Music Blog Love 02- Noel Gallagher, Zola Blood, Drake vs Sade, Lil Uzi, Mostacks

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 – 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

Need some music after all that reading? Have a listen to one of my songs.

Blog Love -01-Disco Trap, Leaks, Migos and Selena Gomez

The first of many Blog Love features, here are some of the articles that I found particularly interesting this past week.

This edition features Stereogum, The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Surviving A Golden Age and The Autumn Roses.

Rap is Still Good and Trap is the New Disco! (from Stereogum)

The writer prefaces 6 quality underground rap albums by describing Trap as a modern day equivalent to Disco. I’ve never heard that comparison so I had to read on, and share

Music Leaks (from The Fader)

The Fader got their staffers Ruth Saxelby and Jason Parham to debate the pros and cons of music leaks for fans and artists alike. It’s definitely a conundrum.

Sofia De La Torre – DGIT (from The Autumn Rose)

A really cool track from the Spanish artist Sofi De La Torre. Nothing more to say really. Play it in a new tab and keep reading

Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (from Surviving The Golden Age)

If you told me that I would feature a Selena Gomez song in this list I would have been very surprised.  However this song is pretty cool. If some indie act had made it, it would be cool to like it. I can’t knock a pop act for not regurgitating the same old. Not sure how many repeats I’ll be giving it but hey, it’s ok for now.

Selena Gomez “Bad Liar”

Guess The Migos (from Pigeons And Planes)

2 for 1 in this section. After causing the worldwide music blogging community to have an existential crisis (music blogs don’t matter), they decided to fnd out if anyone can recognise the members of Migos. This video is good with tea, especially the rapping in Spanish guy. names


Bonus reading on International Rap from Pigeons and Planes:

As someone who also raps in languages other than English, this article was of particular interest to me when it first appeared. Although it’s technically outside the usual window for this feature, I’m going to include it anyway as Blog Love didn’t exist then.

Blog Love is a fortnightly feature highlighting some of my favourite posts around at the time.


* Extra Credit

Fancy some music after all that reading? Have a listen to one of my songs.