Monday 4 January 2016

Back To December Part One

December flew by and I focused on end of year things for the past two weeks, and so this week here are some things from December that I didn't get around to posting.

Olivia Noelle: Faking It

Olivia Noelle has built up a nice 60k+ YouTube following over the past four and a half years, and although the whole "YT covers to build an audience" thing is becoming ever more common, it's definitely not a bad idea. The last that Noelle's subscribers heard from her was a The Weeknd medley (which is rad AF) way back in May, until she re-appeared with her first original song and debut single in December. 'Faking It' is co-written and produced by Ari Leff AKA Lauv who I lovelovelove and was included in my favourite EPs of 2015 so I'm stoked basically. This track is simple sassy "urban pop" that really works.
P.S. I'm not sure if it's actually possible to "spoil" Making A Murderer but I think Olivia Noelle's just done that to me on Twitter... I will forgive her if she keeps bringing out tracks like this though.

Wet: All In Vain (Thomston Remix)

'It's All In Vain' is most probably my favourite song from Wet thus far, so the fact that it has been remixed by one of my favourites from last year, Thomas Stoneman AKA Thomston (did I mention I saw him twice in one day at TGE last year? Yeah, I think I did), is all pretty cool. Thomston's version isn't miles different to the original but it really works, especially with his own additional verse towards the end. This could easily have been the legit/actual/official/whatever version of 'It's All In Vain'. Alas, it's not, so we have two versions to indulge ourselves in. Wet's album is out soon... I can't find/can't remember when but it's soon. So that's good too.

Raphaella: In The Rain

Towards the tail-end of 2015 Raphaella featured on a track by Yo Mighty! that I posted on the blog and I thought that she kinda sounded hella interesting, you know, vocally and that. That whole sounding interesting thing has been reaffirmed with the release of her new track 'In The Rain'. London based Raphaella produced this track herself, and it's super slick giving real testament to what she's capable of as an artist. The production and the vocal sampling are a little like a less "brash" and more "open to the mainstream" version of the tracks from Kiiara that every blog ever fell in love with last year. Why so few views/plays for this song though? There's a severe injustice lurking around here somewhere.

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