Week 2 of the Blog Love feature is here, rounding up some particularly interesting articles from music blogs, published this week.
This edition features
- Zola Blood
- A Drake vs Sade Mashup Playlist
- Piano Covers of Lil Uzi Vert!
- 5 Black a Women Rocking Rock
- Mostacks’ Mixtape Producers Get a Shoutout
- *Break – I Fancy Your Mum
- Noel Gallagher – Don’t Look Back In Anger
- The Avalanches New Album
- Washed Out’s Cool Collage Video
Zola Blood – Infinite Games Breakdown! (from The Blue Walrus)
I was very excited to see this pop up on my screen, because I know these guys. They’re based in the same studios (and same floor) that I work on the Laya Laya songs in. I often talk to the band whilst making tea or at lunch time and I’ve heard stories of their album as they’ve been working on it.
For this reason, and the fact they make good music, I simply had to share this post.
Drake vs Sade Mashup Playlist (from The Fader)
Errr…Say what? No seriously this has happened. Brooklyn DJ/Producer Vacations has put together a 5 track playlist mad up of mashups from the 2 artists. Cue titles like Lover’s Smoke. Some of the tracks have been played on OVO Sound Radio so they have the official seal of approval.
Piano Covers of Lil Uzi Vert (from Pigeons and Planes)
Lil Uzi Vert and his contemporaries like Wee Boaty McBoatface Lil Yachty have been getting a fair bit of hate for being mumble rappers and not for not even making real rap. These piano covers have certainly opened my ears to his music in a very different way. If you’re not a fan, this may just show why he’s so popular. At the very least, there’s some nifty piano playing in the videos.
5 Black Women Rocking It Big Time (from One Stop Record Shop)
Anything that runs contrary to stereotypes always grabs my interest. So this article about five black women who are separately taking rock by storm was obviously going to feature this week. Given Rock’s roots this kind of article shouldn’t really need to exist, but hey. Asli Omar of The Tontons, Tamar-Kali, Sate, Andy Allo and Lydie La Peste make up the list. Enjoy.
Bigging Up Mostack’s Producers (from The Link Up)
It’s rare to see producers getting this much of a shoutout for a mixtape project. I’ve met Sevaqk and Steel Banglez and they both came across as cool guys. For this reason it’s nice to see them getting recognised for their great work, along with iLLBLU, Zeph Ellis and Rowntree Ranks. The mixtape is doing big things right now.
*Break – I Fancy Your Mum
Take a literal 1 minute break with this Spoken Word piece.
Noel Gallagher (from The Clash)
Needless to say it’s been an emotional couple of weeks for Manchester after the horrific suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.
After a minute’s silence, a crowd sang Don’t Look Back in Anger. An amazing song and perhaps a very poignant message. Noel Gallagher spoke about the video that went viral and The Clash did a quick report on it. I’m not convinced that a little anger can’t be used for positive change in this case though. (Update: The crowd also sang this at Ariana Grande’s I Love MCR concert on Sunday).
The Avalanches New Album (from The Fader)
Having got their follow-up to Since I Left You out of the way, they are ready to unleash. The block has been busted after releasing Wildflower.
Washed Out – Get Lost Video (from DIY Magazine)
If you like cool AF videos that look made out of cut up images this is right up your street. The tune is decent too.
Blog Love is a fortnightly feature highlighting some of my favourite posts of the past 14 days.
* Extra Credit
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