Fresh Music Roundup (#26) – Friday 27th October 2017

This week’s Fresh Music Roundup is an eclectic¬†mix of sounds and genres. It features music from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign and AJ Tracey. It also features UK band, Everywhere, who have been featured on BBC Introducing and have supported Kaiser Chiefs, as well as music from Johnny, a Brooklyn based Singer/Producer. Check it out below, and don’t forget to leave a comment about what songs you’re listening to this month!

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Fresh Music Roundup (#24) – Friday 8th September 2017

It’s that time again. Lately, I’ve been trying to find some alternative artists to listen to as I’m not really feeling what is currently popular and on the radio. I’ve included songs by artists such as Steve Lacy, Princess Nokia and German fem-cee Ace Tee. I look forward to hearing what these artists come out with next! Enjoy ūüôā

Fresh Music Roundup (#23) – Sun 30th July 2017

Hello, I know it’s been a while, (nine months to be exact), since I’ve done a Fresh Music Roundup and that is inexcusable, so I’m going to show you some of the songs that I have discovered/been listening to the most during the past month. The playlist includes music from the likes of J Hus, Rihanna and Kali Uchis. I hope you enjoy!

Fresh Music Roundup (#22) – Sun 2nd Oct 2016

Out with the old and in with the new. Although that is the worst mindset you could have when it comes to music, here are some new tracks that are sure to become classics, featuring music by Craig David, Kehlani, Solange and The Weeknd.

A few highlights for me this edition have to be ‘Cranes in the Sky’ by Solange, whose new album¬†A Seat at the Table is delightful, ‘CRZY’ by Kehlani which I’ve had on repeat for a while now, as well as ’16’ by Craig David which I think is a very smart move. He did a live lounge session over at the BBC a while back I believe where he mashed up his song Fill Me In with Justin Bieber’s smash hit; Where Are U Now. It was well received so it’s great that he has made a studio version!

Fresh Music Roundup (#21) – 16/9/16

This month’s Fresh Music Roundup features fantastic new tracks from the likes of Emile Sand√©, MiC LOWRY and Tinashe. Take a listen below!

Fresh Music Roundup (#20) – June 30th 2016

It’s that time again; time to re-up on some fresh new music to add to your collection. This selection is unusually bountiful but I’m feeling extra generous. This playlist features new music from the likes of Mila J, Usher, Mali Music and Tory Lanez. Take a listen below:

 

Fresh Music Roundup (#19) – June 6th

Grab a pair of headphones and get into this new (very female dominated), edition of Fresh Music Roundup!

Raye’s soulful¬†voice holds its own against the huge, arena-filling sounds of¬†Distraction¬†in which she searches for things to distract her from thinking about her love interest.¬†The track is mellow and melodic, but it still has a strong and powerful kick to it.

Caribbean flavoured songs seem to be all the rage lately, and Fifth Harmony take advantage of this wave of Sun-kissed R&B, bringing along Fetty Wap, for their new single All in My Head. This track is a nice fusion of Pop and R&B, with an added Rap element by Fetty.

I have listened to a couple of NAO’s songs and they all sound quite similar to me. I guess when you know each song you are able to differentiate. But it also means that she has a unique and recognisable sound. Girlfriend¬†in particular caught my attention and I really like it; it has the kind of beat that you can really bop your head to.

Never Be Like You¬†really has an air of familiarity about it. It screams Shock Value II¬†era Timbaland, and also reminds me of two songs; Young Forever by Jay Z, which is actually a remake of sorts of Forever Young by Alpaville and OneRepublic’s¬†Apologize.¬†Both good songs, which make for another great track.

Finally, I discovered¬†Stay Lost by accident, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. This chilled jam will fit right in place at a summer BBQ, or a long drive. It just has a nice vibe to it.

And that just about wraps up another edition of Fresh Music Roundup. I hope you have enjoyed my selections and feel free to make your own by leaving a comment below!

Where You At? (#1) – Haim

In this brand new feature I will be talking about anything from musical artists, to TV shows, to even shops that have seemingly disappeared for the time being, and trying to lure them back to doing what they are good at. This edition is about the genre-defying American trio of sisterhood, Haim.

Haim first came to prominence in 2013 with the release of their debut album Days Are Gone. The band, consisting of sisters; Este, Danielle and Alana made waves in the music world with their unique sound incorporating elements from Rock, R&B and Pop. Haim effortlessly created musical masterpieces by drawing from a vast plethora of influences including Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac, which as mentioned, make for an eclectic sound.

Their singles include; Don’t Save Me, Forever, Falling, If I Could Change Your Mind, The Wire and My Song 5 (My personal favourites being Forever and Falling). Each of these songs instantly memorable to anyone familiar with the tracks. These tracks are iconic not only for their vocal arrangements, and enchanting pulsating guitar riffs, as well as¬†their hummable melodies, but for their display of the obvious camaraderie between the sisters. They know their sound and what they are about and this is evident from the album; the music speaks for itself.

The band has also proven their worth beyond the album, with cuts such as their take on Tame Impala’s ‘Cause I’m a Man, Woman¬†which is a spectacular take on the already phenomenal track by the Australian psychedelic rock band.

In addition to their work with Tame Impala, the band have also created songs for film soundtracks including Insurgent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. On top of this, they have also been working on their radio show HAIM Time, which airs on Beats 1 on Apple Music, and have been touring. So it is evident that they have been keeping busy amidst their absence from the music scene. However, I am hoping that the sisters are also working on some new music because the world needs another Haim album! Where you at, Haim?

Fresh New Music (#18) – 23rd May 2016

Good morning/afternoon/evening, and welcome to the 18th(!) edition of Fresh Music Roundup. This time we have selections from the likes of Fatima, Talay Riley and Craig David.

Up & Up and Send My Love were standout tracks on both Coldplay’s and Adele’s most recent albums, and I am glad they’ve decided to release these tracks as singes. Up & Up is anthemic and makes you literally feel like you are back at their¬†Superbowl performance in an¬†arena filled with thousands singing along. The music video for the song is also spectacular, making mini-worlds out of everyday objects, e.g. a volcano as a popcorn maker; take a look here. While Send My Love is a (rare) upbeat track from the Queen of ballads, Adele. Unfortunately, the music video is a bit of a mess

Ariana’s promotional track Be Alright was released a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve only got around to listening to it this week and I can’t stop! It’s simple yet irresistible and will get you up and dancing whatever mood you’re in. The same with Meghan Trainor’s¬†Me Too.

Fatima is giving off Hiatus Kaiyote vibes with her track Le Neta. The soulful bop is enchanting and unique with the fusion of different genres and tempos. While, Talay Riley resurfaces after writing for other artists with his new track  Not Enough. The smooth cut is perfect for the post-Weeknd state of music!

SG Lewis brings the Miguel/Gallant vibes with his captivatingly distorted, atmospheric track, Yours.

Finally, it seems Craig David has found the perfect blend between his old, unique UK garage sound and the current state of British dance/pop, with his latest release One More Time.

 

Let’s Talk About…(#9) Updates on Music, Movies & Shows

Movies:

Since the year began, I have been keeping track of all the movies and shows that I have watched (as well as the¬†books I’ve read… notice how that isn’t a category hereūüėā). It’s a tradition I started last year, and decided to continue because I wanted to diversify the types of films and shows that I was watching to become more open minded and ‘cultured’. Before you go on, I apologise in advance for my interchangeable use of the words ‘film’ and ‘movie’ because I can never decide which to use.I won’t bore you with my whole list, and since I reviewed Zootropolis¬†last month, I will continue from there. In the time between then and now I have watched an astounding three films ūüėā. They are; Maleficent, Barbershop: The Next Cut, and Iron Man. All three are very different, but I thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Come to think of it, I have actually watched two other films in the past month, one¬†of them being Friend Request, however, it spooked me out so much that I just want to push it out of my memory, so I won’t be talking about it.

I loved the cinematography in Maleficent, although, despite efforts not to be, it did still come across as slightly clich√©. But Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning’s performances were fantastic and the movie was entertaining overall, if not unusually dark for a Disney film. Similarly to Zootropolis,¬†I appreciated¬†the social relevance of Barbershop 3; the comedy was great, ¬†as was the character development and consistency, especially being the third movie in the series, as well as the representation of different age groups in the film. I chose to watch Iron Man as I have been meaning to enter the ‘Marvel Universe’¬†for a while; I wanted to catch up so that I’m able to watch the Black Panther movie in the cinema and actually follow what’s going on, as I’m interested what they will do with the character. Also,¬†there is a big hype surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this hype is only going to last for the next couple of years, as we have already reached Phase Three of the studios planned clusters of films being released to follow their narrative arc. My interest in Marvel has also extended to TV, which I will now talk about.

TV Shows:

I’ve been watching quite a few shows lately. The ones I’ve given the most attention to are;

  • Prison Break
  • Supergirl
  • The Flash
  • Daredevil
  • A Different World
  • Agents of SHIELD

Out of the six, shows I would have to say that I enjoy Prison Break the most as the storyline has so many twists and turns, which engages me greatly because, believe it or not, watching movies and TV shows can actually be a chore for me I find it very difficult to sit in one place for an elongated period of time before getting bored a
nd wanting to do something else., which means, often I have to watch movies in episodic bursts, for instance, it took me three days to finish Iron Man because I kept losing interest or getting distracted!

However, with¬†Prison Break, I find myself losing track of time, thinking ‘that can’t have been forty-five minutes gone already!’, and considering whether or not I have enough time to fit in another episode. I love how the characters are forced to get along as a result of their shared common goals and enemies. The only other shows¬†that I’ve watched, in recent memory, that have had the same effect on me are;¬†The Office (UK)¬†and¬†Extras. I could watch them all day! But with shows like Daredevil, I find myself losing interest by half-way, not because it isn’t interesting, but because I feel it is unnecessarily elongated. It could be due to the fact that I have not connected with the characters yet and so have no pull-factor to draw me into the show. I guess over time this will change and I will feel more inclined to give the show my full attention.

Music:

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Apple Music has been a great tool for discovering (and rediscovering) music for me lately. I am also elated to find out that they are introducing new reduced rates for students, which is great if it is true. This month I have been listening to a wide variety of music from the likes of Kaytranada, Tame Impala, Hiatus Kaiyote, Skepta, Sade and Coldplay. A strange mix, I know, but as I said, I am trying to be open to new things. You can read more about what I’ve been listening to in this month’s Fresh Music Roundup here.

That just about wraps up this unprecedented edition of ‘Let’s Talk About…’.¬†Don’t forget to leave a comment and follow me on Twitter @ChrisCultureUK to keep up to date on my latest posts!