Today’s #MusicMonday isn’t anything brand new. Instead I chose this track, ‘Colour’ from Pete Josefas it’s a kind of audio reminder, bringing back all the wonderful experiences that I enjoyed during my holiday in Bali (first day back at work blues!).
This is the third time we’ve featured Kendrick Lamar as our #musicmonday and this time it’s not only because we are serious fans, it’s also to celebrate Lamar’s recent multiple Grammy wins. Much deserved Mr Lamar.
This is total creative innovation; a new voice, a new sensibility that takes hip hop and rap forward in a direction that is both relevant and smart, taking this musical artform forward while still referencing musical history from jazz, soul and funk traditions. If you haven’t spent some time with To Pimp a Butterfly yet, we suggest you should as a matter of musical urgency.
Perfectly suiting today’s moody weather, our #MusicMonday choice is Daughter‘s ‘Numbers’, taken from their just released new album ‘Not to Disappear‘. Daughter has a sound that is so unique, so very deeply emotive that it is utterly unmistakable. Much of that is due to the hauntingly lilting, breathy vocals from Elena Tonra, but it is also how Tonra’s vocal style is set against the complex and emotive musical backdrop created by bandmates Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella. The slightly tortured, echo-filled sound that this three piece creates is kind of filmic in it’s vastness, but if that film was of your strangest dreams.
I never, ever tire of Daughter’s music and every time I hear it, there’s something more to be noticed, a fresh subtlety to be uncovered, and the new album delivers that across every single track. If you are new to the delights of this British band, then ‘Numbers’ is a wonderful introduction to their sound. There’s wonder in the darkness and heartbreak of Daughter’s signature style that actually takes me right back to 80’s Brit indie bands like This Mortal Coil. There is an absolute beauty in the lush darkness of Daughter that we adore. Can’t have the light without it right?
If you were to look up the definition of ‘ear-worm’ this would be what you find. ‘Rinse and Repeat’ from Riton is a sticky little bugger so I apologise in advance for putting this in your head because it will be there for some time. But it’s so brilliant I’m sure you’ll forgive me, so sorry not sorry.
Riton (Henry Smithson) is a British electronica DJ and musician, but I think maybe the ‘electronica’ tag is a bit too limiting for this young man. He’s a couple of albums down already, and has collaborated with a really broad range of artists and producers. Seems like quite the mover and shaker. On this track he’s joined by Kah-Lo, a brilliant vocalist who is based between New York and Lagos. She brings a really unique, almost checked out kind of vibe to this track that is the perfect compliment to Riton’s work.
Today’s Music Monday post is unashamedly pop, but the very best sort. When pop is this good and this catchy it is a truly wonderful thing.
Dua Lipa is a 20 year old Londoner who has been working her way in to our musical consciousness for the past four years. Time well spent as she is now working with some very credible music producers and represented by a seriously huge label. That, in combination with the fact that she clearly has a strong musical opinion, points to a great career ahead.
We can pretty much guarantee you’ll be humming ‘Be the One’ to yourself by this afternoon, if you aren’t already.
There was only one possible artist to feature as our music post today. This morning we woke up to hear that David Bowie died this weekend, at the far too young age of 69 after valiantly battling cancer for the past 18 months. Tragic news.
Bowie was a unique creative force who blended music, fashion, performance and art in a way that had previously never been seen and to celebrate his greatness I’d like to share my personal favourite Bowie track with you.
Our first Music Monday of the New Year and we decided on this rather melancholy/ chilled out number from Billie Marten as it seemed pretty appropriate for the first Monday back at work for most of us in 2016.
Billie is a British musician, singer/songwriter who is still a young teen. Somehow she is creating music that is way more feels filled, sophisticated and mature than her age would have us think possible. A true natural talent of the Birdy variety. Marten is from a musical family and so she is perhaps ahead of the usual teenager through her inherited musical gifts, but there is something more in there too. A softness, a subtlety, a sweetness that is all rather folkily old beyond her years.
This is her newest track, Bird, which comes form her recently released EP, ‘As Long As’ and we look forward to hearing more from this young talent.
I didn’t think it was possible for my favourite Christmas song to get better, but when I was searching for the video to share with you as our festive Music Monday, I found this duet version!!!! Mariah Carey looking like a rather saucy sexy Santa making eyes at a very youthful Justin Bieber smashing ‘All I want for Christmas is You’. Both brilliant and disturbing all in one fabulously festive video.
From us to you wishing you a very happy Christmas and a brilliant 2016!
Sharing our current musical obsession with you today. Espa is a new name to us, but based on how much we love ‘Swan Song’ I wonder how we haven’t noticed this smoothly smokey sounding, London singer before. Espa’s fluid, strong and somewhat classic sound feels so much more mature than her mere 23 years. Blend Espa’s sophistication with the slow, considered and low voiced rapping style that is Giggs’signature style and the combination is really rather delicious.
The almost Motowny vibe to the musical arrangement gives this even more of a well established feel, but this is an utterly modern love song. This blend of vintage and modern, urban and lounge isn’t brand new but this is just an exceptionally good take on that approach.
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