My name is Alfie, this blog is called Alfitude and this amazing soul/ hip hop crossover band are called Project Alfie- but they aren’t connected. However, it makes me so happy to know that something that shares my name can be so awesome and brilliant. The epic, emotionally wrought track was released on the Universal Compilation R&B Collection 2012, which marked Project Alfie as the only unsigned act to be featured on the album. Following its release, it became the most downloaded track on the album during its first week on iTunes. Check out here.
Swedish retro pop. Keep her away from hammers. Check out here.
This is a cool slice of electro pop courtesy of Mickey and Monarchy. I’m still not much of a fan of Monarchy but credit given when due and all…
This is one of those songs that makes you think you can take on the world and come out winning. Whether you end up succeeding is another matter, but this is done with two Swedish pop superpowers and is worth having on your iTunes.
I like this a lot- it’s just simple, catchy pop. It’s like a fusion between Jessie J, Rihanna and Lily Allen. Check out here.
The UK’s biggest music event announced this year’s nominations. It just all seems a bit… boring…
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
- Anna Calvi
- Ed Sheeran
- Emeli Sande
- Jessie J
- The Vaccines
- Arctic Monkeys
- Chase & Status
- Adele – Someone Like You
- Ed Sheeran – The A Team
- Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
- Jessie J Ft B.o.B. – Price Tag
- JLS Ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
- Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
- Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
- One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
- Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
- The Wanted – Glad You Came
British Album of the Year
- Adele – 21
- Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
- Ed Sheeran – +
- Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
- PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
International Male Solo Artist
- Aloe Blacc
- Bon Iver
- Bruno Mars
- David Guetta
- Ryan Adams
International Female Solo Artist
- Lady Gaga
- Fleet Foxes
- Foo Fighters
- Jay Z / Kanye West
- Lady Antebellum
- Maroon 5
International Breakthrough Act
- Aloe Blacc
- Bon Iver
- Foster The People
- Lana Del Rey
- Nicki Minaj
- Paul Epworth
- Ethan Johns
Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blur
Critics’ Choice – Emeli Sande
Beautifully life-affirming music from a super talented Swedish newbie. So happy to have discovered this. Check out here.
How can anyone not love this song by Fun.? Well, probably a fair few won’t but I am in pure love with it.
Brilliant lo-fi candy pop. Check out here.
I love Ansiktet, even though they bust their vibes in Swedish which can be a bit problematic at times. The video is a bit out there but the song’s pretty awesome.
Beautiful, uplifting indie pop. Check out here.
I like it when remixes aren’t just speeded up versions of songs. This ‘re-version’ of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ has a really cool twist to it, and it comes as a free download along with these other edits over on Sam Sure & Giacomo’s Facebook:
- Lianne La Havas ‘The Intro’
- Lana del Rey ‘Video Games’
- John Martyn – ‘Go Down Easy’
- Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Tell Me a Tale’
- Friendly Fires vs. Marvin Gaye – ‘Gotta Give it up’
- Valentia – ‘Can’t Stop Now’
Their music draws comparisons to the likes of The Streets, Rizzle Kicks and Jamie T, and will be leading into the new year with the release of the understated debut, ‘Dark Inside’; deconstructed beats and heavy atmospherics lay the bed for an introspective and brooding vocal.
People aren’t sure if these girls will make any impact in 2012 but you know what- I think they’re all wrong. I love these ladies, and if this track is anything to go by what we are to expect over the next twelve months then AWESOME.
I mentioned Cris Cab last week and this song’s surfaced since- it’s produced by Pharrell and it’s pretty. So here you go. Enjoy.
This was huge in Denmark, it’s getting a world wide release shortly and it’s catchy as hell. Check out here.
Brooklyn-based artist Doe Paoro describes her music as “Ghost Soul,” characterized by a dolorous, ethereal sound that evokes the resurrection of “a choir of ghosts who haven’t completely detached from the human experience.” Check out here.
Big angry yet soulful sounds. Check out here.