Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rising Star Company Magazine Event

Rising Star Company Music Party

Queen of Hoxton, London Wed 25th June 

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Being a regular Company magazine reader, when I noticed the advertisement for the coolest Rising Stars music event party starring Laurel and Rainy Milo, I instantly purchased a ticket! A haven for emerging talent, Company teamed up with Rimmel London to bring music and fashion together in one space. On arrival, Queen of Hoxton had transformed into a beauty den where getting pampered was high on the agenda.  If free mini manicures, henna tattoos and a blow dry wasn’t enough, you could also head up to the rooftop for a few pina coladas and a lovely BBQ.

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Wondering if this all will cost the earth? Well with three complimentary drink vouchers and food included in the £20 ticket price this seemed like the perfect girls night out. The music started around 7.30pm but with the crowd reluctant to leave the gorgeous sunshine, hosts had to usher people to the basement where the aspiring artists were preparing to take the stage. First up was Company’s very own bedroom popstar Joeyy (yes with two yys!) Mintyy.

Beautiful sunkissed skin, brunette locks and dressed in pretty black laced shorts and tee, Joeyy stood out in the crowd before knowing she was actually tonight’s extra guest. Performing tracks from first EP ‘Gone with the Sun’ released in 2013, against her newer EP shows how different Joeyy’s soundscape has changed in just one year. While her soft airy tone suited her recent poppy promotional track B.A.D, her darker material seems where she felt most comfortable.  Rising star number one down, and I agree with Company Magazine, Joeyy with two yy’s is very much a little gem.

Quickly onto the next rising act, Turn First Artist’s very own singer/songwriter Laurel was next to take the stage. Unfortunately the crowd was dis-interested at the start which lead to Laurel telling the crowd if they were here to breathe in the music they should come a little closer. When done so, she silenced them as they stood in awe of her stunning new track Shells. Winning over a crowd is exactly the gift you need as a new artist in order to build on success and gain more fans. Her haunting dark pop is at the bread and butter of all her songs, but what gives this lady the added sprinkles is her innocence to releasing her vocals has the power to stun a crowd.

Lastly but no means forgettable was the headliner Rainy Milo, who’s last year’s slot was given to Nina Nesbitt.  A voice so distinctive and mature above Rainy’s 18 years, this South East London girl really deserves opportunities like this and more. Combining Jazz, hip hop and peaceful raw vibes, Milo is an artist who is relatable, likeable and truly irresistible. Milo’s debut album This Thing is Ours should definitely become part of your music collection if it isn’t already, and watch this space for more Milo Magic to unfold.

Overall, the all female line up was very enjoyable and I look forward to finding out what other rising stars are recommended in the future. Thank you once again to  Company Magazine, Rimmel London the artists and of course for all the wonderful goodies given to us when leaving!

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Week commencing 1st July 2014

Single of the Week: OUT 29th June 

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‘I’ve got one less problem without the UK’ or so it seems as we had to wait almost two months for the UK release of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s ultimate collaboration. Holding its own at number one for a fifth week in the US, Problem is the fastest selling single since Katy Perry’s Roar. Together this collaboration on paper was always going to produce noteworthy results, and here’s hoping the UK will continue to show it some love this week.

Discovery of the Week: Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver twirls onto our radar via Soundcloud with her Charli XCX, Passion Pit and Benny Blanco penned track OctaHate and boy does she dangle a nugget of sheer summer genius. High octave vocals, finger snapping synths and light percussion, this newcomer brings the essence of summer to life that even Jessie Ware approves of.

Sunroof down, radio on and OctaHate played loud is definitely what I plan on doing … right about now!

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

Bossing it on YouTube, Miss Alexa Goddard has just landed herself a 3 year deal with Roc Nation. Already clocking up 44 million YouTube hits performing covers in her bedroom, Goddard’s official debut video Marilyn  is here.

Typically set in LA, Goddard’s hard work is starting to pay off and a ‘Normal girl with Normal Dreams’ is slowly turning into reality. Dressed in cute little summer outfits and eating candy floss, the video screams bubblegum pop princess and we can’t wait to see her become the hottest new Hubba Bubba in town!

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PJ Deluxe Edition

PJ Deluxe Edition

The Basement, The Edition, 18th June 2014

 In case you missed it, Popjustice have started their own platform for showcasing emerging talent. Located in the basement of a sophisticated The Edition hotel, was this week’s  PJ’s DeluxeEdition 3rd instalment, welcoming Tiaan, Moko, Conway and the latest signing to Roc Nation Alexa Goddard.

 

Being the first UK debut performance for Tiaan, her opening slot held little expectation with the crowd. Breezy Soul / R&B vibes similar to UK singer songwriter Jessie Ware, Tiaan is an artist who will seduce you in seconds.  Sexy hypnotic body grooving seemed to help hide some of her nerves, but after a few more shows this could possibility become the signature move we will all know and love.  Working closing with Spotify to showcase her tracks, Tiaan gave thanks to both Spotify and Popjustice for supporting her as she continued to perform tracks from her EP Black Cars. Whilst I look forward to seeing her journey unfold, the classy office girl attire needs a rethink.

 

A name that has cropped up in pretty much every music magazine known to man as one to watch after seeing her live, I am still left wondering why hype surrounds her.  Reserving judgement until now, whilst Moko had a small cluster of fan girls amongst the crowd,  the only striking thing were the oversized bunches she whipped around stage like a wannabe Willow Smith.

 

Opening for New Zealand’s duo Broods and playing her own show at Birthdays, Conway’s 3 night trip to London has been jammed packed with gigs. Styled as a P!nk  meets Paramore act with her white dungarees  and short bob I was full of optimism but when the music kicks in my facial expression could easily have been one of those ‘You’ve Been Framed’ moments. Completely transfixed for the wrong reasons, it was her alarmingly terrifying stage presence and outbursts into the crowd that were off putting. Granted her solid performance style would be ideal for a festival crowd or a room full of Conway fans it did not work in such a small room barely half full. Reduced her invasion stunts to accommodate the venue size may have resulted in more people actually warming to her rather than shying away.  I know a poor attempt of Gwen Stefani may be all we have whilst she is being the coolest mother of the planet, when Conway ends her set by bellowing ‘Shut Up’ repeatedly I have to say I secretly praying she would.   IMG_6902 Youtube sensation Alexa Goddard was next to take the stage with a few acoustic songs. On first listen of her cover ‘Turn My Swag On’ (Keri Hilson/Soulja Boy/Cher Lloyd Remix Cover) back in 2010, its been touch and go as to whether Goddard’s talent would ever be rewarded.  Noticing her potential was JayZ’s label Roc Nation who has just secured her a 3 year deal following her success of selling 250,000 copies of her songs independently.   Completely humble and thankful to Popjustice for allowing her the opportunity to showcase her material, Goddard told fans that tonight it would just be her and her guitarist.  She performed a slowed down version of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love giving us a little cheekiness as she jokes  “even acoustically we can be dirty.”

Keeping it very short and sweet, this young pop princess performed her debut single Marilyn which is out 27th July. A catchy hook like all manufactured pop songs,  Marilyn boarder more Cheryl Cole territory than Goddard. However, with racking up 44 million views on YouTube and Jay Z’s backing without a doubt this girl has a bright future ahead of her.

You can catch Alexa Goddard performing at this years Wireless Festival.

Make sure you follow PJ Deluxe Edition on Twitter.

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I Luv Live

 

 

I luv Live 10th Birthday 

Brixton Electric, 16th June 2014

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I Luv Live have seen over 5000 acts grace the stage across the UK, and with it being their 10th birthday, this week they held a one off show at Brixton Electric featuring a mystery A-List Guest. My second visit here in a week, I’m still baffled by the gauntlet of railings lead up to the venue doors resembling a queuing system that starts half way down the street. Three clueless women holding a clipboard stood at the front of the venue it appears running a swift operation is something they are still yet to master. As one man next to me blurts out ‘Where’s a blogger when u need one’, well hello I am just that!

First impressions aside, the event showcased an usual mix of Hip Hop, Rap, Grime R&B and Dance leaving no genre of music isolated from this incredible showcasing platform. Opening was London’s east ghetto rapper Ghetts. Repping it for all the grime lovers, he certainly made an impact bringing out special guests and cranking up his rap flow on each track.

Newly red haired Tanika stunned the crowd by performing tracks about personal experiences; one track that caught our attention was Freedom, written about the moment her sister disclosed her love for women. Captivated by her talent, she soared up the richter scale belting out those high notes. It’s obvious Tanika’s not only got a fine set of lungs on her but a pure heart too.

Blissfully unaware Blizzard was not just a form of weather but in fact the name of a brand new MC from Manchester, it’s his cheeky opening and lyrics ‘so who am I call me B L I, if you say you don’t rate what I do that straight up be a lie’ you can’t help but admire his fitting intro.  Ready to create his own Blizzard at Glastonbury, he explains he just wrote a song about the festival season. As he sits behind the piano singing about sunsets, beer cans and enjoying yourself, he instantly gets everyone involved as they clap along to his beat.  Greeted on stage by special guest Shakka, this surprise was the first time the crowd fully engaged. Having both worked together on a new track just recently, it was an honour to see the duo perform on stage together so early on in his career.

Predictable and clique as ever, boy band Rough Copy were next to take the stage. No longer a fangirling teen, it takes a lot to win me over when it comes to this type of genre especially being pre tagged with the X Factor label. Coming 4th on the series and witnessed some tight harmonies on the show it was disappointing during a live setting the group looked dis-jointed. Joey Thomas tried to steal the show giving his best Michael Jackson moonwalk shapes.

Keeping things in the soul lane a little longer, the next act Jacob Banks has recently been signed to Atlantic Records. Twin B described him as the next Stevie Wonder. Whilst Banks shared his timeless soul vibe, I am yet to be convinced he has enough of his own soul to bring to match the bold statement given by Twin B. Last but no means least was the dance mad man Stylo G who made sure he was heard. Dressed entirely in black and heavy on strobe lighting, Stylo G took warming up the crowd literally by getting the crowd jumping.

Six acts down, Twin B (BBC 1Xtra) and Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra) continued the World Cup banter which was starting to run a little dry, but things soon got juicy when headliners Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande took to the stage. Although Naughty Boy has never performed at an I Luv Live event before, it was 5 years prior at one of Sande’s appearances when he got some overwhelmed by her talent that he ended up approaching her. Hitting it off, it was straight into the studio to pen some of what are now Sande’s smash hits jams Wonder and Heaven. This inspirational I luv Live story has seen Sande shifted over 2 million albums to date, and helped many artists gain exposure, tonight’s A lister being another!

 

With curfew approaching and still no mystery guest to the stage gone 11.30pm, things were getting tense. But when Miss Jessie J was confirmed as tonight’s surprise, I couldn’t help but put my fan girl hat on. An artist who’s shown the nation she may do it like a dude at times, she is in fact one of the most honest and raw talents the UK has ever seen.  Showcasing acoustic material from her 3rd album, ‘Don’t Really Know Me’ along favourites ‘Nobodys Perfect’ and ‘Price Tag’, Jessie J once again delivered a pitch perfect set. A credit to UK music, the main reason Jessie J has gained so much support over the years is for her is relatable song lyrics and humbleness.  Looking just like she did when she first broke onto the scene with her black bob and gold hoops, Jessie J may be A list now, but she is just the same as the girl who took to the I Luv Live stage on 1st November 2010.
A bargain at only a tenner, if you want to be the first to see emerging talent in a live setting, then I Luv Live event is certainly the place to be.  Get following these guys on twitter and get yourselves to an event to see the next decade of music unfold in a city near you.

 

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Ella Eyre

 

Ella Eyre

Brixton Electric, 12th June 2014

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Tearing up Brixton Electric on Thursday 12th June was the exceptionally talented Ella Eyre! A name you may have come across following her feature with Rudimental back in 2013 and scoring herself a UK number one with Waiting All Night, Ella is now gearing up for her solo career. Previously billed as a support act for Rudimental and Naughty Boy, Ella’s only other headline show has been London’s XOYO in March 2014.

 

Having had the pleasure of seeing her perform numerous times, you would think the element of surprise would have gone by now right?  But the fact I still got those pre-gig jitterbugs, I’m telling you now this girl is liquid gold. 2014 has already seen flourishing new artists such as Jesse Glynne, Kiesza come into the limelight but nothing compares to the vocal range and showmanship Ella proves she got at just 20 years old.  Ella performed a highly energized 1 hour set which contained nothing less than 110% energy, 110% vocals and 110% volume for her signature curly mane!

 

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Keen to give fans a taster of songs that will feature of her yet to be named album, she explained her 2nd track Time is about long distance relationships. Her staple rendition of Basement Jaxx’s Good Luck was well received, before explaining that she would sing one of her personal favourites called Home, dedicating it to her mum who was somewhere amongst the crowd.

 

Cute as a button but fierce like Queen Bey, it’s brand new song Come Back which she dedicated to her cheating ex-boyfriend  that was the highlight of the night. Although she is young, featuring lyrics “We’ve all been played, We all get hurt, so take that pain and let the motherf**ker burn” when it comes to boys, she’s far from naïve. We certain hope this is the next single!

Predicable but by no means any less worthy, Ella ends with her debut single ‘If I Go’ which is due for release on July 6th.

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Lorde

 

Lorde

Brixton Academy, 6rd June 2014

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Lorde – aka New Zealand’s biggest success story of 2013 – has continued to make headlines since her single Royals took the top spot on the Billboard charts, making her the youngest artist to do so in 26 years!  Performing two sold-out London shows, it was at Brixton Academy she joked about the time she performed her first UK show at Madame JoJo’s show, a venue holding just 200 people as opposed to the current 5000 seemed disinterested in her work and was probably only present because of their bosses’ request.  As if struck by lightning dead on 9:15pm, the academy was in blackout whilst anticipation filled the gap for Lorde’s arrival. As the curtain fell, she opened with a pitch perfect performance of Glory and Gore against a background of three gold squares and a shimmering crystallized chandelier.

 

Dressed in a black trouser suit and crisp white shirt, Lorde’s sheer elegance is not something you’d expect from your average teen star. Flaunting herself in a provocative nature is completely off the cards here, keeps things strictly professional and gimmick free!  Belting out tracks from her debut album Pure Heroine and some earlier material such as Bravado and Biting Down from The Love Club EP, spotlights intermittently flashed giving a sense of the eerie, hair-raising weirdness Lorde also projects into her music.

 

Whilst Lorde is an exceptional artist to see in a live setting, her utterly uncanny performance style of jerky dance moves and flexible arched body is engaging. Lorde’s tone and pace throughout stayed the same. Trying to add some ‘shazam’ for the finale moment, she made a swift exit before returning to stage in a gold cloak to sing ‘A World Alone. Ending the night was a confetti cannon with her own logo printed tissue paper bursting into the crowd to give an added personal touch.

 

Overall her paradox world is one that is incredibly captivating, and I can’t wait to see how she develops from teen to a young lady. While Lorde is afraid of growing up, unfortunately just like Peter Pan this fantasy is not real.

 

People are talking, people are talking, Let ’em talk.

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Kiesza

Kiesza

XOYO London, 3rd June 2014

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Impressed by Kiesza’s debut UK show at Electrowerkz, her second London performance in just two weeks at XOYO seemed like an opportunity not to be missed! It’s evident Kiesza is keen to reward her UK fans for making her dream possible – after all it’s not every day your debut single peaks at No.1 is it? Hideaway has already reached an astounding 25 million views on YouTube in just over 3 months, and there’s little sign of her hype slowing down.

 

Accompanied on stage by two muscular males, these aren’t security guards, but in fact her funky dancers bringing infused dance pop bangers to a whole new level!  Dressed in signature sweat pants and crop top, she opened with No Enemiesz/Giant in my Heart whilst bopping out her choreographic dance routine directed by Ljuba Castot.

 

Dropping her robotic shapes for a jaw breaking performance of Haddaway’s What is Love while perched on the keys, Kiesza proved she has more to offer than her dancing/singing combo!  This was quickly followed by the most haunting version of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah to date!  Upping the tempo, Kiesza chanted she came to party ending on her  finale track, Hideaway. A song that holds some of the best dance choreography since Cheryl Cole’s Call My Name video, this song alone is well worth seeing in a live setting.

Granted the set was exceptionally short for someone who was advertised as a headline act, Kiesza gave it 100%. Cranking things up to high in the vocals and dance department, it’s clear Kiesza’s future remains not in ballet or the navy, but on that stage!

 

Kiesza will be performing live at this summers Wireless and Lovebox Festival.

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Week commencing 9th June 2014

Single of the Week OUT 8th June

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A deadlock shock exit from reality show X Factor saw Ella Henderson booted off in Week 7 in favour of winner James Arthur. Perfecting her craft has taken two long years, but her time away from the limelight is now very much at her fingertips as she gears up to launch her debut single Ghost.

Penned by Ryan Tedder of One Republic (and also the man behind Ellie Golding’s first UK Number 1 Burn), its evident Ella has been given some of best songwriters in the business to work with. Sultry, confident and mature way beyond her years, she pleads an ex-lover to ‘give up the ghost’.

One thing we hope she never gives up is her passion to sing!

New discovery: TINK

With album releases flat on the ground this week, I wanted to introduce my latest discovery, Tink – an 18 year old rising rap star from Chicago. Having already collaborated with Kelela on Want it, Dont Tell Nobody feat Jeremih is the second track that captured my attention. Not to mention her latest plans to work with well-known producer Timbaland later on this year!

Similar sound to Nicki Minaj/Rihanna , Tink needs to remain selective with her collaborations if she is to hip hop her way to the top!

Listen to Don’t tell Nobody here… and tell all I say!

Her mixtape Winter’s Diary 2 is also worth a download.

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

 

Premiering on The 405 yesterday was the highly anticipated visuals for Leon Else’s new track River Full of Liquor.

Moody, sexual and a falsetto more addictive than popping candy, Leon certainly knows exactly how to play to his strengths!

Set amongst the woodlands, Leon dresses in his signature black Armani clothes drawing influences to a gothic, Tim Burton-esque film scene. The video cuts to him being seduced by group of women, and sure this could illustrate the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but with Leon new on the scene he needs to take it easy if he doesn’t want to be branded a womanizer.

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Week commencing 30th May 2014

Single of the Week: OUT NOW

 Ed_Sheeran_Sing Our very own UK ginger gentlemen Ed Sheeran is back with his brand new track Sing.

Moving away from the mundane ‘one man and his guitar’ which dominated the charts in 2010, Sheeran has raised the bar with a Justin Timberlake infused vibe which is similar to his solo debut Like I Love You. This up-tempo song is guaranteed to have you singing along with Sheeran’s command “SING!! Ooooh oooh oooh oh oh oh oh LOUDER!!

Man of the moment Pharrell behind the production and Sheeran’s sketchy vocals at the full front of another love ballad, this single is like fine wine that matures with every listen!

Album of the Week: OUT NOW

Kyla-La-Grange-Cut-Your-Teeth-2014-Final-1500x1500Kyla La Grange’s razor sharp single Cut Your Teeth has been on repeat, but now it’s time to hit the skip button whilst we check out the 9 brand new tracks from her 2nd album.

From the twinkly touches of Xylophones to delicate vocals, un-missable lilac locks and her dainty frame – Kyla could easily pass for a real life Tinkerbell! Imagine sitting next to a wishing well immersed in the soft sugary melodies of I Don’t Hate You and White Doves. Adding contrastKyla reveals her dark side with The Knife and Cannibals. While this album is worlds apart from her debut release Ashes in 2012, she seems to have pulled it off.

Watch this space; surely it’s only a matter of time before Kyla sprinkles so more fairy dust.

 

Video of the Week:OUT NOW

 

If Ella Eyre’s latest video is anything to go by, I don’t think we are the only ones that’s been climbing the walls waiting for her to release her solo material!   If I Go acts as her debut single following her recent success with Rudimental and her own EP Deeper.

Big voice, Big hair and well on her way to becoming a BIG solo success Ella Eyre is a name you simply won’t be sleeping on.

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