#MellowMonday: ZAYN – ‘Let Me’


   

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Probably one of the most musically diverse artists to come out of One Direction, Zayn is back with the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ collaboration with Sia with his latest single ‘Let Me’. Undoubtedly, this second single means his sophomore album must be on its way.

The track is beautifully simplistic with its easy-going R&B tempo and electric guitar sample, topped off with Zayn’s powerful falsetto vocals.

It’s a track that shows real maturity and promises an even more diverse set of songs for his second record. Lyrically, it’s about taking care of a partner for the rest of their lives.

The music video was directed by José Padilha and acts as a sequel to the video for ‘Dusk Till Dawn’. Featuring actor Steven Bauer (as a gangster kingpin) and model Sofia Jamora (who plays his girlfriend), Zayn‘s character, Roko tries to escape the kingpin’s henchmen, when it’s discovered that he has slept with the girlfriend, meaning orders on his life are given. It ends on a cliffhanger, suggesting that another video will continue the story where this one left off. It’s fantastic to see a modern artist taking the artistry of a music video seriously, to create something interesting and more complex than a simple performance video…especially across a few videos.

What are your thoughts of Zayn’s latest single? Do you have your own #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Let Me’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/let-me/1370174624?i=1370174633


#MellowMonday: Talos – ‘Odyssey’


   

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Irish singer-songwriter Talos is beginning to make big waves via his releases on Spotify and it’s clear to see why – his brand of atmospheric, melodic and even cinematic music is captivating to listen to.

‘Odyssey’ is a track that just seems to transcend to higher and higher places, the longer it runs. The music video, whilst possibly low in budget, is a work of art in itself – the resources he had have been utilised skilfully to craft something that is as equally bewitching to watch as the track is to listen to.

Undoubtedly, this artist will craft himself a lengthy career in music and go from strength to strength if this release is anything to go by – make sure you take the time to watch the video below. It’s stunning.

What are your thoughts of this talented singer-songwriter? Got a #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Odyssey’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/odyssey/id1212267234?i=1212267618


#MellowMonday: Carmody – ‘Before You Knew Me’


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Carmody is a beautiful songstress who is blending the boundaries in music – she combines R&B and British Indie seemlessly, creating a sound that’s difficult to define.

Her latest single,  ‘Before You Knew Me’ is self-described as, “the moment in a relationship when the ‘loved up bubble’ starts to pop.”

Her songs are often deep and filled with an inspired sadness but still remain beautiful and this is no exception.

No music video has been released but we’ll keep you updated on this!

Have a great week everyone! What are your thoughts on this stunning #MellowMonday track? Please share the link using the hashtag #MellowMonday

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‘Before You Knew Me’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/before-you-knew-me-single/id1199864128


#MellowMonday: Aquilo – ‘Sorry’


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It’s a new year and we’re kicking off 2017 with this stunning track by UK duo, Aquilo.

The pair are currently gearing up for the release of their debut album, Silhouettes, on January 27th 2017 and judging by all of their releases so far, it promises to be incredible. They’ve been crafting their sound and songwriting skills for quite some time, so I’m expecting this to be a monster of an album!

What do you think of this latest track? Are you as excited for their album as we are? Leave your thoughts in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope 2017 is an AWESOME year!

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‘Sorry’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sorry/id1170608494?i=1170609229


#MellowMonday: SHELLS – ‘Jailbird’


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SHELLS is a fantastically intricate singer/songwriter who we have featured before (Jagwar).

She returned a couple of months ago with her latest track, ‘Jailbird’, which is every bit as beautiful as her previous release. Her vocals are delicate and sit upon the calmly euphoric instrumentals to craft a unique and enthralling soundscape. She is creating a sound unlike anything else around right now; a truly brilliant artist in the rising!

No official video has been released yet, but should anything arise, we’ll keep you informed.

What are your thoughts of SHELLS? Have you got anything similar you can share with us? Please leave your thoughts or own #MellowMonday suggestions in a comment below or chat to us via our social media accounts.

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‘Jailbird’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jailbird-single/id1153007354


#MellowMonday: Aquilo – ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’


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Having recently seen Aquilo perform in Brighton recently (check out our review), I was captivated by one of their most recent singles, ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The Lancashire duo (consisting of Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham) have been working tirelessly on writing, recording and touring, all the while, perfecting their blend of electronica and pop songwriting.

This particular track has a dreamy quality to it; perfect for a #MellowMonday song. No official video has been released yet, but as always, we’ll keep you updated.

What are your thoughts of Aquilo? What’s your favourite track by them? Please share your thoughts or own #MellowMonday choices in a comment below, or via our social media. Also, why not follow our #MellowMonday playlist – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/0ITJhPZVNklCiwpBetvKPG

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‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/you-wont-know-where-you-stand/id1160500619


#ThrowbackThursday: Less Than Jake – ‘The Rest Of My Life’


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American ska-punk band, Less Than Jake, released their song ‘The Rest of My Life’ around 10 years ago now.

I love this song as it came out during my late teen years and it reminds me of a lot of those times. The song is very different to a lot of their previous releases as it takes on a more mature and mellower sound to their usual up-beat, fast-paced, in-your-face ska punk vibes.

The song was taken from the band’s sixth studio album, In with the Out Crowd, and was actually co-written with Mark Hoppus from Blink-182.

What are your thoughts on this track? Does it evoke any memories for you? Have you never heard it before? Please share your thoughts or own #ThrowbackThursday tracks in a comment below or via our social media.

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‘The Rest Of My Life’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-rest-of-my-life/id153452833?i=153452985


#MellowMonday: Kiah Victoria – ‘I Ain’t Goin Nowhere’


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Kiah Victoria is a new discovery for me! She is an incredibly talented and soulful singer who isn’t afraid to put some electro on it!

Her blend of electro-soul is refreshing, and it’s clear that some of her influences include Amy Winehouse and Etta James but that she is making her sound current.

‘I Ain’t Goin Nowhere’ is the singer’s most recent release and it’s truly captivating – I strongly recommend you check this song out, as well as some of her others.

No official video has been released and I can’t find a good quality version on YouTube, but make sure you check it out on Spotify, below 🙂

What do you think of this up-and-coming songstress? Is she making your #MellowMonday marvellous? Have you got a similar song to share with us? Please leave your song choice in a comment below or hit us up via our social media accounts.

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‘I Ain’t Goin Nowhere’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-aint-goin-nowhere-single/id1131281430


#MellowMonday: Foxes – ‘Devil Side’


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Foxes is an incredible singer from Southampton, who we have previously featured. She is renowned for her vocals on Zedd‘s 2012 single, ‘Clarity’ and having released a string of up-tempo, fun pop tracks.

This particular song, ‘Devil Side’, is taken from her second album, All I Need, released earlier this year. It’s brimming with passion, emotion and powerful vocals; it’s perfect for #MellowMonday.

Since no official video has been released, below is a video of an acoustic performance of the song. It’s beautiful!

What do you think of Foxes’ latest album, All I Need? Have you got a similar #MellowMonday song for us? Please talk to us via our social media accounts of leave a comment below.

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‘Devil Side’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/devil-side/id1019553218?i=1019553657


#MellowMonday: Alicia Keys – ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’


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Alicia Keys is undoubtedly a remarkable songstress and ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ just goes to further prove this!

The single was taken from her third album, As I Am, back in 2007 and while the song is nearly 10 years old, it’s timeless due to its soulful nature.

Hopefully this song will ease you gently into the week, but if you’ve got any #MellowMonday song suggestions for us, then please get in touch; you can comment below or talk to us via our social media accounts.

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‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/like-youll-never-see-me-again/id267114145?i=267114258