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Tinashe

Tinashe

XOYO London, 26th Aug 2014

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Finding a winning support act and headliner combination is always few and far between but XOYO got their 2on as Melissa Steel and Tinashe gave it their all at one of London’s most loved underground clubs.

 

Fresh from filming yet another music video in Jamaica and swinging her box braids at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, Steel’s schedule has been all Go-Go-Go! Opening with her Kove feature track ‘Way We Are’, Steel’s fun-loving island flavour got things off to a flying start. Previously seen accompanied by backing singers at last month’s Pop Justice event, without them Steel came across a little nervous. However her confidence soon returned when the crowd got behind her on the last song, which was of course her summer debut single ‘Kisses for Breakfast’. With the feel good reggae vibe in full flow, all that was missing here was a Piña colada in hand. Give me one of those and it wouldn’t have been long before I would be daydreaming about the blissful shores of the Caribbean, coconut rum punch and the blazing sun. Keeping the Jamaican theme going she declared she has been working with Jamaican producer Trevor Baby G for her yet to be named debut album. You may be forgiven for thinking Steel and her dancehall influences originates from the sandy beaches ofJamaica, but you couldn’t be more wrong; she actually hails from Bradford in West Yorkshire!

 

Next onto the stage was headliner and downtown LA girl Tinashe. A few years on from her first foray into the music industry with girl band The Stunners, it appears Tinashe has got every aspect nailed as a solo artist. 2on has recently peaked at No1 in the UK R&B charts and since seen her rise from underground to mainstream success. No wonder then that this was a particular favourite of the night, judging by the sea of recording devices that appeared in the crowd.

 

Anyways where do we start with Tinashe? She’s got moves she can flaunt without having to play heavy on sex appeal, abs that will get you running to your nearest gym, hair so voluminous even Cheryl Cole’s next L’Oreal campaign could have strict competition and last but no means least, vocally she’s kind of swagging it in her own little pop/R&B world.

 

 

Far from being crowd shy Tinashe had the room pretty much in awe as she circulated her hips, grabbed their hands and sang old skool classics such as Justin TimberlakeCry Me A River’, TupacCalifornia Love’ and ‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S.

 

If that isn’t enough she also marked her debut show here in London by giving fans an exclusive first live performance of her new track ‘Pretend’ feat ASAP Rocky. While he was not present, this less choreographed ending left you feeling glazed over with those puppy love eyes.  Returning the London love she even agreed to give selfies after the show – and we are not talking just one of two, she pretty much did a whole club meet and greet! Way to go Tinashe.

 

Thumbs up again to the booking agent for this pairing!

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Hashtag Music

Week commencing 11th Aug 2014

Single of the Week: OUT 14th Aug

Now

Last years most blogged artist Disclosure aided the success of both Aluna George and British Critics Award winner Sam Smith. However when it came to Sinead Harnett’s track Boiling, things didn’t quite take the same path.Now that the first official solo release has been given the green light; we hope she starts receiving the justice she rightly deserves!  With a beautiful and somewhat comforting tone, Sinead’s vocals on No Other Way featuring Snakehips is like a refreshing sorbet you yearn for on a summer’s afternoon. Simplicity is key here. Whilst the song doesn’t dangle the hook in your face, the melody subtly draws you in as you find yourself humming along to the beat.

 

Album of the Week: OUT 11th Aug 

twigs

FKA Twigs made the first ever Hashtag Music appearance back in June 2013 and she’s back featuring her highly anticipated debut album LP1. Struggling to find the right words to describe this intricate beauty, FKA Twigs is notorious for all things weird it’s no wonder her name that has been on everyone’s lips from the get go!

Given her stage name due to her brittle bones and flexibility as a dancer, you only have to look at her puppet moves during Jessie J’s 2011 Price Tag video to see how apt her name is.  Backing dancer skills aside, this lady’s creativity is so advanced that half the time you will be left rummaging for a way into her mind.  Now dipping her toes into life as a singer, her layers of genius unfold during this 10 track masterpiece making Twigs fascinating debut one certainly worthy of its hype.

 

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

Aged only 19, British singer/songwriter Laurel already has her own record label Next Time Records, scored a deal with Turn First Artists on the strength of a demo, a modelling contract with leading agency Next Models and has graced the pages of Vogue, Grazia, Hunger, Q Magazine and more. Undoubtedly a lady in full control of her musical direction, Laurel reveals another captivating video. This time filmed by the channel crossing and the white cliffs of Dover.

 

Shells is the third release to be taken from her debut EP ‘To The Hills’ and whilst it wasn’t my favourite upon release, its definitely a grower.  Dressed in a white trench coat and matching summer dress, Laurel’s cute girl next door look is one to be admired. Often compared to the mysterious ways of Lana Del Rey and the haunting vocals of Florence and the Machine, whilst you may think these comments are a little far-fetched she is worthy of such praise.

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