As those who know me already know, I’m a bit of a new music
snob enthusiast, and compulsively curate playlists of new finds and old favorites on Spotify. I also frequently stream music from turntable.fm, an online radio format that caters to music discovery and new artist promotion. This twin obsession leads me to hear a lot of music released each year, and I always feel compelled to rank or sort it at the end of the year for a list of bests. However, my memory isn’t always great, and the task of identifying and sorting a year’s worth of gems at the end is pretty daunting. So I’ve begun curating cumulative playlists of my favorites as I find them – hence, I’ve already created two Best of 2013 playlists (tracks and albums separately) though we’re not even clear of January.
To highlight some of the gems within the gems, I’m going to start posting my favorite new addition each week using this fancy Spotify embed widget.
My jam this week is Jessie Ware’s “If You’re Never Gonna Move”. Fans of the sentimentality or lyrical message of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” may find this a musical spiritual animal as well, as Ware describes a love off the dance floor who she’ll slowly dance toward to attract attention. It’s a sexy slow-jam version of the Robyn tune, but no less infectious. Check it out.