“Blink” Music: James Blake ‘Retrograde’

Sorry that we’ve missed a few weeks of ‘Music Mondays’, but the AW’13 Fashion Week’s kind of took our focus. We may not have been posting about our new favourite tracks, but we have been keeping our ears perked up and at the ready to spot any new tunes to share with you.

The first on the list is this hauntingly gorgeous new one from James Blake. It’s like pouring warm honey in your ears whilst being rocked in a hammock. Lilting loveliness from this young man who sounds like the love child of The XX and Bon Iver. What more could you want on a Monday?

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“Music Monday: Happy Christmas, part 4

Here’s your final Music Monday post of 2012, and the final installment for our Christmas music special. We decided to end on something rather cool after some slightly more stylishly questionable choices! This is The XX doing an incredible cover of the George Michael classic, Last Christmas, for Radio One. I already absolutely adore The XX, and if it’s possible this has made me love them even more.

Merry Christmas everyone, and catch you on the other side!

Blink Events- The XX at Somerset House

Last night we were all gathered in the courtyard of Somerset House to see the genius XX as part of the ‘Summer Series’ of gigs. Temper Trap had rave reviews for their gig the night before and on the nights ahead the venue plays host to Gil Scott-Heron, Florence and the Machine and Soul II Soul, amongst others.

Before for the gig last night, the clouds gathered and a smattering of rain fell. Somerset House looks beautiful under any circumstances, but my hairdo does not. Up came the brollies and the festival ‘whatever the weather’ spirit kicked in. This was my first time seeing these guys live and I was not disappointed. The moody lighting and amazing sound was enhanced by the beauty of the location as the rain thankfully faded away.

The hauntingly melodious voice of female vocalist, Romy Madley-Croft, made me think of Tracey Thorn from Everything but the Girl. I think this trip down an 80’s Memory Lane was also bought on by the male vocalist, Oliver Sim, whose slinky moves and guitar stance was like a smoothed out version of Joe Strummer, mixed in with bit of earnest late 80’s indie. These two both on guitar, along with Jamie Smith on keyboards and drums, created a stunningly atmospheric sound.

Hopefully we might have some coverage from the Florence gig for you too, and some great festival stuff to come.

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The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House