Sunday, 30 October 2011

Introducing - Phlo Finister @phlofinister


I should try and enforce some sort of drum roll effect whenever I post these, theres no build up.
*Imaginary drum roll*....Introducing probably one of the most stylish artists I've ever featured on my blog (we she is a model/stylist) Phlo Finister. The Oakland California native now LA resident reminds me of Natalia Kills but without the whole, you know, scary-I-want-to-murder-you aspect.
I came across the singer/songwriter who is managed by the same people who manage Off Future, early last week and did some digging but the only real bit of music I could find was the track below and beautifully shot video in London to go with it and also a track she did with Peaches Geldolf! Yeah Peaches Geldolf. Random.
Though she does have an album, its called Silver Hill so I'll definitely be giving that a spin or two. It's hard to pin point what I like about Phlo really. She seems kinda like a musical misfit, drifting into different sounds and exploring what the musical world has to offer. Shes interesting. 



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Saturday, 29 October 2011

NEW! Azari & III - Reckless (With Your Love)



Oh I've got a lovely bit of trip-funk for you right here. Is that even a genre? Trip-funk? When I think this sounds like trip-funk it must be. Below Azari & III drop a refreshing, edgy, dancing-in-a-gay-bar-to-scissor-sisters-very-drunk esk tune called Reckless With Your Love.

Theres so many tracks like this that I ethier love the instrumental or the vocal but this tune has it all. And I lied a bit, it isn't quite 'New'...it was actually released in 2009. But it's too good of a track just to walk by and not blog! Had to be done :)

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Friday, 28 October 2011

REMIX! Wretch 32 Ft Etta Bond - Forgiveness (Todd Edwards Remix)



I got played this the other day I knew immediately I was going to blog it.

It's got such a chilled 90s vibe to it. Sexy.

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NEW! Encore - Hands High/Road Trip



Oh Encore. Remember the days where I was blogging about you and saying things like '2011 is a big year for them' 'they're amazingly infectious' and boasting how 'these guys are on point'. Remember? Ahhh. My thoughts have changed. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a fan but I don't know whats happened, you've seem to have lost your spark.

*sigh*. Yesterday the trio released half of their mixtape 'Bread And Butter' on youtube and these are my 'picks' from what I've heard so far. The tracks are OK. I'm liking the hip-hop vibe in these tracks. 


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

British Talent! - Duke @dukemusicbox



FINALLY! I've been waiting for something new from London singer/songwriter Duke for agggggeeeesss now to be able to write about him under my British Talent category and finally its here. I can't quite remember how I came across Duke, probably another random Soundcloud find, I do remember how I felt when I found him them (I'm talking like his a lost child and I returned him home lol), I mean musically. I got a burning sensation in my stomach which is a hint of mass excitement. 

Right back to the music. Ok so it's only 1.30 minutes but its what I've got to work with so let the show continue. And even if it is only 1.30 how could you be disappointed by THIS. The so so soulfully rich tune is a testament to what this guy CAN DO! But also just a meer sneak peek into what is to come.
 
Come on Duke, release some more, you know you want to!

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NEW! Josh Kumra Ft Maiday - Call Off The Search

 
Wooza. This is....this is.....this is epic. It's so alluring. I was expecting Josh's debut to be good but not this good! I'm glad to hear something from Maiday finally (even if it is a TINY snippet) as I've been waiting to hear something from her for ages.

But yeah, this is so elegant. The bluesy vibe and I guess, effortlessly storytelling lyricism is something to be admired. Ah *melting*.

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NEW! Florence & The Machine - No Light, No Light



I don't know how Florence does it. All her songs sound the same but different. Weird. I thought after I rinsed out her first album I would be bored by now but I'm not, I'm more enquired.

This is supposedly the next single from the new album and its VERY strong! Extremely powerful and captivating, you cant help but get sucked in. Bring on the full album! 


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NEW! Cher Lloyd - With Ur Love @sbtvonline A64



This is just.........nice. Yes, nice.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

NEW! Russo Ft Scrufizzer - I'm Off



Don't you think Russo just sums up everything that is effortlessly cool in this world. I've never met her but she seems like she has such a cool air about him. Hmmm, who knows?

This is quite similar to Oh My's track dont you think? That isn't a bad thing but I think its quite similar. I like this though, its very much speaker smashing and the lyricism is VERY simple. Not every song has to be lyrically moving I guess. The best things about this track is Scrufizzer's verse and the instrumental. Not good as it is Russo's song. Hmm.

I'll wait to see what else she comes out with to make up my mind about red-haired Russo.

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NEW VIDEO! Oh My! Ft Scrufizzer - Dirty Dancer



I'm late but ah well. I blogged about the audio of this track a couple of days ago and here's the video!!!! Clearly. Who know Oh My! could dance eh? Wasn't expecting that but I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a great official debut. Very pop and I could see it doing well commercially but its not straying to far away from those grime remixes.

Great! And great video too.


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REMIX! Archeo - Mr General (Donaeo Remix)



Argh I LOVE this song!!! You remember Archeo right? I blogged about him in one of my British Talent posts when I was captivated by his unconvential, quirky and fresh approach to pop music. The original song wasn't really a raver's dream but with this remix by Donaeo I can definitely see myself throwing some shapes.

It makes me just wanna do the running man in yellow spandex. Austn Powers meets TEED.

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NEW VIDEO! Katy B - Movement



Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my girl, my girl. Well obviously she's not my girl cause I dont know her that well, if at all lol. But my girl in the sense as she keeps pumping out sicccccck music!

This is most definitely one of my favourite songs from her album. (I say that for every single dont I?) Seriously though, I LOVE this song. It's so groovy, chilled but I could, have and will get down to this on the dancefloor. Ok this video is preeeeetty boring but as usual, she looks beautiful and shows her real raver status.

Going to see her live again tonight for the third time, thats the sign of a great artist, someone you want to see again, again and again.

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Introducing - Luke James @whoisLukejames



Ohhhhh, guess what I just found! Another amazing, fairly unknown talent from across the pond in the form of soul/R&B, chills-down-your-spine singer Luke James from New Orleans. 


 He may be waiting in the wings at the minute (in the studio as he's signed to Mercury Records/Island Def Jam) but you've probably already heard some of his music in the form the songs his written for some people you maaaaay have heard of like Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and more. What really caught my attention about Luke, apart from his incredible voice and *cough* not bad to look at face...was his versatility. From what I've heard of him it's mainly only been soul/R&B but I fully reckon he could do a Jason Derulo and switch into commercial pop or an Usher and go back and forth from ladies-screaming tunes to dancefloor fillers.


He also recently supported another artist in my series of 'Introducing' posts....Stacy Barthe. Whatta amazing show that would have been! Cant wait to hear what his first single is gonna be....


Luke James - The Answer by whoislukejames

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REMIX! Beyonce Ft J Cole - Party



This song is definitely one of my favourite songs from Beyonce's album. It's so cool and slick but J Cole is kinda blah on this. Disappointment.


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Friday, 21 October 2011

NEW VIDEO! - Emeli Sande Ft Naughty Boy - Daddy @emelisande



Ohhhh shes done it again! I've already blogged about the audio of this track which you can read me gushing over right here but if you'd rather not see me spilling my guts about whatta fantastic tune this is, just press play and admire the beauty that is....Emeli Sande.

*Bows*


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NEW! Karmin - Crash Your Party

 
How long have we been waiting for this eh!??? Youtube sensation Karmin have been teasing us with their covers for agesssss and finally their have debuted their first single titled Crash Your Party.
 
The verdict? It's nice. A Strong debut. It's catchy, cheerful pop that any grandma would let their grand kids listen to. Risk taking? Ground breaking? No. But I'm sure these twos have more juicy treats in the works. Until then, I'll take pleasure in this. Love her rapping!


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NEW VIDEO! A.L - Tell Me @ALOfficial



I've been familiar with A.L for a while now but never really taken enough interest in her to take a good look into what shes up to but her most recent video via Link Up TV seems promising for great things to come.
 
Who said UK funky was dead eh? This is beautifully refreshing and just what you need to spice up those cold Autumn days. I'll keep looking out for A.L for much more to come.

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

British Talent! - Delusionists @Delusionists




Describing themselves as 'A Hip Hop group that won't shoot you' is a really good start in terms of getting fans. I like them already and I haven't even pressed play yet.......and then, I did press play and turned into teenager boy in Game with his mum's credit card.

It's been a long time  since a British rap group has crossed my ears and impressed me (well I say a long time...check out Asteroid Boys) but the Delusionists have definitely captured my attention. There very much this-is-me-except-it-and-I-don't-live-a-life-like-I'm-burning-money-everyday lyrics isn't only refreshing but also relieving. It's sooooooo good to hear rap that is real but doesn't depress. Don't get me wrong, it doesnt really uplift either but its just relatable and entertaining. I see potential.

My Picks: Nature's Way, The Evil and Game Of Soldiers - Check em out! :)


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NEW VIDEO! Jesse Boykins III - I Cant Stay @Jb3music



Over the pass few weeks Jesse Boykins has really grew on me. His mix of soul vocals and space like production really intrigues me and every time I listen to him my imagination wonders.

This is the latest tune titled I Cant Stay taken from his EP. What I love most about the song is how dreamy it is. I've been known to describe songs as having a haze (a cloud of misunderstanding that you can't find your way out of) and this song definitely has that but instead of a cloud, its a sea of stars.

Doesn't your heart just smile. Lol my cheesiness is extreme but hey, its my blog, my rules, cheese is always welcome :).

 

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NEW! Natalie May - MayDay EP



YEAH! You've heard Closer, you've heard Sexy Sexy and now Natalie May is ready to drop her full EP titled MayDay giving us a huge range of beautiful sounds from Dubstep, Soft Bass, R&B and Electionic.

My picks? Tell Me. I'm feeling the soft dubstep element which is not quite dancefloor worthy but instead, its like a per-dancefloor warm up. Vibes! Also take a listen to Sorry for a deeper insight into Natalie's vocals coupled with a lovely lullaby. Solid.

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NEW! Rax - The Wholemeal Freestyle @RaxOfficial

This is the latest video from British MC Rax titled The Wholemeal freestyle taken from his series of videos titled The Black Crook Project. When I listen to tracks like this I wish I could rap lol. It looks so emotional, relieving, powerful and moving. *grabs notepad -starts to write first rap - 'Writing my blog cause I love music....music...what rhymes with music...do?....this?'* Yeah I'll let that dream die.

But like I said, this is really quite powerful. Watch out for the next one.


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NEW! Oh My ft Scrufizzer - Dirty Dancer @OhMyOfficial @Scrufizzer



Ergh I'm so late. I was meaning to blog this a few days ago but didn't get a chance. Oh well, music is timeless so anywho, here is the first official single of cool, funky, Brit pop duo Oh My featuring Scrufizzer. (That's another thing I love about these two, they always bridge the gap between commercial pop and 'underground' genres).

I'm loving this. It's very early Lily Allen and has those blunt lyrics that don't over complaint things. Simple, stylish, pop. Lavely.

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NEW! 14th - Hide Yourself EP @14thSays

 
Remember when I blogged about the space-water, electronica party that was 14th back in mid September, WELL since then the duo have since gone on to have capture the attention of the whole scene with RWD snapping them up for an interview, The Guardian featuring their EP and blogs such as Pinboard all featuring their first music video for lead single Hide Yourself. Congrats! :D

Now the duo have released their EP titled Hide Yourself featuring tracks Chimes, Lights Off, of course lead single Hide Yourself and Millionaire.

The EP is stunning, its a heavy sinful mix of trance, dance, electronica and pop will have you having extraordinary mood swings as you switch from one story to another.

Love.


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NEW! Labrinth ft Tinie Tempah - Earthquake (Radio 1 Live Lounge)



I have to admit, initally I really wasn't a fan of this song and now; I really can't remember why I wasn't! It's such an epic tune.

 Gosh I wish it was out already so I could buy it!!!


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Sunday, 16 October 2011

NEW! Switch ft Andrea Martin - I Still Love You @AndreaMSongs



WOW. Whatta HEAVY mix! If you're not aware of Andrea Martin she is a songwriting genesis. She's written hits for the likes of SWV, Melanie Fiona, Leona Lewis and more. As well as capturing a nation with her lyrics, Andrea is able to do the same with her soulfully rich vocals.

Now Dance and Soul isn't always a great mix but here it definitely definitely works. There's something about the beat by producer Switch at the start that gets builds tension that carries itself through the whole track. It's one of those screw facing head bopping songs where you look at your friend and you're like 'this is a tunnnnnnnnne'. I love those moments lol.

Salute!

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British Talent! - Sarah Lillie @sarah_lillie



Ohhhh here's another chunky, meaty, sugar filled (meat and sugar? hm.) piece of British Talent for you. Gosh I spoil you, soon you'll become fat.

Here's my latest beautiful discovery, Kent singer Sarah Lillie. I heard her on an EP I got sent, did some digging to find some of her solo material and when I pressed play I was extremely pleased! The indie singer's voice is like a halo of purity and class, soooo tranquil and light.

The tracks I choose from her soundcloud below really sum up what I'm trying to describe. They sound like acoustics so imagine hearing her live with a full band behind her?! I see horns, percussion, drums and even a triangle for some extra twang. Ah, you'd melt. Love!

Run Away With Me by Sarah Lillie



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NEW! Wretch 32 ft Etta Bond - Forgiveness @sbtvonline

 
The thing I love most about this is the clarity. Not clarity in the sense of sound quality, clarity in the sense that you really hear, listen and pay attention to the metaphors Wretch 32 uses portraying the whole message of the song. This is deep stuff. Etta Bond always sounds great [Check her out in the next Live Mag ;)]!
 
Cant wait for the video.


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Saturday, 15 October 2011

NEW! Tidus - Welcome @3qtr



I found this song randomly on soundcloud today and I love it so much I wanna punch a wall. It's so hard, gritty, powerful. It's like a slap in a face. Gully!
 
This is the madness coming out of 3QTR right now.

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NEW! Buddy James ft Gilbere Forte & Young L - Weighting

 
Here Newbury, California singer Buddy James drops his fresh debut single titled Weighting.
The opening line of this song 'we can just float away' is exactly how I would describe this song. You press play and you can LITERALLY just flow away.
 
The easy going piano chorus is like sunshine in a bottle. I love it!

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Friday, 14 October 2011

British Talent! - Doug Sure




After discovering singer Doug of modern soul duo Jam Shiddies on youtube last month I've kept a watchful eye on the group who go by the name of Jam Shiddies and to my pleasant surprise, I was at an event and they performed! It was so out of the blue but from hearing Doug blast out his soulful, raspy tone through the microphone with guitarist Marcos backing him up, theres no doubt they are a musically gifted pair!

At the performance, to say the lest, Doug had the audience in the palm of his hand. With charisma, charm and a voice that you could listen to for days, it was like watching a snake charmer.Oh did I mention how lovely these guys are as well?


Humble and talented, perfect combo!
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NEW! Anthony Hamilton - WOO



CAN YOU BELIEVE that I had only heard of Anthony Hamilton this week!?! Have you heard of him?? Apparently he's a really popular artist in America but until my friend introduced me to his albums I was completely clueless. Deep.

But I've seen the light and I am fully intertwined and captivated by Hamilton's soulful, jazz influenced grooves. After not releasing an album for the pass couple of years he is back with a new single produced by Babyface titled WOO.

I'm loving it. I'm guessing Anthony is at a respectable age right now but this really shows his young, fun side (from what I've heard of him anyway). I'm very excited to hear more! *cheesy grin*


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Introducing - Audra The Rapper @AudraTheRapper


'Never been a sleeper, always been a dreamer'. DITTO!! Isn't the beautiful, complex, abstract world of our self-conscious such a magical place *thinks*. I believe so.

Ok so maybe my latest American discovery, MayBach Records signing (Yesss Rick Ross!) female rapper who goes by the name of Audra The Rapper, isn't quite rapping images of rainbows, lollipops and teddy bears that may exist in some peoples dreams in this song titled Beautiful Dreamer. But shes definitely giving the listener a nice view into her hopes, future ambitions and dreams of success.

With her steady flow and level-headed lyrics the New York City las seems to have lifted her thoughts right out of her head and display them to us in a manner that is relatable but also entertaining. Expect to be hearing big things from this New York girl very soon.....



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Thursday, 13 October 2011

NEW! Josh Osho - S.O.S (Acoustic) @joshoshomusic

 
OH Josh Osho you never fail to warm my heart. When's the album?
 
Make sure to check him out in the next Live Magazine! ;)


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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

NEW! Mateo - Say It's So (Acoustic) @mateoonline



Ohhhh, look what just surfaced on the tin-ternet, a new acoustic from upcoming American artist Mateo! If you're not familiar with Mateo, the song hes singing below is his debut single featuring Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats. Not bad for a first single ah?

Mateo was actually previously signed to MySpace records, I KNOW? Who knew they had a record label? But then parted ways with them *cough* I wonder why *cough* to join Krucial Noise which is an imprint with Alicia Keys and is now set to slowly but surely conquer the US. Check him out below....literally.


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Introducing - Pure @iampure


Can you do me a favour? Just play the first 25 seconds of the song, then repeat it. Then do that again.....

DONE!

Oh my gosh isn't this guy amazing!!!???? I'm fully loving this song by New Jersey singer/songwriter/producer Pure titled The Stars. His rich tone is so old school and classy. Listening to the song a few times I've realised its could be quite cheesy but Pure has certainly put a modern R&B swing on it. The drum background and uplifting chorus just puts a smile on your face *smiles* literally. 

I'm sure Pure will be making big moves in the US and of course I'll be here to blog every musical step of the way. Excited.

 

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Introducing - Amenta @Amenta

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It's been a rather stressful couple of weeks for me. Lots and lots and lots of work, travelling across London, and many late nights and early mornings which all in all has fully tired me out. (But as they say, no rest for the wicked, or as I prefer, no rest for a dream chaser). 

This slightly low mood may very well be the reason why I'm loving this beautifully crafted mixtape below. Oh believe me, I would still enjoy this whether I was bouncing off the walls with energy but, I guess, in my somber mood I appreciate the attention to detail in these tracks more.

The said mixtape I am talking about is titled Sacred Places by Toronto singer Amenta. Her heavy mixture of trance, electronica and soul has kind of had me in a daze of musical wizardry and dark fog for a while. That doesn't make sense does it.....right! Uhhh. you know when you listen to The Weeknd or Delilah, you get that kind of haze. Like you're understanding but REALLLLLLLY you know that you're not really understanding it that much but still, you enjoy. Get it? Well whatever.

This is a beautifully crafted mixtape (I said that before didn't I? *reaches for thesaurus*) and really conjures an array of emotions. Prepare for deep mood swings pon de play button.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

NEW! Sid Sriram - 2am Prayer

Wahey my boy's back! Remember when I blogged about this amazing talent from across the pond back in early August. Well he's just released a new video and set the blog world on fire with his new song 2am Prayer.

Of course Sid Sriram stays in tone with his signature Bruno Mars esk rich vocals and his ever expressive power behind the notes that flow from his voice box. As this song is an original from Sid Sriram we get a detailed insight into his experiences and tribulations. I mean you really cant dispute the emotion intertwined with his deep lyrics and emotive deliverance. Beautiful song.

Love this guy!!!!


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Sunday, 9 October 2011

NEW! The Weeknd - Initiation



WAHEY. More musically mystery from The Weeknd. Here the Canadian drops us a hip hop influenced track titled Initiation. The track is very different from what we've heard before from The Weeknd. It's got a lot of harder beats and grittier, darker bass. It's also seems like its distorted, I'm feeling this. 


Bring on Echos Of Silence! 


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NEW! D.A. & The Supa Dups - Who Do You Know @DASupaDups



Hailing from Jamacia, D.A and The Supa Dups are bringing a lovely light R&B/Reggae flavour with their new song Wo Do You Know. The uplifting chilled instrumental can only be expected from a Jamaica group but the, I guess, Marty James esk, laid back but charmistic vocals really make the track shine.


Definitely worth a replay or two.

x

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

NEW! Mayer Hawthorne Ft Snoop Dogg - Cant Stop



So am I super late? I only heard about Mayer Hawthorne a few days ago.....Ah well, better late than never *cheesy grin*. The US singer/songwriter is releasing his sophomore album How Do You Do in the UK and what I've heard so far has been really promising.


One of the tracks that really caught my eye or shall I say ear, was this track titled Cant Stop featuring Snoop Dogg. In this track Mayer has uses his motown grooves, yes *long pause* I believe he has motown grooves, to present a classic, vintage sound. I'm feeling it.


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COVER! Project Alfie - We Found Love (Rihanna Cover)



Oh look what just surfaced on the good old MeTube. One of my favourite new artists in came across this year, Project Alfie. Here the suited and booted lad drops a beautifully soulful cover of Rihanna's latest single We Found Love. The orginal track hasn't really quite my attention, Rihanna gives birth to albums like DFS announces they're having a sale, but this has put a loving sepia glow on the tune.


Props to you Project Alfie and the talent you possess.


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NEW! Nat Wendell - Soul Aspiration Vol.5 (Soulful House Mix)

OH! You know those moments when you're at a party or on a bus or in a shop and YOUR SONG comes on and go 'ooooooooh this is my ttttttuuuunnnneeeeee'. Well imagine doing that continuously for an hour with this soulful house mix by Nat Wendell. 


Ok so you may not recognise half the tracks on the set but after you hear them they'll definitely be your tunes! To the dancefloor anyone?

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NEW! Jessie Ware - Strangest Feeling @Jessie_Ware



Oh I'm loving this track from Jessie Ware. Its really enthral and heavenly, like a round full of clouds BUT then the track really kicks in. Mid-track a much harder, grittier, solid sound enters almost out of no where. It's still very enthral but its almost as if Heaven and Hell are fighting over the microphone. 


I love this!


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NEW VIDEO! Alyxx Dione - Easy @AlyxxDione



Ah its so great to have another strong female in R&B. 


Here Alyxx Dione drops her latest video titled Easy is taken from her EP September. The emotional track depicts the stress between two people where one of them can't decide whether they want to be in a relationship. The emotive video certainly sets the tone for the track and Alyxx's vocals are most definitely on point! JoJo would sound great on this track.


Excellent.


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Introducing - Ryan McDermott @RyanMcDMusic



I discovered this guy via another blog today and within the first 10 seconds I was pulled in. 


The groove that immediately filled the room was instant. The track titled If You Wanna Fall by American singer/songwriter Ryan McDermott, whose written for the likes of Earth, Wind And Fire is definitely making a lovely, light and simple statement with this soul/R&B debut. 


What I probably love most about this is the infusion of the funk piano chords and the bass backdrop. It  definitely adds more depth to the track and a classy pool edge that takes it away from the conventions of just another R&B debut.


Think of a mixture behind Justin Timberlake, Mike Hough and an early Usher. This is a promising start! Cant wait to hear more!!!


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Thursday, 6 October 2011

REMIX! Jesse Boykins III - B4 The Night Is Thru (Syd The Kyd Remix)



This surfaced on the blog sphere today and for good reason as this 3.56 moment of sinful soul is epic. Yes I said sinful soul, I made it up but its the only words that come to my mind when describing this stunning remix.
 
Here Odd Futurw's DJ Syd The Kyd remixes Jesse Boykins III track B4 The Night Is Thru. The remix really adds a sense of mystery to the song, a sense of uncertainty. And this sinful because REALLLLY no one REEAAALLLYYY knows what is a sin. But lets not get to serious now.
 
 The song is beautiful. Sinful soul, ahhhhhh.


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British Talent! - Archeo @archeoofficial

Oh its about time pop got turned on its head and new artist Archeo is doing just that! With his Mark Ronson esk swag and Austin Power dance moves, Archeo is creating a new musical lane of his own.

His debut single titled 'Mr General' is a heavy pop, military esk chant that you can't help but tap your feet too. With his clearly flamboyant style he infuses his very high pitched vocals with speaker punching, catchy beats and frank lyrics.

You may wonder where this heavy mix of pop mastermind comes from? Well Archeo was born in Bombay, lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and studied at an American school is Nigeria. Now that's got to cause a random stir of musically madness.

The more I listen to this the more I love it. It's completely a marmite song, you either love it or hate it but it ticks all the boxes for a perfect pop debut. Catchy, different, fresh and unlike many other pop debuts, its original. I love this!

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

NEW! The Internet - They Say



Woooo. This is soulful sexy right here. This is The Internet AKA Syd The Kyd And Matt Martian featuring Tay Walker curiosity of the latest Odd Future sample. I'm loving this.
Its perfectly simple, soft and intimate. Its a song that you listen too and don't fully sympathise with the story but the melody and vocals are enough to engage you. Excellent.

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Introducing - CJ Holland @cjhollandmusic


*Tick tock tick tock* Justin Timberlake time is tiiiiiiiicking because a 17 year old American singer who goes by the name of CJ Holland is quickly getting ready to take your spot. Yes, thats right!

He can sing, he can dance and he's signed to the same label as Jessie J. A recipe for success? Well it's a good start. I came across him today but there is VERY little music of his out there right now so we can only tickle our ear drums with is a teaser of his first single 'Night & Day' and his track with Lady Gaga.

The track with Lady Gaga is cool, I'm thinking it was a song that Lady Gaga recorded and he just sang over but I definitely prefer CJ on the track to Gaga. The teaser of his first single is also quite promising, a light mix of radio pop with R&B influences and his slink dance moves. Very promising indeed.

I wish I could hear more but it seems its all under tight lock and key, I hope he's going to be released in  the UK, we need a new American male artist, Mike Posner really isn't doing it for me. I guess we'll have watch this space....


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NEW! ATFC Ft Lisa Shaw - Walk Away

Now the October heatwave is over we should really be pulling out those chilled, ballad-like songs but I refuse to let the weather like anything else, define my music taste. I'm still going to be dancing, whether its in the rain or snow. Oh then again, rain, hair?.......Maybe not!
 
This is one of my latest additions to my ever growing party playlist. Curiosity of Defected Records this is a beautifully groovy track by ATFC featuring Lisa Shaw titled Walk Away. The track is so light, its soft and.............OH do you remember that song, The Cure And The Cause? I LOVE THAT SONG! Its got the same vibe as that.
 
Retro but modern, cool.


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NEW! Daley - Smoking Gun/Dangerously In Love @DaleyUK



Fist pump. Yes to Daley and he's amazing voice and mixtape!

Here the Manchester born singer serenades us with an acoustic version of his song Smoking Gun mixed with a little Beyonce flavour on the end. LOVE!


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Monday, 3 October 2011

NEW! Emeli Sande Ft Naughty Boy - Daddy @emelisande

 
YES YES YES! Words cant express so much we have needed someone like Emeli Sande. A UK Alicia Keys, someone who optimises good taste and class, extraordinary vocals and a writing ability of someone FAR beyond her years. *exhale*
 
Dont you find it weird how this song's called Daddy and it features Naughty Boy? Daddy? Naughty Boy? I find that strange. Anywho.
 
This song a great pick for the next single. Its in keeping with her signature emotionally gripping vocals and painfully realistic storytelling ability but definitely sets it self apart from Heaven. Its like Heaven's younger sister, more carefree. The production is like a woman. Strong, powerful, a statement but vulnerable and tactile. Ah love it!!!


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NEW! Nicola Roberts - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime/Take A Bite


I have been a supporter of Nicola Roberts solo efforts since day one.

Though I was on initially on the fence about her first single, it quickly grew on me and gradually I began to love it. Then Lucky Day came out it was preeeeeeeeeeetty annoying.....and I still think it quite annoying but hey, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt

Now the album is out and I've of course had a good old listen and I'm.....hmmm...not disappointed because as sad as it sounds, didn't expect it to be amazing! I thought it would be ok but with a few stand out, statement tracks. That didn't quite happen though, there are a few stand out tracks (see below) but they're definitely not a statement. They're like a pop ice cream that is nice at first then begins to melt.

Hm, ah well, I'll still support ya Nic. Check out my picks from the album below.

 


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Sunday, 2 October 2011

LISTEN! Robin Thicke - Love After War


This is actually the first time I've ever been excited about a new Robin Thicke album. 


His singles are always great but never really interested me enough to listen to the whole album but that is now slowly coming to an end as his first single from new album Love After War, ticks all the right boxes.


Its of course keeping with his signature soft to touch, love-making vocals but also has a beautiful salsa vibe to it. Do you hear that? I certainly do.


Love this.

Robin Thicke - Love After War by Interscope Records


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