SONG OF THE DAY: BRITNEY SPEARS feat. TINASHE – SLUMBER PARTY

This song was a moderate success but I do think it should have done better. ‘Glory’ was Britney’s best album since ‘Blackout’ and had a number of songs that could and should have done well on the charts, including this one. The official video is expensive looking and engaging which gives it great replay value – essential in this era of streaming where every play … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: BRITNEY SPEARS feat. TINASHE – SLUMBER PARTY

SONG OF THE DAY: JANET JACKSON – NO SLEEEP

In May 2015, Janet Jackson surprised everyone by announcing she was set to release new music and head out on a world tour. The then-untitled album would be her first in seven years and would satisfy fans who at that point had no idea whether she would ever make music again. The star had been M.I.A. for a few of years, rumoured to be living … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: JANET JACKSON – NO SLEEEP

SONG OF THE DAY: SAM WILLS – UNIFY

I remember first seeing Sam Wills a few years ago as a support act at a live gig and promptly downloading his first EP, ‘So Bright’. Not only does he have an incredible voice but his music is so transportive. With every song you really feel as though you’re entering another world and that’s down to the crystal clear production by Wills and Karma Kid. … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: SAM WILLS – UNIFY

SONG OF THE DAY: CIARA – I BET (ACOUSTIC VERSION)

I will always stan for Ciara. I think she’s one of the most hard working, humble artists out there and her ability to sustain a career for fifteen years should not go unacknowledged. Also, if Janet Jackson – one of the nicest legends around – likes you enough to call you a friend, then that’s good enough for me. Ciara NEVER gives a bad live … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: CIARA – I BET (ACOUSTIC VERSION)

COVER OF THE WEEK: BROKENHEARTED (BRANDY and WANYA MORRIS) – JEREMY PASSION and TORI KELLY

I only discovered this video by accident when YouTube automatically played it to me after a video I had been watching finished. Thank you YouTube algorithms! I have to confess, I wasn’t familiar with Jeremy before watching this video but OMG, his voice is so smooth and soulful! Tori is also of course a beautiful singer and the two of them do a great job … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: BROKENHEARTED (BRANDY and WANYA MORRIS) – JEREMY PASSION and TORI KELLY

SONG OF THE DAY: JENNIFER LOPEZ – EXPERTEASE (READY SET GO)

We all know J.Lo has put out a number of thumping dance tracks during her near-twenty year music career, but for me, some of my favourite songs by her are the mid-tempos. This particular mid-tempo was co-written by Sia and when that chorus kicks in there’s no denying her involvement. In fact, during the chorus you can hear Sia’s vocals more clearly than Jennifer’s, though … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: JENNIFER LOPEZ – EXPERTEASE (READY SET GO)

INDIA ARIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘WORTHY’

After waiting patiently for six years for a new full-length album from India Arie, her fans rejoiced today as she unleashed ‘Worthy’, her 7th album. Preceded by single ‘That Magic’, the set boasts 13 songs all of which feature India’s signature messages of love, hope, humanitarianism and compassion. Two years ago, the singer released her own line of apparel and merchandise with every item bearing … Continue reading INDIA ARIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘WORTHY’

SONG OF THE DAY: MARSHA AMBROSIUS – OLD TIMES

Marsha Ambrosius could sing the phonebook and I would be happy, but when she came out with this song last summer I honestly don’t think I listened to anything else for about a week straight. There’s a spontaneity about Marsha’s songs that I love. In the way that many rappers will just improvise their raps in the studio in front of a mic, sometimes I … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MARSHA AMBROSIUS – OLD TIMES

SONG OF THE DAY: AUGUST GREENE feat. BRANDY – OPTIMISTIC

I recently featured this song on my Blue Monday Spotify Playlist (click here to read more on that). The original version by Sounds of Blackness is a longtime favourite of mood enhancer of mine and this cover by August Greene and Brandy is a beautiful homage. Brandy’s signature soulful vocals are on top form here, and with the addition of a rap by August Greene … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: AUGUST GREENE feat. BRANDY – OPTIMISTIC

SONG OF THE DAY: ARIANA GRANDE – BETTER OFF

Last week, Ariana Grande released her fifth studio album, ‘Thank U, Next’. The release comes just six months after ‘Sweetener’, her chart-topping fourth album. The title ‘Thank U, Next’ would suggest the 25 year old is more than ready to move on from the previous project (and ex-finacĂ© Pete Davidson), although bizarrely she is set to embark on her six month long ‘Sweetener World Tour’ … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: ARIANA GRANDE – BETTER OFF