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Song of the Day: Loyle Carner’s Loose Ends

An empowering vocal delivery matched with honest lyrics, Loyle Carner with Loose Ends is a creative MC like none another.

I first stumbled upon Loose Ends when creating a kind of ambient playlist I was going for. I was sifting through ideal artists and promising singles and I just had to stop. Stop in my tracks as this song played. It had certainly been a while for a song to keep me hooked in like that for so long. That should really tell you enough about this distinct alternative of hip-hop.

The angelic vocal partnership of Jorja Smith (same creator behind the similarly-soothing work of Addicted) makes it that more perfect with them both, creating an unlikely duo that intermingle with one another so well.

The soothing instrumentals behind it make a worthy listen for that casual Sunday where you need a song to hit that spot. Well, Loose Ends hits that spot pretty well.

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We’re invested in music. Are you?

We are invested in music. We listen to it. We speak about it. We read and learn from it. From its corporate takings at the record labels, to the commercial hub of live music nights, to the irrespective opinions of an album, we are all invested in music one way or another. And we all love it. I, for one, don’t know anyone in my social bubble who has a downright hatred or distaste for music. Genres, sure. But, not music in general.

It is a sanctuary of like-minded individuals to share something in common, and if you’re unable to start a conversation, music is the best way to start one.

So, if you’re invested in music like me and thousand of others across the world, invest in music but invest in music the right way.

Invest in shares with independent record labels, promote the journey of up-and-coming artists and invest your time in those worth investing. Learn about royalties and how artists earn their stock, learn about the live music industry and how crucial it is to us musicians. Learn more because knowledge is power!

The more you learn, the more you’ll benefit from the powers of music. And if anything, you’ll no doubt appreciate your favourite musicians’ work and music more, the more you learn.

Here’s some crucial links to get you started:

musicbusinessworldwide.com

musicweek.com

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Jamie Cullum: Profession of Jazz

Upending the notions of jazz, Jamie Cullum is the splash of colour that redefined the world of melodic pop.

Surly vocals and elaborate chops on the keys, Cullum has achieved critical acclaim for his vibrant mix of originality. His depth of character is fully flourished in his music too, with his ability to swoon us with emphatic ballads to witty pop in a matter of song listings. Cullum first broke into the scene back in 2002 with Pointless Nostalgic and 2003’s Twentysomething. Dazzled with classic retellings of jazz classics and emotional originals that slotted beautifully within each, Twentysomething broke the foundations of the complexity of jazz and Cullum became a household name over night.

His complexion to intermingle within genres didn’t stop there though. Cullum subsequently released Catching Tales in 2005 and The Pursuit in 2009, which embraced his soft rock – pop progressive ballads and careened beautiful showings of his songwriting material with bold-and-brash Get Your Way, witty ramblings of Nothing I Do, and of course, sombre ballad retellings with Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down.

For fans of both enjoyable soft pop work and the establishment of jazz with orchestral styles, Jamie Cullum is a singer-songwriter for the ages. His most recent release in 2o19, Taller, established Jamie’s talents and allowed him to break the top ten in record sales. My favourites from this record have to be the fancy-and-fast of Usher and the enchanting dazzle of Marlon Brando, that is seen to be on the B Side for this one.

Prolific in sound, voice and immense piano chops, Jamie Cullum is a redefining motion in the industry.

Cullum ultimately cements himself further as a music anomaly every new record he releases.

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Let’s Talk: Will we ever run out of music?

Liable lawsuits, copyright claims … and only so many notes to play with – will we ever run out of music?

It’s an important topic to discuss after all – as popular music confirms to the usual and sticks to a particular format of notes because it works, will we see more and more music take “inspiration” from those before them and ultimately wind up a disarray among other artists?

I always feel that there will come a time when – certainly for the popular genres – we will indeed run out of conformity and the comfortable. Here, we will more likely re-introduce old genres forgotten or venture into unknown terrority of writing music we’ve never heard of before. Even that will be a mighty feat to comprehend. After all, there is only so many notes, right?

It is still fairly respectable that these music artists and their corresponding songwriter teams, are still drudging up songs that do not formally slip into songs that have already been made. There is certainly an adaptation of the rules at play here. With so many popular songs within the same key, same note configuration and ideas, I’m surprised that this hasn’t happened already.

Either way, let me know your thoughts below on this one.

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I made a playlist: Pop Romantics

I had to do it. There’s something so stereotypical and predictable about the shrewd and twangy of pop romanticising about emotion, heartbreak and lust. And I love it.

So, in true fashion accommodating to the popular, I made a playlist returns with a Pop Romantics playlist for you. Whether you’re an individual in heartbreak, in a friendship wishing for something more, or in an amazing relationship with someone you hold dearly in your life, Pop Romantics is perfect for you. It’s perfect because everyone has experienced their fair share of love, right?

Get emotional below. Let me know your fantasy favourites or ones you intend to avoid.

20 songs. 1 hour. 1 big romance.