrumental hooks and beautiful lyrics.

The low-point of the evening was actually the highlight as Joe experienced some technical problems with the speakers and the sound guys were called on to fix things. Cue the impromptu mashup-covers of Smash Mouth and Busted as well as story time from Tiger Twins.

“Separate Ways”: Joe Dolman Releases Stunning New Single

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When I think of Joe Dolman, many things come to mind, but incredible talent is definitely the first thing that pops into my head. This twenty year old Brit has more talent in his pinky finger than any other musician I know. So naturally, I was quite excited to learn he was releasing a new single today. 

As usual, Joe did not disappoint. “Separate Ways” is full of the traits that make Joe’s music so exceptional. The combination of folksy acoustic and bluesy electric guitars makes a perfect backdrop for Joe’s melodic voice. I’ve already hit the replay button quite a few times on this one.

Give “Separate Ways” a listen below!

Joe will be embarking on a UK headlining tour soon! Get tickets here.

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Mandy’s Top 20 Tracks Of 2016

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20. “Nothing Personal” by Night Riots

This song is quite literally a banger. It’s impossible not to bob your head along as Travis Hawley belts out the empowered lyrics.

19. “Beggars” by Mainland

This single dropped back in June, a time when I definitely needed the message it gives. “Don’t stop, don’t give up.” 

18. “Really Wanna Call” by Viola Beach
This song is very fun, despite the fact that it was released posthumously. This song is one of many that give the world a glimpse of how far Viola Beach could have gone. Rest in peace.

17. “Daft Pretty Boys” by Bad Suns

“Got no time to waste on another pretty face.” Bad Suns deliver a message of personality over looks with this catchy tune.

16. “Piece By Piece” by The Hunna

This song is always one of my favorites when it comes around on shuffle. It’s one of those songs that sounds bright and happy but has a deeper meaning if you listen closely to the lyrics.

15. “Out Of My Head” by the Griswolds

This song was a bit of an anthem for me in 2016. Sometimes a relationship just goes wrong, so wrong that you don’t even want to think about it or that person ever again. This song embodies that feeling perfectly, and it’s something I think everyone can relate to. 

14. “You & I” by Colony House

I’m new to the Colony House fandom thanks to this song. It’s sure to make any day brighter.

13. “Addicted To You” by Joe Dolman

Folk music isn’t usually in my wheelhouse, but Joe Dolman is one obvious exception to that rule. His newest single, “Addicted To You” details a relationship gone wrong but still one that will be missed. 

12. “Even In My Dreams, I Can’t Win” by Bad Suns 

The title says it all. If you’ve ever felt like no matter what you do nothing ever goes your way, this is the song for you. 

11. “Call You Up” by Viola Beach

Another posthumous release from British band Viola Beach, “Call You Up” is certainly a sad one. It’s impossible for me to listen to it without tearing up.

10. “No Good” by Kaleo

This single from Icelandic band Kaleo is one of my favorites of theirs to see live. It’s full of killer guitar riffs and foot-stomping beats.

9. “Alive” by The Hunna

This track has it all. Amazing vocals, relatable lyrics and a stellar guitar solo.

8. “Talk Too Much” by COIN

This song is nothing short of an earworm. With just one listen it’ll get stuck in your head. But who said that’s a bad thing? 

7. “See How” by Coasts

This song is an emotional one for me. I’ve only ever seen it live once, thanks to an electrical mishap during Coasts’ set one night during which they filled the awkward silence with a stripped down version of this track. The lyrics paint a beautiful yet saddening picture, accompanied by tropical percussion and even an organ. 

6. “Night” by Mulàn 

Mulàn made their mysterious debut back in September with this intriguing track. The intro alone is enough to pull you in. It might be their only song as of yet, but it certainly shows the potential for a bright future. Let’s hope they don’t remain shrouded in mystery for too much longer.

5. “Swings And Waterslides” by Viola Beach

This is probably Viola Beach’s most well-known song, and for good reason. This is the perfect song to blast while you’re driving around with the windows down. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

4. “You & Me” by The Hunna 

One night on a tour bus far away from home, I heard some of the lyrics to this song belted out very badly by a drummer who loves them. I got curious and looked it up, and it made me fall in love with them, too. It’s infectious. 

3. “Washed Up Together” by Knox Hamilton

There’s nothing quite like finally getting your hands on a studio version of a song that you’ve heard live countless times. This song used to get stuck in my head all the time, and I wanted nothing more than to be able to listen to it. I was so excited when it was finally released. It’s still my ringtone to this day. 

2. “Wallow” by Coasts 

When think of this song, the word “anticipation” comes to mind. Every time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Coasts live, they’ve opened with this song, using the fade-in to build anticipation for their set. When the song would hit full force, Chris Caines would finally take the stage, and you knew that Coasts had arrived. There’s nothing quite like that moment for me. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I hope they never open with anything else.

1. “You Settle Me” by Pixel Fix

This song is very bittersweet for me. Released back in January, it instantly became my favorite song. Little did I know it was going to be the last release from Pixel Fix. I was completely gutted when they announced their breakup in July. One of my biggest regrets in life is never getting to see this song live. Marcus Yates is my favorite vocalist, and his sultry vocals shine on this track. Despite my sadness at their breakup, “You Settle Me” will always be my favorite song, and to me it is the best track of 2016.