34 // Music Video Making

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33 // CHALLENGE WEEK 2

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And the 52 week challenge continues. I’ve actually made a calendar for the year if you want to join in or just have a nifty calendar – each page is downloadable or get in touch if you want a PDF!

52WeekChallenge-02Go to bed by 1am and wake up by 7:30am during the weekdays. I am a night owl, it’s something that’s been burned into the core of my soul and isn’t something that’s easy to break. This isn’t an easy task.

52WeekChallenge-03I successfully got to bed by 1am 3 nights our of 5 which I would say is pretty good running for me. I think I got out of bed by 8:30 most days though, an hour later than I was aiming for but I like bed too much. I’m not fussed about this as Piggy still got her walks, even if they happened to be in the evenings.

52WeekChallenge-04Getting to bed by 1am was probably a good thing, although I did find myself shutting my computer down at 1 and now 12:45 like I should have. I’m going to be inundated with work soon so I’m not sure if it’s a realistic goal to continue with this while I’m working full time too. I can survive on little sleep but I think I will aim to have 1am as my target bedtime and not feel too bad if I don’t hit it. I will still aim to get piggy her 30min-1hr daily walks though.

52WeekChallenge-05I’m not looking forward to this but I think my next challenge will be ‘no refined sugars’ natural sugars are cool. I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth and any sense of willpower I have around sweets disappears. I’m completely addicted. This last week I have eaten cake several times, cookies, I annihilated a packet of smarties and a packet of malted milk biscuits by myself, had ice cream twice, two chai lattes, jam on toast for breakfast twice, possibly had sugar in my tea on the odd occasion, Mikee brought home chocolate truffles on Friday for me, and I made a chocolate mousse earlier (granted it was made with avocado and dates but hey). I have a problem and I am not afraid to admit it because that’s an obscene amount of sugar.

I tried giving it up last year, it took me two weeks to get over the desire to want to eat a cake everyday even though I do barely actually eat cake. I think I managed for three weeks and slowly introduced it and then completely fell off the wagon again. It was fantastic to give it up though. Refined sugars impacts on acne which I have suffered from, when combined with trans fats they really don’t do your body much help. And to think about what this does to my teeth is horrifying. There are only benefits to giving it up, ultimately I would introducing a restriction of how much I can eat when I feel it’s a good time to bring it back. This week is going to be a toughie.

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32 // A 52 Week Challenge

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THE IDEA
Alongside trying to do #100DaysofDrawingMemories I wanted to set myself a year of really simple weekly challenges, think setting time to floss, exercise at home three times a week, cut sugar out. So I’m starting 52 weeks of small steps. One of my overall goals is to make my life a little bit more healthy, I’ve already started over the last year finding food I love that’s healthy and easy to make and trying to figure out what kind of exercise I like, because I’m the last person you’ll find in a gym. I once had free access to a gym, I think I went three times in two years, there was also a swimming pool and I spent all my time in the sauna – sitting on my butt (although I do love swimming). I really don’t want to fork out the money on a gym so anything exercise related to my challenge will most likely revolve around figuring what I can do outside or in the home. This isn’t just about exercise though, it’s about overall body wellness. If I find something I like I’ll try and add it to my daily/weekly routine. Lets see this goes, time to experiment.

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For this past week I decided to ease myself in and do something I already do pretty regularly. Walking Piggy for at least thirty mins to an hour everyday (this added with my daily walking time will mean I’ll be walking between an hour or two every day). I ideally wanted to take her out in the mornings so I can spend my evenings focusing on my nightly work sessions and just incase I need to stay late for my day job. It also means I’m a little more awake when I get to work.

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Turns out that it’s not as easy as I hoped, I am not a morning person in the slightest (the current time of writing this is 01:46am). I successfully walked her three weekday mornings this week and I walked her two weekday evenings, plus this Saturday we took her for a long walk around the docks, through the park and up to Rotherhithe and back. It’s been really nice when we’ve gotten outside and she’s been super happy to go for a walk. I’ve also felt really good doing it, I genuinely love walking – I used to walk an hour every day while at college and I loved it and I was pretty fit at the time. The only thing is finding the motivation to wake up early is really difficult, especially this time of year when it’s still dark and I literally think ‘NO’ to getting up or completely sleep through my alarm.

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52WeekChallenge-04I can’t see any downside to doing this everyday so I’m going to carry on as it’s something I want to build into my routine for the future in any case. It keeps me & Piggy healthy and will give me a reason to get out of the house even if it’s raining. I will try to go to bed by at least 1am or earlier on a weekday to make sure I can wake up early enough to take her. Which leads me on to…

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Go to bed by 1am and wake up by 7:30am during the weekdays. I know it’s only 6 and a half hours but my body is able to function on that. Wish me luck! If anyone wants to join in with me on this challenge I’ll be using #52WeeksOfSmallSteps to see the progress.

31 // 100 Days of Drawing Memories 1-7

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful first week. I had a lovely first few days at home and returned to London a week ago ready to go back to work on Monday. I think within two days of getting back all my energy has been zapped and I already feel exhausted again. I wanted a challenge for the new year, something to keep me engaged creatively as I don’t get to do a lot for myself, as I’m usually doing it for other people.

Way back in April last year The Great Discontent started a project with Elle Luna called #The100DayProject. The idea being to dedicate yourself to creating for 100 days in a row. I wanted to participate at the time but the day it started we had gone to San Francisco and I was ultimately distracted and never ended up starting. So here we are with a new year and I decided to start now. I was flitting between drawing a dog everyday or restarting my Everyday Opposites, but I thought it would be good to focus on something new, so I settled on drawing my memories.

I’m really enjoying it but boy it’s hard to keep up everyday already, I admittedly have had to catch up a couple of times, but hopefully as I continue it’ll get easier to do and to find time for. I’m going to post them here every week, so here’s numbers one through 7. Feel free to follow the project on instagram, even better take part yourself!

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30 // THE YEAR OF THE LEVEL UP

It’s that time of year. Standard British winter has hit with the grey skies, wind and rain… although it’s surprisingly warm for this time of year. But hey, Christmas has been and it’s be a brand new year very soon, so who cares about the weather with family, fun and new prospects on the horizon.

I’ve been busy making presents for my loved ones, I feel like I’ve been shackled to a computer since August, so I decided that I needed to get my craft game on for presents. Plus it eliminated my crazy need to want give people perfect gifts that reflect something meaningful with my limited budget. This way just putting the time in made them meaningful. I made dreamcatchers, plant wall hangers, air plant holders, trays, coffee table bowls and home spa kits with sweet orange body butter, lavender foot soak and tea tree & eucalyptus body scrub.I wanted to do a review of my year, I love looking back. This year has been a good one. It’s been a year of growing and change and I feel like I’ve levelled up in all sorts of ways. Here’s a run down of things that happened…


BUYING A PLACE
As soon as I returned to London in January my housemate of six years moved out which I was pretty sad about, but it marked a year of new beginnings. On the third of January Mikee, my mum and I went to look at houses, resuming the search for somewhere to live. The first place we saw that day was the place that ended up being ours two months later… Crazy times. I never imagined I would ever buy a flat in London. If you had have asked me this time two years ago where I saw myself it’s not what I would have thought for myself. We spent a good few weeks just painting it white to mask the smell of ten years of smoke and making it a blank slate ready for us to make our mark on it.

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DIET AND HEALTH
I’ve never really been concerned with this stuff so it’s been a bit of a learning curve which I’ve really enjoyed pursuing. I’ve learned I really like pilates, it’s such hard work but so beneficial for someone who spends most of their time sitting as it focus’ on your core muscles and getting those engaged. I want to find some more areas of exercise I enjoy so I can create a routine to get to a state where my body is happy and humming with life.
It was one of my priorities to not get ill this year. I’ve been notoriously bad for getting sick, this time last year I had already been ill 4 times since September and I got an ear infection in January of this year, after that I started trying to take as much care myself as possible because wasting so much time on being ill is not fun.
One massive triumph has been my skin, which has been a big issue for me since I was thirteen. At twenty six I can finally say I think I’ve cracked how to take care of it which I am so happy to have done – through lots of research. I used to have acne, I got teased for it, I saw a terrible GP when I was younger who didn’t take my cry for help seriously and just told me to wash my face, and as an adult you expect it to go away and mine just didn’t. It turns out for me it was a lot to do with what I was putting on my face already and not understanding the needs of my skin as well as what I was putting in my body (it’s crazy what you eat can do to you).

WORK
OMG I worked like crazy this year. My current job means I frequently work late, I’ve had two or three days this year where we’ve worked into the early hours of the morning and more so the late hours of the evening. Although this has been the case I’ve still managed to design an e-commerce website for Hubbub Catering where I designed the website, art directed, illustrated and photographed all assets for it. It was such a fun project being able to follow my own intuition and create something they were genuinely happy with, makes them stand out and that will last them a long time.
A friend asked if I wanted to work on a site for a publishers with them, and it was great to collaborate again. I also did lots of lovely work for the charity First Story, anthology covers, flyers and most recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on their annual report. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on Lagan Candles, this has been a really nice branding and packaging project which I can’t wait to share with you. Hopefully this will lead on to lots more wonderful work next year.
Finally, the biggest things I’ve worked on have been two campaigns for Musicroom. The projects had super short deadlines, and I needed to produce a lot of assets and content for them. It was quite a lot of stress due to the time scales I had to work on the briefs, but I was very happy to get the work out and very proud of myself for working as hard as I did to get everything done.

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TRAVEL
This was the highlight of my year. Mikee and I went on our awesome ten year anniversary trip to California, exploring San Francisco, Los Angeles and going to Palm Springs and Coachella. It was the best time and has left me feeling very inspired creatively even still now, eight months after. Travel is such an important thing to do, getting out of your comfort zones and seeing new sights and having new experiences. It makes you appreciate the beauty of this planet we’re on.
I also went on a whim trip to Canada to see my best friend in Toronto where I also got the chance to see my dad, I haven’t seen him in person since 2012 when we visited Michigan on our road trip, and thought it would be awesome to see him before Christmas. It was a spontaneous, last minute decision and I’m so glad I did it. I only went for five days but it was well worth it to see him and Christina, and to have a well deserved opportunity to get silly drunk (it doesn’t happen often with all the work) with my best friend at the beautiful bar Miss Things and then eat Canada’s delicacy of poutine with her for the ultimate comfort food.

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31FRIENDS & FAMILY
Some notable highlights were random meet ups with Antonia and Aaron and two planned ones with them – dressing up for Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gay Pride, Halloween and then the first London Family Christmas in our new flat.
I got to live with our lovely friend Emma for two months which was awesome.
I made lovely work friends who have become Piggy’s second family.
I got to see one of my favourite friends marry his true love in August – may you both have a very happy future Dan and Nicola, and at the wedding it was wonderful to see our friends James and Fridha again who came all the way over from Sweden, as well as hanging out with some lovely friends from home who also live in London.
Spending time with Christina in Canada and meeting her lil dog Frannie and her boyfriend Dorian, as well as seeing her lovely mum.
Mikee and I went to Sky Garden as one of our dates, the views were pretty lovely up there, as were the cocktails. We also made friends with a hawk in Canary Wharf.
I had many lunch dates with Juliette and the occasional one with Beth, it was nice to be able to do that again!
I went to see the CSM degree show with my friend Clementine, and we even went to the design junction event that was part of design week, which was held in the old St Martins building where I studied for my degree, it was AWESOME being back there after four years. So many memories.
We spent a lovely day walking around Richmond with our friend Josefine, taking Piggy to her first proper park to see the dear – luckily no Fenton event happened.
My mum came up to London a lot to help us with the flat move which we’re so appreciative for. I also got to see my dad in person which was awesome, and I spent time with my brother and his lovely lady Sarah. My family came up to see us in London with my nieces and nephew and we went to the London Dungeons. Mikee’s sister also moved up to London from Brighton, so it’s been awesome seeing her and his niece and nephew more – having Friday craft time, nerf gun battles and seeing the Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace park.
Another highlight was spending time in London with my old friend Nicola. I miss her loads and wish for the coming year to spend more time with her.

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MUSIC
Less gigs this year but we went to Coachella, where we saw the delights of Jungle, Glass Animals, Kasabian, Jack White, Brand New, Tame Impala and Jenny Lewis.
I walked out of my first gig ever as it was so disappointing sound wise, and saw some amazing acts as well as discovering a whole bunch more. Back in England we saw Vaults, Best Coast, My Morning Jacket, Best Coast, Django Django and spent some time back stage at a Lucy Rose gig with Piggy as Mikee was playing violin for her. Mikee played with Lucy on Radio One earlier this year, he played the last night of her tour in London and got to play at Maida Vale and Shepherd’s Bush Empire with Ghostpoet *proud girlfriend*.
I started the new playlist, but I got overwhelmed with work and need to start it again in the new year. This is something I’m committed to doing next year as I plan on creating more time for myself. The last gig of the year was probably the best, Django Django with my wonderful friend Dan at the Roundhouse and we had a friend date and danced the entire gig. Pure joy.
The best message taken away from music this year was from Jack White reminding us that it is a sacred thing which I wholeheartedly agree with.
I really loved a bunch of albums released this year. My top ten were Rituals by Other Lives, What Went Down by Foals, Currents by Tame Impala, Oh Wonder by Oh Wonder, In The Cards by Robert DeLong, In Return by Odesza (this will make me remember friends, travels and summer), Born Under Saturn by Django Django, That’s The Spirit by Bring Me The Horizon (this one helped when I was annoyed!), Depression Cherry by Beach House and lastly, this is from last year but I listened to it a LOT this year, when we moved in to our new flat it was the first thing on our stereo which was the first priority to get working, I made Christina put it on in Canada, we saw them play at Coachella, Zaba by Glass Animals has probably been my album of the year. Much bass, many good. Hopefully 2016 has some awesome releases because this year has been pretty darn awesome.

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PIGGY
We got Piggy! It’s been the best thing ever and I can’t imagine not having her in my life. She’s helping me and Mikee settle in to our home and marks the start of us building a life together. She’s already got 2000 followers on instagram which is insane, and she’s been in a Buzzfeed video and featured on Sausage Dog Centrals Facebook and Instagram, and she’s only 6 Months old. I wander what our wonderpup will do next year? She’s just the cutest, #piggyforqueen.

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I’m really looking forward to next year. I’m formulating plans which should make 2016 a scary and exciting year for my personal ambitions. I’m going to be working with my old mentor Sabine on a project which I’m really looking forward to and I’ve booked a trip to Barcelona for me and my mum in March to say thank you for helping us with our house stuff. It’ll be really nice to have some time with just my mum, seeing a place neither of us have been to before.
I’ve learned this year that following my heart will take me to places I love, next year I imagine will be a whirlwind. I have so many ideas I want to pursue, part of that is to benefit my little space on the internet and fingers crossed 2016 will allow me to do that.

Happy New Year my darlings.

29 // LIFE UPDATE

IMG_8374I genuinely wish I had more time. More time to think about exercising, more time to focus on writing this blog and to actually update my portfolio properly. To cook and clean. To take our puppy for walks. I half wish I was a morning person too so I could cram this stuff in then, but I do love the loneliness that comes from staying up super late and the feeling you get with it where you can relax and be completely you. Of being one of the very few people who are getting to experience the silence in those quiet late hours.

Anyway, it’s a chance to have one of those quiet moments where the world is mine. So I thought I would post a little update as I haven’t had a chance to post here for a while.

Not much has changed apart from the weather and darker days as we head into winter again, but over the last few months my life has mostly consisted of work at work, work at home, sleep and repeat. I had a wonderful friends wedding, an inpromptu trip to Canada and a puppy thrown into the mixture just to make life a little more fun.

The puppy’s name is Piggy Boo. The puppy in the last post ended up not being ours and in a strange twist of fate we’ve ended up with our meant to be little Pig and she’s amazing. This is the main thing I wanted to update you on – so here’s a bunch of pictures were you can see how she’s grown. She’s a long haired minature dachshund, a sort of caramel colour with a chocolate base – like an awesome cheesecake but hairy. She is on Instagram as @ohyoupiggyboo (if you want to follow), she’s been in a Buzzfeed video & she’s five months old now. That’s how long it’s been since I last wrote a blog post! I have serious blog guilt.

I’m making plans to make some more time for me soon, I can’t keep trundling along like I have been as I’ll go a little bit crazy. But at least there’s now a new family member around to put a smile on my face when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Anyway, later taters! Enjoy the puppy pictures!

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28 // PIGGY BOO

 WE’RE GETTING A PUPPY!!!!!

You all know how many times I’ve mentioned dogs here. Numerous times. My little Biff died 16 months ago and broke my heart after being one of our family at home for 14 years. My mum got a puppy not too long after but I’ve been wanting a little friend up here too, for me and Mikee… We’ve been thinking about it for the last three years because Biff was never destined to be a city dog and he was pretty old by that time. I was in West London one day back then when I went to the Saatchi Gallery with a friend, and spotted a little light grey dachshund which really surprised me because they are usually red or black and tan. So I did a little research when I got home and discovered not only can you get those, you can sometimes get the grey ones and you can get dappled, brindle and English cream ones. They’re all really cute.

Over the last few months since we got the flat and I started working at a place where you occasionally see dogs running around… It’s been playing on my mind that we might be able to get a puppy… Checking anywhere that I could, it seemed like most places you can get these kinds of dogs is either up north, or in Wales – so on Friday when I checked and saw a posting for puppies available in Bedfordshire (not too far away from London) I got Mikee to call up and arrange a visit. So off we went yesterday and met 14 puppies!!! I was in heaven for the afternoon. The breeder seemed like a lovely man and we fell in love with this little lady and reserved her. She’s a little shaded cream miniature long haired Dachshund… Can’t wait to get her here! She’ll be ready to go in 9 days, and her name will be Piggy Boo.

This was one of the other puppies we were thinking about picking. His name would have been Piggy Bob had we have decided to go with him, he played tug of war with my hair and licked my face… But alas, we went with the little lady… But look at what a cutie he is! He’ll make someone very happy.

Puppy cuddles are the best!

Any recommendations on where to get some bits and bobs for her like toys and bedding? I’m not even sure what size harness or collar to get her! Ahhh I’m so in love already.

 

 

27 // OFF THE RECORD – TWO

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Hello! Been a little too busy to upload any blogposts recently as I’ve had a lot of freelance work on but I wanted to make the effort with this… So welcome to the second Off The Record playlist – yay. So grab some good speakers, or some headphones, a comfy spot, possibly a refreshing snack and just enjoy. I’m going to try and write a little while my niece plays make believe and talks to me non-stop.

PurityRingFirst up we have Purity Ring, the album came out earlier this year and I had this track stuck in my head the other day so felt it would be a good addition to the playlist. They seems to do some interesting stage performances when I’ve looked them up, they want to make the electronic music scene a bit more interesting to watch, which is something I admire.

TameImpalaCurrents by Tame Impala came out this week, you could listen to the preview stream on NPR First Listen so I checked it out on there. I honestly wasn’t fussed about them before, I tried listening to the last album and just didn’t get it.  We saw the end of their set at Coachella and it was actually really good so I decided to give this a try, and I actually really like it. It flows and progresses perfectly. Mikee told me that they delayed the release by a couple of months because they wanted it to be perfect and I think it’s a really good thing that they waited till it was.

bibioI honestly don’t know much about Bibio, but my lovely friend Juliette sent it over and I liked it so thought I would include it here. This is probably the best track on the album, but the rest of the album is still pretty good.

ChvrchesI had to do some stuff last year for Chvrches and Yellow Bird Project as they have a t-shirt over there raising money for charity Nordoff Robbins who focus on music therapy. This is their latest single and it’s pretty much what you would expect from them… Summery 80s electronic pop style music.

OhWonderI posted about We The Wild before, who I really liked. But they decided to call it quits and now one of the members is in Oh Wonder, who are releasing a new track every month. The music is a little bit like We The Wild, but a bit more chilled like the XX. The music is nice, if a little repetitive, but certainly worth listening to.

foalsYay more Foals! This one is a little less angry than the last one. I am still exited about the new album, keep bringing more great songs out please!

Rufus_band_imageI caught Cut Copy at Coachella in 2011 and fell in love with the atmosphere at their gigs. So when they played in London last year I had to go. I forced Mikee to come with me, I think he enjoyed it too. We ended up eating at the same restaurant as them beforehand too but I was too shy to go say hello haha – seems to be a common theme? Anywho, RUFUS opened for them, another Australian dance band and they were pretty great. It took me a couple of listens to be convinced but I do really like them. I especially like this video of theirs – I’m all over those awkward dance moves:

Beach-House-2Beach House! Yay! This song takes a bit of time to actually get into it but it’s pretty good. Their albums are always addictive when they come out so I’m looking forward to the next one… I’m sure there will be even more strong tracks on there.

MARIKA-HACKMAN-MIKE-1-of-2Marika Hackman has done some collaborations with Sivu which have been pretty spot on. She’s also half Finnish, like yours truly, so I can totally get behind her and it’s a plus that her music is really nice and she has a beautiful voice to boot. She released her album back in February so if you like the track here certainly go and listen to the rest because the rest is just as good.

WolfAliceWolf Alice keep coming up on my Deezer suggestions and it takes me back to the late 90s and when I became a teenager and got really into watching things like The Craft and listening to Garbage – a little bib 90s, a little bit grungy but nothing too crazy. They remind me of that time and it was a wonderful time to be reminded of.

WeezerWeezer released their latest album last year just before I left my old job, I loved that they collaborated with Bethany Cosentino on Go Away and they have just released the video for the track in the last week, reminding me of how awesome the song is. So sharing it here was a must!

13056Ms Mr made it onto my radar with Hurricane, what an incredible song. I still love it. They just released their new album, while going a lot more poppy than before which isn’t what attracted me to them, but it’s still got some nice stuff on it. This song is probably one of my favourites from the latest release.

Once again, it’s just under an hour’s worth of listening, of music that I find intriguing. I hope you like it too. If anyone can think of anything I might like again, do send me some suggestions. Have an enjoyable week y’all.

26 // Off the Record – One

OffTheRecord1I’ve been thinking about how fun it would be to do a playlist for the last couple of months so here we go! I’m going to try and create a new one every fortnight with music that appeals to me and freshly released and found stuff.

Music is such an important thing to me. I was out recently and I was chatting with a friends new partner and realised that I’d probably been talking at him for half an hour about all this great music and why I loved it and at the same time realised I never have these conversations very much anymore, so I would like to encourage more music chatter here. It always has been important to me and I was feeling a bit sad that I’ve not really been repping my love for it as much recently on the blog which is why I wanted to now. So here was have ‘Off the Record’, the new music section of the blog where I’ll share a regularly posted Deezer playlist the I will have made up covering things that I find and things that I love already. For this first one I’ve taken tracks I’ve loved that have come out over the last month or two whether they be on albums or on singles. Have a little listen and if you’re interested I’ve written a short bit about each artist below. Enjoy!

Lucy-Rose-Like-An-Arrow-Audio-BQTo give a run down, we have the lovely Lucy Rose – She’s just released her second album Work It Out which also features some lovely pals and my awesome boyfriend playing strings on Nebraska. I’ve got both I’ve tried and Nabraska in the playlist. If you like the songs I would urge you to check out the album as it’s great. She covered Bad Blood by Taylor Swift recently on the BBC Live Lounge and Mikee was there which was pretty neat. Have a little gander below if you want to listen…

Next up is Other Lives – I have to tell you that the album I’ve taken the track off – Rituals – is soooooo good I had trouble picking just one off the put on the playlist. I told a very close friend of mine to listen to them and she said that she was on a higher state of being just listening to the band. It will not disappoint you.

Other Lives_Jeremy Charles3Vaults I found at the end of last year and absolutely loved their sound as soon as I heard the first track. They’re very consistent and just plain old great. The singer has an incredible voice and everything in the music compliments everything else.

vaults-eliot-lee-hazel-2014-2048x1365-011Djang Django – Another brilliant album, I remember seeing them open for someone a few years ago and thinking that they were Scottish and weird but that they were pretty great live too so when their newest album came out in the same week as the Other Lives album (great week) I checked it out and it’s also tres good! The whole album flows and it’s fun – so fun I bought some tickets to go and see them play later in the year.

Django DjangoBest Coast released California Nights in the same week too. Truly a great week. I was so happy to have heard them soundcheck while we were in America and then got to catch them properly over here too. The album is a bit less poppy than their last albums, which is good, just sounds a little more serious – the track I selected is one of my favourites of the album.

Best-Coast-California-Nights-2015Odesza x Zyra is not my usual cup of tea but I really like this so wanted to include it as a new discovery. I’m quite gutted I didn’t get to see them play at Coachella, even though it’s not my usual kind of music. I found it when a friend posted the Denali video on Facebook, which made me cry, but it ends on this track perfectly.

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Next up we have Jamie XX, I’m not the biggest fan of the whole album but I do really like the track he’s done with Romy on vocals so I have also included that.

Jamiexx.13Robert DeLong is also another anomaly in my music taste, it’s more dancey that I would usually like but he draws his inspirations from the same people I do and he uses some cool tech to play his music! I would love to go and see him play live. This is his latest track and he has a new album out soon.

11537529_1110113992335699_6222270027081883960_oFoals. Who doesn’t love Foals? I can’t wait for their album to arrive but for now I will play What Went Down on repeat…

Foals-Press-Shot-credit-Nabil-ElderkinEverything Everything – Their new album is mostly good! The singers voice is a bit like marmite in that some people really can’t listen to him but I don’t mind it – I think it works pretty well to make their sound distinctive. Zero Pharao is probably my favourite track on the album so here we go with it!

Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-15.24.57Laurel‘s Blue Blood is the track that I initially found her with. I adore this song and she’s rerecorded it with a full orchestra and released it as a single. I could not be happier. The rest of her tracks are just perfect too so certainly go and check them out if you enjoy this one. I’ve seen talk of an album so that’s exciting about that too.

Wavves x Cloud Nothings – I love Wavves, their albums are fantastic and after having seen a pretty gritty show in London I really admire them. I don’t know that much about Cloud Nothings but I really like this collaboration album that they’ve done so I am planning on checking them out soon.

Cloud-Nothings-WavvesI posted about Jack Garratt before on this blog. Read about it here. He is one of the best performers around so anyone getting the chance to see him live will be in for a treat.! He’s actually playing with MSMR soon which I would go and see if I could – if you can go, then do go. Weathered is a new track and his sound is definitely evolving so it should be a treat to see where he goes with it.

Jack-GarrattLastly we have Villagers. Their latest album Darling Arithmetic is wonderful. All three of their albums have different sounds and I love that this one is so personal to Conor O’brien and fuelled by something that’s so important to him. Soul Serene is my favourite track on this release. It’s just perfect, and the right way to end the playlist.

It’s just under an hour’s worth of listening, of music that I find brilliant. I hope you like it too. If anyone can think of anything I’d like please do send me some suggestions, I’d really like to have this music sharing thing become a community.