Today’s Top Tune delivers a clutch of singles this week, starting with New Zealand native Marlon Williams, who reunites with his ex-girlfriend for a powerful duet. We’ll share a mysterious track from electronic artist Chloé. Lawrence Rothman shares his alter-egos. Nicole Atkins finds a new musical path and we’ll introduce soul singer Davie to the mix.
Monday, January 1
New Zealand’s Marlon Williams has an otherworldly instrument in his distinctive voice, a vibrato that has been compared to Roy Orbison. The duet “Nobody Get’s What They Want” is among the many heartfelt songs he wrote after his break up with musician Aldous (Hannah) Harding who is featured on the song.
Tuesday, Jan 2
Pioneering electronic DJ/ artist Chloé has spent 20 years on the music scene. Albums are scarce for this artist, preferring to wait until creativity truly hits. But it’s worth the wait! Her captivating album is adrift in mystery as we turn to the undulating song “Recall.”
Wednesday, Jan 3
Lawrence Rothman embodies a number of diverse, gender-bending alter egos on his new album The Book of Law. We love them all but are partial to “Wolves Still Cry.”
Thursday, Jan 4
A month long stint in rehab provided Nicole Atkins with a new career phase. While there, she met a hip-hop music producer who told her to stop messing around with indie-rock cause she was a soul singer. Atkins ended up recording an album’s worth of songs inspired by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, and Loretta Lynn. Check out “Darkness Falls.”
Friday, Jan 5
Davie’s formative years were spent singing at church where he developed his love for Gospel. He later moved to the stage, backing the likes of Cee Lo Green and Childish Gambino. He’s gifted at connecting the listener to the raw emotion and simplicity of Gospel and Soul. “Testify” is driven by handclaps, a bouncy bass line, and pure joy.