#MellowMonday: Imogen Heap – ‘Hide And Seek’


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This song is just incredible and was the first song I heard by Imogen Heap…and now, I’m obsessed with her sound!

‘Hide and Seek’ is such a unique song; it is solely performed with  Heap’s vocals which are transformed though a vocoder hooked up to a keyboard synth. This has created the incredible a cappella sound that made the song so iconic.

Since its release 11 years ago (this week), in 2005, the song has been featured in many television programmes and films, including popular teen drama, The O.C. It was also prominently sampled by Jason Derulo, in his 2009 single, Whatcha Say’.

It’s so passionate and heartfelt and I love how it doesn’t conform to the usual pop song structure. It is the perfect way to start the week. Enjoy 🙂

Have you heard this before? Did you love it when it was released? Are you still a fan today? Do you have any similar #MellowMonday songs you can share with us. Please communicate with us via our social media accounts.

Have a great week!

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‘Hide and Seek’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hide-and-seek/id189964745?i=189965253


#ThrowbackThursday: Nickelback – ‘Photograph’


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Nickelback; you either love them or hate them, there doesn’t appear to be a middle ground for people. Personally, I love them!

‘Photograph’ was released back September 2005, and it reached inside the Top 20 of the UK charts and Number 1 in the UK Rock chart.

The song itself is filled with sentiment and is sentimental to me personally, as it was not long after the song’s release, that I left school.

Nickelback have become synonymous with either producing heavy, metal-influenced power songs, or the complete opposite; easy-listening, emotive ballads; this song is the latter, but it’s just perfect!

What do you guys think of Nickelback? Do you like/remember this song? What would be your choice for this #ThrowbackThursday? Please share this post on your social media and tell us your song choice in a comment below.

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‘Photograph’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/photograph/id214403406?i=214403497


#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Lady Sovereign


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Man, I miss Lady Sovereign! She’s been off the scene since about 2009 now, but she had some awesome songs, so this one’s for SOV!

In 2005, Lady Sov released her second single, ‘9 To 5’, which gained her much popularity on certain TV channels, even though it reached only Number 33 in the UK charts. It was also taken from her debut album, ‘Public Warning’ which was released on Def Jam. The song also contains a sample from the British film, Time Bandits and went on to be remixed by the British indie band, The Ordinary Boys – which went on to reach Number 6 in the UK charts!

Lady Sovereign – ‘9 To 5’


It was then in 2006 that Lady Sovereign released her fourth single from Public Warning‘Love Me Or Hate Me’, which was another big song for her! It was featured in the US television series’, The O.C. and Ugly Betty as well as in the video game, Need For Speed: Carbon.

The video for the song sees Sov appearing in Tetris-style blocks and acting out certain lyrics to the song.


Lady Sovereign – ‘Love Me Or Hate Me’


The last song I’m featuring today, was actually the first official single release for Lady Sovereign, from her debut album Public Warning and saw her sign to Def Jam Recordings shortly after. Similarly to ‘Love Me Or Hate Me’ it too was featured on The O.C. and CSI: NY and in the video game Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.

This song is just good, fun grime and doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s what makes it great!


Lady Sovereign – ‘Random’


What do you think of Lady Sovereign? Were you a fan? Do you miss her?! I do…come back SOV! What would your #ThrowbackThursday choice be? Share it with us in a comment or on social media.

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#WildCardWednesday: Scott Stapp – ‘The Great Divide’


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Scott Stapp is known for being the lead singer of the American, post-grunge band Creed, but in 2005, he released his debut solo album, ‘The Great Divide’.

This song is the title track of the album and marked the start of his own solo journey, after the 2004 split of Creed.

I like this song a lot because although it has its heavy moments during the choruses, the verses have an almost Irish, folk feel to them, and I think the sound is really interesting.

Do you know this song? Have you heard it before? Are you new to it? What do you think? Please share your #WildCardWednesday choices with us and share this link on your social media.

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‘The Great Divide’ is available for download on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-great-divide/id970370871?i=970370883


#WildCardWednesday: Jack Garratt – ‘Breathe Life’


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Jack Garratt is a British singer-songwriter who is currently gearing up to release his debut album in February 2016. He has also just topped the BBC Sound Of 2016 list.

To date, he has released a string of singles and in 2005, entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

This song, ‘Breathe Life’, is his most recent release and it’s all over Radio 1…maybe because it’s incredible!

He’s my Wild-Card Wednesday choice because he’s got a cool, edgy sound that is about to break into the mainstream, but so far, I’m taking a punt on his tip for big things.

What do you think? Please share your #WildCardWednesday song with us, below or on social media.

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‘Breathe Life’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/breathe-life/id1046954979?i=1046955273


#Christmas #WildCardWednesday: The Used – ‘Alone This Holiday’


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It’s Christmas!!!

…in just 2 days!

This week, as it’s Christmas, I’m going to post a themed track, as usual, but am adding to a special Christmas playlist, each day.

Every day this week, you can expect 5 new tracks to be added to the playlist (based on the theme that day), which means by Christmas Day, you should have a special 25-track Christmas playlist! Please either subscribe to the YouTube channel or follow the playlist on Spotify 🙂


 The Used – ‘Alone This Holiday’

The Used are known for being a post-hardcore/screamo band and back in 2005, the band released a Christmas song, as a B-Side to their single, ‘I Caught Fire’.

This song is definitely not your traditional Christmas tune, but it’s a good one and makes the perfect #WildCardWednesday track! Bert McCracken‘s vocals are just incredible, as usual!

Also added to the playlist today:

  • OneRepublic – Christmas Without You
  • Echosmith – I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
  • Owl City – Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time
  • She & Him – Sleigh Ride

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#MellowMonday: The Fray – ‘How To Save A Life’


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The Fray had this massive, emotionally driven hit back in 2005 and are still going strong today.

The song was written after singer, Isaac Slade, worked at a camp for troubled teens, with a 17-year-old having emotional difficulties and he reached out to him.

The video and song are charged with melancholy and have the ability to bring tears to the driest eyes, and although this may seem like a morbid start to the week, the overall message of the song is an inspirational, positive one.

Have you heard The Fray’s more recent releases? Are you a fan? Please share your #MellowMonday songs with us, below or on our social media.

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‘How To Save A Life’ is available for download from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/how-to-save-a-life-new-version/id385629502?i=385629752