It's Friday, so time for a musical-themed blog to help set you up for the weekend. Today I'm going to give you a list of some great tracks you might not have heard. Hopefully you'll enjoy them.
First up is Some Misunderstanding by Soulsavers. An epic track which lasts nearly eight minutes, it is full of sumptuous guitars and a laconic vocal. Simply beautiful.
Colourful Life by Cajun Dance Party is a bouncy, joyous track from the very first chord. It's bound to lift your spirits.
Next up is Keep Walking by Emily Maguire. A celebration of persistence and an anthem to those who want to follow their dreams.
Raphael Saadiq may be the coolest guy on the planet. Sure Hope You Mean It epitomises his sixties sound and would not have been out of place at the Wigan Casino soul dance marathons.
No Time by The Heavy is a fusion of traditional rock and soul, driven by a fierce guitar and raw, grating vocal.
To Ohio is a folky blues by The Low Anthem. It shows that you don't need lavish production if you have a great melody and delightful harmonies.
The Island by Scotland's own Phantom Band is another epic. It has an almost hypnotic, meditative quality.
There's a lot of fantastic folk-related music around at the moment and Northern Skies by I Am Kloot is a stand-out track.
The Jim Jones Revue owe their sound to the great rock 'n' roll of the fifties. On High Horse they sound like Jerry Lee Lewis went for a beer with The Ramones and they jammed in the bar. Brilliant.
The National are one of the top bands on the American indie scene. Bloodbuzz Ohio is one of the best tracks on their recent album.
So that completes my Hidden Gems playlist. I hope you find something new to delight you in this collection. You can check the songs out on Spotify, just click the link. I hope you have a great weekend.