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Last night at the Barbican was the first time I’ve seen Ólafur Arnalds perform and it certainly won’t be the last. Accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia the Icelandic power house producer and composer swayed and excited a full auditorium. His music is deeply moving adding an electronic and modern element to orchestral music.

Ólafur was masterfully supported by Greg Haines who received a standing ovation from the audience, mixing synths with his piano. I am happy to offer a money back guarantee, so sure am I that great things are in his future.

But when Ólafur came on stage you could feel the excitement; for the next ninety minutes we were to witness something special. He played most of his new album For Now I Am Winter and the beauty in the room was so potent, it was as though you were simultaneously spending a glorious day at the beach, having a massage and…anything else that makes up an amazing day.

Spend some time with Ólafur here and here are his upcoming shows. I’m going to be booking my tickets early, for sure. 

(Thanks Tan for the photo!)

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It’s been six years! Can you believe it?!

Justin Timberlake will be performing in his suit and tie at the Grammy Awards on February 10 and not long after that his new album, The 20/20 Experience will be released in the US on March 19.

It’s a new year!

I’m the girl frontin in the back to this.

Today The Leano releases their fourth album, Postcards From Nowhere. Two years in the making, on this album you will learn all about what the captivating pair Arji Manuelpillai and Ben Moore hold true and dear. Fifteen songs of joy and contemplation take the listener on a five year journey into the future, as music intertwines postcards sent to a former address.

After ten years together, The Leano have mastered a style that is fresh, blending hip-hop, rap and folk.  On this long awaited album, they question who is concerned for more than a second about the tragedies of modern British life on Another Passes the Blame. Brother is an uplifting one, with The Leano stretching out his hands to his brother in need.

If you’d like to hear more, the album launch party is next week! On Saturday 24th November, they will be supported by one of my favourites, Gideon Conn and Gecko. You can buy tickets here.

Be quick, there aren’t many left for what promises to be an awesome party!

 

 

 

 

I need more Grimes in my life.

 

Jean-Michael Basquiat was an expressionist in every sense of the word. Born and raised in New York, he became known for his graffiti work as the lyrical Samo. He played the clarinet in the band Gray, made films with friends in downtown Manhattan but it’s his brilliant paintings that saw him rise to international fame.

In the documentary below, Radiant Child, we get to see Basquiat paint, party long into the night with friends and hear him speak about his life in rare interview footage. His humble beginnings living on the streets of New York and meteoric rise to become one of the most distinctive painters of his generation was sadly short-lived. The radiant child never really grew up but his work lives on.

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Here is a band that you have to hear to believe it. From left to right, Ahmad Dayes, Kareem Dayes, Yussef Dayes and Wayne Francis are United Vibrations. On their debut album Galaxies Not Ghettos they created a hip swaying mix of ska, jazz and funk. They put on an insane show, that you really have to see to believe it! With Fela Kuti and and Bob Marley being but two of their influences musically and socially, this creative foursome do more than your average band. They are on their way to building sustainable, carbon-negative housing in London.

It was a pleasure having a chat with them before they recently performed at the New Cross Inn.

The Wonder– so how did you all meet?

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Gideon Conn, my favourite troubadour, made my week when he sent me his new album Take It All in the post. I was excited to hear where Gideon would take his music after the gem of  his debut New Bop Sounds in 2010.

The first single off the album is Fall Under Tokyo. A futuristic tune of layered synths mixed with Gideon’s crooning is a fun start for the album. I Need You in My Life is already a favourite of mine with Gideon at his best-  a sweet song with his characteristic  folk hop or rapping and singing.

Colours should be the next single off this great album. Fellow Mancunian artist Josephine lends her divine voice to this beautiful track and is sure to be one I repeat often. They need to do more songs together, the contrast of Josephine’s deep sweeping vocals and Gideon’s melodic guitar is just great to listen to. Rounding off the album, the title track Take It All is a triumphant anthem that secures Gideon as one of the best Manchester has to offer.

Get your mittens on Gideon’s Take It All by heading over to Itunes. See the troubadour live on 20 June at the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch. Remember when I had the pleasure of interviewing Gideon after the release of his first album? Here it is if you’d like a refresher. 

Friday night was my official start to the summer. A sweltering London, Pimms on the Queen of Hoxton rooftop and some catch up with a friend was followed by awesome music at The Garage in Highbury and Islington. Scrimshire, above, was performing onstage when I got through the doors. The only correct reaction to hearing his music is to dance. And dance I did all night long.

Scrimshire’s music is summer festival music. So glad I discovered him just as the sun has come out to play. His mix of soul and jazz in a modern way needs to be experienced. Along Came the Devil One Night was released in 2009 and fast forward to now, the beats and rhymes on his new album The Hollow are sick to the core. Check it!

Get Scrimshire’s sounds here.

Scrimshire DJ Set Friday 1 june, Queen of Hoxton (oh yes, he’s an awesome DJ as well!); Scrimshire live Saturday 10 June, The CAMP