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Kendrick Lamar ‘God is Gangsta’, Music Monday

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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.

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Beyonce ‘Formation’ is our #MusicMonday

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Get in formation beeaatttccchhh. Oh yeah, I like that! Beyonce slays yet again. Brilliant track, brilliant message, brilliant styling.

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Daughter ‘Numbers’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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?

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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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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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