So, I’ve got something a little bit different for you guys. Every month I’m gonna be setting up a Monthly Favourites playlist over on my Soundcloud, which I will then talk about on my blog. Feel free to subscribe to the playlist, give me suggestions, share or simply just get some new music to listen to!
Bebe Rexha – I’m Gonna Show You Crazy
This girl burst onto he scene featuring with Cash Cash with their smash hit Take Me Home, but now Bebe is taking the world by storm on her own. This is her second single, following the huge success of I Can’t Stop Drinking About You, which promises to be another hit we can belt out. The lyrics alone show her bad girl attitude and her alternative view of love, explaining how she will be a ‘psychopath’. I am sure there’s much more to come from this young Albanian, so keep your eyes, and especially your ears, wide open.
Kwabs – Walk
This 24 year old from Bermondsey in South London has been going from strength to strength. After starting out by covering songs on YouTube, his cover of James Blake‘s The Wilhelm Dream went viral, he has gained international recognition since releasing this single in October last year. Even though it didn’t chart highly here in the UK, it became hugely popular in Germany and Austria and was even number one in the iTunes Music Chart for quite some time. This inspirational song is bringing great things for this guy, so watch out for his soulful voice in the future.
Tove Lo – Talking Body
This Swedish pop-sensation has been spotted all over the charts for the past few months, but only as a feature. Now, with the release of her own music, she is certainly earnt those places in the mainstream music charts. Taken from her Queen of the Clouds EP, Talking Body is a relaxing pop ballad that gives an unconventional view of love. The 27 year-old really has done everything, toured with Katy Perry, written for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with Scream My Name and has recently teamed up with Alesso for the smash hit song (that’s obviously going to be a summer song) Heroes (We Could Be).This is just the start for this girl, so get used to hearing her name a lot.
Charli XCX – Doing It (Ft. Rita Ora)
A playlist wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Charli. And what a song. This time, 22 year-old Charlotte Aitchison has pulled Rita Orain for the ultimate girl-power song to kick off the year. After being catapulted into our heads with Icona Popand their ever-so-catchy hit I Don’t Care (I Love It), this girl has been here, there and everywhere. Her CV certainly is becoming something of a spectacle, featuring working with Iggy Azalea,opening all legs of Katy Perry‘s Prismatic Tour and writing songs for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. C’mon, you have to admit that you love this girl – well, you have to, I don’t think she’s going anywhere anytime soon.
Sam Smith – How Will I Know (SJUR Remix)
I found this gem after searching through the depths of Soundcloud and I play it all day, on repeat, everywhere I go. And I think this man needs no introductions to his awesome voice and his angelic way of melting our hearts. Sam Smith is probably the singer of the Century (arguable, I guess) and has been dominating the world song by song. This guy is only 22 and seems to have done everything, gained international acclaim for his debut albumIn The Lonely Hour, sang with Mary J bloody Blige and given us the best rendition of shower Beyonceever. And if anyone is able to do Whitney justice, it’s this guy. Give it a listen and fall in love with the boy once more – I know I have.
DJ FRESH – Gravity (Ft. Ella Eyre)
Once again, DJ Fresh is bringing us an ultimate banger. But it’s the 20 year-old from West London that provides the vocals in this record that guarantees success. Ella Eyrehas been on the radar for some time now after working with superstars Rudimental,Tinie Tempah and many more. This tune promises to be helping us transition into summer with the sick drum ‘n’ bass beat that is hard-hitting and makes you just wanna dance. She came second in the BRIT: Critic’s Choice Award (only to SamSmithhimself), won Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards and has announced to be supporting Olly Murson his area tour in 2015. Wow! This girl is destined for great things. I can’t wait to see more from her, you should be excited too!
Fifth Harmony – Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Cover)
I think these 5 latinos need no introduction because of thatX-Factor final performance that stuck their song BO$$in our heads for weeks (it still hasn’t escaped mine!) The girls, that finished third in X-Factor USA, have covered this song that seems to be absolutely everrrrrrywhere at the moment and it might just be their greatest cover to date. Since finishing the competition, they have been dominating the world, touring with Demi Lovato,visiting the White House and getting praise from Michelle Obamaherself and setting up their own clothing line. Just give the song a listen, it gives a fresh take on the song with their voices and resonates their sassy attitude. Remember their name, I guarantee they will be everywhere in 2015.
Kygo – Firestone (Ft. Conrad)
This guy is relatively unknown in the UK, but in Norway (where he’s from), he’s a huge name. He has recently accumulated over 80 million views on his YouTube videos and Soundcloud mixes, with Firestone being his most recent success. This remix shys away from the melancholic original and gives it a new relaxing feel, giving you something to chill out to. Since his breakthrough last year, the 23 year-old has been contacted by supergroup Coldplayto remix their song Midnight and has warmed up for Swedish genius DJ Avicii for a festival in Norway. It seems like this guy is sticking to remixes at the moment, but he will get his time – trust me!
Sigma – Higher (Ft. Labrinth)
I’m pretty sure that this drum ‘n’ bass duo from Leeds need absolutely no introduction whatsoever. Since bursting onto the UK charts with their genius rework of Kanye’s Bound 2, they have been dominating the mainstream music scene, releasing masterpiece after masterpiece. And I’m sure this will be no different. I’m not a huge fan of Labrinth, but anything that these boys (Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie who met whilst at University) do seems to be turning to gold so it would be foolish not to feature them on my playlist. After topping the charts twice, with Nobody To Love and Changing which featured vocals from Paloma Faith, this group is destined for great things. I’m certain they will be dominating the airplay in 2015 too!
Years and Years – Desire
This trio from London have been catapulted into the charts lately with their catchy lyrics, electronic beats and enticing vocals. Since the release of this single, they were shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list and came out on top of the poll at the beginning of this year. This song has been absolutely everywhere and you’d had have to been living under a rock to not hear it. After recently teaming up with The Magician on his top-ten hit Sunlight and Tourist with Illuminate, they have been stamping their names onto the charts. I’m sure these boys will be bringing a summer hit for us this year, so keep listening for them on my playlists in the future.
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
I dare you to listen to a Jess Glynne song without feeling extremely happy. And this one is no different. The cheery upbeat tempo and positive lyrics deem this Hampstead born girl success once more. She has constantly been in the charts for the past year and it doesn’t seem she is going anywhere soon. Since working with Route 94, she provided the vocals for Rather Be with electronic quartet Clean Bandit, released her top-ten debut single Right Here and sang at every festival you could ever think of. And it seems that her and Clean Bandit loved working together so much, they collaborated again and delivered the smash Real Love. She’s sure come a long way from being rejected from X-Factor when she was just 15. It just reminds us that talent shows aren’t always the best way to get into the industry. Hard work is what pays off and this lass has proved that she can really do it.
Thank you for listening.
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As many of you people will probably know, if you follow me on Instagram especially, you will know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with snapbacks. So when I came across BLAQ ZINQ I was in awe.
Not only are the snapbacks b-e-a-u-tifully made, they have the most amazing designs – some are even embezzled with silver & gold. *freaks out*
Their first range consists of 9 different that can appeal to everyone. Scoping from a simple all-over black design to the luxurious option of jet-black Swarovski crystals on the under peak, I am totally captured by the whole collection.
They have pulled out all of the stops to make their first collection stand out. The extent of their techniques is completely mind-blowing, including 3D embroidery, the use of black patent leather and a Matt Black metal star placed on the right side of the hat to signify the creative side of the brain. (Impressive, huh?)
This is a collection that I will remember for a long time and I’m sure the brand is destined for amazing things. Watch this space!
A few days ago, I lost a dear friend. A friend that I hadn’t seen for over a year (probably because he lived in Norway) but I still considered him to be a good friend of mine.
I spent a year living with this guy who was truly beautiful, inside and out, who had the heart of an angel.
The moment I found out the news, I just froze. I stopped right in my tracks and my mind went blank. Like everything had just paused, like the world had stopped mid-rotation and nothing else mattered anymore. He was on my mind.
Then, a gush of thoughts began running through my head. Why? How? What happened? I needed answers. But no-one knew them.
We were all completely left in the dark about what had happened, having to scramble around to try and contact someone closer to him that had more information.
But that information seemed to take a lifetime to reach us. Everyone was asking around to see if anyone had got the latest, to put our minds at rest, to at least get some sort of closure.
Thomas was a happy and cheery guy, always put other people first and tried his hardest to put a smile on your face.
That’s the word I’m searching for. He was completely selfless. He wasn’t one to gloat or want the attention on him. He was always interested in how I am, how my day went and my life.
He took his time on you, had the patience to sit and have a conversation about anything and everything. Even sitting in silence around him was a blessing. His presence just emanated love and happiness. There was never a dull moment when I was around Thomas. He would walk into a room with a huge grin on his face and I couldn’t help but smile and be cheerful, even if it was for a couple of seconds.
It’s now time to celebrate the life of one of the most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. It’s time to remember the good times that we shared and support one another. It’s that time to think back on the moments we spent together and the ways in which he affected each and every person he touched throughout his lifetime.
He wouldn’t be wanting us to cry. He’d be wanting us to carry on with our lives, with our daily activities but keep that part of him always in our hearts.
The past few days have taught me to not take things for granted and appreciate everything whilst you can, you never know which day will be your last.
Life is too short: seize things whilst you can, say “I love you” to the people that deserve to hear it and live your life to the fullest.
Thomas, you will always be in my heart, constantly on my mind and never forgotten. Heaven has gained an angel.
Alright, I know LCM is now over, and I have been rubbish with keeping up (I know, I’m stupid) but I just wanted to share my absolute favourite from the 3 day extravaganza.
Wow, what a collection. The trio really do not let you down when they show their collection.
I fell in love with them last year at LFW with their Sister by Sibling masterpiece.
And I just fell even more in love with them after their show earlier today!
Every single item was stunning. The mesh t shirts, denim waistcoats and striking shorts are sure to be seen out and about in the Summer of ’14.
The colours are perfect and really set you up for the sun (when this rain finally stops!)
And the models smile! This is my favourite aspect of their shows. Unlike the emotionless models of other fashion designers, they seem to be enjoying what their doing and smiling their way through it. I love this. It’s great to see something different on the catwalk.
Here’s a few of my favourites from the collection.
In 1985 the band New Model Army made a statement on Top of the Pops that caused a long term rift with the show that was never healed before the show’s demise.
Shit on stage? Threaten anarchy? Swear (a lot)? Expose themselves? No. The band dared to wear a tee exclaiming the obvious – Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin.
1985 was one of the disgraceful years of ‘heroin chic’ in music. Bands pretending to do it, media semi-promoting it and with rumours that it was no worse than dope circulated by dealers, kids were paying the price both literally and figuratively with their lives.
Designer and long-time friend of N.M.A. Joolz Denby was sick of this pretence, seeing what was happening in her neighbourhood, and trying to take on the council to educate the locals about the dangers. NMA was even active in supporting local Drug Charities. Then happenstance presented the band with the platform; Joolz says ‘a surprising request to play Top Of The Pops was a great opportunity to make a useful statement.’
Joolz hand painted four tees for the band that said ‘Only Stupid Bastards Us Heroin’ in the hope of deterring any teens off the path of hard drugs. On the day in the studio TOTP took umbrage at the word bastard (as well as the bands insistence of playing live) and promptly gaffer taped the word to hide it. Over the time to air, Joolz snipped away at the tape with some nail scissors so when it came time for the set, you could plainly read the word.
The rest is history – a lifetime ban from Top Of The Pops as they stepped off stage and a surprising ally in newspapers poking at TOTP for being arses about an important message.
FLY53 has always championed the Tee as a canvas. Having been sued banned and had product pulled for making statements, we thought this was a perfect story and one that deserves highlighting. So we have reprinted the tee in limited numbers, 40 of which will be auctioned off and every penny raised will go to a drug charity local to the band’s hometown.
Tees will be auctioned through eBay from 14th November. W/C 14th November, 20 tees will be put up first week and 20 the next. Check www.fly53.com for news and info on the auction.