Brighton Pride is fast approaching, so to celebrate, we have updated our Brighton Pride Weekenderplaylist, dedicated to one of the city’s biggest annual events, promoting equality and diversity with the aim to eliminate discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and more (LGBT+) community.
This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of tracks, by the artists performing at Brighton Pride 2019, as well as some other great anthems!
If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:
We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!
Brighton Pride is fast approaching and to celebrate, we have created our first ever, Brighton Pride Weekenderplaylist dedicated to one of the city’s biggest annual events to promote equality and diversity with the aim to eliminate discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of tracks, by the artists performing at Brighton Pride 2018, as well as some other great anthems!
If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:
Troye Sivan is South African-born, Australian singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber who has been gathering a huge online following over the past few years.
Openly gay, Sivan describes ‘Bloom’ as a, ‘subversively queer song,’ that sees him take on the role of a passive guy losing his virginity. Although it’s full of innuendo, it is a really fun, subtle track that has an incredibly catchy chorus (but not in an obvious sense). It’s summery and deserves to be played loud…I expect his pride appearances this year will be huge!
No music video (as such) has been released, however a 3D animated lyric video, created by Jason Ebeyer, was released, featuring an animated version of Sivan floating through a fantasy land.
Jess Glynne is finally back with the first single since her 2015 debut, I Cry When I Laugh, indicating that her second album is on its way!
‘I’ll Be There’ is an uplifting track with very soulful and gospel-like qualities to it whilst maintaining a contemporary pop sound. It is a track that transcends as it progresses; this song makes it easy to see why she’s won a Grammy! I hope this is another Number 1 hit for her, like 2015’s debut, ‘Hold My Hand’.
The video itself doesn’t appear to have much of a narrative however the locations she performs in are pretty interesting and vibrant colours certainly play an important part throughout. Well worth a watch.
21-year-old soul singer, Mullally, has just unleashed his new single ‘Sweet Coffee’ on the world, featuring London artist Bassette and damn it’s good!
The smooth, soulful vibes are the perfect way to wake up to a week ahead – it truly is like the audible interpretation of your first cup of coffee in the morning. Somehow the pair have created the perfect blend of contemporary R&B/Pop inspirations with the powerful vocals and soft melodies of old-school jazz and soul; it’s truly euphoric.
Having already supported the likes of Anne-Marie, Jess Glynne, RAYE and Clean Bandit, played festivals including Glastonbury, Lovebox and Reading/Leeds and winning Best Solo Male at the Unsigned Music Awards, there’s no doubt that this guy is going to become a big name over the coming months.
No music video has emerged online yet but as soon as one does, we will keep you posted.
What are your thoughts of this soulful singer and songwriter? Do you love this song as much as us? Have you got your own #MellowMonday track to share with us? Please leave your thoughts or own song suggestions in a comment or tell us about it via our social media.
The idea for this post came about whilst I was contemplating creating the annual Christmas playlist I’ve done since I started Muzik Speaks back in 2015, but I quickly realised that I was purely doing it because of the time of year and with the thoughts that as a music blog, I should probably pump out something Christmassy.
Inside though, I’m just not feeling like celebrating Christmas this year and truth be told, I’ve been through a very dark patch for a few months now.I began this blog as a lover of music (ever since I can remember) but also with the old saying in mind that “music speaks louder than words” and I truly believe that in many ways, it does…hence the blog name!
However, since September this year, I was propelled into an incredibly difficult place and since then my head has gone through a very dark, deeply depressive and isolated state and it’s only now, that I’m starting to see some distant, very small rays of light at the end of the long, outstretched tunnel ahead, but with those rays, they have brought just a scrap of positivity into my life.
During the period I mentioned, one of the first things to take a hit was my passion for music – something which has always been an obsession of mine, and looking back, that was a key indicator that I was suffering from depression, although I couldn’t recognise it at the time. I’ll be honest and say that at my lowest point, for a couple of weeks or so, I contemplated suicide almost every day, for what I was being put through and how I was being treated and self-harm was something that alleviated just a tiny bit of the desire/waves of compulsion I felt, to end my life. I wish I hadn’t I let myself get to that stage now, and would never advocate someone do that, but I share this as a plea for people to seek support from whoever and wherever they can, to help give them some much needed strength during their darkest times.
As cliché as it sounds, the song ‘1-800-273-8255’ by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid came into my life by happy accident and instantly made an impact on me – it truly kept me going for a couple of weeks straight.
And then slowly but surely over the last few weeks, my passion for music has been really reignited – by mainly angry/empowering rock songs at first; Thirty Seconds To Mars‘ ‘This Is War’ was on repeat for a few days and then more recently, Linkin Park‘s ‘Faint’. The tone to those two songs really helped me to channel the anger I was feeling about the place I was in and charged me up with a little renewed strength.
However once I’d started to get over the anger, I began to truly take time to reflect where I was at with my mental state and objectively begin to deal with my dark thoughts and the things that were eating me up inside. It was at that point that a whole host of songs began to play their part in reshaping me and helping me to truly confront with what I was going through.
That is why I decided to create a playlist that is very personal to me and filled it with the songs that had a hand in keeping me alive, helped me to regain a fraction of my normal self and begin to deal with things, each in their own unique way.
I guess in some way, I’m hoping that this playlist will reach even just one person who is going through a similar rough patch and that it helps them to fight back against their depression and regain their confidence and love of life, or that someone who has already come out the other side can relate to this and appreciate the songs for their unique qualities, thought-provoking lyrics and/or empowering styles.
I should add that I have been very lucky to have my partner, family, some good friends and even my dog (not that she’ll ever know it) to support me through this bleak time and they too have played a vital role in helping me get through this.
Additionally, I sought some counselling – at first it was over the phone but I quickly found that I was craving some human interaction and so went to meet a counsellor and that too has been invaluable to helping me, so I recognise that whilst it’s not entirely the music that has helped me, it was during the times, when I was alone, that this music kept me company, provided me with time to think and played a vital role in aiding me to recover some of my former mental well-being.
I just think that at this time of year, people can feel so alone and having been through what I have, I understand that not everything is joyous for everyone at Christmas time and so I am hoping this playlist will provide something different for people who are feeling down, depressed or suicidal and that it might provide some sort of pick-me-up that you might need or that my story or the music strike a chord with someone and give them something to stop and think about.
My message to anyone who is struggling is just know that things can get better if you hang in there. Believe in yourself and most importantly, take each day as it comes. Fill your time with things you enjoy doing, however small or simple – embrace them. Talk to whoever you feel comfortable talking to, whether it be friends, family or someone anonymous via a helpline – don’t bottle things up. Find joy in music you love, films you enjoy or any other things you like to do and try to take your mind off what you’re worrying about and try to envisage what a happier future would look like.
Finally, I really would like to take the time to ask you to donate to a good cause – if you are going through something similar to me, you have already been through it and managed to come out the other side or even just that you have enjoyed this playlist or felt something for my story, then please visit our JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/muzik-speaks or www.papyrus-uk.org/donate (please quote Muzik Speaks somewhere in your donation) and make a donation – £5 is enough to pay for one phone call, text or e-mail with a young person – you truly can help ‘Save a Life’.
*UPDATE* – 8th July 2018
Life continues to get better, but I still find I have to take it day by day. My journey through fighting what I’ve been put through continues, but music is certainly helping to empower me. Sure, I still find I have ups and downs and there are certainly days where dark thoughts pass through my mind and there are definitely times where I’m consumed by rage but I suppose that’s all part of the healing process.
I also have to reflect on the good things in life; my loving partner, my beautiful dog and companion, my wonderful family, my ever-supportive friends, music, this blog…there’s lots to be positive about! That’s so important when you’re finding life tough – no matter how hard it is and how hopeless you might feel, take just a minute to try and find something positive, no matter how small it may be and reflect on that. Try to push the dark thoughts out of your mind (or at least to the back of it) and know that life can get better, you just have to hang in there.
And talking. I still maintain that finding someone, anyone, you can trust and talk to, is paramount to fighting your inner demons. The old saying, “A problem shared, is a problem halved,” is very true and should not be underestimated.
I feel this journey may continue for many months to come, until I feel fully back to my normal self, and so undoubtedly this playlist will continue to grow but in the months since I first posted this, I have found 10 new tracks that have continued to help me.From the beautiful William Ryan Key‘s ‘Vultures’ to the angry anthem that is ‘F.W.T.B.’ by Yonaka; Panic! At The Disco‘s ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’ is a satirical and uplifting track whilst A R I Z O N A‘s ‘Freaking Out’ helps with those times you just want to let loose and go a bit mental; music is really helping to heal some of the pain.
So, to all of those on this playlist, thank you for making your music. You don’t know how much you’ve helped, and continue to help!
Greyson Chance – Seasons
Logic – 1-800-273-8255 featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
You+Me – Open Door
Kesha – Praying
Years & Years – Eyes Shut
Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
Justin Bieber – I’ll Show You
Kyan Palmer – Burn Mona Lisa
The Fray – How To Save A Life
Angels & Airwaves – A Little’s Enough
SafetySuit – These Times
Jessie J – Who You Are
Nicki Minaj – Fly featuring Rihanna
Thirty Seconds To Mars – This Is War
Linkin Park – Faint
Yellowcard – Fighting
Story Of The Year – Can Anybody Hear Me
Jimmy Eat World – Electable (Give It Up)
Angels & Airwaves – Lifeline
Good Charlotte – We Believe
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Remedy Drive – Daylight
Bars & Melody – Scream
MUNA – I Know A Place
Kesha – Learn To Let Go
Superfruit – Future Friends (Brian Robert Jones Choir Remix)
You+Me – Unbeliever
You Me At Six – Carpe Diem
Simple Plan – I Don’t Wanna Be Sad
OneRepublic – I Lived
Update – July 2018
31. William Ryan Key – Vultures
32. A R I Z O N A – Freaking Out
33. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
34. The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try
35. YONAKA – F.W.T.B.
36. Good Charlotte – Actual Pain
37. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
38. Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
39. Panic! At The Disco – (Fuck A) Silver Lining
40. SafetySuit – Victory
If you have a story you are willing to share or you want to discuss anything in this post, then please leave a comment; I would just ask that you remain sensitive with what you write on this post please. I also urge you that if you yourself are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about someone, to please call PAPYRUSon 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – whilst I am always happy to talk, I’m not a trained professional but people at PAPYRUS are, and will do their best to help.
Muzik Speaks is 1 year old this week and to celebrate this milestone, we’re giving you a themed playlist, for each day this week. The playlist will contain all of the songs we’ve featured on our blog during the past year, all themed around the corresponding day.
Today, it’s #Two4Tunesday and our playlist includes:
Yesterday we presented you with our favourite albums of 2015, and today we bring you our favourite songs of 2015. The year has been crammed with some sensational songs and these are the ones we think made the biggest impact this year…but do you agree with our choices? What other songs would you have included?
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
Years & Years – King
Jack Ü (Diplo & Skrillex) – Where Are Ü Now featuring Justin Bieber
Adele – Hello
Omi – Cheerleader
Sia – Alive
Wiz Khalifa – See You Again featuring Charlie Puth
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz
One Direction – Drag Me Down
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Drake – Hotline Bling
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
Nick Jonas – Levels
Sigala – Easy Love
Tove Lo – Talking Body
Fleur East – Sax
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
Life Of Dillon – Overload
I hope you’ve enjoyed these songs as much as I have this year and if you’d have chosen some different tracks, please let me know what you’d have chosen 🙂
This year has been filled with some incredible albums and these are the ones we think are well worth a listen…but who’s our Number 1? Do you agree with our choices? What other albums would you have included?
20. Ryn Weaver – The Fool 19. Zebrahead – Walk The Plank 18. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back 17. Chris Brown – Royalty 16. Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4 15. Owl City – Mobile Orchestra 14. Various Artists – We Love Disney 13. Chicane – The Sum Of Its Parts 12. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece 11. Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh 10. Lucy Spraggan – We Are 9. Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho 8. Frankmusik – For You 7. Prides – The Way Back Up 6. Tom DeLonge – To The Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends 5. Pentatonix – Pentatonix 4. Ellie Goulding – Delirium 3. One Direction – Made In The A.M. 2. Years & Years – Communion 1. Justin Bieber – Purpose
20. Ryn Weaver – The Fool
Stand-Out Tracks:OctaHate, Pierre, Stay Low, Sail On and The Fool
19. Zebrahead – Walk The Plank
Stand-Out Tracks:Worse Than This, Keep It To Myself, So What and Save Your Breath
18. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back
Stand-Out Tracks:Murder All Over, Overdrive and Animal
17. Chris Brown – Royalty
Stand-Out Tracks:Back To Sleep, Fine By Me, Liquor, Zero, Anyway and Proof
16. Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4
Stand-Out Tracks:Want To Want Me, Get Ugly, Try Me and Love Me Down
15. Owl City – Mobile Orchestra
Stand-Out Tracks:Verge, Thunderstruck, Unbelievable and Can’t Live Without You
14. Various Artists – We Love Disney
Stand-Out Tracks:Friend Like Me (Ne-Yo), Part Of Your World (Jessie J), I Wan’na Be Like You (Fall Out Boy) and Let It Go (Rascal Flatts & Lucy Hale)
13. Chicane – The Sum Of Its Parts
Stand-Out Tracks:38 Weeks, Oxygen, One Thousand Suns and No More I Sleep
12. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Stand-Out Tracks:Heartbeat Song, Invicible and Take You High
11. Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh
Stand-Out Tracks:Hold My Hand, Real Love, Ain’t Got Far To Go, Take Me Home and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
10. Lucy Spraggan – We Are
Stand-Out Tracks:23, London Bound, In This Church and IOU
9. Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho
Stand-Out Tracks:Irresistible, Centuries, Uma Thurman, Favorite Record and Immortals
8. Frankmusik – For You
Stand-Out Tracks:I Remember, Love Again, Lexus, Cosmic Rendezvous and Say Goodbye
7. Prides – The Way Back Up
Stand-Out Tracks:I Should Know You Better, Messiah, Higher Love, Let It Go and Little Danger
6. Tom DeLonge – To The Stars
Stand-Out Tracks:New World, Suburban Kings, The Invisible Parade and Animals
5. Pentatonix – Pentatonix
Stand-Out Tracks:Na Na Na, Can’t Sleep Love, Sing, Ref and Cheerleader
4. Ellie Goulding – Delirium
Stand-Out Tracks:Aftertaste, Something In The Way You Move, On My Mind, Around U and Codes
3. One Direction – Made In The A.M.
Stand-Out Tracks:Drag Me Down, Perfect, Never Enough and Olivia
2. Years & Years – Communion
Stand-Out Tracks:Shine, Take Shelter, Eyes Shut, King, Desire and Without
1. Justin Bieber – Purpose
Stand-Out Tracks:I’ll Show You, What Do You Mean?, Sorry, Company, The Feeling and Where Are Ü Now
I hope you’ve enjoyed these albums this year too and if you’ve not heard them yet, give them a good listen 🙂
This week’s #Two4Tunesday post contains so amazing summer songs; Tinie Tempah is brining an old-school summer sound with the incredibly talented Jess Glynne, whilst Canadian singer, Trevor Guthrie, has a song titled ‘Summertime’.
Tinie Tempah is back with another chart-topping, huge hit! The single, which features guest vocals from Jess Glynne (singer of the massive song, ‘Hold My Hand‘) rocketed straight to Number 1 in its first week.
The video also reflects the summer sound and when asked about his collaboration with Jess Glynne, Tinie said, “Both being Londoners, I wanted to make a song that captured that London summertime feeling.”
A huge song, created by a massive pair of talents!
Trevor Guthrie‘s new song, ‘Summertime’ is a relatively unknown song to be, but I heard it yesterday and instantly loved it! It popped up in the related videos section on YouTube and that’s how I came across him!
The Canadian-born singer-songwriter has lent his vocals to tracks by Armin van Buuren, R3hab and Markus Schulz, but this track is a solo release of his.
No official video has been released yet, but I reckon there could be big things for this guy in the future!
Trevor Guthrie – ‘Summertime’
There goes another #Two4Tunesday with two really amazing songs! Please share this post across your social media accounts and spread the love.