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A Maverick.

Maverick Sabre is putting me to shame. 

He is just 21. Literally.

He has worked with Professer Green and Chase&Status. 

And he has some great music releases and performances behind him – including an appearance on Later…with Jools Holland.

I can’t wait to buy his album when it’s out later this year. In the meantime, I will be enjoying these videos on repeat.

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Summer Songs.

It’s not like me to do a music post like this but as exams seem like a distant memory and post-exam celebrations entail a lot of nights out (and music) I thought I’d do a post of the music that I’m listening to this week.  I’m not acknowledged for my ‘good’ taste in music – my ipod almost made my friend cry the other day – but I listen to what I enjoy and although hugely commercial, these are the songs that have been getting me going this week:

Kanye West: All The Lights feat Rihanna and Kid Cudi

I love Rihanna and her voice sounds great on this track, adding something to sing along to when you can’t quite keep up with Kanye’s rapping and Kid Cudi’s… er… grunting?  Great video, reminiscent of Kanye’s Good Life featuring T Pain from back in ’09, and a big summer tune I reckon.

Example: Changed the Way you Kiss Me

Although I originally thought Example were a band (and not just one guy), I have been a fan since his album Won’t Go Quietly, released back in 2009; Watch the Sun Come Up and Kickstarts were two of my favourite tracks off the album.  Example is playing at our Gradball on Thursday and his new song Changed the Way You Kiss Me is set to be a big summer tune after its peak at Number One in the Official Charts today.

Chris Brown and Benny Benassi: Beautiful People

It’s a bit old now I suppose, but I really like Chris Brown’s Beautiful People.  In the same way that I like Michael Jackson – ie. I know he did something bad but can’t deny that he makes great music – I think this is a catchy track that will be playing on my iTunes all summer.  It would seem that Chris Brown is back after his avoidance of the spotlight in recent years but following all of his controversies, he has returned with an impressive new album F.A.M.E that should gain more recognition than his last effort, Graffiti which remained under the radar and was negatively received by critics.  Ironically, CB’s F.A.M.E features a tribute to his idol, Michael Jackson, in She Ain’t You.

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Adele.

Back in January, I read a review of Adele’s second album, 21, that told me this was ‘a record I should own.  Not download – own.’  The big voice and emotive lyrics that caught my attention in the debut album, 19, along with the spell-binding live gig that I was lucky enough to see in 2008 had already cemented Adele as one of my all-time favourite artists. 

She is an artist close to my heart, not only for her similar adoration of Nancy from Oliver Twist, but also for her modest beauty and effortless talent.  Melt my Heart to Stone is my favourite track on the debut album, with its slow, sensitive melody and lyrics that any eighteen-year-old girl with a crush can relate to.  Her cover of Bob Dylan’s Make you Feel my Love was a close second, with an epic love ballad quality and stunningly poetic lyrics.  Alongside these poignant and perfect offerings are the seemingly random Cold Shoulder, produced by Mark Ronson, and Tired, both backed by heavy drumbeats and something of an intergalactic quality; but brilliant nonetheless.  At the time, I thought of Adele’s first offering as wonderful, but the true perfection has surfaced in her second album, which lacks the disjointed quality of 19 and demonstrates Adele’s stunning vocal qualities and sets her as a young woman who has found her place and grown up a lot since she was a young girl still searching in 19.

 

I admit that after her first album, Adele – or any of the reviews – didn’t need to persuade me to buy her second and I was sold when I heard her first release, Rolling in the Deep.  Although this isn’t my favourite track off the album, I think it was a congratulatory lead single, with heavy drum beats and strong chords that literally say ‘I’m back!’ 

Widely understood as a ‘break up album’, this record contains a mature view to growing up and, as the title highlights, reinforces the difference between the artist aged 19 and now, a few years on.  The sound of the record is more succinct and the slow and mid-tempo ballads flow effortlessly.  This is not to say that the album holds no surprises; Rumour Has It, with its beats and backing vocals, definitely stands out and her cover of The Clash’s Lovesong is catchy and smooth, proving Adele’s ability to be versatile not random.  My favourite song on the album is another of her slow and stripped down ones, Don’t You Remember; truly showcasing her emotion and outstanding voice, this song is simple yet extraordinary.  Its credentials as a ballad are clear, but Adele also proves herself as more than capable in One and Only and Someone Like You; other obvious ballads that are different in their concept, and thus produce a very different sound.

 

At a time when record labels search for the next Gaga – an artist at the opposite spectrum of Adele – her modesty and humanity prove Adele as genuine talent, who lets her voice speak for itself.  She smashed Madonna’s record for the longest spell at the top of the album charts (for a female artist), with neatly coiffed red hair and a cockney charm, no cone-shaped bras or leotards.  Although after three and a half months at the top you expected nothing less of Adele, initially her success was unexpected in nature.  Surely she is too humble to take over the world?  Surely her plain performances won’t catch on?  It is this endearing quality and ability to comfort in such a time of societal turbulence that has, perhaps, strengthened her success.  And it is this endearing beauty and flawless talent that will maintain Adele as one of the most spectacular artist’s of our generation.

 

 

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Nothing costs Nothing.

Goodbye Spotify.  It has been wonderful; you introduced me to Aloe Blacc, James Vincent McMorrow and Melody Gardot.  You helped me find Karima Francis after I saw her support at that gig.  You, Bonobo and Rumer helped me chill out; and you, Chase & Status and The Streets helped me pump up. 

I enjoyed meeting ‘Jonathan from Spotify’… briefly.  Then he just got annoying.

But now, as my final free hours slowly decrease, I’m searching for your replacement.  Could it be LastFm?  Or will my graduation and endless employment opportunities allow me to ‘switch to Premium’?  Probably not.

But whatever happens, the end of Spotify as a free outlet by which to stream music just proves that all good things come to an end.  Or come to a monthly limit of ten hours.  Goodbye Spotify, it was nice knowing you.

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