Music Monday: 22/08/16

Music Monday: 22/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Akon – Troublemaker

Troublemaker features Sweet Rush and this is the fourth single in his debut album, Freedom (2008). In this song, Akon is “Posted up” in the club and he’s chilling with the ladies, even though he says he’ll treat his girl like a queen, they know that he is nothing but trouble. I first heard this song when I was in primary school, maybe I was in year 5/6 but it was the only song that I had on iTunes for a while! I used to listen to this song on repeat after school on the computer, so whenever I hear this song it takes me back to my childhood where my passion for music began. I don’t think that this is a groundbreaking song with outstanding lyrics, but check out this song below:

Akon – Troublemaker

2) Mary J. Blige – Real Love

Real Love was released in 1992 by R&B singer, Mary J. Blige. This is the second single from her debut studio album, What’s The 411? (1992). Real Love peaked at no.7 on the US Billboards Hot 100 in 1992 but reached no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks in 1992. Toby Lightman did a cover of this song in 2004 and it appeared on her debut studio album, Little Things (2004). I really like the beat in this song and how personal this song is to Mary because she said to her producer:  ‘I just want a real love in my life for once.’ Check out this great song below:

Mary J. Blige – Real Love

3) Tweet – Boogie 2nite

Boogie 2nite is a dance-pop song by Tweet, released in December 2002. This song appeared on her debut album, Southern Hummingbird (2002). I originally heard this song through the cover by the British dance group, Booty Luv which peaked at no. 1 on the UKs dance chart in 2006. Booty Luv’s version of this song is more suited for a party/club setting in my opinion, but I like both versions. Tweet’s original version of this song in my opinion focuses more on the vocals and I love the harmonisation of her vocals in this song, It’s soothing. Check out this nice song below:

Tweet – Boogie 2nite

Please tell me what you think about this weeks song choices and suggest any songs you’d like me to add to Music Monday next week!

Omone 😀

 

Music Monday: 15/08/16

Music Monday: 15/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) John Newman- Gold Dust

John Newman is an English singer and songwriter who is most known for his song, Love Me Again, which reached no. 1  in the UKs singles chart in 2013. Gold Dust is the ninth single from his debut studio album, Tribute (2013) which reached no. 1 on the UKs albums chart in 2013. The song starts off with the singer telling his partner that it’s better for them to break up and he lets out all the thoughts he’s had on their 2 year relationship. Their relationship is ‘Gold Dust’ because even though their relationship has turned to dust, they’re ending each others unhappiness. Check out this great song below:

John Newman – Gold Dust

2)  Kate Boy – Northern Lights

Kate Boy is a Swedish synth-pop duo. Northern Lights was released in 2012 and the song is literally about northern lights that show up in the northern hemisphere due to electrical charged particles which produces a variety of colours, predominantly green and pink. The music video of this song contains stunning visuals of different designs and the group themselves. Check out this cool song below:

Kate Boy – Northern Lights

3) Axwell – Nothing But Love ft.Errol Reid 

Axwell is one of the three members of Swedish House Mafia, a progressive/electro house group, and this song appeared on their album Until One (2010). The music video is really interesting because it reflects the meaning of the lyrics which is all about Jesus. This interview of Axwell basically sums up the song and music video:  “The vocal, it sounds like it’s a Jesus kind of a thing. With the whole ‘Whatever you do, turn the other cheek’ and ‘I got nothing but love for you, whatever you do.’ So I was like, ‘I really like this idea,’ and it’s going to be kind of hard to pull off with it not being weird or upsetting. I think the idea is that it’s a bit like how we would be if there was a modern Jesus among us.” Check out this song below:

Axwell – Nothing But Love ft. Errol Reid

Music Monday: 08/08/16

Music Monday: 08/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Twenty One Pilots – Fake You Out

Twenty One Pilots are an alternative hip hop band from Ohio, America. Fake You Out was the first song that I heard from this great band and I instantly fell in love with it. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of drummer, Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph. I love the deep meaning in this song and how teenagers of this generation can relate to the lyrics. The singer believes that he can’t live up to the expectations of society and even the people who think they’re closest to him, can’t help him out. Alternatively, this song could be about God and how he can’t see what God sees in him. Check out this great song below:

Twenty One Pilots – Fake You Out

2) Clean Bandit – Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass

Clean Bandit are an Electronic group from Cambridge, England who are commonly known for their song Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Sharna Bass provides the vocals for this song and this is the fifth single in their debut studio album, New Eyes (2014). I really like Sharna’s vocals in this song mostly beacuse she uses her original North-West London accent rather than putting on an American accent like some singers. The music video was filmed in Cuba and this song reached no.5 on the UK’s singles chart in 2014. Check out this good song below:

Clean Bandit – Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass

3) Robbie Williams – Bodies

Bodies was realised in October 2009 by the British recording artist, Robbie Williams. This song also appears on his eighth studio album, Reality Killed the Video Star (2014) and it reached no.2 in the UK’s singles chart in 2009. This song describes the journey through Williams’ career and his change in his views on religion. He starts the song off by saying “God gave me the sunshine” which shows that he believes in God however by the end of the song his view changes. Check out this song below:

Robbie Williams – Bodies

 

 

The New Northerner?

The New Northerner?

Meeting my best friends Sarah and Zara was one of the best things that have happened this year. I hadn’t seen Sarah since our leaver’s ceremony in year 11 and Zara since the beginning of this year, so it was great catching up and talking about sixth form and college with each other whilst eating at our favourite restaurant: Nandos. We went to this great desert restaurant afterwards and the ice cream I had tasted like HEAVEN! I also ate some of Sarah’s pancakes as well as Zara’s cocktail which were both delicious! I spent the last 15 minutes, in that restaurant, munching on the ice in Zara’s cocktail because if there’s one thing I love…it’s ICE. We spent the last few minutes together taking selfies and walking around town and we definitely agreed on meeting up before summer ends. Overall, it just felt like old times, lord knows how much I had missed them.

Sunday was the last time I was going to see Moyo before leaving to go to back to Manchester, so we said our last goodbyes, promising each other that we’d still stay in touch. I’m going to really miss that guy. When I arrived at the coach station on Monday, I was so worried that I had missed my coach but thankfully the coach I was supposed to get on was only 20 minutes late. The whole 6 hr journey to Manchester wasn’t too bad however, I pissed off one of the passengers on the second coach because I accidentally sat on her seat! I honestly didn’t know that the seat was taken but when she came back from the toilet she just looked at me and said “EXCUSE ME, THAT IS MY SEAT!”. LOL. I’m thinking “Why you so loud for??”. What’s even worse is that I had to sit next to her for the rest of the journey beacuse all the other seats were taken. When I reached the Manchester coach station I could see my mum’s head trying to find me in the coach since we got to Manchester 30 minutes late. My mum got a mad beacuse I forgot to give her a hug but it was only beacuse my suitcase was so heavy and I was practically dragging it across the floor. We got a taxi back to my uncles house and I have to say that it was so awkward, not beacuse of the taxi driver (he was really sweet), but beacuse my mum kept telling him that we were going to move to Manchester, find a house here and how she was so excited to move up north beacuse the houses are cheaper. I was just sitting because we didn’t discuss this decision properly, I really don’t want to move to Manchester and I’m going to be in year 13 next year so I don’t want to move school. I was surprised by the statements she had said in the taxi because I didn’t know that everything had been finalised. I asked my mum whether we were definitely moving to Manchester and she said that she still wasn’t sure. I’ve enjoyed staying at my Uncles, this week, but I keep getting confronted by the fact that I’m not girly enough *sigh*. Anyway, the Rio Olympics opening is tonight, well technically tomorrow for people who live in the UK because it starts at midnight, but I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are excited as much as I am for the Olympics. Have a great weekend everyone!

Omone 🙂

 

Music Monday: 01/08/16

Music Monday: 01/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Aaliyah – Rock The Boat

Aaliyah is one of the greatest R&B vocalists of all time and Rock The Boat is one of my favourite songs by her. This is the third single from her self-titled album, Aaliyah (2001), but it was released as a single in January 2002 in the US. This song is mostly about Aaliyah telling her partner how to please her sexually and she wants to spice things up in their love life. I love the groovy and hypnotic rhythm of this song which is complementary with Aaliyah’s soothing voice. The music video features Aaliyah walking on a beach and dancing on a yacht with her backup dancers. It saddens me to know that Aaliyah and her dancers died a few days later, in a plane crash, after filming the music video for Rock The Boat, R.I.P Aaliyah! Check out this beautiful song below:

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat

2) Wilkinson – Half Light ft. Tom Cane

Wilkinson is a drum and bass artist from London but his real name is Mark Wilkinson. He first rose to fame with his single Afterglow which entered the UK charts in October 2013 and it features the uncredited vocals of Becky Hill. Half Light is the sixth single from his debut studio album, Lazers Not Included (2013). This song was released in June 2014 not only to digitally download but it is also available on vinyl. The lyrics from this song portrays someone who wants to live forever in the moment with the person he loves. What I like most about this song is the beat drop and I like the “What we felt tonight” lyric in the chorus. Check out this great song below:

Wilkinson – Half Light ft. Tom Cane

3) Big Boi – Shutterbugg ft. Cutty

Shutterbugg is a Hip-Hop single by the American rapper, Big Boi, released in June 2012 in the UK. This song appeared on his debut album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty (2010).  ‘Shutterbugg’ in this song means the paparazzi and he’s telling people to flash a a peace sign when they see the paparazzi to look cool. I love the beat in this song and this is what catches your attention when you first listen to this song. This crazy song is reflected in the music video which features a mountain of sneakers, a wall of red cups and other weird settings so, please check out this awesome song below:

Big Boi – Shutterbugg ft. Cutty

 

The Reunion

The Reunion

Even though I am nearly 300km away from my mum and my brother, I am enjoying my stay at my uncles. One of the best things about living with my uncle is that I get to go to my old church, where one of my longest known friends go. Their names are Moyo and Deborah and I have some of the best memories with them from my childhood. When I used to live with my uncle when I was younger, I used to go to their parents Church until I moved houses with my mum and brother and we started attending a different Church. I hadn’t seen them until a year later when my uncle had a barbecue for his birthday and they were invited. It was great seeing them again and seeing how much we’ve changed and grown. After the barbecue, we hadn’t met up mostly because we were concentrating on school but we still kept in contact, mostly through text.

When I found out that we were going to be visiting my old church, I was full of excitement because knew this was one of the rare moments where I could see Moyo and Deborah again. It was so nice seeing all the church attenders who were still going to this church since I left and some of my uncles friends that I hadn’t seen since I was very young. I knew it was very unlikely that I would see Deborah because she now goes to university, which is great news but I wish I could have seen her in church. When I walked into the Church Moyo was in the choir, singing along with the other 4 members of the choir as they sang praise and worship. We locked eyes a couple of times and I was surprised about how tall he’d grown. After praise and worshipped he packed up all his belongings and ran to sit next me, at the back of the church. Our conversation was magical, we talked about all the things we’ve been up to since we last met and Deborah is now going to a church in London, near her university. I even told him about my blog and I even suggested that he should start one as well but he didn’t want to. He’s one of those friends where you can be completely yourself around them and you know they won’t judge you no matter what. We have so much in common, for example we both love anime, which non of my friends at school do. We had a great conversation about anime and he was even surprised by the fact that I started watching anime. He suggested that I start watching One Piece and I might start watching it over the holidays after I have finished watching Sailor Moon. We even went Pokemon hunting after church which was a blast, even though it was 30 degrees outside! I’ve finally finished watching Hunter x Hunter and it was amazing! If you haven’t watched it or you’re not sure what anime to watch, definitely watch Hunter x Hunter! I am seeing him again this Sunday in church before I leave for Manchester Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait to see my mum and brother.

Another reunion that is happening is between me and two of my closest friends in secondary school, Sarah and Zara. Sarah created a group chat on Tuesday and we all agreed to go to Nandos on Saturday so we can talk about what we’ve been up to since the end of year 11. It’s going to be so nice catching up with them. I hope you guys have been having a wonderful week and please comment below what you’ve been up to!

Omone 🙂

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Music Monday: 25/07/16

Music Monday: 25/07/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Diddy – Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

I Hate That You Love Me is an R&B song released in 2010 by the Hip Hop/R&B group, Diddy – Dirty Money. The groups consists of Sean Combs (P. Diddy), singer-songwriter, Kalenna Harper and dancer and singer, Dawn Richard. I really love the chords of the piano in this song and I think this is why I fell in love with this song. The piano in the background repeats the same chords all the way through the song however this track is a song that gets everyone dancing and moving to the rhythm. This is the third song in their album Last Train to Paris (2010), so please check out this awesome song below:

Diddy – Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

2) Laura Welsh – Undiscovered

Laura Welsh is a indie pop singer from England who previously went by the name Hey Laura after a split from her band, Laura & The Tears. She has opened for Ellie Goulding and she was the vocalist in the song Here for You by Gorgon City. This song is the second track on the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Of Grey as well as peaking at no.38 on the Rock Songs chart. I enjoy listening to Laura’s vocals on this song as she sings about how she really wants to get to know a guy that is ‘undiscovered’ and is hard to decipher. Check out this great song below:

Laura Welsh – Undiscovered

3) James Morrison – Up ft. Jessie J

Up is a contemporary, pop song released in late 2011 by the British singer James Morrison featuring Jessie  J. This song is the second single in his third studio album, The Awakening (2011). James expressed his worry on if Jessie J was the right ‘character’ for the lyrics because he initially wanted to sing this duet with Adele however, he was ultimately blown away by Jessie’s amazing vocals. I think this song brings out the more intimate and vulnerable side of Jessie J’s voice. Check out this song below:

James Morrison – Up ft. Jessie J

Please tell me what you think about this weeks song choices!☺️
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