#ThrowbackThursday: Gabrielle – ‘Rise’

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Soulful singer and songwriter, Gabrielle, relesed her single, ‘Rise’ in January 2000. The song (written by Gabrielle, Ollie Dagois and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and produced by Jonny Dollar), was the second single to be taken from her third, studio album of the same title, Rise.

The track became notable for the rare, authorised use of a Bob Dylan sample (taken from his 1973-song ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’. Apparently, Dylan liked ‘Rise’ so much, that he allowed Gabrielle to use the sample for free, while receiving a co-writer credit for providing the song’s chord progression and vocal sample.

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks, acroos January and February 2000, becoming her second chart-topper.

This is such a soulful song that for the era of mainstream pop, it actually stood out quite significantly for her different vibe, making her stand out as an artist in that era. Subsequently, this track has a rather timeless feel to it.

The music video (Directed by Kevin Godley) sees the singer singing whilst spectating at a boxing match – a nice visual metaphor to accompany the song.

What are your thoughts of this soulful singer’s 2000 hit? Are you still a fan 20 years on? Do you have a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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‘Rise’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/rise/1440911935?i=1440911940


#WildCardWednesday: Everything Everything – ‘Distant Past’

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Everything Everything‘s song ‘Distant Past’ is today’s #WildCardWednesday; its a must-hear!

Their music style has been described as a clever mix of R&B, Glitch-Pop and Electronica. These styles have quite a difference in age; I was super intrigued to hear how R&B mixes with modern-day Glitch music.

Their music structure is relatively complex too, ‘Distant Past’ is split into a few sections of varied styles. This is just one of many unique songs made by the Manchester-based band, Everything Everything.

This blend of sounds is quite new, and I totally dig it! What else really stuck out to me was their overall aesthetic; the album art, music videos – it all works so well together!

Also try figuring out this video!

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‘Distant Past’ can be purchased on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/distant-past/id964374082?i=964374084


#MellowMonday: Miley Cyrus – ‘Adore You’

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Whatever you may think of the tongue-lolloping, terrible-twerking Miss Cyrus, this track is stunning! The song itself was written by Stacy Barthe (who also co-wrote; Katy Perry’s ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ and Rihanna’s ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’) and Oren Yoel.

Although Miley Cyrus did not write this track, she should be commended for her beautiful vocal delivery on it. The song is a mixture of light R&B with Pop and shows her more mature side to this “new” Miley. The video on the other hand…not so much – yet more writhing in a bathtub and on a bed mixed with night-vision “sex-tape-like” antics, but still…she’s “mature” now and that’s what all mature ladies do…right?!  😉

However, all jokes aside, delve into this track headfirst and mellow out to is beauty.

What do you think of Miley’s “new” look and her actions? A fan? Not a fan? What do you think of this particular song though? Share your thoughts and your own Mellow Monday tracks 🙂

Matt – Muzik Speaks