SOUNDBITES: Azealia Banks x Rankin // LIQUORICE

TALK ABOUT THROWBACK! Liquorice is a true reflection of 1991, which is also conveniently the name of her debut EP. The synthesised beat fused with her monotonic accelerated rhymes makes this a hit that will last the ages. If you didn’t know by now that Rankin is not only doing magazines, editorial, photography, but he has worked on a numerous amounts of music artist’s video, like Kelis’s ‘4th of July’.  And now he has worked his magic on Azealia’s Liquorice track. With a western theme, he brought editorial to the shoot. It was about bold colours, subtle tones, heights, poses. It was fun. It made me want to be there, galloping on a horse into the sunset. Azealia is working it. She is gorgeous and looks in her element.

 

 

Another fashion editorial style video I loooove is Ciara’s Ft. Missy Elliot ‘Work’. Not only is Ciara a phenomenal dancer, which we see again in this video, but she is fully capable of holding her own in the top model stakes. She works the camera, she is strong but feminine, which is what the track is about anyway. It’s official construction is sexy.

 

 

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SoundBites: Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie

 

Love Fleet Foxes. They always draw me back to my calm nature, and takes me away from the hustle and bustle… and madness of life in London.

SoundBites: Chromeo ‘Don’t Turn The Lights On’

This has been playing in my mind the past few days, on a constant loop. The beat is taking me back in time, Miami vice style. Video not really though.

Enjoy…

SoundBites: DOGTOOTH/SYNTH BEATS/ROUND FRAMES/DISCO BALLS

Thought to bring you some throwback in this SoundBite. I sooo wish I was a teen in the 80s/ early 90s. Would have experienced real funky house parties, creative motion on the dance floor and free higher education! Instead I was busy being a toddler, fighting with my bro’s and cousins, and being dressed up matching in sailor outfits by our parents. Even at that itty bitty age I was still moved by the House beats, catching glimpses of the sound on the radio and on MTV. Even remember bobbing my head along to Crystal Water’s Gypsy Woman on family trips to Chessington World of Adventures and the local Sainsbury’s.

Enjoy these Hercules and Love affair videos I stumbled across.

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SoundBites: Oh What A Shame, Is It A New Bromance Ahead?

Through much anticipation by a chunk of Take That obsessives, the original five members of one of the UK’s largest boy bands, if not the largest have reunited. Gladly it is only for one album then Robbie is going to bugger off again. Yay, I prefer the foursome this time round. And to add more salt to the pan, the tension between the two feuding culprits Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams has now dissolved into a Bromance. Or so they would like us to think, by nationally declaring their re-acquaintance in the video for their duet Shame.

The term Bromance was made famous through The Hill’s Brody Jenner’s own reality TV show aptly named Bromance, in which he was on the hunt to find a new best friend… or stalker. And subsequently the media have exploited this term to emphasise the close bond between male companions that is of course purely plutonic.

However, in the Shame video I am confused as to whether Bromance was what they were trying to exhibit or to re-create Oscar winning movie Brokeback Mountain. Unluckily the seductive glances towards each other in a western style setting failed to shock audiences in to making the single a number 1 hit in the charts this week, and were instead vanquished by Gnarls Barkley’s new single Forget You.

Although I was not fazed by the awkward video, I was dazed by how Gary and Robbie had turned into a pair of middle aged hotties. No wonder they were taking back by each other’s change over the years. Never really having a crush on either this was a weird feeling that came over me. The greying hair, the unkempt facial hair, the maturity was enticing me to continue to watch this ridiculous Brokeback Mountain reproduction.

Well let’s just see how long their bromance will last for and for now here is Shame.

SoundBites: Corinne did it all again

Since the release of Corinne Bailey Rae’s debut album I have been an avid fan of this jewel from Leeds. The fact that the UK has produced an immense soulful talent but not your obvious R&B/ Pop singer in the UK’s dire music industry, has me completely baffled. Not to discredit the talent that is out in the UK music scene, although going on the obvious chart topping acts like the Saturday’s and JLS, I have reasons to be concerned. The success of tracks like Put Your Record On and Like A Star led to the demand of Corinne on TV shows including Later with Jools Holland, had her booked on institutional festivals like Glastonbury and resulted in her most recent performance at the White House.

Corinne was turning out to be the hidden gem across UK mainland, as well across the pond in the States. So when news of the untimely death of Husband Jason Rae surfaced, people were unsure of the future of her music career. A loss like that at a young age could dislodge anyone completely from the path laid in front of them. But as a devoted fan that kept tracks like ‘Call Me When You Get This on loop and I was still longing for some fresh material.

Then in February this year a second album was released from Corinne and shockingly I did not know about it! Although in all honesty I stopped looking out for it and assumed that Corinne would be out of the limelight for a while. But when I finally stumbled across the latest album The Sea I did not have the urge to download it. This was purely on the assumption that The Sea may be dreary and laden with tear-jerking melodramatic songs and quite frankly I wasn’t in the mood for that. My iPod had been blasting out Calvin Harris and tonnes of electro dance tracks over the summer and there was no way I was going to put a downer on my musical high. Thankfully this all changed one day on a frantic shift at work during the summer sale when Closer, the debut single from The Sea album, was added to their almost never changing playlist. Instantly I knew it was Corinne’s delicate husky vocals that cannot be passed off by anyone other than Corinne herself. It was uplifting and sexy, not what I expected from somebody dealing with grief. Then more and more tracks were being added to the playlist, including Paris Nights/ New York Mornings and Feels like the first time. So eventually I got it off iTunes and have never regretted it since.

Yes, there are tracks that are obviously connected to the relationship she had with her late husband. But they are so beautifully written and sung that only a smile is what will be seen on my face whilst indulging in this epic album. Corinne sums up the initial feeling I got from The Sea in an interview with the Guardian, “You find out there’s a lot of beauty and grace even in the darkness. In the way people treat you, in nature, in the things you maybe took for granted. There is something miraculous that pushes you along, makes you keep going, makes you carry on. It’s really about the mystery of that. In fact, the whole album is about that in a way; it’s about loss but it’s also about hope, about keeping going and trying to find that beauty.”

The Sea most certainly outweighs the debut Corinne Bailey Rae LP. In so many elements too, from the complexity of the lyrics and the multiple meanings within songs like Would Like To Call It Beauty, all while keeping the melodies simple and dramatic. I will be undeniably keeping this album on loop for a long time to come.

Here’s the breathtaking I’d Do It All Again.

With Joy and Peace,

Chezelli…

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