Live: Albin Lee Meldau at OMEARA London

I caught Swedish neo-soul superstar in the making, Albin Lee Meldau earlier this week in London’s Omeara. Incredible talent!

Albin Lee Meldau

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2017’s Random List

Now in it’s sixth edition (yep… I’ve been around that long), my Random List seems to be the most visited post on this blog every ear.

Due to life being hectic I haven’t had much time to reflect on the last twelve months much, but I feel that while people are claiming new music is losing it’s direction – well, it’s good to shake things up every so often.

I’ve found myself mostly being drawn to pop in 2017, although there was a lack of those ‘massive’ hit singles that we usually see in previous years. Nonetheless, credit given where it’s deserved…

Banger Of The Year

The older I get, the more I start to dig Justin Bieber. I don’t know why. It is what it is. I think this is one of the best radio hits of the year.

Trend Of The Year

Hot British guys who manage to blend RnB with soul and funk, each of them in a very unique and painfully cool way. You’ve got Zak Abel, SG Lewis, Tom Misch, Toulouse, Louis Mattrs, Jarreau Vandal… The list goes on. And actually, I am near obsessed with each of these guys.

Scandi Country To Have Perfected Pop

Norway (they managed this accolade back in 2015 as well). I mean it couldn’t be anywhere else this year. In the last year we’ve seen some excellent music from Astrid S, SigridDagny, dePresno, Smerz… The country even has it’s own museum dedicated to pop (it’s the cool building you see up there). That’s saying something. Check out my full list of Norwegian talent here.

Best Hair

ALMA! Finnish talent has never been so exciting! The hair’s even got it’s own (amazing) song.

Most Tear-Jerking Music Moment

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning Eurovision this year. Whatever you think of this TV show, the kid (who was struggling with heart problems) single handedly commanded a huge arena and a whole world to listen to this blissful and simple melody.

Best Track Not Sung In English

Cezinando’s ‘Håper du har plass’ is undoubtedly my most loved song of the year. Entirely in Norwegian (see, Norway getting another mention on the same List), this mellow hip hop sound mixed with some strings had me emotional all the way through. I still feel warm when I listen to it now. And it took his home country by storm too. Just look at the love from the crowd on this…

Best Gig

Jessie Reyez put on a very short set at London’s tiny Miranda venue back in May this year, and the buzz in the room was inspiring. Powerful vocals, intensely sharp lyrics and beautiful melodies.

Most Played On My iTunes

Yep – Swedish music had to make an entry on this list somewhere. I honestly don’t know what the deal is with We The Kids aside from the fast that they released this great piece of Scandi pop earlier in the year, and that they came from the Tenacity label which is run by mega-important Swedish production company Ten. Believe it or not, this clocked up 170 plays on my iTunes since July so I really hope more comes in 2018!

Likely To Be Huge In 2018

This is a tricky one because there’s a few on my radar. I think a safe bet will be the UK’s Tom Walker. I’ve seen him live a few times this year and I honestly think he has great mainstream appeal.

But I also want to mention a Danish talent called Maximillian, who’s been on my radar for some time and I can’t fault any of his releases to date…

And there we have it! I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the next twelve months, and thank you for logging on and enjoying the music that I post – it gives me so much life!

For previous editions of The Random List, head here.

 

 

 

Live: Misunderstood at The Curtain London

London duo Misunderstood played The Curtain this evening, showing off some slick pop and RnB sounds. Blurry picture is due to some on-point choreography :)

Live: Jerry Williams + Sam Fender at Courtyard Theatre London

Back from seeing Jerry Williams‘s cute and catchy pop set at London’s Courtyard Theatre, in contrast to Sam Fender‘s epic indie-rock sound for BBC Music Introducing .

Live: Ady Suleiman at Jazz Cafe London

After catching Ady Suleiman this evening at London’s Jazz Cafe, all I can say is it seems this kid has managed to garner a cult-like following  of happy fans right now… One of the best shows of the year!

Live: Matt Maltese at Moth Club

Matt Maltese played a sell-out gig at London’s Moth Club this evening. Stunning vocals and a simple set… Was pretty special.

Live: Dua Lipa at Brixton Academy

The force of Dua Lipa seems to be never ending right now. A packed Brixton Academy in London played host to one epic gig!

Live: Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James

Back from seeing a secret little show from Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James. It was a short and sweet set – the vocal is still immense!

Tom Walker

Live: Tom Walker at OMEARA London

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Probably one of the loudest, happiest gigs I’ve been to this year so far. Tom Walker loves his fans, and his fans certainly love him back…

Support from Etham was pretty special too.

 

Live: Jessie Reyez at Miranda London

Back from watching a short set list from one of the most anticipated Canadian exports over the last year, Jessie Reyez.

Intensely beautiful blends of hip hop and RnB mixed with the most innocent sounding voice you could imagine!

 

Live: Dua Lipa + Off Bloom at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Shepherd’s Bush was the place to be in London last night! Being one of the UK’s biggest pop exports of late, Dua Lipa put up an impressive gig to a sold-out crowd, with support from Danish indie-electro outfit Off Bloom.

Live: Rhys Lewis at Borderline London

Rhys Lewis played London’s Borderline last night where he showed off a pretty likeable pop-rock vibe. Fun night.

Live: Sailor & I at Pickle Factory London

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I saw Sailor & I last evening at London’s intimate Pickle Factory. The sound coming out of this Swedish talent through a good sound system is one thing, but hearing the synths and beats live was on another level! Debut album ‘The Invention of Loneliness’ is out now via Skint.

Live: Harlea / Petrie at Sebright Arms London

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Caught Harlea do a short set at London’s Sebright Arms today… Umm… WOW! This kid is carrying the flag for British rock with some serious power.

Support from Petrie was also pretty special.

2016’s Random List

What a year, eh. I was almost tempted to not write up a random list for 2016 on the count of me wanting it to end as soon as possible. But alas, in a year of many disasters, there were a few nice things to come up which made everything OK for a little while. It’s a condensed list this year, so here’s looking to an awesome 2017. Anyway…

The guy who made a song two years ahead of it’s time

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This song by UK talent Ragz Originale is basically a view of the future for me. It bounces between dark samples while keeping a gritty rawness. All the while still sounding slick. I see this sound taking off majorly in 2018.

The song most likely to turn you into an emotional wreck

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I am not a huge fan of covers, however, when I stumbled across this Kanye West rework by Daniel Caesar I was an emotional mess. Stunning, beautiful, flawless… Everything that reminds you that the world can still be a beautiful place.

The boyband that got it right

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Ireland. Home of the type of boyband that you love, and love to hate. Until this year. HARE SQUEAD are a bunch of kids crafting a sound that is on-point.

Most epic Scandi pop

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Smith & Thell have been on my radar for a really long time. This Swedish duo haven’t been afraid to change musical directions, and with the release of ‘Row’ this year I can’t think of any other Scandi act that has managed to come up with a song as intense and catchy as this one.

Most listened to song on my iTunes

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I’ve surprised myself with this one. And I’ll be honest, I did consider leaving this category out for 2016, but f*ck it. For the second year, Dua Lipa is behind my most listened to song on my iTunes. This time it’s with ‘Hotter Than Hell’ – a pop banger through and through. It’s not edgy, nor does it push any boundaries. But it’s everything you want from a big pop sound, and that’s all I need to hear a song on loop.

Most likely to be huge in 2017

Rag’n’Bone Man

It’s been a while coming but I am finally excited to see that Rag’n’Bone Man is certain to be the biggest new act to hit the mainstream in 2017. Well deserved too.

Live: SG Lewis at Koko

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Saw SG Lewis this evening at Koko. I’m a sucker for electro soul vibes so I was in bliss throughout.

SG Lewis

Live: HONNE at The Roundhouse

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Probably the most anticipated gig of the year for me. I’ve made no secret of how much I love HONNE so seeing them at London’s Roundhouse last night was just… Epic.

 

Live: M.I.L.K at Ja Ja Ja

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I went to the monthly Ja Ja Ja night at The Lexington this week just to see one of Denmark’s most exciting pop exports, M.I.L.K do a short set list.

Effortlessly cool (with tons of sax) and easy to fall in love with.

Live: Huntar at Camden Assembly

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So I caught Huntar at London’s Camden Assembly last week and realised that I never posted about it…

Anyway – it was a packed house and the effort into the production that this kid put in was spectacular.

Live: William The Conqueror at The Islington

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Just back from seeing Cornwall’s William The Conqueror at London’s Islington, hearing a unique blend of mellow, trippy psych and Americana. Random and very cool.