Posts Tagged ‘new music’

“Blink” Music: Tobias Jesso Jr ‘How Could You Babe’

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

With some of pretty influential names backing Tobia Jesso Jr as a talent to watch, I can imaging that he might be feeling some pressure. Actually, based on the soft, mellow, swooping and gentle musicality that he produces, it seems that Tobias is too chilled a guy to feel any stress at all. He exudes a very, very laid back vibe- even though this song is one of loss, betrayal and heartbreak. It feels very much like he is the perfect blend of the open-hearted Canadian (he’s from Vancouver eh), blended with some Californian wide-eyed-hippyness (he was based in LA for several years) giving his approach that mellow 70’s edge.

Man and piano making music in perfect sweet, angst-free union, and making our Monday super chilled for a change (for which we thank you whole-heartedly Tobias). Watch out for his debut album, Goon, dropping middle of this month.

For more great music, grab a cuppa and take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Common and John Legend ‘Glory’

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Perhaps you spotted on our Twitter feed that we saw ‘Selma’ last week. It left me deeply moved, rather tense and also with a damp patch across my top as I split my drink over myself during a particularly shocking scene…

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. The approach, production, cinematography and acting is all sparkling brilliant, looking unflinchingly at this particularly ugly period. I can’t speak about this film without specifically praising the British members of the cast, and David Oyelowo in particular.

Now back to the music, as it is a ‘Music Monday’ post and I’ve chosen this track, ‘Glory’ from the film, by John Legend and Common. Common also plays one of the key characters in the film. They combine both of their musical styles perfectly to deliver a heartfelt, rousing song that plays over the closing credits of ‘Selma’ and also stands alone as a great piece of music.

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: The Weeknd ‘Earned It’

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This #MusicMonday comes with a warning: there are bottoms and some boobs, wiggling and some jiggling in this video.

So, consider yourself warned, and now you can enjoy ‘Earned it’ by The Weeknd which features on the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ soundtrack. So, I guess this counts as part of the rather minimal Valentine’s coverage we’ll be featuring as the movie premiere’s on Friday, just in time to get you all in a pickle for the 14th.

Enough about that already well promoted movie and back to this artist. The Weeknd is the stage name of Canadian, Abel Tesfaye. He is a recording artist as well as a record producer. He has slowly and subtly built up his following since 2010 when he started uploading tracks to YouTube and releasing mixtapes. That slow progression has enabled Tesfaye to craft a really fresh take on the ‘bump and grind’ variety of R&B. He brings in layers of complexity through his lilting vocals blended with a musicality of production that kind of intertwines through the track, at times overwhelming his voice and then at others uplifting or harmonising with it. It makes for very sexy listening. No wonder he’s been featured on the Fifty Shades soundtrack.

For more new music, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, live on SNL performing ‘Really Love’

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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.

It’s out now and if you have any musical taste at all, you have surely bought this already.

Enjoy! Lucy

“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