BBC Sound of 2017

So, it’s that time of year again, although slightly later than usual, the shortlist for BBC Sound of 2017.Just like the previous year it is a pretty RnB heavy list, but without further ado let’s start…

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Aurora

aurora

 

Sometimes you find new music in the most random of places. This time I found it on an advert in the London underground a few weeks ago.  Usually I don’t always take notice of the adverts but this one stood out and if you look at the image above you will understand why. It was an advert for Aurora’s debut album, “All my demons greeting me as friends”  which also peaked my interest.

The image itself is haunting yet intriguing and it had lodged itself in my brain. However, it was only a few weeks later when I was thinking of something to listen to on Deezer that I thought to look her up…and I have never looked  back since.

You may not realise this but you most likely already know her voice. She sang the beautiful version of “Other side of the world” in last Christmas’ John Lewis advert and has also been featured on HBO’s hit TV show, Girls..

Autora has a beautiful yet haunting voice and  her songs send shivers down my spine at times. Many of the songs have a dark quality to them and II must admit this is one thing I do love about her.

One of my favourite songs of hers is called “running with the wolves” everything about it I love, from the melody to the stretched out notes.

Although she is in a class of her own and difficult to put in a category if I had to compare her to someone it would be Florence and The Machine, but Lungs era and before, not post Lungs. She has the strength, the tenacity and the attitude that I saw in Florence Welch when I watched her perform in Shepherds Bush before she became so famous. She is not afraid to go this is me, here I am, love me or hate me.

I will definitely be buying her album soon but in the meantime have a listen to “Running with the wolves”

 

 

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

Doug Andrews – Man on Wire

Doug Andrews

Doug Andrews

If you want a new easy listening artist to add to your playlist then check out Doug Andrews.

Born in Wyoming, America Doug Andrews, is a singer/songwriter with a beautiful bluesy/country style sound. He is a gifted musician with the type of voice that is soothing yet evocative that makes you believe he means every word he sings.

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BBC Sound of 2016- the short list

Happy new year to all. It’s that time of year again. The shortlist and the winner has been announced for the BBC Sound of 2016.

This is one of those awards that the winner is pretty much guaranteed to have a good year. After all, BBC Sound of 2015 winner was Years and Years who have gone on to have a pretty successful 2015. I must admit I have even grown to like them, although my favourite for that year was and is still James Bay.

So, without further ado let’s start…

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BBC Sound of 2015

logo bbc sound 2015

A very late happy new year to you all. Firstly a MASSIVE apology that there has been such a delay since the last post, I have had a lot going on. But, more importantly I am back and 2015 is going to be much better for this blog.

As is tradition my first post of the new year is a review of BBC Sound of 2015 top 5. Last year’s winner, Sam Smith, as predicted has become quite the sensation and I am happy to see that my favourite, George Ezra has had his fair share of success in 2014.  If you want to see my review of last year’s BBC Sound click here.

So without further ado here is 2015’s top 5 of up and coming music, enjoy!

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Freshfields is coming!!

This is a great local festival held each year in New Milton and it has expanded so much in the last few years.

I last went to this festival a few years ago when it was a one day event, there was a scattering of stalls and just a few stages.

However, this year it is running for two days and has 4 stages, including the ska stage, all mixed up, blues stage and the main “bigger boat” stage.

Previous acts have included the Brit nominated artist, Rumer and this year the line up is just as exciting.

Acts confirmed include: Crescendi, Fearne and previously reviewed Lonely Dakota ( previously known as 6 minutes to sunrise) as well as many other local acts.

This is set to be a fantastic weekend and with a weekend ticket including camping only costing £35 it is sure to be a packed out event.

To find out more information and to buy tickets go to http://www.newmiltonfestival.co.uk

BBC Sound of 2014 – Top 5!!!

I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on  his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about  the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.

By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.

It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.

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6 Minutes to Sunrise


6 mins final

One thing I really enjoy being able to do on this blog is promoting local bands and artists. If you listen to a great local band, it is that much better than someone from a different area, in my opinion. It makes you like your city that little bit more as you know that at the very least it produces some decent music. This is certainly something 6 Minutes to Sunrise did for me.

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Scarlett Parade

I must admit when I saw the name of this band in my inbox I thought this may just be another indie band of which there are hundreds out there these days. I am very happy to say I was completely and utterly wrong!!!

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