MUSIC | #Ones2watch Leah McFall

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Meet Leah McFall, one of the UK’s newest bright pop darlings. Fresh off her season 2 appearance on The Voice UK, Leah has slowly been teasing new music, hinting at her hotly anticipated debut album. You see Leah has two rules about Pop:

Rule 1: Pop moves quickly. “I get people stopping me on the tube,” smiles Leah McFall, less than twelve months after she found herself propelled deep into the national consciousness. “And they say: ‘What happened to you?’”

Rule 2: Pop moves quickly, but you can’t rush it. So while Leah may have become a household name behind the scenes Leah had been making music, learning her craft and even putting out her own music since childhood, and she had no intention of going for a quick, easy, rush-released debut.

So here we are with her debut single Home featuring Will.i.am, inspired by her old stomping grounds of Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland. “I’ve lived away for five years,” she explains, “and when you start traveling around the world you realise how beautiful Ireland is. However amazing the rest of the world might be, you can’t replace the feeling of that place you grew up in……It now feels like my dreamworld is where I grew up” she smiles. “And that’s the place I can still escape to.”

Watch the video for Home below and keep up with all of Leah’s adventures on Twitter and Facebook.

Home was released July 27th via Capitol Records

MUSIC | ‘8’ – Willow Smith

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Willow Smith gets woozy and introspective on her new single 8, hitting on topics such as fame (‘Take the money, take the fame, all I want is truth’), sense of self (‘Look at you, Look at you, who are you? You walk the streets endlessly….what to do, woe is you’) and an elevated consciousness (‘Consciousness is all there is, and nothingness as well’). It’s pretty deep for a thirteen year old but the single definitely delivers! 8 is featured on DJ Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. II mixtape which you can stream/download below!

Gold – Mia x Partysquad

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims
We all can agree that a M.I.A x Party Squad collaboration is sure to get the party started just check out songs like Mantangi’s Double Bubble Trouble or YALA , which they produced. Well they are back! M.I.A. has made an appearance on their new mixtape, Summermix 2014, which you can download for free here.
Check out the song below! Happy Monday!

MUSIC | SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York + Album Teaser!

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims
After a couple of one off singles and a series of instrumental EPs SBTRKT is ready to release his new album, Wonder Where We Land which will be out sometime later this year. We get a small taste of the album with new song, New Dorp, New York featuring Vampire’s Weekend Ezra Koeing!

Listen to New Dorp, New York and watch the album’s teaser below!

MUSIC | ‘Strawberry Smoothie’ – Twin Peaks

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Fresh off their tour with The Orwells, Twin Peaks return with new song, Strawberry Smoothie off their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. The track is a dizzy mix of oozing guitars and yearning vocals all wrapped up in a two minute and twenty four second package. Stream “Strawberry Smoothie” below, and look out for Wild Onion when it arrives on August 5 via Grand Jury Music.

FASHION | Six Lee SS15

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims
Six Lee thrives on the beautifully imperfect and this season we get a deeper look into the brand’s romantic side. This collection varies in prints, lengths and cut but I think the leaning towards the eclectic mix of lengths, materials and scarf placement showcases this season’s beauty. The colour palette being mainly black and white allows for the subtle hints of pink in the model’s hair or the faint delicateness of the plaid and sheer stripes print to really make a impact. It’s a beautifully disheveled collection indeed and we can’t get enough.

MUSIC | #Freedownload Killer Whales – Smallpools

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Have you been going to Smallpools withdrawal this summer? Well fear not! They’ve just dropped a new song ‘Killer Whales’ and better yet not only do we get a new song, its also a free download! Stream/download the pop gem below! And if you are still wanting more, peep their upcoming tour dates and check them out in your city!

TOUR DATES:
^ w/ Magic Man and Panama Wedding

08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
10/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/16 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/12 – Houston, TX @ HOB ^
11/13 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s ^
11/14 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Dallas ^
11/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
11/17 – Anaheim, CA @ HOB Anaheim ^
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ HOB San Diego ^
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ^
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^
11/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
11/24 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ^
11/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue ^

MUSIC | #Musicmonday featuring Lorde & Diplo, Robyn and Jack White

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

There is a new video for Robyn and  Röyksopp’s new video for “Do It Again” – featuring  an insurrection ( with cameos from the Norwegian producers), hospital beds, some lover action, and Robyn proving that nothing will stop her from being queen b high priestess of Scandinavian dance pop – not even ropes.

Check out Jack White’s Mashup of 99 problems and Icky Thump – courtesy of Jack White, who played a bit of the hit song by Jay Z during his set at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival set to the back ground music of the White Stripes’ Icky Thump.

Lastly, Diplo remixed Lorde’s Tennis Court and it sounds absolutely brilliant.

 

 

MUSIC | Hercules & Love Affair Are Heading Out On Tour!

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Hot off the release of their new album! Hercules & Love Affair are heading on the road! The North American tour will go from Dallas through Vancouver and end in Miami. Special guests include Tensnake, Black Madonna and Lykke Li! Check out the dates below!

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September 24th – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

September 25th – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

September 26th – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine (w/Tensnake)

September 27th – Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 613

September 28th – San Diego, CA @ U31

September 29th – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

September 30th – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

October 2nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten

October 3rd – Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Black Madonna)

October 4th – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar

October 5th – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

October 7th – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

October 10th – Miami, FL @ Mana Wynwood Soundstage (w/Lykke Li)


 The Feast of the Broken Heart was released May 26th 2014 via Big Beat/ Atlantic Records