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Happy World Music Day 2021!

21st June: Happy World Music Day!

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Link: The unsung musicians of India

As a day to encourage young musicians and young learners from every community and every city to perform outside, World Music Day has returned today on the 21st June. Celebrated with over 120 countries worldwide, it’s a fantastic sight to see as musicians across the globe pick up their instruments, sharpen their vocals and simply play, perform and just enjoy themselves simply for the love of music.

Despite the pandemic restricting a lot of events to showcase our love of music outside, there’s been plenty of community collaboration and live performances done solely online. Emphatic music works have been going on since the early hours of this morning and despite us being confined to our time zones witnessing live music first-hand, we are undoubtedly drawn together with our love for music.

So, despite the often rare fanatic exploration of World Music annually, take some time out today – no matter how long you have left of the Monday – … and enjoy some music that is culturally, and artistically, inspiring.

You can view some fantastic performances below!

Thanks folks x

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CATCH-UP: BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Whilst we’ve been bathing in the glorious sunshine this bank holiday weekend, the magic of live music has returned in some realm of sorts with BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Set across three days from the 28th to the 31st, some of the biggest music artists right now headed to some glorious landscapes in the UK countryside and delved us in some fantastic live music.

Coldplay at Whitby Abbey, Ed Sheeran in the countryside, Jorja Smith at Alexandra Palace, AJ Tracey at a basketball court and Royal Blood at their local Brighton pier – the plethora up for grabs was quite favourable to any fanatic fans of music.

Whilst it’s easy on eyes with fantastic backdrops to the emphatics of music, it’s another horrid reminder of the effects live music has without its audience. Entirely reliable upon one another, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is another implore for COVID to dismiss from our shores and for us to get back to live-audience shows, gigs and festivals.

Catch the best bits, highlights or the full-length sets below:

BIG WEEKEND OF LIVE MUSIC

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easy life – ‘life’s a beach’ Album Review

Dowsed in nothing but sunshine, Easy Life implore us to return to the meandering waves of beautiful modern living with their debut, Life’s A Beach.

Ever since their debut single, Pockets, blew up online in 2017, they have been triumphantly souring into everyone else’s pockets as their installation of melodic indie pop/hip-hop hybrid of indulgence is added to playlist favourites.

We first heard the boys’ fascination with the seaside from their debut EP, creature habits mixtape with Ice Cream in 2018. Signing to Island Records the following year, brought about more musings of modern life as they craft classics like, nice guys, dead celebrities and sangria with fellow lush-romantic, Arlo Parks.

After their anticipated EP, Junk Food in 2020, it would only be a matter of time before their debut was created. Hence, one year on, here we are. With us in the UK edging further towards a sense of normality with adventures, holidays and enjoyment, this album couldn’t have come at a better time for us all. A perfect ample-soundtrack for beach lovers, it is a true enriching compliment of their past crafting aswell as their future sounds.

The FIRST segment is the slow descent into missing your chance on the train back home with ocean view, annoying familiarity with it all in skeletons and thinking of love lost with daydreams.

The SECOND segment of the album is one of sombre intrigue and melancholic flavourings that we have not really heard from their style as of yet.

The juxtaposition in the relationship tale between optimistic have a great day to wishful thinking daydreams and finally to the sinking-ship familiarity in lifeboat – it a fantastic journey.

Much like its album artwork of the bobbing car in the beautiful blue, the album’s concept teeters on uncertainty and tranquility with heartbreak at the coast.

Despite the bubbly potion-pourings of delight, lyricist Murray draws on its sombre stories of mental health and modern living issues.

… After all in the end, life’s a beach is a surprising reminder that despite all its beauty, the seaside can be a pipe-dream, eventually trawling us into a nightmarish landscape – all the while, giving us everlasting hope of having a taste of the old …

Witty and poignant, life’s a beach is such a pleasure to listen to.

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The Brit Awards 2021: What Happened?

Weak punchlines, awkward moments, chaotic introductions and female artists stealing the show, the Brit Awards 2021 had all types of funny and momentous occasions.

Despite popularity trumping musicality with these award shows, it’s still a good laugh and a watch from all things current in the music industry.

With the controversial work of Jack Whitehall returning to host the show again for the third year in a row, the show was flux with jokes that failed to hit the mark, jokes that trump a snort or chortle, or jokes that didn’t catch on at all. But despite the awkward moments with the socially distanced audiences, and flight-testing COVID-friendly live performances, the award show allowed us to delve a little deeper into what we should expect post-lockdown for our live music industry.

Lapping up the fame and notoriety of powerful women in the music industry, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and HAIM all made stellar appearances for Best British Group, Best British Album, Best International Group and International accolades that trifled a new domination, the Global Icon award, where previous winners have been Bowie and Elton John.

As they fed off male counterparts with the likes of The 1975 and Biffy Clyro, they made a point to prove for their cultural impact with their music – and rightly so.

Swift and Lipa also both discussed within their speeches, the power of stepping up and rising against resistance from those before them. The iconic moment captured, and taken aboard as every single woman up and down the country effortlessly echo and agree their words.

After the sham of The Grammys, Awards for the Brits wanted to get on the good side of chart-topping electro-pop maestro, The Weeknd as he collected his Best International Male Artist while singing in the rain with his song, Save Your Tears, pre-recorded due to the inability to fly outside the Green Zone into and out of the United States.

The rising scenes of drill music also made an appeareance with J Hus and Headie One making fantastic live show performances and appearances at the awards show, demonstrating just how unique and varied our music scene really is.

Fashion-favourite and pop-lovin’ soloist, Harry Styles swept up the surprises with him taking home the Best British Single with Watermelon Sugar, whilst my favourite artist from the year, Arlo Parks got the fantastic praise she deserves by winning Breakthrough Artist for the year.

My top wtf moments from this year has to be the incontrollable use of ITV’s decision to mute the audio on some explicable language – despite it being past the watermark hour of 9pm. Whitehall made them hit the button a fair few times with him celebrating the majority of the audience being made up of our key workers – and the “corporate wankers” to boot in the boxes too. Capaldi also was a favourite of the mute, as his off-the-cuff introduction speech was simply hilarious and ridiculous at the same time.

“Hello motherfuckers! Listen guys… I’m fucking sweating – it’s like a swamp down there, I’m telling you. Sweaty bollocks.”

In an attempt to follow the controversial steeds of Oasis before him, he certainly made it more entertaining to watch nearing the final strands of the 2-and-a-half runtime of the show.

All in all, it was somewhat of a showing of what British music has to offer and really shows just how iconic and varied our scenes really are. Despite the fact that there are thousands more artists who create more compelling music than those who won but … popularity trumps musicality with these awards shows.

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Embracing Change in Music

Do you ever feel like you go through the same old music catalogues, playlists and albums day-in and day-out?

Do you have that feeling of drought with your musical palette? Well, fret not, for I have a proposition.

Why not listen to something other than what you’re used to?

Be it a genre you’re not familiar with or an artist you dread, stick it on and delve into the plethora of the unknown. Even if it just for an hour and you come away with a little bit of knowledge about something you didn’t know an hour ago, that is equally fine.

For me, I’ve recently been diving into the classics of hip-hop, rap and more importantly, the mysteries with the likes of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Notorious in not just their alter-personas as international music artists, but notorious for their sounds they made and their power-house profile it brought to the scenes of East Coast hip-hop and “Gangsta rap”. Although they were taken from us by a scenario we’re all too familiar with, within the crevices of America, the sheer impact they had with us in the world paints us a picture how iconic these two were and are.

Of course, this led on to the mightiest who are still mighty in their corresponding leagues – Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye.

So for today’s Sunday – where I usually request for you to take out your favourite Sunday chill playlist with your morning (or afternoon) coffee, instead, listen to something different and learn something new along the way.

Hope your week upcoming is just as prosperous, folks. Take care of yourselves.