As follow-up to 2016’s HotSpotify 366 challenge, for which I added one special song each day to a Spotify playlist, I created Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2017 in Spotify. A memorable song each day. A retrospective on the past 10 days.
Sunday 11 June: The Sound of Arrows – Beautiful Life (chillout remix)
Yesterday I hit my 47th year on Earth. Today, It’s a Beautiful Life, although I’m still about to find out which 90’s song is the foundation for the new single by the Swedish band The Sound of Arrows.
Monday 12 June: Ionnalee – Not Human
Tuesday 13 June: Mutemath – Hit Parade
Wednesday 14 June: Bentley Jones & Color Theory – Vortex
Brian Hazard aka synth pop / piano pop act Color Theory was pushing his collaborations the last weeks. This one, Vortex (Stay Close to Me) is one of the finest tracks on the dark synth pop album Unraveling by Bentley Jones. Hazard and Jones sing this duet love song.
Thursday 15 June: 65dBA – Purify
This week’s #throwbackthursday is dedicated to 65dBA. Shaz Sparks can still be heard on EDM tracks all over Spotify after the 90’s dance acts 65dBA and DBA. Producer / Remixer / Artist / Filmscorer Robbie Bronnimann is collaborating with Howard Jones these days. Taken from their 1994 album Shout, here’s Purify.
Friday 16 June: Younotus featuring Stefany June – Serenity
Searching for Serenity featuring Armin van Buuren & piano virtuoso Jan Vayne, I stumbled on a song with the same name by Berlin-based Younotus featuring Stefany June. Stefany is a German singer, who studied at Artez Conservatory in Enschede, Netherlands. She has her own band, and a self-titled album (2014) out. Apparently, she’s not afraid to take a side step as well. This is the dance remix to the 2017 track Serenity.
Saturday 17 June: Armin van Buuren & Jan Vayne – Serenity
Here’s the original Serenity, taken from the 2017 compilation album The Best of Armin Only.
Sunday 18 June: Owl City – Not All Heroes Wear Caps
Monday 19 June: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Isotype
OMD is still alive. Isotype is the lead single from their upcoming The Punishment of Luxury album, out on 1 September 2017.
Tuesday 20 June: Susanne Sundfør – Undercover
An acoustic adventure with Susanne Sundfør taken from her new album Music for People in Trouble, out on 25 August 2017.