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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 – 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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Music Monday – Alison Limerick

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend filled with fun and enjoyed the rays of sunshine that made a few brief appearances.

I’ve always been a big fan of old 80’s and 90’s music, and in particular old house tunes with a big piano. So I got some real feels when I was watching Hot Since 82 dropping this classic at the end of his set at Elrow Town this weekend. The track is Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick, which came out in 1990 – when I was 6 years old! These songs stay with you though and sometimes it’s years between hearing them but you can remember exactly how they go.

This is an absolute gem of a track, so soulful and uplifting – get it on your speakers wherever you are and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face!

What music have you been playing this past week – Tweet me and let me know!

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – DJ Snake

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Happy Music Monday! I hope your last couple of days have been fab. I spent the weekend in London on a photography tour and then with family. It was exhausting but fun!

I didn’t get much time to listen to music how I normally would but did catch this tune on a car radio – DJ Snake and Justin Bieber with their track Let Me Love You.

You’ve probably heard everything you need to know about Bieber before, but DJ Snake has an interesting story too. Growing up in the suburbs of Paris, he started DJing at 14 and producing aged 19. He was quite a prolific graffiti artist as a teenager and got the name snake from his friends as was somehow always able get away from the police. He was discovered by Diplo from Major Lazer who signed him and from then on the hits and awards started to flood in.

This track Let Me Love You is huge – it’s got a hint of tropical house to it and summer holiday adventures written all over it. It was originally released in August 2016 but it passed me by last year, so I’m giving it a good spin this summer instead!

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

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Major Lazer

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Happy Music Monday! This weekend I have been seeing my bestie in Norwich and spending time with family over from Australia, but I’ve still found time to listen to music!

I might be a little late to the party with this track but I’ve been loving Major Lazer’s Cold Water. It’s their first single from their forth studio album Music is the Weapon and it’s fantastic. The song has quite a few writers with the likes of Mø, Diplo from Major Lazer, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Jamie Scott, Benny Blanco and Philip “Jr. Blender” Meckseper and Henry “King Henry” Allen. Phew! A real meeting of music minds.

This a catchy summer track features vocals from Justin Bieber and Mø with slow paced EDM synths with a little drop of tropical house. It’s been number 1 in 24 different chart across the world and I’m hooked!

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

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Odesza

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Happy Music Monday! After a fun weekend buzzing around London, meeting friends and watching ballet, it’s time to turn my attention and the return of one of my favourites – Odesza.

I discovered Odesza just weeks before getting married in September 2014, when they released their brilliant second album In Return. The tunes from that album provided the soundtrack to the final wedding preparations and our wonderful honeymoon in Cuba, so repeat listens are full of beautiful memories.

It’s been a long wait, but finally Odesza are back with new tracks, and hopefully a new album. They’ve released a few bits recently, and I’ve picked out my favourite of the bunch, a track called Line of Sight. It’s got the classic Odesza synths and choppy vocals present on their previous work, but contains much more of a traditional song structure and vocals opposed to the more instrumental pieces in their back catalogue. I’m curious to see where they take this on their next album – but one thing’s for sure, if it sounds like this then we’re in for a treat!

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

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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