When Great Music Falls Into Your Lap

As someone who writes about music in order to receive a paycheck that basically pays for a handle of whiskey and a cab ride home from whatever concert I have to go to, a lot of music falls into my lap. Like most things in life, there is a downside to go with every upside – a lot of what I get ranges from Good to OK to Meh to WHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

Thankfully, there are still times when I’m sent music and the second I press play I remember why I fell in love with – not just music – but the time-sucking, soul-draining, sleep-deprivation that goes with the search for great music.

These are a few of the songs I’ve been a bit obsessed with as of late. One is an old song from a Blues artist whose legend (or I guess maybe it’s his assumed legend?) was the focus of a great podcast I listened to recently and highly recommend. The others are, of course, newer. Feel free to share some of your latest obsessions in the comments too!

This is a new artist who I think is going to be huge. She’s in talks with labels now so remember the name Miriam Bryant.Miriam Bryant

Download This Badass Free Mix From Ninja Tune

The awesome folks over at Ninja Tune put together this seriously dope sampler to give away for free in honor of International Women’s Day. You should all listen and download with quickness.


1. Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Banks Remix)
Exclusive new track, never released before!
2. Speech Debelle – I’m With It (Lapalux Remix)
Speech’s second album ‘Freedom of Speech’ is out now on Big Dada.
3. Yppah feat. Anomie Belle – Film Burn (Kwes Remix)
Yppah’s third album for Ninja Tune, ‘Eighty One’ is out April 2012.
4. TOKiMONSTA – Bright Shadows
Taken from the ‘Creature Dreams’ EP out now on Brainfeeder.
5. Roots Manuva feat. Rokhsan – Get The Get (Mia Dora Remix)
Root’s Manuva’s fifth album for Big Dada, ‘4everevolution’ is out now on Big Dada.
6. Emika – Come Catch Me
Taken from Emika’s eponymously titled debut album.

Release date: Mar 8, 2012