Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
LIZZO, AKA Melissa Jefferson was raised in Minneapolis and heads up several hip hop acts such as Raise The Chalice and RIOT GRRRL.
2014 could just be her year.
Her debut album LizzoBangerz is a complete rap vintage. A dynamite debut & super statement record 'Bangerz' was produced by Ryan Olson with beats from fellow Minnesotan, Aaron Mader aka Lazerbeak.
Lyrically Lizzo tells the sort of stories that Sweet Tee and Monie Love were penning in the 90's. The classic influence from that era and more contemporary artists such as Missy Elliot and early Kanye West comes through in droves as Jeffersons delivery chops and changes from verse to chorus, with the beats occasionally taking the wheel too. Whilst Lizzo often fires out a sharp shooting style, she also knows how to drop to an aside, like stepping out of a scene to talk the audience, such as 47 seconds into Work Pt 2, where we step out to a gossipy phone call. Bangerz is not an aggressive record, it gets alongside the listener, draws us into her world and teaches something at the same time, the beats are exceptional - isn't this what all great rap albums do?
3 Essential tracks: W.E.R.K Pt 2, Cookies & Batches, Pants Vs Dress
There's also an excellent interview here worth checking out:
Lizzo is featured in my 'Approved Music of 2014' playlist, please listen and subscribe (if you wanna)
Thursday, 16 January 2014
I had all day meetings today. It was fun, record labels came in one by one and presented new music. But after the meetings, the chaos of catcing up with work, and after 6pm when the office emptied out i found myself playing a chilled record i'd heard via the KCRW tune of the day podcast.
Soundtrack is a genre, as ive mentioned here before, i'm fascinated by. So to hear that this was a soundtrack for a film yet to be made, really grabbed my attention. It's a very creative and cinematic 7 tracks, with little or no vocal except for on the jazzy title track which drops mid-set. Other than that the EP is a fine piece of neo-classical soundtrack making Andrew Birds eastern influenced EP an early highlight for 2014.
"The EP’s title was taken from a remark made by a visiting Thai student when Bird was living in Chicago in his twenties. “We thought it was funny and absurd because Pulaski is a street that runs the length of Chicago’s west side and I can tell you, you don’t want to see Pulaski at night,” says Bird. And it’s easy enough to hear the intro and outro tracks, Ethio Invention No’s 1 and 2, as a plucked, Southeast Asian-inspired scene-setter and finale respectively. While Lit From Underneath continues the sonic tour with bright curiosity and the return of Bird’s much admired mellifluous whistle. "- Mojo4Music
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Friday, 10 January 2014
2014 is still in it's infancy but one record that's already caught my attention is 'Got Me' from Jamaican rooted, Brooklyn born Satin Beretta.
Check the record out below. No release date on this yet but got a feeling that she will be an artist to watch this year. A big label deal could await..
Here's another record that she launched via facebook too
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
No matter what happens in life be kind to people. Being kind to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
— Nicky Gumbel (@nickygumbel) April 9, 2013
The New HMV on Oxford Street::
— James Coughlan (@jamescoughlan) September 27, 2013
Although it's been a tough season for Fulham FC i thought this likeness of Scott Parker to the hero in classic video game 'Doom' was hilarious (but also spot on!!)
I've finally realised who Scott Parker reminds me of. pic.twitter.com/V4Fugj1XlW
— Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) December 8, 2013
One of my favourite gigs this year
.@paramore is rocking the #iTunesFestival. Watch it live on iTunes or with the Festival app. http://t.co/1soSZlv2za pic.twitter.com/q9iX1sIbcu
— iTunes Festival (@itunesfestival) September 4, 2013
Classic Ad: Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." pic.twitter.com/ZSnEvxmV
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) February 16, 2013
A friend ousts me as a Seapony fan..
@SimonMusic I love that you like @deathbyseapony
— Joseph Hatch (@hellohatchy) January 18, 2013
A promotion i ran with Sainsburys for Arctic Monkeys
Loving the new Arctic Monkeys album? We've got two tickets to see them in concert. RT for your chance win! T&Cs: http://t.co/FdNLTCSd5d
— Sainsbury's (@sainsburys) September 20, 2013
A brew from the Aim Awards..
IT'S AMAZING “@SimonMusic: Trying some of this hospital records brew.. @AIMAwards pic.twitter.com/JnbSEpLhCR”
— The AIM Awards 2013 (@AIMAwards) September 3, 2013
JLS split up..
Apparently the company Julian Levitt Sanderson (JLS) has closed down.
— Robin Cooper (@RobinCooperEsq) April 24, 2013
Kieron from Playlists.net enjoys the Boombox soul playlist
#NowPlaying Boombox Soul @ShareMyPlaylist http://t.co/Zvqj33MxKK via @SimonMusic & worth it purely for the Sweet Tee track
— Kieron Donoghue (@kierondonoghue) March 18, 2013
Alan Fletcher - I had the immense privaledge this year of working with one of my heroes and i have to say good Neighbours definately became good friends. Bless you Fletch!!
Huge thanks to @kimcreedpr @allaboutpromo @SimonMusic and @JulieMillerTV for organising an amazing day of promotion for the song.
— Alan Fletcher (@doctorkk) December 2, 2013
Morgan Baker (Callum)
@SimonMusic Oh I wish... Nah Minecraft.
— Morgan Baker (@MorganAlmighty) July 21, 2013
Jenna Rosenow (Amber Turner)
@SimonMusic haha I'll do my best not to tell anyone they look 'pregnant' instead of 'pretty' !
— Jenna Rosenow (@jenna_rosenow) May 28, 2013
Kaiya Jones (Sophie Ramsay)
@SimonMusic @theperfectblend what do u mean double credits?? Does this mean get paid twice? :P
— Kaiya Jones (@KaiyaJ) February 19, 2013