T’S been a week filled with sadness and heavy hearts as one of Africa’s, and the world’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela, passed away at the age of 95.

With this historical event in mind, it seems only fitting that I kick off this week’s #MusicMonday with the following fantastic track by a little band you may have head of before – U2.

Rest in peace, “Madiba”.

1. “Ordinary Love” – U2


Hot on the heels of the announcement that we’ll have a new album from the legendary Irish rockers in our hands in April next year, U2 have released a tribute song to the late, great, Nelson Mandela in “Ordinary Love”.

The track appears on the soundtrack to the Harvey Weinstein produced movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.

“The band saw consultant did various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honouring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years,” said Weinstein.

2. “Distraction (Jaymes Young Mix)” – Phaeleh


The ultra silky smooth vocals of LA artist Jaymes Young get their third appearance on #MusicMonday in 2013 with this version of Phaeleh’s “Distraction”.

3. “The Other One” – JP Maurice


A hat tip to the lovely @msHG for giving me the heads up on this sweet track from Vancouver local JP Maurice.

If nothing else, JP wins this week’s “film clip that looked the most fun to shoot” award!

4. “Thunder Clatter” – Wild Cub


Props to @michd10 for dropping this gem in my lap earlier in the week.

Nashville quartet Wild Cub have dished up a catchy, summery, number here in “Thunder Clatter”. Check it out.

5. “Snap Out Of It” – Arctic Monkeys


Officially one of my favourite acts of 2014, the Arctic Monkeys have a near complete album in “AM” and I’m stoked to have landed some pretty sweet tickets for their upcoming tour through Brisbane in May 2014!