Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes

Let’s talk about Joy Crookes.

I discovered the South London singer earlier this year on YouTube, while watching videos shared on the popular music channel, COLORS.

Have a watch for yourself.

 

 

 

Surely I don’t need to say this, but any fan of Amy Winehouse will find themselves a fan of Joy Crookes, because I sure as heck did. Not only is she stunning, I mean, how slick can one gal look, but her voice is ridiculous. It’s like the audible sound of honey. And remember that guitar sound I’m ever so fond of? Catch my dude in the back delivering the goods.

As is the ever-obvious next move, I headed over to Joy’s Spotify. Good move. Joy released an EP in July this year, Influence, and it’s another package of tunes. As well as a studio version of the song in the video above, Mother May I Sleep With Danger?, finessed with a really nice jazz kit, the EP has four other songs, all of which are equally as tasty.

Mother May I Sleep With Danger? is a great song, it’s definitely up there, but we all know I’m partial to a good groove, and that comes in the form of the second track on the record, Bad Feeling. The groove in that song is so deep, and the lyrical flow is so catchy to listen to because she takes it to places you don’t expect straight away.

 

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New Manhattan is a really haunting ballad, major Lana Del Ray vibes, so I know a few of you are Lana fans, meaning you’d definitely enjoy this song. The lyrics are very realistic and critical, but incredibly beautiful. Joy’s able to paint a really poignant picture with New Manhattan, and while it doesn’t have the same type of uplifting, upbeat groove of Bad Feeling, it makes you feeling something else it a different way.

Influence is definitely an EP you need to listen to a couple of times to truly appreciate it. Through the process of writing up this blog post, editing it, proofreading, quickly making that header and taking a break to have lunch in between it all, I listened to the EP completely through, two and a half times. And it was only during the second listening that I started really listening to it, paying attention to the smart lyrics, the groove behind every single line, how good the percussion pockets are and how seamlessly Joy’s combined that old-time classic ballad feel with a very current sound.

 

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Make sure you check out Joy Crookes. Since really have a listen to some of her music, I’ve added most of the songs on the Influence EP to my personal playlists, and shared some of the songs with my friends. Another power woman making big moves. Can’t wait for more from Joy Crookes. Let me know if you listened to any of her songs in the comments below, I’d love to know what you think!!

x

Priya

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Liam Payne’s First Move

Liam Payne’s First Move

Hello, hello friends!

I know what you’re thinking.

‘Priya, Liam Payne has definitely been releasing music for quite a while now’, and while that is definitely true, I’ve been waiting for the album, or in this case, the EP. Aside from Louis, the other boys from One Direction weren’t too slow to release a full album, and we were able to get a decent taste of what direction they were heading in.

Liam was a little slower, though he’s hit the mark with his singles, in my opinion. I wasn’t as impressed by Strip That Down as I was with Bedroom Floor and Familiar, but he gave us an idea of the music he was gonna be giving us eventually.

However, instead of the album we all expected, on the 24th of August, Liam released a four track EP, titled after the first song on the record, First Time, which features French Montana.

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Have to say, as soon as it started, I was enjoying it. Clearly kicking on from his song with J Balvin, Familiar, Liam’s hopping on the latin train, infusing a bit of the reggaeton sound into the title song, and I love it. Think if Havana was sung by a dude. It’s good stuff. Give it a listen. Definitely gets your hips moving a bit.

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Home With You is a slower, romantic song, that has a really decent break down in the chorus. It’s moody and ethereal in this RnB type of way, and his voice suits it perfectly. It kinda has a couple of Zayn-like backing vocals that Liam was always capable of, which I’m obviously not mad about.

Depend On It is such a sad song, holy moly. But I still love it. It shows off his vocals a little bit more, and people who never really gave his voice a chance while in One Direction, will definitely get an opportunity to hear how good Liam Payne’s voice really, truly is. Such a sad song though, gosh Liam.

Slow raises the tempo back up to finish the EP. Probably my least favourite song on the EP, though the drop in the chorus is pretty decent.

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I’d be very interested to know why he chose to release an EP instead of coming through with an entire album, especially with the talk he’s had about an album in the past. He has addressed it shortly on Twitter, explaining that the changes in his life in the last couple of months and the music he had planned to released don’t really match up, which I definitely understand but I’m hoping he has an album in the works that’s being released later on. We can only wait.

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Priya

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Isaac Waddington Post BGT

Isaac Waddington Post BGT

Hello friends!

I have a fun post coming for you soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a recent ‘re-discovery’, if you will.

You guys are gonna hate me, or at least think in your head ‘My God, this girl goes on like a broken record’, because I found this guy again, through Daniel Caesar. Or a cover he did of Daniel Caesar at least. So far I can credit my discoveries of Justice Der and Alice Kristiansen to D. Caesar, and this time, we’re adding Isaac Waddington to that list.

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Those of you from the UK might recognise the face or the name, because he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent not too long ago, in 2015, and did quite well.

Obviously, he’s grown up a fair bit in the past three years, and so has his music. I actually found his cover of Japanese Denim, and his high note at the end gave me absolute goosebumps and shivers. It’s incredible.

Honestly, I’m easy to please. A nice voice with a bit of rasp, check, a fat Rhodes sounding piano or keyboard, some clean visuals to go along with the music and I’m good to go.  All of which Isaac provides.

Of course, when I find something good, I’m not likely to let it wither away in a dark corner of my mind, so naturally I did some further research and found his recent single, Nothing’s Changed, which comes from his new album, Borselli: The EP.

Isaac Waddington could possibly be one of my favourite acts to ever come out of Britain’s Got Talent. His initial audition was astounding and incredibly captivating (the little brother too, bless his soul), but the music that he’s continued to create and share since finishing that part of his life is so much more exciting for me. He did a performance at a Sofar London event too, which was the video that sparked my memory of his BGT audition.

His voice is one of those voices that carries a ton of soul and life, and he mixes it really tastefully with the just the right type of harmonies, synths and percussion that you’re not overwhelmed, but there’s enough going on around his voice to keep you hooked. The harmonies and the drum kit in Nothing’s Changed are my favourite parts of the song, aside obviously from his voice. Also, the melody he hums at the very beginning of the song and towards the climax around the bridge of the song?? A mood.

To The Moon is a really moody song that I VIBE with, the rhythm, the stop and go of the flow is beautiful and I really enjoy Isaac’s voice in that particular song off the EP, however all the songs definitely have the same type of style and vibe and come together well as a total package. If you’re in the mood for a boogie, as I find myself regularly in the mood for, Doing Wrong is your go-to, as it goes a little harder than the other songs. I would definitely recommend giving the EP a listen, or at least watching the videos I’ve linked above! Let me know what you think?

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Priya

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Just Like Fruit

Just Like Fruit

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Hopefully you’ve heard of Just Like Fruit. If you haven’t, hold tight.

They’re a fairly new band, forming in 2016, and they released their first EP in December of that year. Based out of Brighton, the five-piece are a definite recommendation for fans of Courtney Barnett and The Rolling Stones. I read their press release while listening to their EP and when they mentioned Barnett and the Stones, everything clicked and it all made sense because I can definitely see fans of those artists thoroughly enjoying Just Like Fruit.

I was contacted by the dudes to share their latest music video, for their song Mama Said, but before I do, I obviously have to share my opinion because it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.

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I have to admit, the guys appeal to a part of my musical being that is in love with a noisy guitar and vocals that are just made to sing along to. While the music video is fantastic, as is the song, my personal favourite songs from their EP are Dear Richard and Fun Fair. Favourite, as in Dear Richard definitely features on my yearly playlist for 2018 (it’s linked because I love promoting myself and my Spotify, and have zero shame in doing so) and I’ve been listening to it over and over again.

But anyway, on to the star of the show. I have to profusely apologies to Just Like Fruit on the delay with this post, considering the music video was released back at the start of February. That said, it’s such a good music video. It’s playful and fun, but still so well done. The music video and Mama Said match perfectly, and I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face while watching it.

See for yourself.

See? See what I mean? It looks like a good time, is all I’m saying.

The guys have also featured on Sofar, the intimate gigs put on in the homes and spaces of volunteers, that you know I’ve loved based on the numerous times I’ve mentioned it in the past.

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Get ready for the mad links I’m about to provide you with. You’re welcome.

You can find Just Like Fruit on Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud.

Let me know what you think of Just Like Fruit and if you enjoyed their music and music video as much as I did.

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Priya

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