Watch This: Desire

Photo Credit - Platform Online

Photo Credit – Platform Online

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of BBC Radio 1 and their Live Lounge sessions. They take the top artists of the moment and give them a new / old / classic / fun song to cover. The results are always interesting and sometimes better than the original.

It spawned some of favourite covers, including Kygo and Parson’ James spin on Tove Lo’s ‘Habits’, The Maccabees, take on ‘Lean On’ by Major Lazer, James Bay’s spin on Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s ‘Four Five Seconds’ and Ed Sheeran with an old classic by Christina Aguilera, with ‘Dirrty’.

Rock band Wolf Alice recently took to the Live Lounge to cover one of my favourites, ‘Desire’ by Years and Years. The result was a stripped down, rock styled, haunting and ethereal take on the electro and synth packed original.

I can’t wait to hear more from Wolf Alice!

Monthly Mixtape: June

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Photo Credit – Unknown

It is that time again. My monthly mixtape for June has it’s leanings in deep house, drum and bass and tropical. As always, it features remixes of your favourite artists and some surprises I think you will love.

Think Raye, Years and Years, Childish Gambino, Lucian, Go Periscope, Memtrix, Alesso and many more. Enjoy it!

ps You can follow me on Soundcloud for more of my favourites and sneak peeks as to what I’m loving..

 

Interview: Capital Craft Festival

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Photo Credit – Laura Mccullagh

If I could be anywhere in South Africa this weekend, Capital Craft Beer Festival would be my first choice. The festival brings together old traditions and new experiences at Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria where beer discovery is blended with new and exciting musical acts. Sound good? I thought as much.

Musical acts include: Mr Cat & the Jackal, Gunshot Blue, The Black Cat Bones, George Town and many more I caught up with two brewers Everson’s Cider and Brewhogs Brewery to see what you can expect from them.

Everson’s Cider:

Explain how you became involved with the event and why you chose to be part of the Capital Craft Beerfest?

We have done business with and have known the organisers for a good while now and are pleased to be invited to this years festival.

What should people expect from Everson’s Cider at the festival?

Our usual range of real cider, smiles and the willingness to tune you back if you have any clever remarks about cider… We will also be including a special festival cider that will make even the biggest nay-ciders raise and eyebrow. Lets just say that its sweet, spicy and will put you on your ass.

What are you looking forward to about it?

The people of PTA are good people. People who like their drink and know how to party. We can’t wait to party with them!

Who are most excited to see perform and why?

The Black Cat Bones! Rock, funk and not giving a funk. We are big fans of grungy guitar licks with a folky swing and a bad attitude.

What are you currently working on and do you any projects you are excited about?

Mulled Cider is our winter cider and its served hot, and with a shot of spiced rum if you like. We know its sounds strange but it warms you up from the inside while a lingring taste of apple pie make you want more. We also have a new reserve cider about to be bottled, but that’s all you get for now.

Brewhogs Brewery:

Explain how you became involved with the event and why you chose to be part of the Capital Craft Beerfest?

Our Brewhogs beer has been available at Capital Craft since we first started brewing and we have enjoyed their support. They are the leading purveyors of craft beer in Pretoria and we see being part of this festival as being at the centre of the craft beer scene there.

What should people expect from Brewhogs Brewery at the festival?

We will have our four brands of beer there: our Premium Pilsener, best-selling Red Lager, our India Pale Lager and Black IPL. We look forward to showing people that a lager can be just as exciting as any other craft beer.

What are you looking forward to about it?

Meeting the local craft beer drinkers and educating them about our beers and showing them that there is so much more to lagers than they currently might believe.

What are you currently working on and do you any projects you are excited about?

We are currently developing a Maroela Ginger Beer. It is going to be a wonderful different product

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