I could fall asleep to this every night. In fact, this would be exactly what I would define as an adult lullaby. With little more than a piano, a wonderfully breathy voice and vivid, yearning lyrics, Kaya Curtis has conjured a track that is akin to the collective sigh we breathe in our last moments of wakefulness.Not quite Gregory and the Hawk but sure would’ve fooled me if I didn’t know better. Download: http://kayacurtis.bandcamp.com/releases


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The hours of 2/3pm (EST) -depending on whether I’m on Daylight Savings Time- are usually my favorite hours of the day for a single reason: Zane Lowe’s show on BBC1. He features some of the best music out there and the way he talks about music really reflects how much he loves music. Not just some types of music but all of music.

But I haven’t been able to tune in regularly of late and WOE IS ME. Because I missed the premiere of this ridiculously wonderful Jessie Ware track. ‘Tough Love’ is a lush, heartfelt R&D track. Hearing this for the first time absolutely brought my day to a complete stop, just so I can hold on to that moment forever.

Pre-order the single on iTunes here: http://po.st/lhHE4f

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I’ll be honest: I have no recollection of how I stumbled onto LAYLA. But I did and I’m glad it happened. I thought ‘Smokestacks’ was good but I was always destined to love ‘Black Mud’. This remix by Aquilo is a real winner. It removes the orchestral feel of the original and throws on a darker, moodier hood. But the genius of this remix might be the removal of the hopefully sung ‘Is there something bigger?’ line from the original. Unfortunately -and especially fortunately- the beautiful brokenness of her voice and words is laid bare by Aquilo.

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"Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist."

-Mike Rowe

Some of the best career advice I’ve seen lately for people getting started.

(via brycedotvc)

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Every once in awhile, I get what I call ‘Adele A-HA’ moments. Based on my spotty memory -and it’s getting very spotty these days- these moments average about once a year. In 2012, it was Emeli Sande. Last year was Laura Mvula. These are moments of pure clarity: an insurmountable certitude that the voice I’m listening to is powerful, moving and pure. I’m having a massive moment right now listening to Ella Eyre’s ‘If I Go’. The track is a perfect showcase of her powerhouse voice. At times it feels like her voice literally lifts the foundations of your building off the ground. She’s already tipped for great things after featuring on ‘that’ Rudimental track and this is a great way to follow things. Very excited by what 2014 holds for her. *** Pre-order ‘If I Go’ here!

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It’s late and I’m still jetlagged as hell. I should be in bed but I’m struggling to stay awake while I put in another shift at work. At least I have this remix to keep me and my dark thoughts company. I’m probably not the first and won’t be the last to point out the similarities with Nicki Minaj (equally impressive singing and rapping chops) but Doja Cat doesn’t push the same cute-sy shit found on Pink Friday. Remix for yung homegir’ Doja Cat
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http://soundcloud.com/doja-cat/so-high-doja-cat

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Shades of Natalie Imbruglia with the shimmery sensibilities of modern pop. White As Snow EP on iTunes now! http://georiot.co/WhiteAsSnow

‘White As Snow’ video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhfD8IMvQg

http://hypem.com/track/22xr8/Lucy+Mason+-+White+As+Snow

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The promo for this track really ought to be ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Aaliyah!’. Because when I first heard this, I thought some genius producer had unearthed some unfinished vocals from the late great and layered on some cool beats. Instead, we have Max Marshall to thank for this sensual smoothness. This is a wonderful throwback to 90s R&B.

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Two songs isn’t much of a sample size to go by but so far, Sizzy Rocket is really impressing me. The rock-inspired hip-hop (or hip-hop inspired rock) from ‘I Wanna Rob’ is evident once again on ‘Pretty and Vacant’, with production courtesy of INFAMOUS (his pedigree alone suggests that Sizzy might be on to something).

I’m not sure if the intent is to make a bigger point but the underlying irony when Sizzy she sings “All I want is to be pretty and vacant, famous and naked” is unmistakable. Her vocals have a deliciously rebellious snarl with the rapid hi-hat timings contributing to the manic of her message. I’d really like a peek into her iTunes playlist to figure out where she draws her inspiration from. But the best part of the allure is not knowing and being terribly excited about her next release.

Written by Sizzy Rocket

Produced by INFAMOUS

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Great song-writing is so under-rated these days. My personal opinion is that the mainstream focus on production is so intense that the story-telling power of the sung word is now an after-thought. I love a good club banger -and always will- but for me, the music is a vehicle for the lyrical content. And instead of detracting from the content, it should complement and draw attention to its strongest qualities. Which is why this cover of ‘The Best Jewel Thief in the World’ is so amazing. There’s so much going on in the song: the hubris and pride in being a master of theft juxtaposed against the compunction to leave the criminal enterprise, driven by a (spiritual) sense of righteousness. The tiniest lyrical details give the song an anachronistic whimsy -“Masked and dressed in black, You scramble over rooftops”- that evokes an era and method of crime that our bullet-ridden realities now find foreign. The company of Torquil Campbell (of Stars fame), Mary Cassidy and Jon Lawless have managed to bottle the spirit of the lyrics perfectly in this cover. A paean to the virtue of less-is-more, they’ve conjured a dancing collection of plucked strings and vocal harmonies that manages to be wistful and playful at the same time. With the exception of Lewis Watson & Kimberly Anne’s cover of ‘The Peaks’ this might be one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long, long time. Written by Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout)
Performed by Torquil Campbell, Mary Cassidy & Jon Lawless
Artwork by Aaron Mohr

www.prefabsproutalbum.com
www.youarestars.com
www.marycassidyjonlawless.bandcamp.com

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