Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/23 -3/29): Daniel Norgren, GRiZ

Daniel Norgren – “Let Love Run The Game” – (soul/blues rock)

Waiting to be heard today was this little gem of a song by Daniel Norgren. I knew I had to feature it the moment it started playing. At first it sounds like something that came straight out of Fats Domino’s repertoire, but soon transforms into this anthemic, soulful, and bluesy rock tune. The song sounds like it was recorded live in the same room as you pretty much feel like you’re there with them, which gives off that very ’50s recording sound.  The lyrics are simple and find a place in your head after your first listen. The music video, which is a collection of videos taken by the band during various tours and gigs, solidifies the tune’s sentimentality. It’s a real feel-good song that’ll hopefully get you ready for another week of hittin’ the books. Take a listen!

GRiZ (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – “Find My Own Way” – (dance /rap)

This next song is yet another feel-good track coming from DJ and saxophonist GRiZ. Having not released an album in three years now, I’m sure this single has been long overdue. It showcases Wiz Khalifa rapping through the verses about staying strong when people put you down, shutting out negativity, and all that other good stuff.  The tune is incredibly infectious with its larger than life horn section and full choir belting the chorus which, like the last song, gets stuck in your head so easily.  To me it seems like a throwback to other early 2000s feel-good songs with really cheesy music videos. But whatever the context or inspiration, it’s an absolute bop so check it out!