So I need your help, oh interweb denizens. I need new music - specifically upbeat and happy music.
Trawling through my iTunes this morning I realised (not for the first time) that my musical tastes are overrepresented by indie- and down-beat rock, indie folk, rock- and country-blues, trip-hop, downtempo electronica, shoegaze, etc. There's also a fair amount of punk, post-punk, alt hip hop, hardcore techno, d&b, etc, which is generally more uptempo but not necessarily upbeat, if you get what I mean. Although, as the immortal Johnny Lydon said, 'anger is an energy' I just don't have that much to be angry about at the moment (should start watching the news again I guess.. that'd do it).
Not to say I don't love all that music any more, I really do. So many of those tracks make me incredibly happy and give me chills - even after years of hearing them. But so often the feelings are coupled with melancholy. I need to listen to something that uplifts me right now, I'm too easily affected by the mood of the music I hear - and I need to keep my mood positive. By any means necessary.
I usually reach for the reggae, ska and dub if I want to be happy (I'm a Kiwi - Saint Bob has his birthday on our national day) but lately, it pains me to say, I've not been feeling the one love. Although the holy trinity of the Upsetter, Stepping Razor, and his Bobness do grace my playlist with more than one track.
I'm an eclectic consumer of music: pretty much the only genres I'm not up for are opera, commercial r&b, twangy country, and death metal. Of all those I think r&b is the most difficult to listen to (although Autotune the News is genius). And I tend to need fairly regular infusions of new sounds - usually I get these from the radio (the j's and the feds have been good to me in Sydney) but I'm keen to hear what I might be missing from elsewhere.
So if anyone has any suggestions - please, have your say.
Sorry about the link fiesta.