In need of some musical moral support? Emmi shares with us her top 10 tracks to “help you get through”.
With big voice influencers from Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys to Kate Bush, new girl on the pop block Emmi has the strong habitual likening of a bold chorus, a catchy melody and a powerful voice to match. Her new single “My Kind of Swag” mixes up voluptuous R’n’B with a pinch of urban soul and a voice that you won’t be able to get enough of. To celebrate her self-release debut, Emmi has compiled a playlist of her top songs to get you through any rainy day, exclusively for Wonderland.
“Details in the Fabric” – Jason Mraz
This tune has seen me through a fair few rough moments. Jason Mraz is the firm and loving voice of reason you need every now and then, who isn’t afraid to tell you to get up, get dressed and stop moping. “If it’s a broken part replace it. If it’s a broken arm then brace it. If it’s a broken heart then face it.”
“Don’t Give Up” – Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel embracing on a bridge. Need I say more. If you need some hope and warm fuzzy feelings, look no further. (It’s worth mentioning Pink and John Legend also did a cover of this that is incredibly moving.)
“Twin Rocks Oregon” – Shawn Mullins
It’s all about Shawn’s speaking voice. If ever I want to escape life a little, I pop him in my ears and just let him tell me a story. That’s what he does best. This one is about him and a stranger sitting on a rock, sharing a drink and watching the sun go down before they go their separate ways. By the end of the song you’re breathing slower.
“So Sorry” – Feist
You know when you’ve screwed up really bad with someone you love and you feel like you don’t know how to fix it? Feist doesn’t know either. But she talks it out so perfectly in this song you don’t feel so bad about it or alone anymore. I love this woman. Real talk. “And the only thing I know is that the answer isn’t for our eyes.”
“Burn” – Usher
I had a dance teacher that would play this during stretch class as some sort of sick joke. I always think of that class when I hear this. “Gotta let it burn” But more to the point, it’s an absolute tune!
“Ordinary People” – John Legend
This chorus gives me patience with myself. Because in the end we are all only human, figuring it out as we go along. “We don’t know which way to go.” And if John Legend tells you to “Take it slow…. ohhhh…” you do.
“Ain’t Got No” – Nina Simone
If ever I feel like things are getting too heavy, I listen to this. I don’t think there is a message more clear than this one. “And what have I got? I got life”.
“Titanium” – David Guetta feat. Sia
Her voice. That chorus. I’m struggling to think of a more empowering moment in music than that! (I’m a huge Sia fan)
“We Are Young” – FUN ft Janelle Monae
I first heard this in a car in LA after a particularly good meeting and I will always associate this song with the memory of feeling like things were finally turning around for the better. It’s the ultimate feel good chorus.
“God Only Knows” – Beach Boys
I can’t really explain it. Maybe it’s the memory of the summer I discovered the Beach Boys as a kid and listened to nothing else. Maybe it’s that beautiful last scene in ‘Love Actually’. Maybe it’s just one of the best songs ever written. Whatever it is, it feels me with all kinds of good feeling.
Words: Hannah Sargeant