New Music: Morning Parade

A beautiful, sexy sound from a group of Essex boys (have you been watching The Only Way Is Essex..? Amazing!) Anway, Under The Stars is so so so good. They compare to Friendly Fires and Delphic a little. Check out here. You can also get a free download on that link called ‘Youth’.

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New Music: Jessie J

You can just tell this girl is going to be massive when she gets proper promotion. Would she beat Lily Allen in a fight? Probably not, but she’d probably leave a few nasty scratches… Check out here.

Willow Smith continues invasion

This girl is just FIERCE. What’s better, I’d love to see a kid who’s spent thousands going to a drama school try to match this girl’s level of natural talent. Girl goin huge!

The best music video of the year (or decade)?

I wonder how much this video cost to produce- it’s flawless! Take That rock!

Rock Dust Light Star Deluxe Edition arrived in the post today!

Always a sliver lining at the end of a shitty week! Jamroquai came on my doorstep and gave me a massive smile. It’s sad that you’re into someone that much but it has been yonks since he last released anything. The artwork is sexy as fuck (albeit a paper case, which always makes me feel like an album is in ‘transition’ rather than ‘here to stay’). Going to upload it on iTunes and hit the gym!

Example releases 30 free tracks!

Head on over to The House of Coxhead’s blog now to download 30 tunes (old skool as well as new ones) by Example. I’ve been into Example since my uni days and definately sensed that he was going to blow up.. and he has! Download these tracks and celebrate yea!

Are you ready for Jamiroquai’s new album?

He does the best album covers, don’t you think? Apparently the photo above was taken at the Hard Rock Calling festival that was in London earlier this month (which I was at, so maybe my head will be in there somewhere!). The deluxe edition is in the post right now… Super excited! I really hope I win tickets to his gig at Jazz Cafe next month. That would be the best thing ever!

New Music: The Knocks

Fresh Daft Punk- style electro pop. This is the kind of music I wish more clubs played. ‘Dancing with the DJ’ is really fun- and you can download it for free by clicking here or visit their Myspace here.

New Music: The Narcoleptic Dancers

Cute indie pop, but the hairstyles have to go… I mean honestly! Check out here.

New Music: Little Majorette

Swedish trip hop pop luxury. Ginger bearded men and a cute little lady making beautiful beats.  ‘Sous Les Etoile’ melts in your mouth. Check out here.

The worst album covers of all time!

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Click here to check out loads more hilarious (and very very wrong) album covers.

Your last chance to be a Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympics!

You’ve got til midnight tonight to fill in your application. It takes about half an hour to do and you’ll need some ID to prove who you are. Go here to fill!

Live: Robyn at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to see Robyn and she rocks it every single fucking time. I do remember seeing her at a tiny venue in Camden more than 3 years ago, before ‘With Every Heartbeat’ was even released and feeling happy for her that she managed to sell out the entire Shepherds Bush Empire tonight. The pics look crap because she moves so much it was impossible to get a decent shot with my camera! Support DJ set by Rebecca & Fiona was also really excellent.  More pics on my Flickr.

I think I’ll post up some current favourite electropop Swedish tunes later on in the week.

Despicable Me

I went to see this as an after-gym treat on my day off this week. After Toy Story 3, this is probably the best animation I’ve seen all year- and those little yellow minions are so cute it’s sick. The few songs by Pharrell Williams (of N.E.R.D) are lovely. I really hope they make a second film!

Mike Skinner IS BACK!

After going AWOL on the internet for almost a year, Mike Skinner (aka The Streets) relaunched his website last week with a series of random posts and videos, one of which is above. The sample that kicks in at 0:40 sounds like a monster hit. This is meant to be the last album under ‘The Streets’ name, and there are few things I look forward to more than a new record by Mike Skinner.

I’m going to Melodifestivalen Final!

The final of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s biggest TV show, always airs live on my birthday weekend. And for years, I’ve wanted to go and see the show- the aim is to find year’s Swedish Eurovision entry. But the scale of events is just enormous. Some reckon it’s bigger than Eurovision itself. Unlike other Eurovision countries, Sweden’s selection is a big deal: if you’re not already a huge pop star in Sverige then you’ve got no chance of competing. Regional heats are broadcast from January to March in cities across Sweden (all held in arena’s naturally), until the final in mid March at the Stockholm Globe (home to Eurovision 2000). And I’m gonna be there! Woo!

New Music: Paper Crows

Saw these guys on the Guardian today and the reminded me a bit of 90’s trip hop but more current. There’s a lot of atmosphere in their songs. Check out here.