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Music Monday: Charlie Puth

Charlie-Puth-How-Long-screenshot-2017-billboard-1548Happy Monday! Were is the time going. There is only 6 weeks till Christmas – okay lets not think about that yet.

This weeks Music Monday features an American singer/songwriter/producer called Charlie Puth. He originally started uploading covers to Youtube, had a lot of success and got signed quite quickly. He’s particularly well known for his track ‘See you again’, a tribute to Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker and last years hit ‘Marvin Gaye’ which featured Meghan Trainor.

The track I’ve chosen this week is ‘How Long’, another that I heard in a dance class so it’s great one to dance to and yep, Kyle Hanagami happens to have choreographed another piece to this too. ( Have I mentioned his choreography before :-)) Charlie Puth’s ‘How Long’ was released just last month, so it’s still quite new and it’s his second single of the forthcoming album Voicenotes. It’s a little addictive. Once you listen to it, you’ll be humming this R n’B tune again and again. It’s fairly stripped back and really shows his skill and range as a singer. It also really makes you want to go searching for more of his tracks. The video is pretty fun with Puth walking on walls, and showing off his dad dancing skills. I kinda love it and I think this is a song that will be big in the coming months.

I’ve included Hanagami’s video below too. Let me know what you think of the track and what you’ve been listening to this week in the comments below or over on Twitter. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Listening!

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Music Monday: Dua Lipa

Happy Monday! Hope you have had a lovely weekend. I’ve had a little bit of a break as I’ve been ill but Monday has brought a new week and a positive mental attitude so lets get going!

This weeks track is a cheeky one from the lovely UK singer-song writer Dua Lipa and her song New Rules. She’s an ex – part time student of the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School. She started popping song covers of her favourite singers on Youtube and in 2015 she was finally signed by Warner Music Group. Her first self titled album came out in June 2017 and New Rules is the sixth single from the album.

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For me New Rules has a really cool Kiesha vibe to it, with a little bit of Nelly Furtado and Pink thrown in too. The song is a about a list of rules that she has for herself for a relationship that’s unhealthy that she doesn’t want to get back into. It’s a little risque but the song is so catchy and it’s real as it’s a situation that most people can connect with. The song was loved so much that when it was released this summer it quickly went to number one in UK, making her the first British lady to do that since Adele two years previous. Quite something!

Let me know if you’re loving Dua Lipa and what you think of New Rules in the comments below or over on Twitter!

Happy Listening!

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Music Monday: Nick Jonas

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Happy Monday. I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend after what could have been a hectic week. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the clocks went back, so I hope you enjoyed the extra hour in bed yesterday. I definitely needed it.

This weeks Music Monday is a really chilled out track from ex – Disney star Nick Jonas. Not someone that I usually listen to but Find You stuck in my head for hours as the chorus is a catchy pop classic.  I also love the understated acoustic guitar and electronic – House beats with his voice taking centre stage. It has definite Justin Beiber vibes.

The song was only released in mid-September and it’s already hit the US billboard at Number 1. Find You is all about finding that one person to fall in love with, feeling like you’ll never meet them or not even knowing where to find them. The video is worth a watch, the cinematography of the desert and the beach party is cool.

Take a listen below and let me know your thoughts over on Twitter!

Happy Listening!

 

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Music Monday: Camila Cabello

I hope that you had a fab weekend. I had a really chilled out one meeting friends, spending time at home tidying, and doing chores but it’s another Monday morning and that means another fab song.

This weeks track Havana is by ex- Fifth Harmony and Cuban born American Camila Cabello and the second after OMG  from her debut album, The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving. The album is due out in 2018 and she’s been working with some amazing song writers including Benny Blanco and Pharrell Williams, the later having co-written Havana.

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Havana uses music from Cabello’s roots with a Latino pop fusion. It’s really mello and chilled with piano riffs and beats, singing about how she left her heart in Havana and had to leave her man even though she loved him. It also features vocals from American rapper Young Thug.

The song really sticks in your head and I’ll be singing it for a while yet. Do you love this song as much as me? Let me now what songs you’ve been loving in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Happy Listening!

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Music Monday – Jessy Lanza

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Happy Music Monday, this weekend has been seriously warm for a mid October! I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest and had a wonderful time.

It’s getting towards the end of the year now, and while I’m not quite ready to start looking back over the year and putting together ‘best of’ music lists yet, I have been thinking about where I’ve travelled this year and where I want to visit next. One of the highlights this year was a weekend in beautiful Barcelona, and while in a coffee house there I heard a track by Jessy Lanza that I wanted to feature this week.

Jessy is a Canadian vocalist who broke through back in 2013 with her debut album Pull My Hair Back, a collection of electro-pop tunes that received glowing reviews across the board. Her follow up album Oh No, released in 2016 received even more praise, and earned her multiple award nominations. The track I heard in Spain was Going Somewhere, a confident yet smooth slice of electro-pop that shows of her vocal range, with some effortless switching of gears.

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what’s been coming through your speakers this week.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday: Sabrina Carpenter

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Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend. I was in London as I went to an inspirational festival with lots of meditation and I was a bit of a tourist in a part of London I don’t go to much. So fun to do that every now and then.

Even though this song has been out since the summer, I heard this fab song Why from American Actress/singer Sabrina Carpenter on a dance video where Kyle Hanagami taught his choreography to a room full of dancers. He then chose 6 to then go meet and dance with Sabrina Carpenter herself. Such a cool experience for everyone involved.

With influences of Christina Agularia and Selina Gomez, this electro pop track is ultra catchy, cheeky and has a fun vibe to it. I love the fast pace of the song and how she’s telling you that opposites really can attract. The video features American RiverDale actor Casey Cott and it’s a really cute insight of how a couple who are completely different still end up together.

I’ll be listening to it for weeks to come. Go and check out the dance video as well as the original and let me know what your thoughts are on Twitter.

Happy Monday!

 

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Music Monday – Jacques Green

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a great weekend travelling or having fun – I just got back from Berlin so mine was seriously chilled.

I normally like to feature a new track from an artist I’ve been following for a while or to dig out a classic, but this week I’m simply picking a great tune! It’s a track from early 2011 that I’ve heard loads over the years without ever really knowing what it was, but after hearing it in an advert I did some research and found it!

The track is Another Girl by Canadian producer Jacques Green, who really hit the mark with this release while falling short with some of his other efforts. The track features a syncopated post-garage beat with simple chords that are brought together to become more than the sum of their parts by vocal samples that layer beautifully as the song progresses. It’s a great example of how a simple hook can create a great track with the right timing. I just love it!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing lately.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Sam Paganini

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

This week’s track is a little different in more ways that one. It’s from Italian producer Sam Paganini, famous to techno fans for many years for his heavy hitting releases on labels such as Drumcode and Cocoon. Much of his success has been based on his consistency, producing tracks that follow an exciting yet very familiar formula.

His newest album however has seen a break in this formula and experimentation which a much different sound – a more positive and melodic one. Gone are the thudding kick drums and darker atmospheres, and in their place are strings, pianos and good vibes. I’ve picked out the track Gravity, a tune that has split his loyal fanbase but definitely captured my imagination. I love it when an artist tries something new and it just works – you get to see a different side their creativity and let’s face it, it can get boring when you do the same thing over and over. Here’s to embracing change!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing this week.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Haim

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Well hello there! I hope you’re having a fab Monday and the weekend treated you well. I had a great time travelling back home to enjoy the street arts on offer at the wonderful Out There Festival. While I was driving back I heard the new single from a band I haven’t thought of for a long while, and thought I’d feature them in this week’s Music Monday.

The band in question are the girls from Hiam – a trio of sisters who dropped some of the biggest Indie tunes of 2013 and 2014, releasing quite a few singles from their album Days are Gone which were massive hits. They’ve been away for a few years since then working on new material and side projects, but now they’re back with a new album and their single Want You Back.

The track is a huge indie anthem featuring a slightly more refined and dare I say more mature sound from the girls, with jangly telecaster guitars replaced with acoustic guitars and pianos. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a ballad – it’s just not the raw indie power that they displayed a few years back. Nonetheless I’m looking forward to giving their new album a spin – it’s great to have them back!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing lately.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Toro Y Moi

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend full of adventure and fun! This week’s track is from a big favourite of mine and someone who I’ve featured here quite a few times – Toro Y Moi.

Toro Y Moi is the alias of Chaz Bundick, a singer/producer/musician and DJ from South Carolina who is known for his part in creating the Chillwave genre around 5 years ago. Back then his tracks featured a ton of retro synths and slower rhythms which were soon copied by other artists hopping on the Chillwave bandwagon. This resulted in Chaz looking for ideas in other genres, with his last album What For? exploring psychedelic, country and acoustic rock with mixed success.

On this new track Girl Like You Chaz returns to what he does best with his signature sound – gone are the country rock experiments – this is the Toro Y Moi we all know and love. It feels great to have him back and this track is incredible. It’s slower, synthier and more chilled than anything we’ve had from him for years and I love it!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing lately.

Have a great week!

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