#FeelGoodFriday: The Little Mermaid – ‘Kiss The Girl’

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The Little Mermaid is another one of my personal favourites from Disney; it has some great songs too! Today’s post features ‘Kiss The Girl’, sung by Samuel Wright who voiced the character of Sebastian (the lobster).

He begins to sing this song in order to encourage Arial to kiss Eric. You’ve got to give a hand to Sebastian for this one, he was really able to set the mood with his wonderfully nature-composed song. But unfortunately, as we all know, the kiss is interrupted…

The video is pretty atmospheric too, I always like to appreciate the aesthetics created by the animators, it’s some truly outstanding art work.

Although it isn’t featured, I think Sebastian’s ‘Under The Sea’ is another excellent Disney track. However, perhaps the themes of love with ‘Kiss The Girl’ are a little more relatable than living under the sea!

See the video below, it’s a pretty heart-warming scene that I have to give full credit to Sebastian for!

If you liked this song, go check out Matt’s #FeelGoodFriday post!

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‘Kiss The Girl’ can be downloaded from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kiss-girl-from-disneys-little/id929718978?i=929719059


#ThrowbackThursday: Cliff Edwards – ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ (Pinocchio)

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So today’s throwback goes all the way back to Pinocchio, released in 1940.

This was Disney’s second movie, following their first release of Snow White (1939). If you like Snow White go check out my #Two4Tunesday post!

‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ will always be one of my top Disney songs, 75 years after it’s release and I can still enjoy it today. I like how the timelessness of their films and songs really brings out a type of ‘magic’ which is truly unique to Disney.

Pinocchio is an amazing film and there are so many aspects to it I love. The animation and artwork is admirable and the storyline is great to follow!

But I think above all this comes Jiminey Cricket – the real star of the show! He’s my favourite character of this film, I think it’s the top hat that wins me over, or maybe the miniature suite and umbrella.

Anyway, make sure you listen to this classic and find Matt’s #ThrowbackThursday here.

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‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ can be downloaded from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-you-wish-upon-star-from/id929718978?i=929719050


#WildCardWednesday: Pogo & Jeesh – ‘The Trouble’

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Today’s Disney post is a little different to normal, but I know you’ll love this tune!

‘The Trouble’ is a great example of how well modern styles can be brought into old Disney, as I also discovered with my #MellowMonday post.

I’ve been following Pogo‘s work for some time now and I’ve decided that Disney week would be the perfect time to share it with you guys (Matt’s also previously shared Boo Bass by Pogo)!

His production style is pretty uncommon: he uses snippets of various films which he mixes up and edits into unique songs. I’m a huge fan of everything he does though I can’t imagine how long each one must take to create!

The thing I love the most about his music technique is being able to recognise certain clips form the films, it’s almost as if you’re watching it.

I really like how Pogo & Jeesh managed to keep the themes and ideas of the oriningal Disney films (Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin are all featured in this track); the calmness and simplicity of the song expresses a happiness and innocence which is depicted through the movies too.

Go check out the music video, it’s well worth a watch:

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#Two4Tunesday: Snow White – ‘A Smile and a Song’ & Peter Pan – ‘You Can Fly!’

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Today I’ve featured two classic Disney films, both full of some incredibly heart-warming tracks.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves I have chosen ‘A Smile and a Song’. This song was originally released in 1937 along with the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This film was Disney’s first release so it will always remain special to me – hence why I had to feature its soundtrack!

It was hard to choose through so many great songs; ‘Heigh-Ho’‘Whistle While You Work’ are classics but ‘A Smile and a Song’ has to be my favourite.

The scene which the music video takes place in is just as lovable. This joyous tune is sung by Snow White in a woodlands surrounded by cute animals; a Disney paradise!

Snow White – ‘A Smile and a Song’


Peter Pan is another Disney film that had to be selected, this film is full of Disney magic – the flight to Never Land was always my favorite scene as a child, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?!

The song ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’ fits wonderfully in the film, it comes on just when we meet Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and when the children start to fly. This song marks the point at which all the magic starts to begin, so it’s definitely one to remember.

Checkout the video below; extracted from the orgininal 1953 Peter Pan film. I love the old school animation style and the overall happiness of the clip which accompanies the song.

Peter Pan – ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’

Also find Matt’s Disney #Two4Tunesday post for this week!

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#MellowMonday: Lana Del Rey – ‘Once Upon A Dream’

Hello everyone and welcome to Muzik Speaks’ Disney Week!

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To kick things off I have chosen Lana Del Rey’s cover of ‘Once Upon A Dream’ from Maleficent.

The original song comes from Sleeping Beauty (1959), and Lana Del Rey’s new cover from Maleficent (2014).

The newer film serves as a prequel for the 1959 film, showing the story of sleeping beauty through the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. Both films are amazing, probably because they’re both made by Disney!

The main actress, Angelina Jolie specifically chose Lana Del Rey to perform this song and I’m glad she did; it’s a perfect choice!

I love her adaptation, she brings some modern vibes to it without loosing out on the overall sentimentality of the original. The production of this track is just as amazing, you can hear a subtle effect on the vocals. Which just goes to show how much attention there was to detail!

I really like this track, it’s probably one of my favourite modern Disney songs. Are you a fan of these twists on old films?

Keep posted to read about more Disney tracks this week and share with you friends!

Go check out Matt’s Disney #MellowMonday post for this week!

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Lana Del Rey’s cover of ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/once-upon-dream-from-maleficent/id805538979


#WildCardWednesday: Everything Everything – ‘Distant Past’

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Everything Everything‘s song ‘Distant Past’ is today’s #WildCardWednesday; its a must-hear!

Their music style has been described as a clever mix of R&B, Glitch-Pop and Electronica. These styles have quite a difference in age; I was super intrigued to hear how R&B mixes with modern-day Glitch music.

Their music structure is relatively complex too, ‘Distant Past’ is split into a few sections of varied styles. This is just one of many unique songs made by the Manchester-based band, Everything Everything.

This blend of sounds is quite new, and I totally dig it! What else really stuck out to me was their overall aesthetic; the album art, music videos – it all works so well together!

Also try figuring out this video!

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‘Distant Past’ can be purchased on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/distant-past/id964374082?i=964374084


#WildCardWednesday: SBTRKT – ‘New Dorp. New York’ featuring Ezra Koenig

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SBTRKT is a stage name that allows the man behind it, Aaron Jerome, to produce his music somewhat anonymously. His identity is covered by a futuristic re-design of a ‘native society ceremonial mask’. This modern aesthetic to SBTRKT continues…

… His songs are bass heavy as they drift around some R&B, House and Dubstep genres. However, the overall simplicity to the style of music causes the so-called dubstep to still be enjoyable without hurting your ears (as dubstep can sometimes do!).

Minimalistic sounds and styles are something I come across a lot with modern producers, yet SBTRKT has found a way of making dubstep – a genre of layers and layers of different instrumentation, to create a large overall composition – to sound much more simple and upbeat in its own way.

To compliment the calming futuristic-funk sounds, ‘New Dorp. New York’ (which features Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend) has a pretty awesome animated video too!

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#WildCardWednesday: Only Real – ‘Cadillac Girl’

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Only Real‘s music really grabbed my attention when I first heard it.

His ability to mash together unexpected sounds and still produce top quality songs left me in awe, when I first heard his 2015 album, ‘Jerk At The End Of The Line‘.

The distinct lazy/chilled-out sounding instrumentals are blessed with his slurred style of singing and rapping which somehow works perfectly!

Only Real is a one-man-band from London, whom I have high hopes for.

‘Cadillac Girl’ is one of my favourites from his recent album. I’m a huge fan of the video too, check it out!

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‘Cadillac Girl’ is out now and available to buy on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cadillac-girl/id847139417?i=847139509


#WildCardWednesday: Bloc Party – ‘Flux’

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Bloc Party‘s music style is interesting as it has a lot of variety.

Chronologically following their songs you can hear how they have experimented and evolved their music production to the point that it’s at today.

Flux‘ is said to be the song that began their musical transformation; it initiated the use of electronic sounds within their songs. Which continuously grew with the introduction of dark-electronic instruments and drum beats.

Although ‘Flux‘ is one of their older songs (2007), the modern sounds and techniques they experimented with are still enjoyable this many years later.

Unfortunately 2 of Bloc Party‘s members have left the band since, yet there news of a new album this year!

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‘Flux’ taken from Bloc Party’s album ‘A Weekend In The City’ can be downloaded from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/flux/id355281974?i=355282099


#MellowMonday: Jesse Boykins III – ‘Plain’

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Today’s #MellowMonday song has a pretty interesting style; it’s a relatively new and modern one. Here with a ‘neo-soul’ genre is Jesse Boykin’s III‘s song ‘Plain’.

This type of music is a unique collection of modern-day electronic sounds mixed alongside other older, soul-styled aspects.

Jesse Boykins III claims influence from Stevie Wonder; this can be heard in his 2014 album ‘Love Apparatus’ even though it features modern piano, synths and electronic samples. I really like the style Boykins creates through his music; listening to his albums I can notice how it develops in a variety of ways, in each song.

Critics say he has kept up very well with the fast developing styles of R&B, but in his own original way; which I truly appreciate!

Watch the pretty interesting dance-lyric video for Jesse Boykins III’s ‘Plain’. This is my favourite song from ‘Love Apparatus’!

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