Credits: fusion.netThe Sherp’s Playlist Of The Week Risa Desa January 16, 2017 MS PLAYLIST It’s the start of the week and that means only one thing for music lovers. It’s time for another power-packed edition of Monday Playlist. So let’s explore an exciting range of new music that’s sure to kickstart your week. With a versatile mix of genres ranging from folk to EDM, pop to rock; the week will surely sound a whole lot better! 10. The BOOK OF LOVE (Soundtrack) – Justin Timberlake & Mitchell Owens ‘The Book Of Love’ is an American film based on an architect who helps a homeless teen find her long-lost father after losing his wife. With songs focusing on love, pain and friendship, the official soundtrack album, produced by Justin Timberlake & Mitchell Owens, released on January 13th. It features all the official tracks from the movie. The album will also feature an original song by The Shadowboxers. If our man Justin is involved, you know you have to check it out, right? 9. Piano Portraits – Rick Wakeman Credits: pledgemusic.com Who doesn’t love a good instrumental take on some of the biggest hits of the past decades? Rick Wakeman’s new album is just that and so much more. Reaching a milestone, ‘Piano Portraits’ is the 100th solo album by former ‘Yes’ Keyboardist – Rick Wakeman! What’s even better, this 15-track collection features instrumental versions of some of the most popular pop and rock songs of all time! Among these, Cat Stevens “Morning Has Broken” and David Bowie‘s “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity” were all tracks played by Wakeman as a studio musician. That’s not all! The album even features renditions of the classic hits like the The Beatles’ “Help!” and “Eleanor Rigby,” Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven,” 10cc’s “I’m Not Alone” and Yes’ “Wonderous Stories”. Not to forget, classical versions of some of Rick’s favourite songs. We can’t wait to check out the album, can you? Click here to get the album. 8. Migration – Bonobo British Musician and DJ – Bonobo recently shared a full stream of his new album ‘Migration’ via Facebook. Featuring collaboration with Rhye and Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker, the album takes listeners on a journey that’s “Part Burial” and “part Rival Consoles“. In the post, Bonobo talks about his inspiration for the album, “I was drawing from relationships with landscape, movements of culture, people and their effect on their environments as they move and settle within them”. The album has been hailed by some publications as one of his most sophisticated works yet. You can get the whole album here. 7. The Classic – Hans Zimmer If you’re a major movie fan, then this album is a must-have on your playlist. German composer and record producer, Hans Zimmer has been composing music for films for around 30 years! From Marvel movies to Leonardo Dicaprio starrers, Batman films to The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; the list goes on and on. Now, the artist has compiled an album, titled ‘ Hans Zimmer: The Classics, comprising of 12 of his most famous motion picture tracks. Although we’ve heard these tracks before, the specially crafted collectible that brought all the classics together was officially released on January 13th, 2017. With tracks from hit films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Inception, The Lion King, Man of Steel, The Thin Red Line, Inception and Interstellar; you’ll surely be humming along to your favourite movie music. 6. Waist Time – Diplo & AutoErotique Electronic fans are having an awesome start to 2017 and it only seems to get better. World EDM icon, Diplo, has joined forces with electronic music group AutoErotique in what comes as an unexpected collaboration. But hey, we all love surprises, don’t we? In a spicy mix of Diplo’s drum-line breakdown and alarm risers dribbling throughout the track with AutoErotisque’s signature drops; the song, titled ‘Waist time’ is a crafty blend of two different styles. 5. Wild Fire – Laura Marling Folk music more your scene? Then you need to check our Laura Maling’s new song right away. This English folk singer-songwriter and musician from Eversley, Hampshire has been on the scene since over a decade, even having won the Brit award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards as well as been nominated an additional three times! The singer recently premiered her new song ‘Wild Fire’, a tender yet rich folk song that asks a person to shape up and be a better partner to their loved one. The song serves as a second taste from her upcoming album ‘ Semper Femina‘. Speaking about the album, Marling said, “I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; ‘it’s not a man, it’s me, I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself.” 4. Stay My Love – Una Healy Feat. Sam Palladio Uplift your playlist with some strong Irish vocals! Irish singer-songwriter and musician Una Healy has collaborated with Nashville star Sam Palladio for her debut solo single. The star rose to fame as a member of English-Irish girl group, ‘The Saturdays’, back in 2008. The group achieved success with a number of top ten hits, including hit single ‘What About Us’. Now, the singer, also known for being a judge on The Voice, Ireland, is branching out on her own with a song that gives dual perspective of two people who feel the same way about each other. Co-written by Amy Wadge, Grammy winning co-writer of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ , the song perfectly blends the voices of the two powerful vocalists. 3. Issues – Julia Michaels The debuts are still coming! Another young artist stepping into the limelight is none other than American songwriter Julia Michaels. Creating the magic behind the scenes like most songwriters do, Julia is the creative talent behind Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ and Selena Gomez’s ‘Good For You’. She has also worked with artists such as Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Kygo, Years & Years, Zara Larsson and Britney Spears. Woah! Rightly so, the young star is finally taking to the spotlight and we can’t think of someone more deserving. Her debut single ‘Issues’ is a confessional downtempo song about love and a person’s admission about their personal issues with needing a loved one. With the sheer amount of musical achievements to her name, Julia is definitely an artist to watch out for in 2017! 2. Not Afraid Anymore – Halsey Whether we admit it or not, we’re all intrigued by the movie surrounding Christian Grey. Be it the arousing literature or the detailed sexual scenes, we can’t help ourselves. But what would an erotic romantic drama be without some sensual tunes? Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Zayn Malik or The Weekend; the music of the film series has never been short of corporeal. In latest news, American singer songwriter Halsey has released a new soundtrack for the film titled’ ‘Not Afraid Anymore’. The star, known for her sweet vocals on The Chainsmokers hit ‘Closer’ has taken a more mature step with this song which outright focuses on creating peak arousal in the listeners. Paris – The Chainsmokers This group just can’t stay out of the news. However, if it’s about new music, then we’re all ears! Global EDM icons and Grammy Nominees, The Chainsmokers recently released a brand new song and fans are already flipping. Known for their tendency to tell stories, their new song ‘Paris’ digs into a complicated love affair that’s layered with tropical house undercuts and a downtempo slow-burning tune. The lyrics that feature a chorus “If we go down, then we go down together,” lend an emotional and nostalgic vibe to the song that’s sure to tug at our heartstrings.