Tuesday 25 October 2016

Loah's top five songs of 2015

Part three of our seven-part series featuring the best music moments of the year

Sasha Brady

Published 30/12/2015 | 11:44

Loah in a still from her music video The Bailey.
Loah in a still from her music video The Bailey.
Loah. Photo: Eve North Photography

Singer Loah shares her top five songs of 2015.

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2015 was a busy year for Dublin-based soul singer Loah as she toured Ireland, the UK and France with her West African-influenced brand of jazz, funk, 'artsoul 'and gospel-pop. The gifted songwriter, who previously worked with Kila and Hozier (she co-wrote his hit Somewhere New), put her lyrical talents to her own name and released her debut EP earlier in the year.

The hard-working musician has already finished her second EP which she'll release through Irish label Ensemble Music in January - but before she injects 2016 with more lightning-bolt brilliance we've asked her to look back on 2015 and share her favourite songs of the year.

Hiatus Kaiyote - Breathing Underwater

Gorgeous, futuristic soul from their debut album taking inspiration from Stevie Wonder and Ali Farka Touré. The Australian band claimed the likes of Prince and Pharrell after just one EP release two years ago. I adore their seemingly effortless ability to fuse all their influences and create an entirely new sound rooted in soul music, and Nai Palm is a thoroughly captivating, genuine front woman both on and off stage.

Bitch Falcon - TMJ

A raw slice of intensity from my favourite Dublin grunge band whose music needs little introduction and lots of moshing. One of the highlights of my year was guesting for this song at their Electric Picnic show.

Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta

On his album To Pimp a Butterfly Lamar defied many expectations - made conscious, community-affirming rap with an uplifting message, incredible music driving it and gained massive commercial success. He enlisted the talents of renowned bass player Thundercat among others and nowhere is this funk-sample driven, powerful production more evident.

Björk - Black Lake

Björk called Vulnicura her first ever 'singer-songwriter breakup' album. Black Lake, the standout 10 minute track on the record embodies this in her inimitable form - sweeping, cataclysmic strings, urgent, tectonic beats and her primal voice soaring over it all. Deeply moving stuff.

Meltybrains? - The Vine

My feelgood track of the year. The Meltylads take you to the Caribbean and back with this ridiculously sunny track and you'll be doing its title dance move for years to come.

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