Our choice for today’s #MusicMonday isn’t going to help boost your energy levels this grey and drizzly Monday. Sorry! SG Lewis delivers an ultra smooth, super laid back, Monday-angst-eliminating feel with ‘No Less’. So laid back it’s pretty much horizontal.
So who is this SG Lewis chap? Well he’s actually 20 years Liverpudlian, Sam Lewis. He’s been producing music for less than a year, but already his moochy, soulful sound is grabbing the attention of music industry movers and shakers. He’s also on the roster for this year’s Bestival.
On this track, ‘No Less’ he’s accompanied by Brighton born and bred, singer and songwriter, Louis Mattrs who adds a heartbreakingly honest vocal to this delicious track. You can check out more of his work on his EP called ‘Beachy Head’.
To keep us in the Bestival mood after a wonderous weekend on the Isle of Wight we’ve chosen this track from one of our favourite artists who performed there.
This is Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong, known as Kwabs. This Ghanaian-born, London based, former jazz music student at the Royal Academy of Music, has created a sound that is both synth oriented and based in gifted musicality. His voice is deep, full and confidently strong yet smooth. I may have made him sound like a coffee or a good red wine but when you listen to this track, I hope you’ll understand what I mean!
‘Pray for Love’ dropped in April this year, following ‘Right or Wrong’ which I thought was going to be a tough act to follow but this track absolutely does it, building on the beauty of the previous releases and helping to crystallise Kwabs spot as a gifted new name to watch out for.
We absolutely cannot get enough of this wonderful track from London Grammar. We predict huge things for these guys as they hit the festival circuit hard this summer, playing their cinematic, sound-scape style arty pop to the crowds at some of the biggest events including Bestival, Glasto and Secret Garden Party.
This track came out yesterday so you can buy it now!
Miguel Mantovani (the comedy genius, Mike Keat) was shaking the good stuff in this figure hugging harlequin number. It took me back to Paloma Faith at Bestival, sporting a very similar look. Miguel, have you been riffling through Paloma’s drawers?
If you love great music, super skilled breakdancing and humour of a grown up nature, you should really make plans to catch the Cubans. Check out their website for event details, or see them at their residency in Soho’s Floridita. Prepare to laugh until you cry/ pee/ faint…
Knit one, pearl one… oops, dropped a stitch. I think I’ll leave it to the experts! We’ve been featuring this look in the last few month’s of ‘Knit’ reports. Patterned knits have been a fashion ‘no no’ for ages, so we’re delighted that this look has finally popped back up as a must have this Autumn/ Winter. I guess its been dragged back to the fashion framework by the insatiable desire for all things 80’s.
Here are some of our favourite people shots that feature great patterned knitwear. Some are vintage and some are new. Printed looks are out there, but we think that the ‘knitted in’ designs are the best way to go. Kaffe Fassett is the perfect inspiration for this direction, and we haven’t heard his name mentioned in a good way since we were at fashion college. It’s a long overdue revival!
Yes, this post is all about shouldering fashion responsibility. Its a heavy weight to bear, but we’re sure you’re already rocking wide enough shoulders to cope with it.
There are many ways to interpret this shoulder focused trend, and not all involve Dynasty inspired padding. Here a few shots that we’ve been collecting over the past little while, waiting for an opportune moment to drop them onto the blog. This is a really exciting change in silhouette. So, dig deep for your inner Crystal Carrington and pick the look that works best for you.
We’ve noticed this new look for make up coming through. It was really strong on the festival circuit, and we wondered if it was perhaps just a festival phenomenon- however, these shots are from the high street to high fashion so we think this is something to look out for…
The drama focused on and around the eyes somehow feels more like an accessory rather than a pure ‘make up’ trend. The images show the variations that are out there, from super strong to sleek and subtle. It’s theatrical yet modern. We’re working out whether we can get away with it when we pop to get our morning coffee.
We had a truly hilarious time at Bestival this year. It’s long been one of our favourite festivals and this year’s did not disappoint. The sun shone, the line up was stellar and the ‘Space’ themed fancy dress was brilliantly embraced by most of the attendees. The only thing that could have improved it would have been staying in a super stylish yurt. We aren’t happy campers so are already working on it for next year!
One of the most stylish turns was from newcomer, Paloma Faith. She rocked a great set in the Redbull tent, working a brilliant monchrome look. Her graphic bodysuit was beautifully bold, topped off by a sculptural silver helmet and winged breastplate. We mustn’t forget the fabulous peep toe boots too. Tiny chairs and huge domino pieces scattered around the stage created a cool ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feeling.
Certainly one to watch from both a musical and style perspective.