12 Songs You Should Be Spinning – September 2014 Edition


Let’s keep it short and sweet – this post features 12 songs you should be spinning right now! As always, there’s a little bit of everything and something for everybody: naughtiness, brutal honesty, exceptional musicianship, etc. So no more need for rambling, here’s 12 Songs you should be spinning!

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” 

Hozier © Columbia

If you think for a minute that “Take Me To Church” is truly about ‘Amens’ or ‘Hail Marys,’ well you’d be mistaken. The deeper message of Irish singer/songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” has been well documented, making a statement about the state of LGBT rights in Russia, but in the simplest sense, it’s about sex.

“Take me to church / I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your light,” Hozier sings on the refrain, “I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife / offer me that deathless death / Good God, let me give you my life.” It’s not far-fetched by any means – haven’t rappers managed to refer to ‘church’ as a metaphor for secular things, such as the strip club?

2) Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, “PRETZELBODYLOGIC”

Prince/3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM © Warner Bros

Prince is back y’all! Even if ‘The Purple One’ is older and isn’t the same naughty sex-driven icon he was back during his heyday, he’s still able to be naughty in a tasteful way. Regardless, Prince sounds reinvigorated on this rocking jam.

3) Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Nicki Minaj, Anaconda © Cash Money

Yep it’s nasty, raunchy, and unapologetic, but Nicki Minaj wouldn’t have it any other way. Where “Pills N Potions” just dented the charts, “Anaconda” came full-force, rising all the way to #2 behind Taylor Swift’s pop turn, “Shake It Off.”

4) Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Taylor Swift, 1989 © Big Machine

To say that this guy hasn’t had plenty of criticism for Taylor Swift would be a blatant lie. That said, “Shake It Off” is as irresistibly catchy as anything else Swift has released. No, nobody’s calling her the most prodigious vocalist, but Swift does whatever she ends up doing well and sells exceptionally well. Can’t knock the hustle.

5) Jeezy, “Me OK”

Jeezy , Seen It All © Def Jam

Honesty is the best policy and Jeezy never seems to lie. On “Me OK” he keeps things as real as ever. Actually throughout latest album Seen It All he’s as blunt as albeit. “Me OK” ends up being one of the shining, crowning achievements of Seen It All. Oh and Drumma Boy’s production – malicious, edgy, and superb.

6) Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett, “Small Town Throwdown”

Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am © VALORY

Well, basically this song is one big party – a throwdown! “It’s a small town throwdown / it’s time to tallboy up, let them tailgates down.” Call this the countrified version of going to the club, getting wasted, etc. The effect is the same.

7) Jeremih featuring YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”

Jeremih, Don't Tell 'Em © Def Jam

Jeremih always manages to come up with a hit. This time it’s not “Birthday Sex” or “Down On Me” – it’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” That said, it’s as sexual as the others: “Rhythm is a dancer, I need a companion / girl I guess that must be you / Body like the summer, f*cking like no other / don’t you tell ‘em what we do.”

 

8) Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”

Ariana Grande, My Everything © Republic

Three extremely talented female artists come together – is there really any need to say anything else. Yes, Ariana Grande and Jessie J shine the most here – no shade Ms. “Anaconda.”

9) Al Jarreau featuring Gerald Albright, “My Old Friend”

Al Jarreau, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke © ConcordWho’s still got it at 74 years young – Al Jarreau folks! “My Old Friend” is musicianship at it’s best. What a fitting tribute to the late, great George Duke. That goes from Albright’s end of things to (saxophone).

And how about a throwback too?

10) Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll”

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

Yeah, yeah, the whole ‘bro country’ movement is over the top, but you’ve got to give it to Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll” is catchy and effective. Go on, “Ready set let’s roll / ready set let’s ride / get your little fine ass on the step / shimmy up inside…” Yep, that’s very ‘bro’ alright!

11) Usher featuring Nicki Minaj, “She Came To Give It to You”

Usher, She Came To Give It To You © RCA

“She Came To Give It To You” is a nice follow-up to “Good Kisser,” even if neither single is exactly lighting the charts on fire. Vocally, Usher sounds top-rate if nothing else. And as for Nicki Minaj, well she’s herself. LOL!

12) Nick & Knight, “One More Time”

Nick & Knight © BMGA boy band track on this list – it’s shocking, definitely shocking! That said, the entire Nick & Knight album (Jordan Knight and Nick Carter) is much better than expected. Don’t call the collaboration the second coming, but it definitely works. “One More Time” serves as one of the better moments.

Photo Credits: © Instagram / nickandknight, © Columbia, © Warner Bros, © Cash Money, © Big Machine, © Def Jam, © Republic, © Concord,  © Columbia Nashville,  © RCA

 

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