Gavin Haley – Self Control (feat. Izzy Bizu)

This track is so damn sweet that it’s literally made my day ten times better. Just a very charming love song that needs to be heard!

Taken from Gavin Haley’s new EP ‘Unfolding’ which is out now.

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Watch: Izzy Bizu – MG (feat. Dom McAllister)

In addition to these beautiful new visuals from Izzy Bizu, she’s also supporting a charity event by Studio Samuel (a charity that supports young and at-risk women in her homeland Ethiopia) for International Day of the Girl this Sunday (11th October).

“Originally the song was about a promise that my Dad made to me that one day we would buy an MG. We used to walk past the MG store and he would ask me to pick out my favourite and said we would buy it one day and drive away on an adventure. He wasn’t around long enough to be able to do that, so it was emotional to do the video but also an amazing experience.”

Izzy Bizu

Watch: Izzy Bizu – Tough Pill

“Sometimes we are in situations where we worry about being honest about how we feel for fear of being judged, we tell ourselves we have to suck it up and smile. That can be a tough pill to swallow. What i’ve realised is that you don’t have to smile and take it and that speaking up and taking charge feels a whole lot better.”

Izzy Bizu

BBC Sound of 2016 longlist revealed!

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The BBC Sound Of poll is one of the biggest and most accurate music surveys to find next year’s breakout star. Previous winners have included Years & Years, Adele, Sam Smith and 50 Cent.

I’m so happy to see that 2016 has a very strong line up with pop and grime genres taking the lead.

As is becoming usual (not that I’m one for gloating), the majority were featured on Alfitude a long while ago…

My bet is for Jack Garratt to win, with Dua Lipa, NAO and Frances and Alessia Cara to finish the top 5.

The shortlist is revealed at the start of January, with the winner announced on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on 8 January 2016.