Posts Tagged ‘new music’

“Blink” Music: Shura ‘Indecision’

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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.

For more new music, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Ibeyi ‘Mama Says’

Monday, January 12th, 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.

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kiesza ‘No Enemiesz’

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Band Aid 30

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Today you are getting two ‘Music Monday’ posts from us as it’s a very special occasion. The wonder that is Sir Bob Geldof has get again galvanised his peers to raise money for a very important cause.  The first time was 30 years ago, to fight famine in Africa. This time around, the reprise of that song is directed at fighting the spread of ebola, titles Band Aid 30.

Please join in that fight and raise awareness by downloading this track and texting to donate too. By texting AID to 70123 you can donate £3, or by texting AID to 70060 you can donate £5 to this important and urgent cause. If you would like to donate a greater amount, just click here and follow the simple instructions.

Thank you.

Enjoy! Lucy

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

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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!


For more great music, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Die Antwoord ‘Ugly Boy’

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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.

For more Music Monday posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kendrick Lamar ‘i’

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Cooly G ‘ Wait ’til Night’

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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.

For more new music, just take a look here

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kwabs ‘Pray for Love’

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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.

For more great music posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Becky Hill ‘Caution to the Wind’

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Today’s #MusicMonday is from the very talented Becky Hill. We first came across her vocals via Rudimental, and then had the pleasure of seeing her perform live with them at the Bacardi Beginnings event. It’s been lovely to hear what kind of music she would make as a solo artist and of all the tracks released so far, this is our favourite.

‘Caution to the Wind’ show cases her voice, tone and range beautifully, and we really love the light production hand in this that adds a really interesting depth and diversity without masking her natural talent. It’s a mellow, heartfelt, slow and soulful song which we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

For more Music Monday tracks, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy