Music To Our Ears: James Bay, Mumford and Sons and Years & Years

It’s October. Back to school for some of you…sorry the vacation is officially over. I hope you had an amazing summer. I hope it was filled with lots of laughter and love. Now it’s time to get back into full swing. I love the fall. It’s one of my favourite times of the year. I wish our winters in Canada were more like fall and we could skip the whole ice cold part of the year. Look at me talking about the weather…so boring. When the only thing that matters right now is the music. Thanks for sending me your artist(s) of the month choices. It’s nice to discover new music together. Below are a few suggestions that were sent to me by you. Artists that I feel are worthy of getting us into full gear as we approach a new season and a new moon.

James BayChaos and the Calm 

His voice, I seriously can’t deal; it’s perfection. It’s like a smooth shot of whiskey. I couldn’t stop playing “Hold Back The River” over and over again. I rarely like a record from front to back, but Chaos and the Calm really resonated with me. I have added it to the soundtrack of my life. Bay will inspire you to get out your old soul records and get back to the heart of why you love music in the first place. If you ever want fall back in love with the art, soul and magic of music, spend an evening listening to Bay. Trust me, when I tell you the soul in his voice will make you want to fall in love again. Who wouldn’t want that?! Love is music.

Notable Songs: Let It Go, Hold Back The River, Scars & If You Ever Want To Be In Love


James Bay Chaos and the Calm


Mumford and SonsWilder Mind

If you are a true Mumford and Sons fan, not just one of those people who liked one song. You will notice that this record is a lot edgier and slightly electro rock. It still maintains some the sonic elements we have grown to know and love about M & S, but it’s a new and progressive direction. By progress I mean, say goodbye to the stomping kick drum and banjo because they have been shelved on this record to make way for synths, electric guitars and drum machines.  A direction that makes songs like Believe so good.  This record shows the different music dimensions M & S are capable of and I am glad they are demonstrating that an artist doesn’t have to be linear. This is the record you will hear in the background during my work days.

Notable Songs: Believe, Ditmas, The Wolf,  & Only Love ( I die for this song!)


Mumford and Sons Wilder Mind



Years & YearsCommunion 

There must be something good in the water because Years & Years is another London (native Australia) based act that we can’t seem to get enough of. Y & Y is an electro pop trio that does good job mixing deep house beats and RnB. They kind of remind me of a 1990s boy band. It seems no one can let go of that time because it’s not only making an appearance on the runways but also in current popular music. There’s nothing wrong with making the old new again. My favourite running song in the morning is Shine. I also feel like hitting an old school house party when I listen to this record. Their album also has a little drum and bass element to it which I think is the next wave in popular music.

Notable Songs: Shine, Eyes Shut, King & Take Shelter


Years & Years Communion






If you have any artist(s) you would like to recommend please send us a note.

Peace, Love & Music Y’all.


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