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Music Monday: Rita Ora

rs-13647-20131202-ritaora-x1800-1386026084Happy Music Monday! The weather’s been crappy but we found a little bit of sunshine to have a barbeque and enjoy our back garden a little this last weekend. We also played lots of music for a house full of friends and family.

One song that I had a lot of requests for is this raunchy electropop beauty, Our Song sung by Rita Ora. It was  recently written by Ed Sheeran and songwriter and producer Steve Mac.  The song is catchy and fun and it’s set to become one of those hits that you can’t get out of your head. So much so that it’s already become Ora’s 7th top ten single with it recently tipped at number 6 on the UK download charts.

Something you may not realise is that Ed Sheeran also sings backing vocals on this song too, if you listen carefully you can pick out his voice.

Tweet me and let me know your thoughts on the song and the video.

Happy Listening!

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Music Monday – Syn Cole

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Happy music Monday! I had a busy and exciting weekend, full of relaxing, shopping and dinner with friends. This week looks busy too, so I’m going to be listening to relaxing music to keep me chilled out and feeling good.

I’ve been playing a lot of Kygo recently, the kind of music that takes me back to holidays on hot beaches sipping cocktails and unwinding. One of my favourite Kygo tracks is his remix of Syn Cole’s Miami 82, and while I was casually browsing Youtube I came across some of Syn Cole’s own tracks, which lead me to dig a bit deeper and find out more.

Syn Cole is a young Estonian producer and DJ who has worked with EDM heavyweights such as Martin Garrix and Avicii. While those artists aren’t my favourite, I did find myself really liking Syn Cole’s track Feel Good – a bouncy pop track with good vibes and a catchy rhythm. I love the video, a short love story which I’m not ashamed to admit gave me immense feels and fits the song perfectly if you ask me.

Take a listen to the track below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Jessica Domingo

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Happy Music Monday! If you’re anything like me then you might spend a lot of time on Youtube, more than regular TV or catchup. Vloggers are the next generation of celebrities and so many young artists and musicians are able to showcase their talents and kickstart their careers without needing managers, agents or record labels to get them off the ground.

One artist who managed to do exactly that is Jessica Domingo, a singer songwriter from Seattle Washington who began uploading videos of her practicing her favourite songs. Her first video was a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking Bout You” and had millions of views, and from there she uploaded covers from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Gwen Stefani and Sade. Fast forward a couple of years and she’s a touring artist with her second EP Moonplay making waves on Spotify and yes, Youtube.

I’ve picked out her track Echoes, a light and emotional piano ballad that really shows off her beautiful voice. It’s got me going back through her earlier experimental releases and I’m loving what I’m hearing so far!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Jagara

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend full of fun and music. This weekend I had a good catchup with several new albums and some new releases from artists that haven’t previously been on my radar.

I wanted to share one of the best new releases I heard this week by a band called Jagara. From London, they’re three sisters Jane, Ruth and Cat, and the NME recently described their sound as “soulful slices of pining pop sung with a melodic and heartbroken conviction.”

I’m hooked on their debut track Real Love, which is a moody synth anti-ballad which reminds me a little bit of The XX and Jessie Ware. The video is brilliant too, it fits the tone of the song and I’m a big fan of the retro sporty outfits! “It portrays the feeling when you’ve outgrown a relationship and want something deeper, but you’re in that static moment before you come back to life again” say the band.

Check it out below and Tweet me and let me know what you think of the track!

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Armand Van Helden

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend full of cocktails, fun and adventure!

This past week I’ve been in Ibiza and despite getting scorched by the sun and battling a cold I had an incredible time. One of the highlights was a Mixmag party held on a rooftop, where Jamie Roy and Hot Since 82 played out a mix of Balearic beats and old school house classics as the sun went down over the sea on San Antonio beach. It was a great way to close out my birthday, and one of the most memorable tunes from the set is my pick this week.

Hot Since 82 closed his 2 hour session with this classic house track, Armand Van Helden’s You Don’t Know Me, a tune from 1999 that brings back memories of being 16, first trying to sneak into nightclubs in the summer, and for many it will hold unforgettable memories of first trips to Ibiza.

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

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Joris Voorn

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Happy Music Monday! This weekend was an absolute scorcher with temperatures round the UK above 30 degrees which is absolutely mad. I spent the best part of it camping by the coast and thanks to the sea breeze and my own naivety I got sunburnt but had a great time.

While the temperatures are soaring here in England I’m flying out to Ibiza this week for some birthday fun on the white isle. I don’t really have a plan while we’re there other than to explore the island and hit a club or two. With that in mind I thought it would be great to feature one of the DJs I’m hoping to see – Joris Voorn. The Amsterdam-based house and techno DJ/producer will be opening at one of the island’s superclubs Hi Ibiza, which was formerly known as Space.

I’ve picked out Joris Voorn’s remix of an Audion track Dem Howl, an emotional ride of pacey bass drums and pads that are sure to give you chills over the course of its 7 minute ride. Despite coming out in 2014 it’s still smashing dancefloors across Europe and I’m hoping to catch it this week with the lights and feels that you can only get in a big club.

Check out the track below and Tweet me and let me know what music you’ve been enjoying this past week.

Happy listening!

 

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Music Monday – The War on Drugs

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you’ve enjoyed your lovely sunny weekend. I spent a large portion of mine sipping drinks in the glorious weather with family by the sea. I didn’t get time to listen to much music, purchase but that hasn’t stopped me from bringing you an incredible new track from a band I’ve featured here before.

The band in question is The War On Drugs from Philadelphia in the US. I really enjoyed their last album Lost in the Dream all the way back in 2014. It was a really slow burner that was really rewarding once I got into it. The band have been quiet over the last few years, information pills but are back with a new single Holding On, sickness and they’ve announced a new album too – A Deeper Understanding out this August.

The new single is a high tempo upbeat indie stomper, with their sound that has elements of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Dire Straits. The new single features synths and slide guitar which freshens things up a little and overall the track has got me really excited for this August’s release. It’s not really summer music, and I won’t be blasting it on any beaches any time soon, but when I need an Indie fix then the War on Drugs always deliver.

Check out the new tune below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been listening to lately.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Arcade Fire

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Happy Music Monday! Despite it almost being officially summer, it feels a bit like Christmas because this past Thursday Arcade Fire announced their new album and released their first new bit of music in over three and a half years.

Out on 28th July the new album is called Everything Now and is the follow up to 2013’s amazing Reflektor. The new single is also called Everything Now and it’s absolutely fantastic. Arcade Fire tend to switch up their sound between releases, sales  and this new track sees them move away from the disco carnival theme on Reflektor to a more piano based rock sound. Everything Now actually feels like a mashup of a lot of their older tracks, with the 4 to the floor beat from Reflektor, the piano lead melody of The Suburbs and the chanting from their debut Funeral.

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Washed Out

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Happy bank holiday Music Monday! I hope you’ve been lapping up the beautiful sunshine this weekend with a drink in your hand and music in your ears, discount whether at home or if you’ve been lucky enough to visit one of the many music festivals taking place this weekend.

I’ve been waiting patiently for new material from Washed Out for a few years now. Project of songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, information pills I mentioned Washed Out in my Albums I’m Looking Forward to in 2017 post in January, writing that I was genuinely frustrated at his lack of music of the past few years. Well, the wait is over – this weekend saw the release of the first new Washed Out track for around 4 years!

The new single is called Get Lost, and feels quite different. I really liked the direction that Paracosm went in – introducing more live instruments giving his songs more of an organic feel. However never one to stand still, this new musical direction has a disco/house kind of vibe to it with upbeat samples, looped percussion and erratic chatter and saxophones. It reminds me of Avalanches and their classic Since I Left You.

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

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Beach House

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Happy Music Monday! This past weekend has seen some seriously gloomy weather, medical with rain, stuff dark clouds and chilly winds. It makes me wonder whether it was meant to be, find because this past Friday we were treated to a brand new track from one of my favourite bands – Beach House.

Beach House are a two-piece Dream Pop outfit from Baltimore, and have been featured on my blog quite a few times. Last we heard from them was in 2015 after an unusually long lay-off with not one, but two albums released within 2 months of one another – Depression Cherry and then Count Your Lucky Stars. This release schedule was a bit much for me, as while I was getting into the first album the second one dropped, which took my attention away and as a result I never really got into either of them.

Well it’s 2017 and Beach House are back with a new track and have announced a new B-Sides and Rarities album. The details right now are sparse, but it’s new Beach House and that can only be a good thing. The new track is called Chariot and was recorded during the Depression Cherry sessions. It sounds much like their early songs, with the organ high in the mix and the tempo deliberately slow. It’s actually a fantastic track and I can only imagine it wasn’t included on the LP because it just didn’t fit. If there’s more of this kind of music to come from Beach House in the near future then I welcome it with open arms!

Take a listen to the track below and Tweet me and let me know what music you’ve been listening to lately.

Happy listening!

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