Rex Orange County – BBC Sound of 2018

Congratulations to Rex Orange County for getting 2nd place in the annual BBC Sound of 2018.  Recent winners include Rag’N’Bone Man (2017) and Jack Garrett (2016) plus Sigrid (2018). Congratulations to Sigrid to. We’ve been following her tracks since she released that catchy Don’t Kill My Vibe track. But going back to our man Rex! It’s been a blast for him actually 2017. His Uno song was featured in blogs then followed by my favorite single Best Friend.

Just when we thought we heard everything from him, He releases his super mellow track Untitled which just shows diversity. His last releases before the year end was his single Loving is Easy (His most radio friendly yet, An Awesome Track!) and album Apricot Princess. The album feels like this modern but old hipster album which is evident through his use of lots of instruments and storytelling. I think this is one of those albums that you really have to listen from the start as it feels like you’re going into Rex’s journey to Happiness and Love.

Loving is Easy is featured in my An Awesome Wave playlist. Check it out below!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/thejasonman/playlist/6ZJ11MWRmhluymmqOMNWUz

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Noah Kahan – Hallelujah EP

It wasn’t just long ago when we featured Noah Kahan in our blog. His first track Young Blood was so damn relatable that it gave us chills! -Oh Dear, I’m sorry that you grew up so soon, Cold beer, no high school parties, I’ve been drinking alone…. – And it’s actually the top track on my spotify for 2017 followed by the great Aquilo band.

If you haven’t listened to his EP yet, make sure to check it out now. This EP is entitled Hurt Somebody which is the track he released a few months back. It’s his most radio friendly one I think as this is the track the most of my friends know from him. You get a bonus collaboration with the same track featuring Julia Michaels which is a surprise. No one expected this. Julia Michaels rose to fame last year as well with her Issues track. Is this a sign of more collabs? That’d be great for sure!

Our favorite track of the EP is Please. It has that same lost in the world folky vibe like Young Blood.