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Song of the Day: Blossoms’ Honey Sweet

Sanity returns to our daily lives as we see civilisation returning, as we escape our caves, quarrels and fester in the sunlight. There’s no fitting song for the redemption of waving goodbye to the pandemic this year, than Blossoms’ back-catalogue.

The epitome of summer in the 80s, it showcases sweet nostalgia, flowery vibes and wonderful moments to cherish.

I’d recommend blending in with the crowd by listening to the remainder of the self-titled album, which they first released way back when in 2016. We were just beginning to get to grips with them as a band back in 2016, but now, they are a fully formed indie band making their marker in summer festivals around the world.

A bloom worth watching – Blossoms.

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Song of the Day: Quadeca’s Alone Together

Keeping on the hype of alternative lo-fi hip hop from Loyle Carner, comes another empowering trip into the scope of mental health and struggling with daily life.

Quadeca is another unlikely source of the grand and gorgeous in the world of music, especially with the young soloist coming from the lands of YouTube, but he joins the plethora of producing quite well and making snappy beats equally well, too.

One we picked today was Alone Together. Emphatically powerful and somewhat inspiring with its sombre-to-frantic lyrics, Alone Together was one of those songs that I really wanted to have on repeat when it was first released. The sheer simplicity and the emptiness of the chorus ultimately tells the origin of the song story, and the distraught outro really draws the song to a telling close.

Worthy of any avid fan of hip-hop or the alternative scene within the same genre who has some understanding of YouTube rappers. Even though the likes of Quadeca has no doubt surpassed this disconcerting label already.

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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.