Tagged: 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!


Sam x


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.


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…

charlatans       selfie

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

bex   me

Both of us having a little pose inside.

brits         another tube pic

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

My favourite new remixer: Prillen

People who know me will know that I absolutely LOVE a good remix, so I am always on the hunt for them.

However, sometimes I happen to stumble on a really great one, which was what happened today. I was just browsing on Tumblr when I happened to find this awesome new Katy Perry x Iggy Azalea remix of ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Fancy’ (below). I love both of these songs, so I had to have a listen… and I definitely loved what I heard.

Chilled, cool and suarve, this track just HAS it. I was taken with it literally from the first note.

Obviously, then I had to find out who made the track, so I clicked on the Prillen‘s Twitter account which was attached to the post. Considering the Tumblr post of the song had nearly 9,000 notes, I was surprised to find that Prillen only has 154 followers on Twitter. This guy is definitely a a musical mastermind, so I would definitely recommend you give him a follow.

I also checked out some of his other remixes on his Soundcloud page. Again, I stumbled on some more I love, such as his version of Kesha‘s ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ and his ‘Cockiness’ remix.

As well as music, I also saw on Prillen’s website that he’s an artist – what a talented guy huh!

But anyways, I thought I would just write a post to share with you this guy’s genius, as I certainly enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of the track, or any of his other work, below!

Sam x



My five top tracks of the moment #2

So I thought I would bring you guys another post about my top tracks of the moments as I’ve updated my Soundcloud playlist recently.

This weeks offerings are a bit all over the place though – with some dance tracks, rock & even Paulo Nutini‘s new track after he disappeared for a bit.

Let me know if you’re also a fan of any of the songs & let me know if you have any recommendations about any artists/bands I might like.

Sam x

P.s. Unlike the last post where I included the Soundcloud tracks in the post, I have had to just link the titles to the sounds as WordPress won’t let me include the tracks this time for some reason (boo). Sorry for that!

1. Route 94 – ‘My Love’ feat. Jess Glynne

I heard Greg James playing this on Radio 1 the other day. He said that loads of his listeners had been requesting it, which I am definitely not surprised about, as it is an absolute tune! I’m definitely going to listen to this before nights out to get me ready to party.

2. Paolo Nutini Scream (Funk My Life Up)

After five years away, Paolo is back! I definitely have to say, I’ve missed his gorgeous little face & raspy tones. ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up) is the first release from his upcoming album ‘Caustic Love’, which is out this year. I definitely don’t think it’s a out-and-put classic, however I still haven’t played it that much, so I’m expecting it to grow on me. I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like too!

3. Royal Blood – ‘Out Of The Black’

This is literally one of the best rock tracks I’ve heard in ages. The two-piece Brighton duo are unashamedly loud & know a thing or two about a good riff. The band (made up of Michael Kerr on bass & vocals and Ben Thatcher on drums) only formed last year, but they are already making waves & will be supporting Arctic Monkeys at their Finsbury Park shows later in May this year. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

4. Julio Bashmore – ‘Peppermint’

I heard this track ages ago and loved it, but I still haven’t had enough! In fact, I actually saw the guy himself perform it live at Brixton Academy. I don’t know if the whole house scene or a night out is for me, but I definitely know that I love this track.

5. Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Luna’

After being away for three years, Bombay Bicycle Club are back and sounding just as good as ever. I love this jaunty little track – it definitely puts a spring in my step when it appears on my playlist. I’m excited what else is going to be on their upcoming new album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’.

WATCH: Ryan Green – ‘Don’t Go’ by Josh Kumra


I have never really been that much of a fan of ‘The Voice’ as I have found it dull in the past. I also didn’t intend on watching this year’s series. However, my sister had it on the other night whilst I was in the living room and I did catch a little glimpse.

And I’m glad I did, as it was just as 16-year-old Essex singer Ryan Green came on. Now he had won me over already as he played the piano (I play it too) and then he started singing one of my favourite songs for the past couple of years ‘Don’t Go’ by Josh Kumra. Plus then I heard that gorgeous voice!

So basically I thought I would share so that you could hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

The only shame is that none of the judges turned around (I know, ludicrous) so he won’t be on the show anymore. But hopefully he’ll be sharing some of more music on his Twitter page.

Anyways, happy listening!

Sam x

My top five tracks of the moment #1

I absolutely love music and am always out on the search for new material. In fact I even help to run a music blog (The Sound Blog if you want to check it out).

However, I must admit that my search for new songs fell by the wayside over the Christmas period, as I blasted out ‘Last Christmas’ repeatedly.

So I thought I would do a post on my give favourite tracks of the moment to maybe bring some new music into your life, if like me, you neglected good times for Christmas jingles over the past month.

If you have any suggestions of other good tracks you think I might like, please feel free to list them in the comments section. I love discovering new songs/artists.

Sam x

1. Childish Gambino – ‘3005’

You’ve probably heard this track as it’s getting a lot of radio play right now. I’ve included it on my list though as I literally have it on repeat at the moment. This is the first track that I’ve really got into from Gambino but has made me listen to his other tracks too now. It also has an awesome video which you can check out here.

2. Vance Joy – ‘Riptide’

When I first heard this, I thought it was a new song from Jack Penate, who I love! However, it was actually Aussie folk pop singer Vance Joy. This is such a catchy little upbeat number and will definitely put you in a good mood after you listen to it. If you want to know more about Vance Joy, check out the post we did on him on our music blog here.

3. Clean Bandit – ‘Rather Be’ feat. Jess Glynne

I’ve loved this band for a while now and this has yet failed to dampen. Mixing classical music with modern beats, these Cambridge Uni graduates really offer something different. As I said, literally every song of their’s I have loved so far, including this latest one, ‘Rather Be’.

4. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

I discovered this song thanks to Annie Mac, who included it on her ‘Annie Mac Presents’ playlist. If you are a fan of Jessie Ware, then you will love this, as Jessy has a similar tone and chilled out style. I love this song to just sit and chill out to.

5. Hot Natured & Ali Love – ‘Benediction’

I’m pretty sure most of you have heard this club banger by now. I had to include it though as I have literally listened to it about a million times though now and it never bores me. Definitely one of my favs at the moment.