How To Dress Well - Cold Nites
How To Dress Well - Cold Nites
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Lianne La Havas- Forget (Shlohmo Remix)
still not over this.
Lianne La Havas- Is Your Love Big Enough (New Album)
Clapton based singer/ songwriter Lianne La Havas’s debut LP came out this week and I have to say, just as predicted, I actually have fallen in love; this lady makes it so hard not to. But who knows if my love is big enough (hohoho).
As a lyricist, Lianne speaks brutally uttering such lines as ‘you broke me and taught me to truly hate myself’ from Lost & Found and in Gone Lianne states ‘love is not blind, it’s just deaf and it’s dumb’. These words have an impact, making you face the reality of life in a stance that isn’t hazed by fairytales. Isn’t this what any good songwriter should achieve? Hence why Lianne has continued to receive various press suggesting she is one of the UK’s rising big names for 2012.
Having said this, it’s not just the words that make you fall in love, Lianne’s cool sound and general delightful persona (I follow her on twitter) draw you in automatically. With such a beautiful voice, this is definitely a debut album to check out. It’s been on repeat all day and seems to be one of those LP’s that I would happily listen to on any occasion.
Lianne will be touring the UK in October later this year, I’ll be there and I hope you will be too. (whoever you are)
Jessie Ware- Wildest Moments (New Video)
Jessie Ware is causing a storm across the UK at the moment. Arguably pop’s greatest solo female currently releasing, the latest video is a sincere display of the talent this lady has to offer. Directed by Kate Moross, the video remains simple, stripped back to the basics of Jessie singing, it represents the honesty entailed within the track. The aesthetics link perfectly to the raw message behind this song, the lyrics read ‘in our wildest moment we could be the greatest’ whilst equally ‘in our wildest moments we could be the worst of all’. The use of white as the dominant colour gives us hope to take the risk involved in true love, the vulnerability and also the not knowing what is going to happen. Big love for this one, could happily watch it all afternoon.
Evy Jane (New Discovery)
Evy Jane once stated on twitter that a man had said their songs made him want to stay in love for infinity.
Based in Vancouver, Evy Jane released their debut, self titled EP earlier this year, in February. (4 months ago, major apologies for my lack of cool factor) (also major apologies I just used the term ‘cool factor’). The band are made up of two parts, musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. At the moment there seems to be a vast array of experimental R&B on offer to the public, but this band are definitely ones to give a listen. The vocals are so smooth, initially it would seem the hard beats and intoxicating synth should act as a contradiction but instead they layer together in perfect harmony.
As for this particular track, Ohso, from the very first second to the climax of the drop at 33 seconds, there is an overwhelming urge to stand up and pay attention. The vocals have a calming manner whilst at the same time keeping you on edge meaning that you stick to this song for the entirety. If only for the 4 minutes, allow yourself to get lost in this song, close your eyes and enter this hazy world of bright colours and enslaving beats.
Purity Ring- Fineshrine (New)
Purity Ring shared another new track off their upcoming debut album Shrines set for release on the 24th July. The term excited does not do their work justice. As for this record itself, it’s exactly what I’ve come to expect from Purity Ring, easy on the ears after just one listen. The beats act like waves coming up and washing over your body making it incredibly difficult to not get involved.
Cat Power announces new album details
Six years since her last full length record, Cat Power shared news that she will release LP Sun on the 3rd September. Check out her latest record Ruin, a mellow yet alluring song which proves to be easily followed and a delight to the ears.
Sunless ‘97 - Azul
London based Sunless ‘97 have been gaining momentum ever since their debut EP release Making Waves in late 2011. Definitely ones to watch this year, the trio have been playing at various festivals across the UK this summer, including Filed Day and the Dot to Dot festival in Manchester.
Set to release a double A side single on June 18th through Not Even, Azul is the second track off the upcoming record. From the moment it starts, the hard beats and synths mix together in a multitude of layers to create a fantasy like world which keeps the listener hooked. There is something of an oxymoron in the song’s nature, on the one hand, it sends you into a hazy trance whilst on the other, all sensibilities are heightened by the pulsating sounds which captivate your ears. Anyway, enough rambling, give it a listen and watch out for these guys as I predict big things (mystic meg).