It's February, which means we're at the mid-winter point here in the Northern Hemisphere. Mid-winter is the most sluggish, gloomy, and (one might even say) hopeless months of the year. My solution to this is to listening to some languid yet warm songs.
Here's a handful of artists I'm listening to right now:
Francesca, "Never Learned"
Francesca (Loeber) is a Brooklyn-based up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter from New Jersey. There isn't much else out there on her, as far as I can tell, but I'll definitely be keeping an ear out. You can listen to her debut EP "Sanity" here.
Camera Obscura, "This Is Love (Feels Alright)"
Classic '70s-tinged warm-afternoon-sunshine kind of song. But you know it's cold, cold, cold out there.
Robin Thicke, "Forever Love"
I feel like it's kind of taboo to speak of Robin Thicke's musical career like it is to speak of Chris Brown's, but there's no doubt both men are talented. This song's not exactly uplifting, but it suits that February feeling so well.
Usher, "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
Usher's 21st Century take on this Nina Simone song brings an interesting perspective to the song's lyrics. Though this song was released just last year as part of a Nina Simone tribute compilation, it brings me right back to the sound of the late '90s-early '00s R&B-pop sound.