Category: Music

WATCH: Jack Garratt in the R1 Live Lounge

You must have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard Jack Garrett‘s name mentioned on the music scene by now…

The 24-year-old Brit from Buckinghamshire has literally burst onto the scene recently being named by the BBC as its ‘Sound of 2016’ as well as being given the BRIT Awards Critic Choice awards – people just can’t get enough of him!

But that’s the thing, I had heard his name but not actually heard any of his music considering I don’t listen to the radio much these days.

I did hear he’d done a live lounge but I was yet to check it out until this weekend when I saw someone post a link of Twitter and I finally decided to get but act together and have a listen… and boy I wasn’t too disappointed.

Jack did a cover of his singer ‘Worry’ earlier in the month (above), and as well as being an awesome song, the singer also has the kind of passion that gets you excited and makes you really believe what he’s singing. As well as that, he also is a beast on the guitar, giving one of the best guitar solos I’ve ever heard in the live lounge.

As well as his single, Jack also did a cover of music’s other man-of-the-moment, Mr Craig David, with his tune ‘7 days’, which he mashed up with Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Senorita’ – I mean can it GET any better?

I don’t know why it took me so long to listen to Jack. I guess because I sometime don’t like just jumping on a bandwagon. But it this case I have to admit, the critics were right – you don’t want to miss out on this talent!

Hope you enjoy!

Sam x

WATCH: Lady Gaga sings Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’


It feels like she’s been away for ages but a new video of Lady Gaga has caught my eye and I felt I had to share.

The talented singer shows off her voice recently at an event celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra‘s 100th birthday, which was held at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas.

The show, which was aired on US TV  channel CBS on December 6, also featured covers of Sinatra’s classic songs by artists including Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and John Legend. 

Gaga’s performance of ‘New York, new York’ definitely stood out to me though – that lady really does have some serious vocals and stage presence!

Enjoy!

Sam x

 

WATCH: J-Lo’s epic AMA performance

 

So, I know the American Music Awards (AMAs) were like a week ago, but I needed to share this video for all of you who missed J-Lo‘s EPIC performance as the show.

Not only was Jenny from the block hosting the show and dazzling with her gorgeous array of outfits, but she also showed of her amazing dance skills in the 7-minute-medley of the best tracks of the year, including Bruno Mars‘ ‘Uptown Funk’ and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Anacona’.

The sexy singer also showed off her vocals at the start of the performance with a slowed-down version of her song ‘Waiting for Tonight’.

Honestly is there anything this lady can’t do – I actually think she’s Superwoman!

 

WATCH: Sam Smith & Disclosure cover Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’

So I only heard Drake‘s chill new track ‘Hotline Bling’ for the first time today (September 17), and now there’s an amazing cover of it!

Yep man-of-the-moment Sam Smith laid down some smooth vocals to Drizzy’s new tune in the Radio 1 Live Lounge, teaming up with Disclosure for good measure, who were providing the backing.

Check out the song below and if you still haven’t heard Drake’s original check it out here – you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!

Sam x

This Week’s Friday Tunage: Lou Van – ‘My Love’

Hey everyone, and happy Friday!

Who’s excited for the weekend? Because I know I am! And what better way to kick off your weekend than by listening to an absolute TUNE of a song.

My pick this week to give you that Friday feeling is Lou Van – ‘My Love’ (below). I discovered this track whilst listening to a ‘Massive Dance Hits’ playlist on Spotify, and it didn’t disappoint me, as it led me straight to this happy little track.

The perfect dancefloor beat, and catchy baseline will have you moving at your desk and thinking about all those tequilas you’ll be drinking later.

You can check out more of Lou’s tunage array on his Soundcloud here.

Once again, happy Friday, have a good one people!

Sam x

Music: Nick Jonas KILLS it in the R1 Live Lounge


I know everyone is meant to really cool with their music tastes these days, but I like to be upfront with what I actually like listening to.

And my new (totally uncool) guilty pleasure is Mr Nick Jonas.

Not only have I recently discovered he’s gorgeous (helped by a certain sexy snap), but I also love his new song ‘Jealous’, which he did a gorge’ cover of in the Radio 1 Live Lounge today (above).

The 22-year-old also did a pretty decent cover of Years and Years ‘King’ as well as a bonus track.

I really hope Mr J can keep up the good work with his tunes and then I will definitely remain a fan, and won’t end up looking stupid after this gushy blogpost. He definitely has the voice for it, so I am holding out hope!

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

Sam x

Lifestyle: The Charlatans ‘Brits Week’ Gig @ The Brooklyn Bowl

brooklyn bowlI’m not that used to going to a gig where I don’t know the band really well, however when my friend Bex invited me down to go and see The Charlatans at Brooklyn Bowl at the O2, I though, why not?!

Seeing as the band formed in the late 80s, when I wasn’t even born, I wasn’t familiar with their music. The day of the gig, I looked them up on Spotify to see if I recognised a few songs, but I didn’t even know one!

This left me a little apprehensive before the gig. However, there was really no need for me to worry. Despite not knowing one song, I instantly started enjoyed myself the second the band came on stage.

Considering the band have been around some time, it wasn’t a surprise that most of the audience were middle-aged, and the vast majority of those were men. However, this wasn’t intimidating. In fact, it was kind of nice to go to a gig where everyone was a bit more sensible, and they definitely gave you more breathing space than your usual gig-goer does.

One guy did come up to me and my friend however and commented that we looked ‘far too young’ to know the band, but he did in in good jest and was said ‘fair play’ to us as he high-fived us, which was quite funny.

Anyway, back to the actual gig… as I was saying, the band were really fun to watch. Frontman Tim Burgess had a good energy about him, and I loved his long blonde crazy hair, we he liked to swing around. He had a good repore with the fans too telling them as he came on stage ‘It’s been a while, hasn’t it?!’.

The venue was also great too. If you hadn’t guessed already by the name, Brooklyn Bowl is used for bowling in the day, however hosts a number of events in the evening. The fact that it only holds a few hundred people meant that the gig felt really intimate, as you are quite close to the band, even if you are a fair way back.

The gig was held as part of ‘BRITS Week’ – celebrating British music in the lead up to the BRIT Awards 2015, which is this Wednesday coming (February 25). To mark the occasion, there was a massive BRIT Award statue by the stage, as well as Brit Award signs throughout the venue, which added a nice touch and a good Instagram opportunity!

All in all, it was definitely a fun night and I would 100% go back to The Brooklyn Bowl to see many more bands in the future.

Check out some pictures of my night below…

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Left: The band on stage. Right, me and Bex having a selfie outside the venue.

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Both of us having a little pose inside.

brits         another tube pic

Left: Bex with the BRIT statue. Right: Capturing our tube journey home. 

So Dan Humphrey is in a band…

mothxr-bandSo I have been meaning to write this post for ages ever since I saw a photo posted on Instagram of Penn Badgely a.k.a. Dan Humprey from Gossip Girl is in a band.

At first I just thought that the guy just looked like him, but no, it was definitely ol’ lonely boy once I checked.

The actor is, I guess, now trying his hand making it in the music biz after revealing himself to be GG herself (still weird) as the show came to its end back in 2012.

The band is called Mothxr and they are actually really, really good. I’ve been listening to them over the weekend, and can honestly say they I enjoyed their music from the first play.

It’s cool, chilled-out, and quite sexy. Just like Penn himself I guess.

Checking out the band’s Instagram page it’s obvious that Penn is now converting to a more dirty rocker vibe than his Mr Humphrey character, and it’s clear he’s trying to be taken seriously as a musician.

With the songs I’ve heard, I do think that he’s really talented, and the band deserve success. However, I don’t know quite how he’ll ever been taken totally seriously as a ‘rawk god’ after his time in GG.

But I do wish him well & I will definitely be listening to the band, and even checking them out live if I ever get the chance.

Check out my favourite track of theirs ‘Victim’ below, and go to their website for more.

Sam x

Photo credit: Mothxr Instagram

Wednesday remix: Florence + The Machine – ‘Shake it Out’ (Benny Benassi Remix)

I’ve posted a few remixes on the blog before, however I’ve decided to come up with a new feature.

Basically, I’ll post you my favourite remix of the week every Wednesday to keep you going until the weekend!

This week I’ve picked this Benny Benassi remix of Florence + The Machine’s ‘Shake it Out’. The first time I heard this version, I instantly loved it.

I mean, this was a tune already, but this remix just takes it to new levels. It really makes me want Flo to come back too – where has she disappeared to>

Anyway, enjoy!

Sam x

LISTEN: Lorde – ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ (From The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)

Exciting news Lorde fans! The New Zealand songstress has released a new track!

‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, which you can listen to below, is the first record that the singer has circulated since she released album ‘Pure Heroine’ in September last year. What’s even more exciting is that the song will feature as part of the official soundtrack of the new ‘Hunger Games’ film – ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’.

The song isn’t vastly different from the material of ‘Pure Heroine’, with sultry vocals from the 17-year-old and a chorous that you won’t forget , however one thing that it does have in common is that it is damn good.

Lorde is the first artist to be announced for the new ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack. If the rest of it sounds as good as this, then I will definitely be purchasing it!

Let me know what you think of ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ in the comments box below…

 

 

Sam x