New Music: Vallis Alps

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I recently stumbled upon Vallis Alps on Soundcloud and fell in love. Their ethereal and haunting sound is reminiscent of London Grammar meets the XX.

Their, recently launched, self titled EP is something magical. The first song, ‘Young’, is catchy, dreamy and will have you hooked and is, without a doubt, a standout, but the slower, more glitchy, piano heavy and rather melancholy songs ‘Oh!’ and ‘Thru’ are gems in their own right.

I have a feeling this year is going to see the Seattle based duo, David and Parissa, make their mark, so keep an eye out for them!

Listen To This: Let The River In

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There is something simply magical about Nicolas Haelg’s remixes and with chill and tropical house becoming increasingly popular and me needing to fill avoid left by having every single Kygo remix and song available, I was on the hunt for new music.

I stumbled upon his and EigenARTig’s remix of ‘Something About You’ by Dom Rosenfeld and fell in love. From then on wards I was hooked, I have had Haelg on repeat for most of this week and absolutely adore each new remix and original song.

The ‘Let The River In’ remix is a little bit older but nonetheless it still has mass appeal. Dotan’s song has been given an melodic and uplifting accompaniment and it is impossible not to love.

New Year: New Blog

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To be entirely honest, writing this post is a bit of a shock, I recently updated my hosting and discovered that I lost all Musical Mover & Shaker’s content, yes absolutely everything. While the company did what they could, there was no backup to be found. That is my fault but I have decided that if there is any time for a fresh start, albeit a completely surprising and sad one, this would be it.

It is in that spirit that I have redesigned the blog, changed the name to something a little more catchy and am starting afresh. Something that is filling me with excitement, rather than trepidation.

I can’t begin to thank everyone who was involved with the old blog, the list is endless, from musicians, publicists and the readers from across the world who helped nurture my love of music and expose me to so much local and international talent. The opportunities I was afforded over the years are immeasurable and I am so thankful for the very many incredible years I had, which also helped launched my writing and social media management career.

That said, it’s a new year and a new blog and time to start again!

I can’t wait to share all my new music finds with you all. Hope you enjoy it!

Gabi x

Listen To This: King by Years & Years

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My favourites from last year, Years & Years, have just released their new single, ‘King’ and it is as spectacular as expected. Think shimmering synths, a chorus you won’t be able to get out of your head and Olly’s sad tinged pop soulfulness.

I discovered Years & Years late last year and rushed to buy everything I could get my hands on. Their latest single is reminiscent of the new electro / pop feel the threesome has mastered with their previous radio ready hit, ‘Desire’ and ‘King’ will no doubt follow to be a chart topper.

I really love their direction and can’t wait for their debut album to be released, with gems like ‘Memo’  that don’t fail to move you and covers and nostalgic mashups like ‘Breathe’ by Blu Cantrall are sure to make for an interesting mix of genres and overall sound. Enjoy!

You can pre-order it here: po.st/KingFB

ps Did I mention if you sign up to their mailing list you will receive a free download of ‘Take Shelter’ & ‘Memo’? Trust me, it’s worth it!