#ThrowbackThursday: Lenny Kravitz – ‘Fly Away’


   

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Lenny Kravitz is well-known for his retro vibes and fusion of various genres, from rock to reggae, folk to funk and soul to psychedelic.

Back in 1998, Kravitz released ‘Fly Away’, one of his most successful singles to date, reaching Number 1 in the UK Charts.

The song was in fact the fourth single to be taken from his fifth album, 5, and due to the huge success of it, not only boosted sales of the album but also earned him a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.

The track is incredibly catchy with its funk bass line and gritty vocals – it’s no wonder it rocketed to the top of the charts.

The music video was directed by Paul Hunter (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more) and features Kravitz and his band performing in a club, surrounded by a crowd, dancing and getting frisky. It’s a very iconic video for the artist and shows a real passion in his performance…something he definitely pours into his live shows!

What are your thoughts of this wonderfully unique artist? Did you love this track first time around? Do you still love it now? What’s your favourite Lenny Kravitz track? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Fly Away’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fly-away/723338099?i=723338326


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#FeelGoodFriday: Shawn Mendes – ‘In My Blood’ & ‘Lost In Japan’


   

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March 2018 saw the return of Shawn Mendes, who brought us not just one, but two brand new singles, both of which vary greatly in style but have equally brilliant Feel-Good Friday vibes. We just couldn’t decide which one to share, so figured, why not share both?!

‘In My Blood’ is a (pop)-rock ballad that transcends from a soft, despairing beginning into a thunderous, passionate anthem by the very first chorus and continues to soar from there. This track shows off just how incredible Mendes’ vocals are with their raspy tones that show just how intensely meaningful this song is.

Meanwhile, ‘Lost In Japan’ is a melting pot of contemporary funk with R&B and pop flavours too; it’s very reminiscent of something by Justin Timberlake. This track is also passionate but in a very different way; lyrically the song expresses how Mendes would happily travel the globe just to be close to his lover, all of which sits atop a heavy bassline and groovy guitar rhythms.

Sadly, no music videos have been released as yet, but as soon as they do, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

What are your thoughts of Shawn Mendes’ two new singles? Are you as much of a fan as us? Have you got a #FeelGoodFriday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media.

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Shawn Mendes – ‘In My Blood’


‘In My Blood’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/in-my-blood-single/1359906692



Shawn Mendes – ‘Lost In Japan’


‘Lost In Japan’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lost-in-japan-single/1360548138


#WildCardWednesday: Naives – ‘Crystal Clear’


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Naives are an exotic-sounding pop group who blend massive tropical beats with huge synth sounds, topped off with funky bass and dynamic vocals, all of which is showcased perfectly in their latest single, ‘Crystal Clear’.

The song is an uplifting electro-pop affair with some very intricate production; the tempo gives the appearance of change throughout the song as it weaves amongst some really funk-filled grooves; it’s a very powerful track which has lead to airplay on BBC London and can be heard in high street stores such as H&M and Topman.

The vibrant single is accompanied by an equally flamboyant video, laden with visuals of exploding volcanoes and vast mountains among psychedelic textures that help to convey similar themes to the sound of the song. Watch the music video below.

What are your thoughts of this track? Have you heard anything else by Naives? Make sure you check out their self-titled album (due out 27th January 2017). Leave your thoughts or own #WildCardWednesday song choice in a comment below or via our social media using the hashtag.

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‘Crystal Clear’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/crystal-clear/id1181006985?i=1181007191


#FeelGoodFriday: Daniel Powter – ‘Delicious’


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Check out our interview with Daniel Powter!

Daniel Powter is finally back with new music! He’s literally just released his first new single in four years, today, in the form of the rather funky pop tune, ‘Delicious’.

The song sees Powter using his fantastic, trademark vocal style but with a rather more synth-driven sound behind it and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back. It looks as if this could be signs of a new album from the unique and catchy singer/songwriter.

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

What are your thoughts of Daniel Powter’s newest release? Are you as excited as we are about the thought of a new album from him? Please share your thoughts or own suggestions for a #FeelGoodFriday track in a comment below.

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‘Delicious’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/delicious-single/id1187916657


#FeelGoodFriday: Cerrone – ‘Move Me’ featuring Brendan Reilly


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Cerrone is a french disco drummer, composer and record producer; he is considered to be one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s, within Europe.

His music has been sampled by many artists, including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie BoysRun–D.M.C. and he has worked with singers such as Nile RodgersJocelyn Brown and La Toya Jackson.

This year, 2016, Cerrone has released a new studio album, in the form of Red Lips, which features a lot of talent, including Aloe BlaccYasmin and Kiesza. One track from the album is ‘Move Me’ featuring Brendan Reilly. The song is brimming with funky, old-school disco vibes, yet somehow has pushed through a current edge to it!

I am a huge fan of this song and defy anyone not to love the #FeelGoodFriday feel to it; what do you think? Check out the video below…

Please let us know your thoughts on this track or tell us what #FeelGoodFriday song you’d choose, either in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘Move Me’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/move-me-feat.-brendan-reilly/id1150002388?i=1150002468


#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


#ThrowbackThursday: Daft Punk – ‘One More Time’


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Daft Punk are a French duo consisting of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and 15 years ago, in 2001, the electronic pair (who are possibly robotic and from another planet) released the hit song, ‘One More Time’.

The song, which was taken from their second album Discovery, took the world by storm and reached Number 2 in the UK singles chart. The song is heavily compressed and auto-tuned and that’s what gives it the signature sound. It is funky, French house and honestly is a timeless tune!

The music video for the song is interesting as it is animated and taken from the pair’s 2003 animated film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.

Do you remember this song from 15 years ago? Are you new to this song? What do you think? What would you choose for #ThrowbackThursday? Drop us your choices in a comment below or tell us via our social media accounts.

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‘One More Time’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/one-more-time/id697194953?i=697195462