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Music Monday – Tishmal

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a weekend jam packed with fun, parties and SNOW! We had a lovely surprise on Sunday morning, waking up to a winter wonderland outside our window. It’s been a long time since I remember us having a good few inches of snowfall, and with Christmas just two weeks away it’s got me right in the mood.

That said, I’m still holding off on Christmas songs until Santa’s about to strap on his red suit and board his sleigh, so this week’s tune is from a hot new female artist Tishmal. Real name Rachel Brockbank, Tishmal was a nickname given to her during her childhood in San Diego, California and means hummingbird in Native American.

I’ve picked out her new single Underneath, a dark pulsing electro track with an indie heart. The track is full of emotion, passion and showcases Tishmal’s talent as a songwriter and vocalist. She’s definitely an artist to watch as 2017 comes to a close, I’ll be looking out for more from her in 2018!

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 – Jagara

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent most of mine making a big dent in the Christmas shopping and putting our tree up at home. It’s the first year we’ve had a real tree and my husband bought a monster, it’s so big our living room now feels half the size it did!

While the time for giving out presents is traditionally the 25th, I feel like I got an early gift this year in the form of a new track from a new band I featured earlier this year – Jagara. The 3 girls from North London released their first big single Real Love back in June, and I absolutely loved it. Back again this Winter with their follow up Twice, Jagara have delivered another cracking track.

Twice has a strong 80’s feel to it, with bouncy beats and guitar strums reminiscent of Hall and Oates, but with the silky smooth vocals that Jagara are becoming well known for! Keep an eye on these girls in 2018 – with tracks like these they’re going places!

Check out the song below and Tweet me and let me know what music you’ve been into lately!

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – CNCO

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Happy Music Monday! It’s freezing outside! Winter is here and Christmas is around the corner. While the Christmas songs are getting more frequent I’m still holding off at least until we’ve put our tree up in December. Meanwhile I’ve been revisiting a lot of songs that I’ve enjoyed this year, and keep going back to tunes that have particular memories attached to them.

One song that stands out is a Latino track that I heard a few times this year in Ibiza, and think last year in Mexico too. It’s by CNCO – a latino group from Miami, Floria. Wikipedia says they’re a boyband, but I’ll gloss over that and get straight onto their monster of a track – Reggaeton Lento.

Reggaeton is a genre of music that was never on my radar until I visited Cuba on our honeymoon. In Havana and by the beaches it was everywhere, and when we got home listening back to those tracks brought back memories of the most amazing two weeks of my life. Hearing it again in Mexico last year and dotted around Ibiza this year just adds more feelings into the mix, so whenever it’s murky outside a good latino tune brings the sunshine back.

Reggaeton Lento is a huge hit, and it’s got everything you’d expect from a Reggaeton track. Smooth vocals, a slow but purposeful pace and that instantly recognisable beat that gets latino bodies moving on dance floors around the world.

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

Happy listening!

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Music Monday – Gorgon City and Duke Dumont

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Happy Music Monday! It’s cold outside and everyone’s starting to chat about Christmas, and it’s getting so close that it’s no longer a faux pas. I saw someone on my Facebook has actually finished their Xmas shopping and wrapped everything already! Madness.

Impending religious birthdays aside, this time of year is generally a bit grim. It’s hard work but there’s a reward at the end of it – spring and summer, festivals, beaches and of course Ibiza. Forget tofu turkey and sprouts, sunshine is what I’m thinking about.

This week’s tune perfectly sums up that feeling. It’s a collaboration between two contemporary house heavyweights – Gorgon City and Duke Dumont. Both artists are known for their fat bass drums, melodic baselines and on this track Real Life both are present, the track is rounded off with an appearance from Naations – another collab between Nicky Night Time & Nat Dunn, who bring a sumptuous piano line and vocals respectively. It’s a match made in heaven if good vibes and cocktails by the sea before heading into a club is your kind of thing!

Take it for a spin below and Tweet me and let me know what tracks you’ve been getting your ears around this week.

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 – 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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