#WildCardWednesday: Misha B – ‘Letter To My Sistars’

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Misha B is finally back with her latest single, ‘Letter To My Sistars’, and I couldn’t be happier to see her return!

The latest song from the ex-X Factor artist has a definitive, old-school R&B / Hip Hop vibe with an understated beatbox intro, vinyl-tinted beats and clean guitar melodies throughout, topped off with some wonderfully raw and effortless vocal harmonies.

‘Letter To My Sistars’ is a strong departure from her post-X Factor days yet still remains polished and true to herself. It’s a female empowerment track about looking out for each other (Don’t mess – “If you put a finger on my sister, guaranteed your head pop, pop, pop just like blister”); an urban anthem at its best.

The video for the track is fun too – seeing Misha B performing alongside strong female characters in and around the urban environment but also has narrative segments depicting Misha as a child, with one of her “sistars”, as referenced in the track. Go check it out, below.

I’m super excited for this return and hope that maybe this will signal an upcoming debut album?! We can only hope!

What are your thoughts of Misha B’s latest release? Are you as pleased to see her back, as we are? Do you have a #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Letter To My Sistars’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/letter-to-my-sistars-single/1467045615


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#Review: Bars & Melody – Generation Z


   

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Bars & Melody (check out our interview with the guys, here) first rose to fame as contestants on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. The pair were automatically sent into the semi-finals of the competition, when Simon Cowell pressed the “golden buzzer” after watching their performance of ‘Hopeful’ (later released as their debut single). The duo ultimately finished in third place in the series but since then have gone on to build a very loyal following and built up a big name for themselves.

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The album opens with heavy-hitting ‘Allergic to the Sun’ which sets the tone perfectly for the album, showing the duo’s departure from conventional pop music into a far more edgy sound. It’s quite apocalyptic in it’s feel and reflects the album artwork brilliantly.

Not only has Leondre‘s voice got deeper…so have the lyrics and the styles of the songs – there are quite a few songs based on relationships and dealing with issues related to growing up but the pair are truly writing from the heart. Some of the biggest standout tracks are: ‘Apologise’ (with its beautiful simplicity and captivating chorus); ‘Faded’ (for its anthemic chorus and club-like sound); ‘Serious’ (probably one of the most pop tracks on the album – it reminds me somewhat of Olly Murs) and ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ (Charlie’s vocals are so full-on and passionate on this track – I would really like to hear him use this tone more often).

There is a certain mixtape quality to the record – it is somewhat experimental in its approach, but that’s not a bad thing!

The production of the album is tinted with urban flavours throughout; each song is unique in its own way and whilst it does come together as a brilliant body of work, overall, there is a certain mixtape quality to the record. There are some fantastic songs with catchy hooks and deep lyrics and although there are stand-out tracks, it is somewhat experimental in its approach. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing – it should be celebrated that the pair have spent time finding their own sound and crafting something which not only works for them but makes them stand out.

Considering just a couple of years ago, the pair put out an album (143) which was very pop in style, this follow-up (originals) album is quite a welcome departure from that, demonstrating that they’re maturing, not only in terms of their songwriting but their musical style too. It seems that they’re now truly finding their own feet.

What must be said for this album is that Charlie‘s vocal abilities are truly incredible but to hear him use his full voice more (like in ‘I Won’t Let You Go’), would be amazing. Meanwhile, Leondre‘s rapping has really progressed – his tone is great and his lyrics show maturity. This album is well worth listening to, I certainly found that the more you listen, the more little gems you hear weaving their way throughout – it’s a real grower!

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4


‘Generation Z’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/generation-z/id1262081707


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‘Generation Z’ Track-By-Track

Find out more about the meanings behind the songs with this track-by-track video.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of the duo’s latest album! What are your thoughts on Generation Z? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media.


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#MellowMonday: James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’


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James Arthur rose to fame when he won the X Factor back in 2012. It was then in 2013 that he released his self-titled, debut album. Having left Syco and taken a break from music, he’s set to return with his second album Back From The Edge, lead by this single, ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

This song is raw and brimming with emotion – it feels honest and paves the way for a really deep album. Having been through a lot over the past couple of years, I am intrigued to see how it will shape his sound, especially after working with the likes of MOKS on ‘Otherwise‘.

Are you excited to have James Arthur set to return? What do you think of this new, mellower sound? What song would you choose for #MellowMonday? Please leave your thoughts or song choices in a comment below.

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‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/say-you-wont-let-go/id1151197696?i=1151197755


#Two4Tunesday: MOKS – ‘Otherwise’ featuring James Arthur & Dappy – ‘Money Can’t Buy’

James Arthur is remembered for his appearance on X Factor and for making several controversial statements, but after some time away from the limelight, he’s looking set to make a return as the featured vocalist of MOKS‘ new track, ‘Otherwise’.

An interesting house track with Arthur’s amazingly haunting vocals and infectious whistles, this song has huge potential! No video has been released yet, but we’ll keep you updated!


‘Otherwise’ is available for download from iTunes right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/otherwise-feat.-james-arthur/id1029927542


MOKS – ‘Otherwise’ featuring James Arthur


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So by now it might be easy for you to guess that I’m a bit of a Dappy fan, but the guy is a true talent and it should be appreciated just how much he’s achieved and that he’s build himself up from nothing; with grit, determination, passion and his raw talent.

This song is the third release from his upcoming album ‘Miracles’ and once again it is filled with passion, honesty and just plain amazing writing! I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a great song!


‘Money Can’t Buy’ can be downloaded now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/money-cant-buy-single/id1036833101


Dappy – ‘Money Can’t Buy’

So #Two4Tunesday is done for the week but would you choose some different songs? Please leave your choices in a comment below.

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#Two4Tunesday: Sigma – ‘Glitterball’ featuring Ella Henderson & Conrad Sewell – ‘Hold Me Up’

Today we’re bringing you a brand new track from Sigma featuring Ella Henderson (see our previous post about the remix of their previous song, ‘Changing, featuring Paloma Faith) and a great summery song from Conrad Sewell.

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Sigma are going from one featured celebrity vocalist to the next, creating their own path of smash hits and leaving some massive songs in their wake!

The duo consists of Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie, who have so far worked with the likes of Labrinth, Paloma Faith and DJ Fresh and this next release of theirs features vocals of the incredibly talented, ex-X Factor contestant, Ella Henderson.

‘Glitterball’ is such a big-production song with its almost movie-like strings alongside chaotic drum and bass beats, a gospel choir and Ella Henderson‘s fantastic vocals. I’m predicting that it’s going to be a huge hit for them; a new landmark song for Sigma.


‘Glitterball’ is due for release on 24th July 2015 and you can pre-order it now on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/glitterball-feat.-ella-henderson/id997398173


Sigma – ‘Glitterball’ featuring Ella Henderson


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Conrad Sewell recently gained recognition for lending his vocals to Kygo‘s hit song, ‘Firestone’ but he’s also released his own solo song, ‘Hold Me Up’.

The Australian-born singer moved to America to work on his solo project and has worked on a bunch of hit-makers, penning this one with Brian Lee (who’s worked with Lady Gaga and Icona Pop), The Euroz and Lewis Bell. He’s also embarking on the Ed Sheeran tour around Australia.

At the moment, ‘Hold Me Up’ has a tentative release date of 24th July 2015, however no pre-order has been made available yet. When it was released in Australia, the song peaked at 39 in the charts, however I reckon it’ll score a Top 20 in the UK charts, with the right promotion. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this song.

Conrad Sewell – ‘Hold Me Up’

And there ends this week’s #Two4Tunesday! Enjoy them as these are two really great songs! Please don’t forget to share away to your heart’s content across your social media accounts.

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#Two4Tunesday: Little Mix – ‘Black Magic’ & Passion Pit – ‘Lifted Up (1985)’

For #Two4Tunesday this week, we’re bringing you new music from Little Mix and Passion Pit!


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Little Mix rose to public attention in the 8th series of The X Factor in the UK, when the four auditioned separately. They failed the bootcamp round as soloists, but were offered to be put through to the next round, as a group. They went on to win that series of The X Factor and were the first ever group to win the series.

The group have since gone on to release two successful albums and are now gearing up to release a third. On top of that, the group helped to co-write Britney Spears’ latest hit, ‘Pretty Girls’ and back in 2013, Perrie Edwards, from the group is engaged to Zayn Malik (former member of The X Factor‘s One Direction).

This single, ‘Black Magic’, is the first single to be taken from their as-yet-untitled, third album and sees the group adopt a slightly different sound to their previous releases.


‘Black Magic’ is due out on 10th July 2015 and is available to pre-order on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/black-magic-single/id994616224


Little Mix – ‘Black Magic’



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For our next track we have the latest single from Passion Pit‘Lifted Up (1985)’. Passion Pit consists of lead vocalist Michael Angelakos and a series of live members but none of these are permanent; see Passion Pit is the brainchild of the singer who recorded an EP as a belated Valentine’s Day gift to his then girlfriend, which then gained public attention and took off from there.

This particular song is taken from the band’s third album, Kindred and has a fantastically captivating Indie-Pop vibe; it’s a stunning song.

Passion Pit recently teamed up with Madeon for a banging’ electronica track too! (Check out our post by clicking on Madeon)


‘Lifted Up (1985)’ can be bought from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lifted-up-1985/id965405199?i=965405203


Passion Pit – ‘Lifted Up (1985)’


That was this week’s #Two4Tunesday! Please share this on your social media accounts and tell us what your two favourite tracks are right now. Thanks for the ongoing support!

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#ThrowbackThursday: Five – Keep On Movin’

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Five (sometimes stylised as five) were a massive boyband back in the late 90s to early 00s, consisting of five members; Scott Robinson, Abs (now Abz Love), Sean ConlonJason “J” Brown and Ritchie Neville. Since then, the five-piece band were featured in the first series of ITV’s, The Big Reunion, however only managed to reunite as a quartet (without J)…however, most recently, the band lost another member, Abz Love, so remain as a trio. It has to be said though, they are doing a great job and have been touring the country to sold-out crowds, despite their loss of two members!

The band were originally signed and managed by Simon Cowell and had a huge string of hits and sold-out arena tours.

Keep On Movin’ is possibly one of their most well-known and loved hits, scoring a UK Number 1 when it was released back in 1999. Even now, 16 years on, it remains a timeless pop classic!

I personally LOVE this song…it is a go-to track for me, any time I feel a bit down and want cheering up. It has the quality of making instant happiness; it’s no wonder it was such a massive success!

Who remembers this song? Did you love it back in 1999? Still loving it now? Did you see the band on their recent tour/Big Reunion Tour?

Matt – Muzik Speaks


Keep On Movin’ (taken from the Invincible and Greatest Hits albums) is available to purchase on iTunes right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/keep-on-movin/id251098769?i=251098812