#ThrowbackThursday: Lovestation – ‘Teardrops’


   

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2018 sees the 20th anniversary, since the release of Lovestation‘s ‘Teardrops’, which was in fact a cover of a song from Womack & Womack‘s fourth studio album, Conscience (originally released in 1988).

Unlike the original version, Lovestation‘s was composed in an early UK Garage style and went on to become the group’s biggest hit, reaching Number 14 in the UK Charts.

There have also been several other versions since this by  German pop quartet No Angels in 2007, Australian singer Kate Alexa in 2008 and then in 2009, UK pop girl group, Sugababes, recorded a version for the special Island Records album, Island Life – 50 Years of Island Records.

A quirky, black and white video was also released alongside this single, which can be seen below.

This is a fantastic track that certainly conjures up childhood memories for me and whilst it’s now 20 years old, I think there’s still something edgy and almost current about it.

What are your thoughts of this epic 1998 Garage tune? Got a #ThrowbackThursday track for us? Please leave your thoughts or share a song suggestion in a comment or via social media.

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‘Teardrops’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/teardrops-flava-7-mix/1145210065?i=1145210069


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#Two4Tunesday: Tulisa – ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ & KYKO – ‘Horizon’


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Tulisa – ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’

Tulisa is finally back with some brand new music and possibly one of her most divisive releases yet!

The track is a partial cover of the classic, 1999 garage track ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ by Shanks & BigfootTulisa‘s version of the track puts a new spin on the chorus but she’s written her own verses to it. It’s a fun and uplifting song however fans have been divided by it, some love it, while others saw it that she was ruining the original.

What are your thoughts; love or loath? Personally we love it as it’s great to see Tulisa back on the scene?


‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sweet-like-chocolate-feat./id1149315195?i=1149315213



KYKO – ‘Horizon’

After stumbling upon KYKO‘s previous release, ‘Native’, I have been on the lookout for his releases ever since!

I’m really excited that he’s released this follow-up, ‘Horizon’ and am eager for an album to follow.

The combination of guitars and electronic sounds are beautiful – a real auditory treat!

No video has been released yet, but as usual, we’ll keep you posted.


‘Horizon’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/horizon/id1142624488?i=1142624775


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#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Craig David


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Craig David has had some amazing songs in his time! Since we featured his latest track One More Time earlier this week, it seemed like a good idea to revisit some of his older songs for #ThrowbackThursday, coz man has the guy had some hits!

‘7 Days’ was released 16 years ago, back in 2000, and was taken from his debut album ‘Born To Do It’ and it reached Number 1 in the UK charts…that’s because it’s awesome! A true R&B song which shows off David’ vocal abilities well, this song was destined for success, with a modest video too!

Craig David – ‘7 Days’


It was then in 2002 that Craig David released the first single from his follow-up album, ‘What’s Your Flava?’ Many people might have found the lyrics a little cringy; comparing girls to ice cream flavours, but the song is catchy as hell!

It went on to reach Number 8 in the UK charts and saw him add a touch of dance to his R&B sound.


Craig David – ‘What’s Your Flava?’


Then in 2003, Craig David released his second song from the album Slicker Than Your Average, called ‘Hidden Agenda’.

Although this song reached Number 10 in the UK charts (not as good as his previous releases), I have chosen to feature this as the third song, because I feel it was a bit of a hidden gem. It’s much less obviously catchy than his other singles but is one of my favourite songs of his.

Whilst the song still remains R&B at heart, its use of guitar is calming and unique and really captivates me every time I hear it. It also saw Craig David team up with previous collaborator and Artful Dodger producer, Mark Hill.

It was then in 2010 that Craig David appeared to take a break from music, but thankfully, he’s back and 2016 looks set to be an awesome year for him!


Craig David – ‘Hidden Agenda’


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#Two4Tunesday: Craig David – ‘One More Time’ & Prides – ‘Rome’


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Craig David – ‘One More Time’

2015 saw Craig David‘s triumphant return to music with his hit ‘When The Bassline Drops’ alongside Big Narstie but now he’s back with a completely solo track, ‘One More Time’.

The song is heavily garage influenced and could well bring about a revival of the genre to the mainstream, which is currently saturated with EDM and House music.

He is expected to drop his first new album since 2010’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered with the working title, Following My Intuition.

I’m expecting big things from Craig David this year!


‘One More Time’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/one-more-time-single/id1110886942



Prides – ‘Rome’

Scottish synthpop band, Prides are back with their first new music since 2015’s debut album The Way Back Up.

This new single, ‘Rome’, sees the band continue in their same vein of indie/synthpop, but with a slightly more edgy, heavier sound. This also looks like it will be the beginning of a new album release for the trio.

I am very excited to hear more from this band – their debut album resounded brilliantly with me and based on this new song, they could well go on to top that! Bring it on guys!


‘Rome’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rome/id1114040600?i=1114040620


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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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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Platnum

Aaron Evers and Michelle McKenna from Platnum took the time to do a Skype interview with us, and they were awesome!



We’re back with another interview, and this time, it’s with Platnum.

Having taken a short break from music, they’re back, as a duo, and getting ready to tour in January 2016.

The pair (who rose to fame in 2008, with their H “Two” O collaboration, ‘What’s It Gonna Be’) have been taking some time to work on new music. Their first garage/bassline anthem became huge and having spoken to them, they inform me that their new music will see a return to their musical roots, while still remaining commercial.

I had such an amazing time interviewing Aaron and Michelle – they were a real laugh and so nice!

Continuing from the tradition set in our previous ZebraheadFrankmusik and Life Of Dillon interviews, we asked Platnum to take part in a game of ‘Would You Rather…?’ – however, Aaron decided they should throw themselves straight into the WTF?! (#WYRwtf) level…brave!

I really hope that you will enjoy watching this interview as I had a great time talking to them and please, please go ahead and share this link and video on your social media accounts! 

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#Two4Tunesday: Hailee Steinfield – ‘Love Myself’ & Craig David – ‘When The Bassline Drops’


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Hailee Steinfield – ‘Love Myself’

Hailee Steinfield is know for being an actress, model and now singer; she has her fingers in many pies…so to speak!

Most notably, she appeared in Pitch Perfect 2 during which she covered ‘Flashlight’ and has since been signed by Republic Records.

Her debut EP, ‘HAIZ’, was released in November 2015 and this song, ‘Love Myself’, preceded it, back in August this year, however it failed to reach the Top 40 here in the UK.

I have posted this track today as I think it’s a bit different, and she came to my attention as her EP was recently released. I checked it out, and this song stood out for me, so enjoy!


‘Love Myself’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-myself-single/id1022992339



Craig David x Big Narstie – ‘When The Bassline Drops’

Craig David (aka Craaaaaig David) is back!

Teaming up with Big Narstie after a collaboration on a Radio 1Xtra, during which Craig David remixed ‘Fill Me In‘ over the ‘Where Are Ü Now‘ beat, the pair have now entered the studio to record this latest track, ‘When The Bassline Drops’.

It’s the first new music release from Craig David in years and sees the guy return to his garage origins; his ‘Rewind‘ days!

It’s an epic new song and should definitely be appreciated for a triumphant return to the garage scene!


‘When The Bassline Drops’ is out now on iTunes; show your support and buy a copy! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-the-bassline-drops/id1058841050?i=1058841055


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