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Music Discovery: July 2016

When it comes to bright, sunny songs for your summer soundtrack, we’ve got you covered. Nothing resonates with listeners more than a classic hit being re-imagined into a new favorite. In the past few months, there have been some great covers released by artists like Panama Wedding, Campsite Dream, Filous and Betty Who. You can check them out as well as many other new releases (both covers and originals), selected by our Music Supervisors, using the Brand Radio player below. Discover new favorites, sing along and get nostalgic!

 

Artists: Panama Wedding & Great Good Fine OK

Twitter: @PanamaWedding, @GreatGoodFineOk

Track: Easy Lover

This is a fun, cheerful cover of the 80’s smash by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey. It was released with perfect timing, given the fact that the Genesis legend recently announced he’ll be coming out of retirement and hitting the studio!

 

Artist: Campsite Dream

Twitter: @CampsiteDream

Track: Try Again

Tropical house duo Campsite Dream have released a steady stream of sun-drenched covers over the past year including versions of 90’s hits “Crush” by Jennifer Paige, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer and “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry. For this track, they rework the 2001 track “Try Again” by the late R&B darling Aaliyah.

 

Artist: Betty Who

Twitter: @BettyWho

Track: I Love You Always Forever

Australian pop diva Betty Who has reworked Donna Lewis’ 1996 hit single into a sparkling, dreamy pop gem. In an article with Spin magazine, she explains her love for the track and about the connection people often feel with cover songs: “It’s one of those songs that you don’t know, and when you hear it, you go, ‘Ah, I know this song.’ I think those are the best ones to cover because it still feels fresh and it still feels new but there’s such a deep familiarity about it that you can’t get.”

 

Artists: Filous featuring LissA

Twitter: @filous, @LissA_offical

Track: Feel Good Inc

Eighteen year old producer Filous pairs up with German vocalist LissA to deliver a smooth, laid-back version of the alt hip-hop track “Feel Good Inc” by British virtual band Gorillaz. This track will not only make you a fan of Filous, but will get you excited to for the upcoming Gorillaz album to be released next year!

Nicole Maroutsos

About Nicole Maroutsos

Hello, my name is Nicole Maroutsos and I am a music supervisor at PlayNetwork. I have been in the industry since 2004.

Curiosity is probably what got me into the music business; I’ve always been very open-minded to art and culture. My first radio job out of college wasn’t music related, but the program director of the station instantly recognized my passion for music and ability to identify what songs would become hits. This led me to assisting with the music programming and launching me into a career in music. My background is very diverse: from traditional radio to web radio; for a small independent music platform and for a major, mainstream music platform; with tiny mom-and-pop retailers and with globally known brands.

At PlayNetwork I spend hours researching music, seeking out new tracks that reflect a certain brand client’s image, learning about my clients and what makes their customers unique in order for their music to enhance their brand. I feel lucky that I get to work in music, while at the same time learning about other industries. It seems I am learning something new every day, which keeps my job exciting.

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