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RATING: ★★★★★

Meet Lifelust, the Cardiff based four piece that you should all have your eyes on, and I am simply here to tell you why…

‘Nadir’, the debut single from the metal outfit, was released on January 1st, a truly generous gift to stylishly shift us all into the beckoning New Year. Ironically ‘Nadir’, which translates as ‘rock bottom’ or an ‘all-time low’, is not exactly the future that I see waiting on the near horizon for Lifelust.

Just like a predator hunting its prey, ‘Nadir’ pounces on the listener after a tension-riddled build up, and in this case, even twenty seconds is not enough to prepare the listener for what follows. A well balanced amalgamation of progressive metal and hardcore, the introductory riff is sure to leave your ears bleeding and your head pounding  in the most alluring of ways, all seasoned with an undeniably infectious groove.

Cliché descriptions aside, the overall execution is one which forms a feeling of sweet, sweet satisfaction as it is of the highest quality for a debut single and strikingly close to those already reigning progressive genres. Every element, be it the atmospheric leads dwindling behind the heaviness or the throaty melodic vocals that are much welcomed mid-way,  is added in moderation and with clear attention to detail, making the song as compelling as it is impressive from start to finish.

My only critique would be that there simply is not enough of it, therefore, I will be highly anticipating what is to come… Kudos Lifelust.













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Here’s just a slight glimpse of what I have been enjoying this month…




For fans of: Kojo Funds, Dave, Mostack

As an avid music fan, it is a personal goal of mine to discover new music and artists as often as I possibly can, daily preferably. Despite the amount of music you listen to or the genres you delve into, each listener will find sparks in different artists dependent on various factors like relatability, lyrics, beats, etc. However, this ‘spark’, so to speak, is exactly what makes finding new music so exciting and the biggest spark I have come across recently was when discovering London rapper Knucks.

Knucks resides in a league of his very own, serving us modern rap with a clever retro twist. ‘Vows’ portrays the rapper’s audacious boyish charm, similar to likes of AJ Tracey,  fused with an authentic jazz inspired sound that acts as a nostalgic time machine, taking anyone that listens to a past musical era. With UK rap and R’n’B being as well received as it is currently, artists like Knucks will have no problem standing out from the crowd.

Future releases from Knucks will be very highly anticipated, no doubt.


For fans of: AJ Tracey, K-Trap, Harlem Spartans

Similar to Knucks, Croydon rapper SL is proving to be a contender in the UK music scene with his latest single ‘Tropical’ which was released on December 25th, 2017; quite the Christmas present. Again, my favourite part about SL’s sound is that he has taken such a relevant sound and added an innovative twist which sets him apart from the rest of the rather saturated crowd.

Grime is often perceived as an intimidating or even aggressive genre, which is why the unlikely contrast of the minimal and mellow music works so well behind SL’s daring lyrics. The future seems very bright for the young rapper, I can only hope that we see more of this.


For fans of: Daniel Caesar, Miguel, Kehlani

It’s important to remix mostly because sometimes you have to be sure that there is no better version of you to be attained… and then sometimes you realise that there are definitely better versions to be attained, and you have to get in and attack those moments. Commit yourself to being something better.(SZA)

Whether this recent reflection from SZA is talking about music or something much much deeper, the meaning rings true. Experimentation can go wrong, but it can also go so right and the latter can definitely be said for the recent remix of SZA’s hit ‘The Weekend’ by Calvin Harris. This version exposed SZA’s well-known R’n’B sound to an infectious funk flare that has recently come to the mainstream eye through the likes of Bruno Mars and Tuxedo. While her original hit is an incredible song by itself, this remix proves that a better (or different) version of you really can be attained through a different outlook.


For fans of: Lotto Boyzz, Big Tobz, Nafe Smallz

Donning the sound that is currently booming from the streets of London, Belly Squad have fused the best of Afrobeat with UK rap elements, a sound which is sure to catapult the trio into the forefront of the musical limelight in the coming year.

Recent release ‘Lifestyle’ is the epitome of an infectious club classic that is sure to grow in popularity throughout the coming year. With one listen of this track, you will certainly be humming along to the chorus and reaching for a beer (trust me, I was).


For fans of: Dabbla, Hopsin, Verb T

If you’re a fan of lyrical content, then this is the one for you. A perfect collaboration between UK rap heavyweights Jam Baxter and Ed Scissor, ‘Excellent Donut’ will leave you feeling reflective as the clever musical poetry poured into the music sinks into your mind.

With much of the music that I have recently discovered or is currently in the mainstream charts, it is clear to see that lyrical content often goes overlooked or is viewed as not as important as aspects such as melody and beats. Jam Baxter and Ed Scissor, however, are a much needed reminder that lyrical poetry is still very much present in modern music as a beautiful art form of its own.

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For fans of: Mallory Knox, Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis

The fifth teaser unveiled for the much anticipated third studio album ‘Technology’ from Bedford based four piece Don Broco, ‘Come Out To LA’ is the perfect representation of why the rock scene needs bands like this. Rather than following the crowd with their sound or visuals for that matter, Don Broco are experimenting with electronic influences, pop choruses as well as hard rock heaviness to create something completely new and exciting.

With such a broad genre as Rock, it is extremely easy to get lost in the crowd, especially with how rapidly fan bases can be cultivated in modern times, however, Don Broco, as well as others such as Enter Shikari, are just a few acts that threaten to be here for a long time. Here’s to February 2nd!


For fans of: Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J

In these unfavourable winter months when the days are short and the weather is far, far too cold, sometimes relaxing just needs to be on the agenda which is why this song has landed into my favourites this month.

‘It’s a Vibe’ is a track that should be a favourite of any R’n’B lover because it really is a ‘fits all’ sort of song. Whether you’re relaxing by yourself after a hard day or getting some drinks in before a heavy night, this song will set the tone perfectly and makes you want to sing along in a world of your own.


For fans of: Kano, Giggs, Wretch 32

With the uprise of grime in the UK mainstream, it is unbelievable that an artist like Ghetts has been so undeservedly overlooked, however, ‘Know My Ting’ featuring hot topic Shakka stands to shake up the game.

In comparison to a large number of grime records released within the last year, Ghetts serves us something that truly stands out as unique and even catchy with it’s repetitive hooks.


For fans of: J Hus, MIST, Kojo Funds

Mostack is just one of the many British artists catapulting ‘Afrobeat’ and UK R’n’B into the musical forefront which has caught the attention of many.

‘Let It Ring’ features such a relevant sound in current UK music and proves to be much of a modern club classic which comes as no surprise when listening to its catchy and repetitive chorus. Even one listen will leave you humming along.


For fans of: Holding Absence, Noija, Glass Tides

The black horse of my five favourite songs for January, Parting Gift are post-hardcore newcomers based in Manchester that threaten to take over the UK rock scene. ‘In Mind’ instantly evokes emotion due to the contrast of its soft reflective verses and chaotic, pleading choruses.

As cliche as it is to say, ‘In Mind’ takes the listener on a journey through which different thoughts and feelings are provoked. Rather than being consistent, the song progresses and retracts, which is reflective of the troubled lyrics. There is a certain power when a song is so convincing to its listeners and this is a power which Parting Gift have in the bag.

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For fans of: Not3s, Avelino, WSTRN

Within the last few months, Shakka has been making his presence recognised in the UK R’n’B/Afrobeat scene through many collaborations with artists such as Not3s, Wretch 32, Ghetts, Young Thug and many, many more. Shakka has fallen into my January favourites as he is one to watch in 2018, an artist that I am finding very interesting watching grow musically. He is living proof that innovation is alive in modern music as he brings a distinctive sound to the table with an energy that is certainly infectious.

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‘No Drama’ Not3s Feat. Shakka

‘I Heart The Weekend’



For fans of: Tom Misch, Casisdead, Rejjie Snow

Another exciting career that is developing right before our eyes is that of Loyle Carner, a UK ‘Hip-Hopper’ with an authentic neo-soul touch that differentiates the rapper from his competition. Having been nominated for a Mercury award in 2017, alongside various other awards, Carner has been the topic of conversation in the music world and you can bet this is just the tip of the iceberg for the artist.

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‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’

‘Crazy Dream’ Tom Misch Feat. Loyle Carner



For fans of: RAY BLK, Stefflon Don, Not3s

Without a doubt, Mabel has been one of the stand-out stars of 2017, with ‘Finders Keepers’ dominating every club, shop and radio station in the UK. Having been brought up by parents that have already had a fulfilled and successful career in the music industry, many would feel that there are massive shoes to be filled, however, Mabel takes it all within her stride and uses her parents as drive to become one of the biggest modern stars in the world, and she is very much so on her way there.

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‘Finders Keepers’ Feat. Kojo Funds

‘Fine Line’ Feat. Not3s


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Of all the music and great artists that I have come across in my lifetime, David Bowie is completely one-of-a-kind. Vulnerable yet confident, intriguing, mysterious, inspiring, unique… genius.

I was always aware of Bowie’s presence and impact in music, however, it wasn’t until I was sixteen years of age that I became curious to know what really made one of the most influential musicians of all time. Little did I know that this newfound curiosity was going to pay off as one of the biggest learning curves of my musical journey.

At the time I was in the middle of writing a dissertation for a performance course that I was taking which delved into the subject of ‘Does image and attitude detract from the importance of music?’. As the rather musically narrow-minded teen that I once was, my answer prior to any research on the subject would have been yes, image and attitude does detract from the importance of music.

My reasoning behind this thought process was that publicity seen in magazines, newspapers and social media from the likes of Justin Bieber or similar figures completely takes the attention away from what is truly important, the music. However, I soon realised that maybe, just maybe, modern mainstream genres were not the best cases to be generalising and drawing conclusions from.

That is when, in much desperation, I stumbled across the documentary ‘Sound and Vision’ which touched on the particularly colourful career of Bowie and the many personas that he undertook. In just under an hour and a half, it seems, my mind was exposed to something so much more meaningful than what you see in the tabloids. Something extremely special.

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What I’m really trying to say here is that, in discovering Bowie my faith in music and artists was renewed. Just that slight bit of research into his career and creations made me realize that there is a total other world out there beyond the mainstream and those that try to reject the mainstream.

There is no agenda. It is all simply about artistry.

After all, David Bowie is and was all about the beauty of art; the incorporation of various creative mediums in order to convey something truly unique and compelling. It was never about strategically utilizing a striking image like that of Ziggy Stardust in order to shock or gain the attention of the public. The image was the music and the music was the image; two components that were not sold separately but only come as the whole package.

It also wasn’t about being cool, either.

Because let’s face it, Bowie was never cool (which ultimately made him a superior level of cool).

It was all about portraying these alien alter egos in a way in which the average person could understand and relate to -in a truly unforgettable fashion. It’s this truly unforgettable, stellar, unique, and enigmatic fashion which stole the hearts of us all and which provides the kind of immortality that only the most spectacular beings could ever achieve.

Rest in peace, Starman.

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My Top Picks…

    1. Let’s Dance (Let’s Dance – 1983)
    2. Life On Mars (Hunky Dory – 1971)
    3. Oh! You Pretty Things (Hunky Dory – 1971)
    4. Starman (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – 1972)
    5. Cracked Actor (Aladdin Sane – 1973)





New Years Eve is a special time of year because it is dedicated to having a good time despite the year you’ve had and despite the year that’s looming closely overhead. It’s all about embracing the moment, letting loose, over-indulging before those typical New Year’s resolutions kick in and celebrating whatever suits you.

New Year’s Eve is potentially one of my favourite events of the year and it is safe to say that without music, NYE really wouldn’t be much at all. Therefore, this has inspired me to put together a playlist showcasing some of my favourite party music in order to celebrate the ultimate party occasion.

On a day-to-day basis, I will listen to absolutely anything from heavy metal to soul, however, my favourite genres to delve into at parties or clubs is R’n’B and grime because these genres typically offer the best beats and most infectious hooks that you can’t help but sing along to.

This playlist offers party classics like ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West (which just so happens to be one of my favourite party anthems of all time), ‘P.I.M.P’ by 50 Cent and ‘All The Way Up’ by Fat Joe and it also offers newer club anthems from the likes of Drake, J HUS, Big Shaq and Tyga for those that prefer the modern side to rap and R’n’B.

No matter what your  plans are tonight, whether you’re working, staying in with family or partying like there’s no tomorrow, when the clock strikes 00:00 its a new chapter for us all so lets do it in style!

Here’s to the New Year!


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And here we are finally!
My number one favourite album of all time; and for those who really know me, this one is not a surprise at all.

David Bowie was inevitably going to fall into the number one position because in my opinion, no one compares. The hard part, though, was figuring out which album of his was my favourite because they all differ greatly in comparison.

As you can see, ‘The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ was the one that I have decided is the best in my eyes and while this may seem like a cliche answer but I do have my reasons.

Firstly, Ziggy Stardust is hands down the coolest character that has ever been created, and you know it. An androgynous and mysterious alter ego with a striking red mullet and the glitziest of skin tight uni-tards but regardless of what Ziggy Stardust looked like he would still be cool because of what he represents – and that is to simply be you and love being you.

As an openly bisexual figure in the music industry around the 1970’s, Bowie was one of the first to stand up and fight for, not only acceptance for himself, but so many other British youths who battled with hiding their true identities in what was such a sanctimonious society. This album signifies the start (or at least even had a small impact) of change in the thought processes of society which I feel is an extremely special thing.

Secondly, the album from ‘Five Days’ right through to ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ is the very definition of a masterpiece. Bowie had the rare talent of being able to catapult the listener into his very own world and when I listen to this album, I do find myself often lost among his stories and words.

This is an album I will most certainly treasure for my entire life.



‘Lady Stardust’

‘Ziggy Stardust’

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When it comes to music, one of the things I appreciate most is when an artist or band strays from the crowd and strives to create something completely original, or at least infuse their own style into a genre. This is something you will see is especially the case with my top two favourite albums.

Don Broco hit the UK music scene with a pretty standard hard rock album ‘Priorities’ in 2012, quickly becoming, somewhat, the sweethearts of British rock. Although an impressive debut album, what followed completely changed my thoughts on the four piece.

‘Automatic’ which was released in the summer of 2015 is exactly the rock album I had been waiting to stumble upon for years. It is the perfect fusion of pop and rock with an unexpected but much appreciated hint of funk that is bound to leave you mind-blown.

Album opener ‘Superlove’ braces the listener for the quirky, pop riddled anthems scattered throughout, while self-titled track ‘Automatic’ follows which is the closest thing to the ‘sound of summer’ that I have ever heard. There are also unexpected heartfelt ballads such as ‘What You Do To Me’ and ‘Nerve’ which are just as infectious and euphoric as the more upbeat numbers.

After what feels like the longest wait, Don Broco are finally unveiling their third studio album ‘Technology’ in February 2018, so if you like what you’ve read so far, the best is yet to come.


‘What You Do To Me’



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3. BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC (2016)


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If 24 karat gold is the purest form of gold then the same can be said of Bruno Mars and his 2016 release ’24k Magic’. He is of the purest form of modern musicians currently in the mainstream limelight and his music is nothing less than just right.

What differs this album to his previous releases ‘Orthodox Jukebox’ and ‘Doo-Wops and Hooligans’ is its clear homage to R’n’B throughout the ages and what is most impressive is that he manages to make it appeal to a younger audience that may not have been interested in this music otherwise.

Personally, I grew up around lots of R’n’B and Soul music of the mid 80’s to early 90’s such as New Edition and Boyz II Men so this release was like a refreshing hit of nostalgia from my childhood, except with the addition of the glitzy, luxurious and sexy finish that Mars is known for.

He has successfully encapsulated the ‘old school’ retro vibes throughout this stunning album, from the upbeat party tracks like self-titled track ’24k Magic’ and ‘That’s What I Like’ to the more thoughtful and typical ‘school dance’ slow songs like ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘Calling All My Lovelies’. Since the album’s release, Mars has been the subject of much speculation due to recreating a sound that was once so popular, but what’s to criticise about an artists passion towards their favourite music?



‘That’s What I Like’

‘Straight Up and Down’

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