June 2008 Groovee Playlist™

11:47 pm PHT

Yay! Here’s the fifth installment of my irregular Groovee Playlist™ series (see the previous one). As before, I’ll link to the Wikipedia article about the song (if it exists) as “[W]”, and to the YouTube search (or official music video) for the song as “[U]” so that you can sample the song and see if you like it as well.

  • “Highway” by Kitchie Nadal. [U] It’s been quite a while since Kitchie released her self-titled debut album (which I talked about before), so her sophomore album is a welcome addition to the local music scene. The first single “Highway” is a great song (and loved to pieces by Ganns Deen) but got too much airtime by Caltex which got it as a promotional song. Sigh.

  • “Tattoo” by Jordin Sparks. [W] [U] I featured “No Air,” Jordin Sparks’ duet with Chris Brown, in the last Playlist and I wonder how I missed “Tattoo,” her debut single. (Note: Jordin Sparks is the 2006 American Idol.) I like this song’s down-to-earth feeling much better than “No Air.”

  • “New Soul” by Yael Naim. [W] [U] Well, Steve Jobs certainly knows marketing: this light and cheery MacBook Air commercial theme song is great!  :D

  • “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park. [W] [U] Wow. Linkin Park is on a roll here; “Shadow of the Day” is their third single from their latest album and I have now featured all three singles here: “What I’ve Done” in the August 2007 Playlist and “Bleed It Out in the October 2007 Playlist. Third time’s the charm and I will definitely say that this is the best of the three singles so far. In fact, I think this song has usurped “In the End” as my all-time favorite Linkin Park song! Here’s a bonus: if you like trance music then you should definitely hear the Blake Jarrell remix featured in Episode 338 of Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. It’s one of the most wicked trance remixes I’ve ever listened to!

  • “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. [W] [U] This is the first single of Leona Lewis, the winner of The X Factor a UK singing contest and it’s a mighty and impressive ballad. Of the club remixes, I prefer Moto Blanco ones the most.

  • “Always Be My Baby” by David Cook. [U] What can I say? This is my all-time favorite Mariah Carey song (something I was still deciding on in 2005 and somewhat finalized in 2007) and Mr. American Idol #7 did an absolutely amazing pop-rock cover of it. I was not rooting for either of the two Davids during the finals but I have to admit that Mr. Cook is a much more versatile singer.

  • “Neve” by Steve Anderson. [U] First heard on Episode 335 of Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. (Lately I’m getting a lot of great tunes from Armin’s show. “Neve” and the “Shadow of the Day” remix above are just the first of many. Hehehe.)

  • “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles. [W] [U] Great pop song from a really pretty musician. The problem is, all these non-mainstream female singers are starting to sound alike! But don’t let that discourage you—the song’s a really enjoyable listen.

  • “Go On Girl” by Ne-Yo. [W] [U] I’ve already featured three of Ne-Yo’s singles before in this blog and “Go On Girl” is the latest addition. I really don’t see how a parade of sexy and beautiful girls in the music video has anything to do with the song but, hey, we’re here for the music and Ne-Yo’s song’s just fine and dandy.

  • “Say” by John Mayer. [W] [U] While the chorus is quite repetitive ("say what you need to say” 8x), the song is a nice understated tune to listen to and quite characteristic of John Mayer’s great style.

  • “With You” by Chris Brown. [W] [U] This is the first song of Chris Brown’s that I’ve liked (his duet with Jordin Sparks does not count) and I actually also like his latest single, but that’ll be for the next Playlist. If you’re following me on Plurk, then you already know what that is.  ;-)

As always, reactions on the selected songs as well as other music recommendations in the comments are very much welcome. Let’s all enjoy music!

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