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Riton ‘Rinse and Repeat’ feat Kah-lo, Music Monday

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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.

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Dua Lipa ‘Be the One’ #Music Monday

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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.

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David Bowie, our tribute to a creative genius

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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.

 

 

Billie Marten ‘Bird’, our first Music Monday of 2016!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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.

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Dear Mariah and Justin, all I want for Christmas is you as our Music Monday!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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!

Espa feat Giggs ‘Swan Song’ is our Music Monday

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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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Alessia Cara ‘Here’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Feeling rather late to this track as Alessia Cara dropped this video way back in May! Can’t believe it’s taken that long to get into my earholes. There have been other tracks released by Cara since this one, but this is the absolute stand out. There’s something in the tone and fluidity of her vocals that feels so established, so confident, so experienced that utterly conflicts with her age, the lyrics, the video. Combine that with the piano in the background that sounds like it belongs in a Sinatra standard, and ‘Here’ is just so catchy and compelling- like you’ve heard it before and then like nothing you’ve ever heard before too.

Canadian singer/songwriter, Alessia Cara is only 19 years old. You can kind of see that in her video, but you absolutely can’t hear that in her voice. This track is the debut single taken from her debut album, Know-It-All, which was released earlier this month.

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Missy Elliott ‘WTF’ ft. Pharrell Williams, Music Monday

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

I have two things to say about today’s #MusicMonday choice. Firstly, Missy Elliot! Secondly, this features Pharrell. What more could there possibly be to say? Oh, maybe just TURN THIS UP!

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MØ ‘Kamikaze’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Today’s #MusicMonday post is from a singer songwriter from Denmark with a distinctive lilting, kinda bouncy electropop sound. If you don’t know her name, you might recognise her vocals from previous collabs with Iggy Azalea, DJ Snake and Major Lazer.

On this track, ‘Kamikaze‘ she teams up with label-mate, Diplo, newly risen superstar American DJ, record producer, rapper and songwriter. This track is fitted with a super addictive hook that will have you humming along in no time. MØ sits well with the new wave of innovative female musicians out there like Grimes. I guess there’s a touch of last week’s Music Monday in there too, and that was the inimitable Petite Meller.

The video combines a bit of post-apocalyptic Mad Max with West Side Story for a kind of up-cycled, dystopian dance off. In my mind I like to think that this was the exact pitch the director made when he first described his vision…

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Petite Meller is a special Blink #MusicMonday

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Petite Meller, image swiped from her Bandcamp page with thanks, french music, new music, music blog, Blink London

Petite Meller, image swiped from her Bandcamp page with thanks

Today we feature not one but two videos in a #MusicMonday feature that is a bit of a departure from the Blink London norm. This time I must admit that the music is secondary to the artist as far as our decision to feature Petite Meller, a wee French style sensation.

I’m in love with Petite Meller’s style; and what a cute, nutty and fabulous style it is! Her videos look like a Tim Walker shoot come to life. From her makeup and styling to the crazy, weird dance routines. Her gangly silhouette teamed with those ‘naive meets pop art’ outfits adds a strange kind of childishness to her look- but then her stance, attitudes and expressions feel rather ‘knowing’. And oh those pink cheeks!

She is a shot of sunshine to both your eyes and your ears. To make sure that you can see just why we are so engaged by her, here are Petite’s two latest releases, Baby Love and Barbaric.

Are you in love too now after watching those two videos? For more of our musical posts, just take a look here.