“Blink” Music: Ibeyi ‘Mama Says’

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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“Blink” Music: Beyonce 7/11

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!

“Blink” Music: Kiesza ‘No Enemiesz’

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…

Her album comes out on 1st December and you can pre-order it here. For more Music Monday posts, just have a look here.

“Blink” Music: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’

The names behind this track need no introduction. All that could be said is that, with Uptown FunkMr 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.

Baby get your groove on!

 

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“Blink” Music: Die Antwoord ‘Ugly Boy’

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.

This video has also gained momentum through the big name cameo appearances in this video including Cara Delevingne, Jack Black and the archetypal ‘Ugly Boy’ himself, Marilyn Manson. This is genius.

You may not get it on first listen, but bear with it and just give it a few run throughs. I can pretty much promise you’ll get as attached to this as we all have at Blink Towers.

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“Blink” Music: Kendrick Lamar ‘i’

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.

‘i’ drops on the 9th November, and you can pre-order it here.

 

For more new music, you can just have a look here.

“Blink” Music: James Bay ‘When We Were on Fire’

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.

For more great Music Monday posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Music: Kwabs ‘Pray for Love’

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.

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“Blink” Music: London Grammar, Wilderness’14

Today’s #MusicMonday is dedicated to last night’s stellar Wilderness festival headline performance from London Grammar. We all hung on in there through the rain and thunder storms to witness them close the festival in style. Well, the wait wasn’t so bad as it featured Chet Faker, Sam Smith and Jessie Ware so please don’t feel at all sorry for us!

Haunting, spine tingling and utterly beautiful, enhanced by the light of the full moon shining down from behind those rain clouds, London Grammar were a quite wonderful end to this epic festival weekend. Thank you Wilderness.

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

 

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“Blink” Music: Jessie Ware ‘Tough Love’

I’m not sure if my choice for today’s Music Monday track has been influenced by my newly single status (must I really face Tinder AGAIN!?!) but aside from helping me through by being an ace song to yell along too at high volume (sorry neighbours), it’s also just a thoroughly gorgeous, multi-layered, deeply infectious and pretty much perfect track.

We’re long term Jessie Ware fans here at Blink Towers, yet with every new release we are freshly reminded of the beauty of her voice. ‘Tough Love’ is liltingly romantic yet still strong with a bold beat blended with a tad of 90’s syth pop. I am super excited that she’s playing at Wilderness as I haven’t yet seen her live. Hopefully I’ll be over my heartbreak by then and won’t be tempted to dash on stage and wail when she sings this particular song. Just jokes, probably…

This track is released on August 3rd. For more of our musical posts, just have a look here.