I don’t know what it’s been about 2015, but I’ve noticed my music tastes have heavily gravitated towards airy female vocals and electro-pop. Neither of which have ever been particularly high on my list in the past, but damn there have been some high quality artists of late under those categories that I can’t help but to love. You should’ve witnessed me writing this post. I always listen to my Tune Up selections on repeat while writing about them, but “Touch” found me stopping multiple times only to sway and dance along in my chair. I couldn’t resist.
This week in the Tune Up I’m focusing on Aleksandra Denton, or as she’s more commonly known in music as Shura. The half-Russian, half-English Denton uploaded her ‘debut’ single onto her Soundcloud in 2014, only to witness her numbers skyrocket. Much like Ryn Weaver’s song “Octahate” that I showcased last week HERE.
“Touch” is atmospheric pop with it’s overly hypnotic and chill vibe. A blend of 80s synth and 90s R & B, it creates a unique sound. Think Jessie Ware or Blood Orange as similar artists. The best thing about Shura is her delicate vocals that are almost ghostly in tone. “Touch” is a song about longing and brokenness of a relationship gone that we’ve all experienced. The strong emotional pull of the song does it’s job and entrances you with similar feelings.
It’s no surprise that Shura found herself on the BBC Sound of 2015 long list. I expect this is another artist we’ll be hearing lots more about in the following months.
Have you found yourself liking any specific types of music in 2015?
P.S. – As an example that I usually don’t always rec electronic based music, check out my Tune Up on Ben Howard!
Until next time,