Category Archives: Music

Obsessed Right Now: Music

You know those songs that you have on that playlist that you play over and over again? Well, this is my version. Some new, some old, most amazing. Hope you enjoy!

Joey Bada$$ – My Yout (remix) feating Maverick Sabre

This tune just screams Summer. The beat is so feel good. I’ve had this one on repeat for a few months now.

Bring Me The Horizon – Can You Feel My Heart.

This was a great album of last year and this track is one of my favourites off the album.

Danny Brown – Clean Up.

I’m pretty obsessed with Danny Brown right now. His ‘Old’ album took a while to grow on me but once it did, that was it. This track has been on repeat for the last couple of months and Im not tired of it yet. No video for it but it doesn’t need it. Just listen….

Pharrell Williams – Happy.

How can anyone not like this song? It makes me want to dance with random strangers on the tube. Pharrell, my man, you’ve done it again!

Chloe Howl – How Proud.

Chloe Howl is one of those new artists tipped for big things in 2014 and I hope it happens for her. I’m loving this track!

Flume – Insane featuring Moon Holiday.

This has been another new discovery for me and is a growing love. I have a feeling Flume will be an artist I listen to a lot in 2014.

Indiana – Mess Around

I don’t know much about Indiana, I only know about this song but ‘Mess Around’ is an excellent introduction.

Sam Smith – Nirvana

He’s won the Critics choice Brit and the BBC Sound of 2014 so looking set for a huge year. I’m not sure I am that excited by Sam Smith but this song is pretty amazing so maybe he’ll surprise me.

AWOLNATION – Sail.

I heard this song on the radio, I shazam’d it and that’s where the love affair started. I haven’t looked back. I’m looking forward to discovering more.

The National – This Is The Last Time. 

I am very late to the party when it comes to The National and I cannot believe it has taken me this long. This song pulls at every heart string. Its beautiful. It uplifts and destroys me all at the same time.

Sampha – Too Much

I fall in love with music a lot and I am totally in love with Sampha’s voice.

Katy Perry – Unconditionally. 

This is just pop music at it’s best. Play it loud and sing your heart out!

Banks – Waiting Game. 

Yet another tipped for big things this year. Banks is another that I have fallen in love with.

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The New Music Obsession: Louis M^ttrs

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You may have heard Louis M^ttrs vocals on the recent Chase & Status track ‘Lost & Not Found’. The MTA signing has so much more to offer then guest vocals, which I realised after downloading his ‘Beachy Head’ E.P.  The release features just four songs and one of them is a remix but that was more then enough to get me hooked. I have had those three songs on repeat for the last two weeks and Im not yet tired of playing them.

Over the past year or so there have been quite a few male vocal artists that have struck a chord with me, especially so with the slow electronic or RnB vibes. Artists like The Weeknd, Jamie Woon, To Be Frank, James Blake, Frank Ocean and so on have all been heavily featured on my ‘loving right now’ playlist and Louis M^ttrs is the most recent addition.

If it sounds like your sort of thing then I strongly advise that you download his Beachy Head E.P., immediately. It will probably be in my favourite releases of 2014 list. You can get it here

Below is the short film like video for War With Heaven, which is also pretty damn magnificent.

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The New Music Obsession: Angel Haze

There are quite a few female rappers around right now that are doing well for themselves; Azaelia, Iggy, Nicki. The ladies are very much holding their own in a male dominated scene.

Like a lot of rap music, the great bars and beats the females are presenting don’t always offer real substance. I don’t mind their tracks, I will dance to them in a club and there’s no denying that they do things well, but would I go and buy a whole album? Probably not. Then there is Angel Haze….

 

I first heard Angel Haze on the track ‘New York’, which showed the female rapper paying homage to where she grew up. The track was good. The beat was strong. Haze‘s flow was right up my street. At this point though, she could have fitted into that category with Azaelia and the rest of them. Yeah I could listen, but the true substance wasn’t there for me yet.

It was when I heard Haze bare her soul and let us into her dark, personal world that she really grabbed my attention. On her mixtape ‘Classick’, Haze did a version of Eminem’s ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, which took us to a brutally honest, uncomfortable place. She revealed a childhood of sexual abuse and what it took for her to be still alive and standing where she is now. Not only is it hard-hitting, but it also shows her talent as a lyricist, writer and music artist. The passion felt on that track could hit the calmest of nerves.

After hearing ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, I had to download the full New York EP. The six track release features another favourite of mine ‘Werkin’ Girls’, as well as ‘Chi, Supreme’ and two remixes of ‘New York’.

Haze‘s most recent offering ‘Echelon (Its My Way),’ doesn’t go as deep and personal as we know she’s capable of, but still holds her up high above a lot of other rappers in the current hip-hop world.

 

What sets Angel Haze apart from others at the moment is that there is definitely more to come. This is a girl who has something worth saying. Not on all of her tracks, mind – we obviously need some club bangers – BUT the substance is very much there and very much real!

I’m really excited about her debut ‘Dirty Gold’, which is due out later this year. To keep myself and other supporters satisfied, Haze is dropping a freestyle every single day for 30 days. So far she has put lyrics over Jay Z’s ‘Tom Ford’, Kanye’s ‘Black Skinhead’and Drakes ‘Worst Behaviour’ to name but a few. Her latest is over Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ where she opens up about her sexuality.

 

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Wilkinson – Afterglow

I don’t need to go into too much detail. Great track. Great video.

Happy Friday people.

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Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air featuring Purity Ring

As you may have guessed from recent blog posts, I LOVE me a bit of Jon Hopkins.

I was thrilled to know he had been nominated for this years Mercury Music Prize and of course is my favourite to win. Lets celebrate by looking at his brand new video for track ‘Breathe This Air’ featuring Purity Ring.

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Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins – Garden’s Heart

I love Natasha Khan. I love Jon Hopkins. Put together they have created this excellent piece of music. A perfect pairing for 2013.

Haunting. Beautiful. Something that you should listen to.

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THE NEW MUSIC OBSESSION – JON HOPKINS – IMMUNITY

If you have never heard of Jon Hopkins, put down what you are doing immediately and listen.

If you have heard of Jon Hopkins, put down what you are doing immediately and listen.

This track ‘Immunity’ literally stopped me from what I was doing when I heard it. The beats trip under a beautiful piece of piano and the whole song, which is almost 10 minutes long, is emotional and stunning.

This gem of a find then lead me to discover the whole ‘Immunity’ album which is a thoughtful musical journey from start to finish, powerful yet delicate and beautiful. An album that will be one of my favourites for 2013.

Go forth and enjoy!

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Follow Jon Hopkins on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jon_Hopkins_

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The New Music Obsession – John Newman – Love Me Again

I’m not gonna say too much on this, other then it’s a straight banger!! It’s the first offering from UK singer John Newman and should be one for your summer playlist. Get ready to press repeat.

If you’re wondering where you’ve heard that voice before. John was first introduced to us via Rudimental and their debut anthem ‘Feel The Love’.

The single will be out on July 1st.

Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnNewmanMusic

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The New Music Obsession – Rae Morris – From Above

I will be the first to admit, I am not the biggest fan of singer-songwriters. They have to be pretty damn special to get my attention. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great ones out there, especially so at the moment but it’s not something I would usually listen to on a regular basis. This tune however is very different,  I have had it on repeat for the last month and I’ve not grown tired of it.

I discovered Rae Morris whilst listening to Shoreditch Radio and her voice grabbed my attention and stopped me dead in my tracks. There is something about this track that really resonates with me and I myself am not even sure what it is, mainly because it could be many things. Rae’s voice is quite simply, beautiful. I follow the melody with ease and feel hugely connected when I listen to the song. When watching the video there are no airs and graces and once again, it is beautiful in it simplicity. Here is a young girl, completely natural, in her own domain telling us her story. Not only do I feel every word she is singing but I want to know more. She has an intriguing quality about her.

I’m sure that I am going to love the rest of her music just as much but right now I am too obsessed with this song to find out.

Follow Rae Morris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/raemorrismusic

Find out more about Rae: http://www.raemorris.co.uk/

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The New Music Obsession – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky

When I first heard that Daft Punk and Pharrell were working on a collabroation together I knew it would be something special. This I didnt expect. This track makes me want to leap out of bed, run singing through meadows, twirl around with my arms out wide and then go and cause trouble on a beach with some of my best friends. All of this would happen after reverting back to 21 of course.

I am talking about the track that I’m happy to crown as the summer hit of 2013. Get Lucky by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

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