COVER OF THE WEEK: KILLING ME SOFTLY (ROBERTA FLACK/FUGEES) – JORJA SMITH

Whether you’re more familiar with Roberta Flack’s original version, or like me you remember the Fugees chart domination with their 1996 remake, there’s no denying that ‘Killing Me Softly’ is a great song. Here we have UK singer-songwriter Jorja Smith take on the number, giving it an uptempo jazz makeover. I do think the arrangement slightly takes away from the emotional depth, making it more … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: KILLING ME SOFTLY (ROBERTA FLACK/FUGEES) – JORJA SMITH

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: MAHALIA – I WISH I MISSED MY EX

Mahalia is a UK born singer, songwriter and actress. She signed her first record deal aged 13 and since then has been nominated for a Brit Award, worked with Rudimental and appeared in the film ‘Brotherhood’ (2016).Her debut album ‘Diary of Me’ (2016) was largely made up of guitar-driven tracks, but since then she has begun experimenting with her sound using influences of trap, soul, … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MAHALIA – I WISH I MISSED MY EX

SONG OF THE DAY: ETERNAL feat. BEBE WINANS – I WANNA BE THE ONLY ONE (LIVE GOSPEL VERSION)

Last week I documented how my passion for music began in the late 80s with Kylie Minogue, well a few years later in September 1993, Easther, Vernie, Kéllé and Louise – collectively known as Eternal – released their debut single ‘Stay’; well and truly solidifying my love for music. Their debut record ‘Always and Forever’ is the first CD album I owned and it’s one … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: ETERNAL feat. BEBE WINANS – I WANNA BE THE ONLY ONE (LIVE GOSPEL VERSION)

SONG OF THE DAY: THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS – I HATE THIS PART

I often think Nicole Scherzinger does not get the credit she deserves for her vocals. She could turn it out live too and trust me I know, because I have watched every live performance of ‘I Hate This Part’ that I can find on YouTube.The song speaks of a couple who have reached an inescapable moment of having to call time on their failing relationship … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS – I HATE THIS PART

COVER OF THE WEEK: ROCK THE BOAT (AALIYAH) – SAM SPARRO

We all know Aaliyah’s 2001 single ‘Rock The Boat’ is a masterpiece. It’s one of the greatest R&B records of the early 00s (and that’s saying something because that period yielded A LOT of great music) so of course anyone attempting to take on the song by way of a cover is doing so bravely.Well, I think Australian singer/songwriter Sam Sparro has created something pretty … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: ROCK THE BOAT (AALIYAH) – SAM SPARRO

SONG OF THE DAY: LUCAS and STEVE feat. BRANDY

Brandy’s 1994 debut single ‘I Wanna Be Down’ is given an unexpected twist in this uplifting and feel good dance track which has become a regular on my workout playlist! Created by Dutch production team Lucas and Steve, the pair are quoted as saying: “We’ve been fans of Brandy for so long! Her voice is amazing and it already caught our attention when our parents … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: LUCAS and STEVE feat. BRANDY