#FeelGoodFriday: Superfruit – ‘Bad 4 Us’


   

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SUP3RFRUIT (Superfruit) started out as a web show, hosted on YouTube by Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi (originally known for their work in Pentatonix) but recently, the pair debuted their first track as a duo, ‘Bad 4 Us’, and it. Is. AWESOME!

The song is catchy and fun and it truly is the perfect debut track for the duo’s side project. After years of yearning from fans, it looks like the pair might finally be releasing a side project of music as the comment on the video states, ‘official music coming in 2017!’ Hopefully it won’t be long until more emerges from them, as this song is just awesome.

The music video is just incredible; it’s fun, interesting, funny and nostalgic of 90s video games…and openly makes reference to the pair’s sexuality. The duo’s heads work amazingly on the cartoon bodies and it’s been superbly animated.

Unfortunately, the song is currently not available to listen to on Spotify or for purchase via iTunes, so for now, you’ll just have to watch/listen to the music video below.

What are your thoughts of this incredibly catchy pop tune? Got your own #FeelGoodFriday track to recommend to us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media accounts.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Billie Myers – ‘Kiss The Rain’


   

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Has it been 20 years already?! Blimey! Well Billie Myers released ‘Kiss The Rain’ back in 1997 and it was actually one of the first singles I ever bought…gosh, remember CD singles?!

Considered Billie Myers‘ most notable hit, the song reached Number 4 in the UK charts and was taken from her debut album, Growing, Pains. It was also featured in TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Crossroads and was co-written and produced with hit songwriter, Desmond Child.

Since then, Myers has had more albums, but none quite replicated the success of this single. She does however remain an active singer-songwriter and is a big mental health advocate and LGBT rights supporter.

Check out the original video for the single below too – it’s so brilliantly 90s!

What are your thoughts of this track? Remember it well? Got your own #ThrowbackThursday track from 1997 to remind us of? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media.

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‘Kiss The Rain’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kiss-the-rain/id13453642?i=13453646


#Review: Leah McFall – INK (Mini Album)


   

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Leah McFall first came to the public attention as a runner-up on the second series of The Voice UK, back in 2013. Since then, she’s been busy crafting her sound and has finally released her first mini album, INK, which she will be touring throughout the UK, this month.

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The title track, Ink’, is also the opening track of the mini album; it’s a subtle, laid-back song with haunting melodies and incredibly well-placed backing vocals that add a interesting depth to it. The song (and several others on the record) has strong resemblances with NAO.

‘Happy Human’ is an uplifting, full-on track with a positive message. ‘Bottle It’ stands out for it’s edgy sound – similar to the current tropical house trend but with her own, unique interpretation. ‘Colours At A Funeral’ is a raw, emotional song that has a deep soulfulness to it and is followed by another stand-out song, ‘Language’; the latter is a great song, probably the most poppy song (and my personal favourite) on the record. It’s a quite a blend of late 80s and 90s pop sounds and has that feel-good factor about it.

The closing track is Leah‘s first, independently released single, ‘Wolf Den’, which boasts an upbeat, quirky sound and really showcases just what she can do with her voice; whistle notes and all. It’s the perfect end to the whole mini album.

The production throughout, is what I’d describe as subtle yet intricate – it doesn’t scream out pop and it can’t easily be pigeon-holed, but that’s what makes it such a fantastic release. It’s very dreamy with seemingly simplistic production (although that’s most definitely not the case); it’s been impeccably well produced and each song makes an impact in a different way. Leah‘s powerful vocals and delicate ad libs have been layered beautifully and weave stunningly around the instrumentation, creating euphoric highs and emotionally-driven lows throughout the entirety of the record. It is an honest offering and almost exposes a vulnerability about the singer. This is undoubtably something fans will appreciate; an insight into her world.

In summary, this mini album has a lot to offer and is a very strong independent release that’s currently charting highly on the UK iTunes charts. Although she may not have won The Voice UK, her talent definitely outshines any other contestant to have graced the show previously or since. This release is a symbol of what fan power, self-belief and determination can achieve and her every success is deserved! Let’s hope a full-length album follows, and soon!

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5


‘INK’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ink-ep/id1206458926


INK on Spotify

INK on YouTube

Wolf Den (Official Video)

Bottle It (Official Video)

Happy Human (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of Leah McFall’s release! What do you think of the mini album? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Khalid – ‘American Teen’ & Alessia Cara – ‘How Far I’ll Go’


   

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Khalid – ‘American Teen’

Khalid has just released his debut album, American Teens. The title-track from the album is also his most recent single and its got a very 80s movie feel to it with its twinkling, phasing space-like synths.

His voice is sorrowful and soulful at the same time – this track is not your standout pop track but is subtle in its approach. It’s a great song taken from a fantastic debut album. This looks set to be the start of a beautiful career.

Watch the music video below too – artistic and film-like in its own way.


‘American Teen’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/american-teen/id1200868601?i=1200868616



Alessia Cara – ‘How Far I’ll Go’

Taken from Disney’s MoanaAlessia Cara‘s version of ‘How Far I’ll Go’  is a superb take on the song from the film. It’s not like the old R&B versions they so often used to roll over the credits of 90s Disney films – it’s very current with a tropical house vibe to it.

The song is great and still performing well on the Spotify charts, and whilst I thoroughly love the tune, it’s got a slightly disjointed feel to it as it appears to speed up and slow down. Nevertheless a great song, it is!

‘How Far I’ll Go’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/how-far-ill-go-alessia-cara-version/id1169181309?i=1169182769


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#Two4Tunesday: KStewart – ‘Be Without You’ & Sigala – ‘Say You Do’ featuring Imani & DJ Fresh


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KStewart – ‘Be Without You’

KStewart has a voice to be reckoned with; her vocals can be saintly sweet or devilishly dynamic and that’s a great thing! Her musical style has some 90s vibes to it, but she’s throwing in house and garage tones to shake things up a bit!

This latest song is helping to cement just how fantastic she is and makes me even more excited to hear an album from her.

The video is a collaboration between her and New Look – I think it’s a fantastic direction for both parties – fashion promoting music and music promoting fashion – it’s a match made in heaven! You’ll also notice MNEK making an appearance in the video too. It just looks like a whole load of fun, but where KStewart is concerned, I would expect nothing less!

Show your support for this song and please download it – great tune!


‘Be Without You’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/be-without-you/id1081944745?i=1081944748



Sigala – ‘Say You Do’ featuring Imani & DJ Fresh

I’ve featured Sigala on Muzik Speaks, twice already, but I just can’t get enough of his summery dance vibes!

With Easy Loveand Sweet Lovin’already grabbing people’s attention, there is no doubt in my mind that ‘Say You Do’ with get a great reception on release; not only has he got Imani on the vocals, adding that sweet sound into the mix, but none other than DJ Fresh has dived in to help on the production. It’s one MONSTER of a song; very reminiscent, vocally, of ‘Hot Right Now’ (featured on our Summer Songs 2015 Playlist), the smash hit for DJ Fresh.

The video is typically Caribbean which goes perfectly with the vibe of the song!

I just love this tune – I really hope Sigala will release an album of hits, just like this; it’s upbeat, fun and smile-inducing!


‘Say You Do’ is not released until 18/03/16, but you can pre-order it on iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/say-you-do-feat.-imani-dj/id1077265863


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#FeelGoodFriday: HAIM – ‘Forever’

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What a knock-out song! This is an incredibly strong debut pop rock track, written by the three Haim sisters. Even though it was released back in 2012 (I can’t believe it was already 3 years ago!), I recently heard this on the radio, which brought it right back to my attention again. I love the superb blend of their vocal harmonies with strong percussion and rhythmic guitars.

The song is very reminiscent of 80s and 90s pop and rock; Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac all spring to mind.

A really classic, feel-good song! Puts me in a great mood – today, it truly gives me that Friday feeling!

What song’s putting you in a weekend mood? Is this song hitting the spot? Please share this link and your Feel-Good Friday track!

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