Monthly Mixtape: May

Photo Credit - Unknown

Photo Credit – Unknown

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

Think AlunaGeorge, Clavin Harris, Tracy Chapman, Oh Wonder, Dotan, Adventure Club, Erik Hassle 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: TheCity

Photo Credit - Deirdre Hewitson

Photo Credit – Deirdre Hewitson

TheCity is one of the most exciting up and coming bands that I have heard in a very long time. They are making waves on the scene with the release of their debut EP, ‘The City‘. I caught up with the band to discover how they met and what is in store.

Keep an eye out for them, I am expecting big things!

How did the band meet?

We met while working on other music projects and through music college where we all studied.

Why did you pick the band name?

A city is where people with different backgrounds meet to share similar interests whether it be education or the arts or to be a part of a spiritual or political movement so it just felt apt.

How would you describe your sound?

Future Afro- a blend of soul, electronica and afrobeats.

Who are your musical influences?

Brenda Fassie, Little Dragon, D’Angelo amongst many.

Who does the song writing? And do you have main themes or topics for most of the songs?

We all write together. Someone presents a basic idea which we flesh out. Even Reuben our drummer writes songs with us. The main themes running through our EP are love and aspiration.

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on your EP?

We have a set of songs which we perform live, the ones on the EP we think represents the different facets of what we are about, best.

Do you have a favourite track off the EP? If so, why is it your favourite?

Long For You is our favourite. It has a strong evocative vocal and we all get to do cool stuff with our instruments haha.

Did you do anything off the wall whilst in studio?

Haha no we’re pretty serious when we’re working and our sessions were on the clock so we had to get to business. There were a couple of all-nighters though!

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

We would very much like to be a part of bringing this beautiful but segregated young industry together and help make heritage cool while adding something unique to the live music scene.

Last but not least, what is next for The City?

We’re planning a tour to Jozi and Durbs, so look out for us in your town! We’ve also started working on our full length album which will be out early next year.

Watch This: Lean On

Photo Credit - When the Gramophone Rings.

Photo Credit – When the Gramophone Rings

It’s no secret that I have long since been 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 George Ezra’s cover of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’, Chvrches take on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’, Hozier taking on Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ and James Bay’s spin on Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s ‘Four Five Seconds’

My old favourites, The Maccabees, recently took ‘Lean On’ by Major Lazer and gave it their unique twist. The result? A spectacularly soul stirring rendition that they made entirely their own.

It has me wishing they would release it and make available to buy.

Which do you prefer?