What’s New & Hot in Music?… Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

Genre: Soul / Gospel
Origin: Brooklyn > New York > US
Websitefacebook.com/NaomiSheltonandtheGospelQueens

Cold World - Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens (US release: 29 JUL 2014)

Cold World – Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens (US release: 29 JUL 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Got a Girl

Genre: French pop / Alternative / Electro-pop
Origin: Los Angeles > California > US
Website: got-a-girl.com

I Love You but I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now - Got a Girl (US release: 22 JUL 2014)

I Love You but I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now – Got a Girl (US release: 22 JUL 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Trampled by Turtles

Genre: Folk rock / Bluegrass / Alternative country
Origin: Duluth > Minnesota > US
Website: trampledbyturtles.com

Wild Animals - Trampled by Turtles (US release: 15 JUL 2014)

Wild Animals – Trampled by Turtles (US release: 15 JUL 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Leela James

Genre: Soul / R&B / Singer-songwriter
Origin: Los Angeles > California > US
Websiteleelajames.com

Fall for You - Leela James (US release: 08 JUL 2014)

Fall for You – Leela James (US release: 08 JUL 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Jonah Tolchin

Genre: Folk / Blues / Country
Origin: Princeton > New Jersey > US
Websitejonahtolchin.com

Clover Lane - Jonah Tolchin (US release: 01 JUL 2014)

Clover Lane – Jonah Tolchin (US release: 01 JUL 2014)

Liner Notes: A Wintery Mix 2014

This annual compilation is in its 11th year, and it represents my favorite tracks from the year just passed. I trust you’ll not only find tracks you like, but also artists you might not otherwise hear. I encourage you to check out their other work…this sampling is just the tip of the iceberg.

I always dedicate this compilation to someone who’s made a major mark on my life in the past year. This year it’s dedicated to my mother, who turned 80 this year. She’s always made an indelible mark on my life, but she’s also the person responsible for introducing me to music as a toddler, and for encouraging me to play music in school. Thank you, Mom!

I hope you enjoy this year’s collection. And please leave your feedback in the comments below. Thanks, as always, for your support. Happy New Year… and best wishes for 2015! xo, jr

A WINTERY MIX 2014

  1. Smalltown Boy (2014 Reprise) – Jimmy Somerville
  2. Heart is a Drum – Beck
  3. Let it Go – Levi Kreis
  4. Serpents – Grieves

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  1. Every Little Thing – Röyksopp & Robyn
  2. Holding on for Life – Broken Bells
  3. Unmissable – Gorgon City featuring Zak Abel
  4. Uptight Downtown – La Roux

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  1. Stranger to my Happiness – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  2. Old Me Better – Keb’ Mo’
  3. Nobody but You – Mary J. Blige
  4. Separate Ways – The Well

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  1. Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
  2. Endorphins Sub Focus featuring Alex Clare
  3. I’m not Coming Down (Tony Moran Radio Mix) - Martha Wash
  4. I Believe - Bright Light Bright Light

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What’s New & Hot in Music?… GusGus

Genre: Techno / Soul / Electronica
Origin: Reykjavík > Iceland
Websitegusgus.com

Mexico - GusGus (US release 23 JUN 2014)

Mexico – GusGus (US release 23 JUN 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Big Freedia

Genre: Bounce rap
Origin: New Orleans > Louisiana > US
Websitebigfreedia.com

Just be Free - Big Freedia (US release: 17 JUN 2014)

Just be Free – Big Freedia (US release: 17 JUN 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Quantic

Genre: Soul / Latin / Funk
Origin: Bewdley > England > UK
Website: quantic.org

Magnetica - Quantic (US release: 10 JUN 2014)

Magnetica – Quantic (US release: 10 JUN 2014)

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Passenger

Genre: Folk / Roots / Acoustic
Origin: Brighton > England > UK
Websitepassengermusic.com

Whispers - Passenger (US release: 10 JUN 2014)

Whispers – Passenger (US release: 10 JUN 2014)