Oh my oh my oh my oh my. Today’s #MusicMonday has gained an additional ‘M’ and been renamed #MeltingMusicMonday. Black Messiah heralds the return of the wonderful talent that is D’Angelo, and this time around he is joined by The Vanguard.
We’ve chosen this track to share with you, pretty much only because it’s a live performance and so gives us more than choosing one of the other album tracks that are out there without any visual accompaniment.
This album, Black Messiah, shows us just how gifted D’Angelo is. When we first met this musical powerhouse, he delivered a fresh take on a traditional sound. He is still delivering a variation on that theme, but it in no way feels stale or tired. Oh, we missed you and your lilting, soul-melting, heartbreaking, knicker-wetting sound D’Angelo and we welcome you and your mates, The Vanguard, back into our earholes.
Shura is in fact 23 year old, Russian/ British, pop sensation, Aleksandra Denton. Yes, we did use the ‘pop’ term and that is not generally a genre that we feature on our Music Monday posts but this track, ‘Indecision’ is far from the disposable, brainless pap that generally inhabits this musical category. In fact, I think new artist, Shura’s sound deserves to have its own genre created to explain it’s nuances properly. How about smoothly lush atmospheric synth pop?
Well, have a listen and tell us what you think would be the best way to describe this new artist, aside from addictively brilliant. She is very much one to watch for 2015.
This #MusicMonday is part of our 2015 predictions series as we are predicting great things for Ibeyi in the year ahead.
These super talented, French-Cuban twin sisters are the daughters of the late, great Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz, a conguero who played with the Buena Vista Social Club. I’m sure that this musical heritage has deeply impacted on these young artists, but they have taken that inspiration and woven it into a sound that is utterly innovative, perhaps best explained as deeply soulful however not quite soul in it’s traditional sense.
Lisa-Kaïndé plays the piano and sings. Naomi backs her vocals and plays percussions. Ibeyi sings in English and the language of Yoruba, a Nigerian language that travelled to Cuba via slavery in the 1700s. Ibeyi, pronounced ee-bey-ee, is Yoruba for “twins” so now you know.
We have chosen ‘Mama Says’ as our feature track, their most recent release. It is dreamy, haunting, considered, stripped back but still complex. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new. I can’t wait to hear more from these two.
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Yup, it’s a new year. To celebrate and inspired you, we’ll be featuring a series of predictions for 2015. Some will be from us, and others will be from industry experts, creatives and generally brilliant people that we admire.
The first prediction, seeing as it’s a Music Monday, is that we’ll all be clapping like we don’t care, moving our legs side to side and spinning with our hands up. All because Beyonce says we should. Well, she does make it look a whole heap of fun! I have listened to 7/11 so much, watched the video on a loop and I am yet to tire of it. I hope it lifts your spirits just like it does all of ours at Blink Towers.
Happy New Year to you all. It’s going to be a great one, so hold on to your hats and don’t forget your packed lunch. We are about to take a journey in to the future!
This is for all of you who had a rather large weekend and need a bit of an energy boost on this grey November Monday. ‘Enemiesz‘ is the newest track from Kiesza. It’s my go-to gym track for when I am feeling flatter than a very flat pancake as this high energy tune will perk you up quicker than a double espresso with a Red Bull chaser.
You’ll recognise her sound from Hideaway, a huge track that dropped at the beginning of the year. Totally by coincidence I am posting this from Toronto, and Keisza is actually Canadian. She’s a dancer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary. Her career has also included time in the Navy and as a ballerina, aswell as a contender for the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant title. Makes me feel like I’ve just been standing still for my whole life!
Anyway, over to the track and I encourage you to go a bit ‘Flashdance’ where ever you may be…
The names behind this track need no introduction. All that could be said is that, with Uptown Funk, Mr Ronson has managed to give Bruno Mars a touch of cool, showcasing him in this P-Funk-tastic track. Bringing some George Clinton vibes, with a splash of classic Prince, to young ears that have perhaps never previously heard real, true, grubby funk.
So sorry that this is a day late, but we had a server crash yesterday. Yay! Such fun. Well, thanks to our tech team we are back up and running and with a brilliant (if delayed) Music Monday for you.
This is one of the mostly nutsly addictive tracks and videos that I’ve witnessed in quite some time. How bonkers are these two? Any yet this completely works. Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for ‘The Answer’) consists of Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er and this South African group’s striking style is apparently inspired by a movement called ‘zef’ that is roughly the South African version of ‘chav’ apparently. ¥o-Landi Vi$$er is quoted as saying, “It’s associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style.” Like it.
Here it is. Better late in the day than never, and perfect to give your Monday afternoon a little lift.
We only had to hear this new Kendrick Lamar track once to be utterly in love. ‘i’ swings around the joy that is The Isley Brother’s ‘Who’s that Lady’. Lamar works with this ultra smooth inspiration to create an innovative sound that moves seamlessly from smooth to punchy, bright to deeply dark and soulfully disco to chippy hip hop. Very excited to hear more new stuff from this ground breaking artist.
This is the title track from Cooly G‘s second album, just dropping today. This South London, self-described “semi-pro female footballer and UK house producer” delivers a really fresh take on R&B from a strong, confident female perspective and we love it. ‘Wait til Night’ is seduction and sexuality voiced by a woman in a way that is somewhat sophisticated and yet still accessible. The video is pretty lo-fi, as is the production approach but that just enhances the authenticity. Listen and enjoy a new sound that blends parts of classic R&B with something a little more synth oriented and fresh.
Today we are mixing a bit of fashion in with our Music Monday post. This is the wonderful James Bay and “When we were on Fire”, live at the Burberry Prorsum SS’15 show.
Burberry always choose really interesting new artists to play live at their catwalk shows. I think they outdid themselves this year. He’s one of Blink’s new favourites. This very gifted 23 year old has only released one EP to date, but we think he’s about to go stratospheric with his new single ‘Hold Back the River’ which is being supported by huge industry players both here and in the States.
He’s another in a small, uniquely gifted circle of young male Brit artists who are creating music with pure musicianship, heart and lots of soul. We will be keeping a close eye on any tour dates or show announcements as I bet he will be an absolute treat to see live.
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