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Music Discovery: January 2019

My job and passion has always been in trying to find the perfect song for a client that speaks to their core demographic. As I listen to new music, I am constantly thinking about which brand’s sound would be a great match.  

Below are three songs that have caught my ear recently, as well as a unique playlist of tracks that are either on my radar or are being placed with brands around the globe.


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Artist: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Track: Such a Remarkable Day

Twitter: @cgainsbourg

British-French actor and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has been in the limelight from an early age, thanks in large part to her famous parents: English actress and singer Jane Birkin and French actor and singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. As an actor, she has won awards for her films, but her true passion has always been music. Her new single (released December 2018) showcases her unique sense of vocalization, as well as her love of […]

Music Discovery: Top Album 2018 – Slocan Ramblers

Gabriel Marowitz, PlayNetwork’s resident bluegrass nerd (and manager on our Music Services team), always enjoys sharing his favorite obscure traditional string band as album of the year. And this year is no exception. Check out his review below!

Queen City Jubilee by the Slocan Ramblers was #1 in my car’s CD player and #1 in my heart. These guys really nail what it means to play traditional folk music with a contemporary edge and youthful energy. The musicianship is standout quality, the songwriting is consistently excellent, and the vocals from Frank Evans are distinct and captivating. Plus they sound just as good live as they do on the record.

Artist: Slocan Ramblers

Track: Mighty Hard Road

Twitter: @slocanramblers


Music Discovery: Top Song 2018 – Khalid

Senior Music Supervisor Spencer Manio wasn’t expecting his favorite track of the year to come from Khalid, but the moment he heard it–he started playing it on repeat! Check out his top track of 2018 below!

If you told me last January that my favorite track of 2018 would come from Khalid, I would not have believed you. But when this R&B posse cut dropped on 4/20, I ran it back 10+ times in the dad whip on the way home from work.

For me, it’s the perfect modern R&B song. Repetitive, vibe-y, yearn-y, and chill. Plus it has 3 verses sung by 3 different dudes who never overstay their welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Artist: Khalid

Track: OTW feat. 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign

Twitter: @thegreatkhalid

Music Discovery: Top Album 2018 – Black Honey

After waiting for years and being treated to a handful of really dynamic singles, Brighton’s Black Honey released their debut self titled album Black Honey. Check out why this album is music supervisor, Pete Greenburg’s, favorite album of the year.

While the wait felt like a long time, the album most definitely lives up to the expectation. Driven by equal parts of new wave, disco, and the throwback vibe of a Tarantino movie (think Kill Bill for a more specific reference), it’s clear that this LP has set out to turn your head and demand attention. There’s an openness that calls to mind a cinematic landscape that pushes imagery of late nights, the wild west, and broken hearts. A fizzing brilliance of an indie rock record full of honest intention and up-tempo tunes for hitting the open road. I highly recommend the tracks, “Whatever Happened to You,” “Hello Today,” and “I Only Hurt the Ones I Love.” Enjoy!

Artist: Black Honey

Track: I Only Hurt the Ones I Love

Twitter: […]

Music Discovery – Top Album 2018 – Leon Bridges

Associate Music Supervisor, Ruben Lira, spent a lot of time reflecting on his favorite album of the year. And this year, his selection goes beyond just the music: it also connect with him on a personal level. Check out his pick for top album of 2018: Leon Bridges’ Good Thing

There are albums that are enjoyable, playful, and thought-provoking. And then there are albums that take this one step further, and connect with you on a deeper level. These are the albums that you embrace and claim to yourself, as your songs to the world; and this is one of those albums for me. Leon Bridges’ Good Thing veers into multiple emotions, in a style which is just not done enough today. From vintage R&B, to Jazz, to vintage soul of the Motown days, Good Thing traverses all these genres in fluidity not done enough in today’s music-scape. From celebrating life, to telling the struggles we all encounter in our daily lives, Good Thing is best heard as an antidote […]