John Fleming aka John 00 Fleming is gathering rewards as we speak, at the same time having a fresh track on his sleeves, newly released and quite potent, if I may say so. The Dj described Looking Back. To Look Forward. as “A dance floor friendly track” with nuances from the past. Listening to the original version, I get the feeling I’m listening to a classic beat, with a perfect closing that’s slowly but surely progressing from a catching-ear start. To me, it looks like we have a hit, ladies and gentleman!
Jan Blomqvist’s latest and brand-new album is this close to becoming available and officially out. The producer announced on his social media the name and date of the release, which is being celebrated with a soon to be album tour.
He named it “Disconnected”, which goes very well with Blomqvist’s nostalgic general vibe and music style. Twelve tracks are nicely packed together into what promises to be a very good treat for fans. Or for any other electro music lover. “Maybe Not” and “Our Broken Mind Embassy” have made the jump, being the two tracks chosen to be the tease before the release. We also have a music video, which makes things so much more exciting. The album is set to be out this Friday, 5th October.
A few days ago saw on my Facebook feed a 20-meter high sculpture by hand crochet tent, created by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Net and placed inside Zurich’s main train station – little I knew about its actual purpose. As it turns out, music and architectural design mashed into one beautiful project meant to serve for a debut scene and a wonderful meeting point. For this project Nordstern Basel and Fondation Beyeler collaborated with the newly formed music band, Lost Souls of Saturn to create a special moment. Lost Souls of Saturn is a duo consisting of none other than producer Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa. The two of them are no stranger at working together, as Troxler had several collabs with the sound scientist Moffa, who is known for his ‘out of this world’ ambient works. As for Troxler, it kind of shook me into my chair. The DJ is publicly seen as being a sensual type of artist, so this comes as a big surprise. And to close this little note, the event happened on July 12th with a little over an hour long live debut. You can watch and listen to the whole set here.
Ben Böhmer is back at it with brand new masterpieces from the electronic music world, all packed nicely into an already adored and simple titled EP – “Dive”. The producer has had his first ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1 from ‘Morning Falls’ era, which I guess made everyone wait with much anticipation a next successful craft, which is what happened. Released 6th July 2018, the new EP has the perfect playlist to listen to keep you company whenever and wherever. “Vale” and “Dive” are two tracks the German musician has been showing off, and I do not blame him. “Vale” or “see you again” is one beautiful track, where joy and a hint of sadness come together and blend into a smooth journey. Featuring vocals of Margret, ‘Dive’ is a dreamy like experience after which the abstract ‘Sonnenallee’ follows. Even before the official release of this new EP, fans already had a taste thanks to Anjunadeep mixes – a perfect tease before the actual “out now”.
Only last year Gorillaz were back with a much-awaited album after nearly seven years of being in a latent state. The new album, released 28th April and called Humanz, dropped like a gift from the sky, yet nobody could predict how fast a next album would follow. And yet, after nearly one year from Gorillaz’s comeback, a brand new album happened AGAIN. “The Now Now” is set for release into the world on June the 29th. It brings with it lesser collaborations (or so I’ve heard), which is nor good or bad. To have a taste of what’s about to follow, four delicious tracks and a music video made the official debut. I remember ‘Fire Flies’ has been the first for me to listen, followed by ‘Lake Zurich’, ‘Sorcerez’ and last, ‘Humility’. I can only say it feels very summery and chill. All four tracks carry a mix of enchantment, sex-appeal, sensuality, smoothness and nostalgy. I’m all for inhaling these vibes.
South Korean boy band BTS for the second time on the red carpet at Billboard Awards seems to me like an ethereal experience. The group released just in time for the awards their Fake Love track from Love Yourself album, released May the 18th. I have already pressed the replay button countless times on their music video, but let’s talk more about what happened at the Billboards. The boys took home the award for Top Social Artist for the second year in the row and even performed on stage (wow-yes!; and yeah, I’ve watched that too), achieving a well-deserving first K-pop act to ever perform at the BBMAs. That’s an awesome way to spend your time at such an event as Billboard Awards; the boys can only be proud of such success, which now they can share with the supportive fan base, aka Army.
Fashion-wise, I have to start with Jin. He looked impeccable on the red carpet, wearing a shirt, tie, vest and matching pants next to white sneakers. Very cool, effortless yet fashionable. This look suits him like a glove. As a group, the band gave out a chill vibe, with casual shirts, jeans, white sneakers, belts, and scarfs. Jimin, RM and J-hope changed the sneakers for loafers, adding diversity to the general look. Love them!
Swiss pop-rock band Pegasus is back with a new single from their latest album, ‘Beautiful Life’. To celebrate the release, the guys have made a music video to go along with the poetic lyrics of their song, Metropolitans. “While somebody is dreaming, dreaming of someone like you…” and a whole bunch of tantalizing words and sentences make the song quite a motivating material for anybody who might need a lil push in a blurry day. As for the music video, I can’t get over the train ride (or is it a metro?) which seems to take place above the city drawn in lights in the darkness of the evening. Can’t wait to hear more from this new album, which so far got me hooked thanks to a good vibe selection with mellow tunes and powerful words.
A voice with a goose bump effect, penetrating eyes, and thick dreads – that’s Natia Todua, concurrent on The Voice Of Germany 2017, who came to win last night a much-deserved award, being the finalist of this year on the German reality talent show. It took a whole lot of work, songs, and hard notes to help the majority of the audience decide on the one from the initial four finalists, Anna Heimrath, BB Thomaz, Benedikt Kostler and herself, Natia Todua. Before being left in the hands of the voters, all four contestants had to win the hearts of this edition’s extraordinaire jury, formed by singer and songwriter Mark Forster, Sunrise Avenue’s frontman Samu Haber, Smudo and Michi Beck from Die Fantastischen Vier and the wonderful Yvonne Catterfeld.
The finale brought big stars into the game, to pair with each contestant for the Duet with Guest Artist battle, and let me tell you, this was tough. Beth Ditto came to perform her gorge track, ‘We Could Run’, in a harmonious embrace of voices, coming from herself and the soon-to-be a winner, Natia Todua. Rita Ora performed her latest track, ‘Anywhere’, alongside Benedikt Kostler’s deep voice. Anna Heimrath and James Blunt sang ‘Don’t Give Me Those Eyes’, while BB Thomaz and Kelly Clarkson gave the audience ‘Love So Soft’. Before being titled as a winner, Tania had judge Samu Haber on her side when the four contestants went through the Coach-Duett battle. Last but not the least worthy battle from the show, Coverversion, pushed once again each of the four finalists, to be on their A game.
Congrats to all contestants and to Natia Todua for her big win!
MAMA Awards 2017 took place yesterday in Hong Kong, and boy, was it thrilling! I’ve been all embraced with my laptop, surfing from one page to another just to keep up with everything that was happening, from the red carpet arrivals to the last award on stage. Trust me, no other soap opera and especially award shows, none have made my pink heart beat as fast as it did yesterday.
This edition has felt like a change of scene, almost as if the queens and kings that ruled the Mnet Asian Music Awards stage years in a row were this time nowhere in sight. Another major change is MAMA‘s decision to host this year’s edition in three separate locations: Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam, Osaka – Japan and Hong Kong. Artists such as Twice, Wanna One, Exo-CBX and few other more have been awarded in Japan.
Fashion-wise, I loved everything about Song Ji-hyo’s look, the actress and TV host showing off her sophisticated side in a slight cut-out dress, matched by perfect makeup and straight hair.
As for who won what, the awards brought sometimes surprised, overwhelmed faces on stage, partially thanks to the controversy happening prior to the event regarding the votes. Both Exo and BTS, the two main male groups preferred by fans for the big awards, received, let’s say, equal gratification for their hard work, with Exo winning the album of the year award and BTS receiving just right after their glorious performance, full of sweat and out of breath, their artist of the year award.
Twice won Song Of The Year award for “Signal”.
New Asian Artist award went to NCT 127.
The very lovely duo band Bolbbalgan4 won Best Group Vocal Performance.
Best Female Group went to Red Velvet.
There are obviously way more awards, I’m just mentioning the ones that caught my attention. It could also be that I’m in a hurry to finish this so I can search through my fridge for something tasty.
‘Whatever Happens’, a Deutsche romantic drama, starring Sylvia Hoeks and Fahri Yardim, had its premiere yesterday, in Berlin. I’m writing about it because I loved the trailer and the two songs featured in it. But before I get to the music part, it’s all about the plot first. Out of all things Hannah, played by Hoeks and Julian, played by Yardim, end up sharing the same apartment as roommates. Obviously, they end up in love with each other and things get complicated because love IS complicated, especially when it’s happening out of nowhere, right in the middle of your future plans. So Whatever Happens.
French music duo AaRON is responsible for giving complexity to the movie with their 2015 release, Blouson Noir. Second in line is L’aupaire with one of their next releases, Waterfall.
The movie is going to be in the cinema starting November 30, 2017.
BTS’s Army’s wishes had been granted yesterday, when the 7 members – Jin, Rap Monster, Jungkook, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Suga arrived on the red carpet, ahead of their performance for AMAs 2017. Perfectly styled for their appearance and posing together, I think this event, highly public, was way easier for them to handle than their Billboard Awards show-up. This time around, all the 7 members looked more relaxed and a tiny bit more at ease with their exciting task.Embed from Getty Images
More than one person appearance seemed to be the norm on the red carpet, Diana Ross’s supporting large family being the best example to mention. The artist rocked an outfit larger than life and an even bigger hat, metaphorically speaking, really in tune with the award she was there to receive – A lifetime achievement award and a tribute video doesn’t sound bad at all. She rocked the stage as well, with the help of her nephews, and by now nobody truly knows which side was the real star – the singer or her dapper grandkids.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Fashion wise I have to say I loved Pink’s grapefruit pink tulle gown, playfully touched by a few floral appliqués on the corset of the dress. A second favorite is a piece worn by Issues singer, beautiful Julia Michaels. Similar to Pink’s dress, but oh, so very different in the vibe it gives. I love the creative approach the designer took in filling the space inside the cut-out portion of the dress, which happens to be right in the middle of the chest. EDM duo group, Chainsmokers, took their red carpet looks to another level, both of them sporting well-fitted suits, with Alex rocking the tartan and Andrew the black.
Last but not least, my heart skipped a beat, or more, at the sight of Jessie James pregnant silhouette. Body goals, that’s what she inspires, among other good things, such as good hair nice makeup, great pose.Embed from Getty Images
Switzerland’s biggest indoor music event, Energy Star Night, opened its gate once again, at Hallenstadion, in Zurich, on Friday, November 17 to party it up, entertaining a good number of about 13.000 music lovers with international artists and country’s most beloved music groups and singers.
The night did not miss out on emotional moments, especially when the organizers brought from the street on stage to perform a talented street musician, named Jakula Ondra, from Poland. Newcomer of the year moment is also an emotional one, in particular for the winner, Swiss artist Nemo.
Good music made it from the stage to the crowd, coming from American singer artist Anastacia, UK artist Anne-Marrie who performed the well-known track Rockabye and the very talented Mark Forster, who’s come all the way from Germany to perform his energizing track ‘Chöre’. Switzerland’s darling Luca Hänni performed ‘Purple Rain’ in a duet with Jontsch. Swiss group Baba Shrimps, Finnish band Sunrise Avenue, French Dj duo Ofenbach, Alex Aiomo, Berlin-based Dj Alle Farben and Swiss duo Remedy & Manu-L performed as well.
The crowd received the very best ending, in a Swiss kind of way, with none other than Swiss rap duo Lo & Leduc performing on stage.
Photo Credit to @Ramona Betschart on Instagram
This time I was beforehand informed on the date The 18th Latin Annual Grammy Awards is going to take place, and finally, it has yesterday. I’m here to gush a bit about what happened on the red carpet and I’ll start off by complimenting this guy’s outfit. Hat and jacket matching nicely and I love how he used the jewelry.Embed from Getty Images
Singer Mon Laferte styled her gorgeous hair in perfect waves, but more her makeup with the whole upper eyelid covered in brown-orange eyeshadow sets her apart from everyone else. She’s also the very first Chilean female artist to win a Grammy Award. Her song “Amárrame” made to the top of the best alternative Latin song. Congratulations!Embed from Getty Images
Finally, it’s Maluma baby. Can we all agree on how handsome is this man? I think we can. Outfit: of course is on point. Small side note: hair is a bit funny styled at the top. Or perhaps I am the one out of sink with what’s happening trend-wise on the men’s hairstyle department. Other than that, Maluma is looking fabulous.Embed from Getty Images
Artist Diplo and Dj Steve Aoki joined in for the fun. And J Balvin showed up with neon green hair and orange sunglasses. Whatever floats your boat, J Balvin!Embed from Getty Images
OMG! I’m having a crush on ‘the one in the middle’. The band is named CNCO.Embed from Getty Images
One of the best dresses seen on the red carpet, if not the very best, is the one Camila Cabello choose for the Latin Grammys. Delicate, girly and soft. Love it!Embed from Getty Images
Actress Emeraude Toubia looked stylish and ready for the party in a sequin blue dress.Embed from Getty Images
Ok, I’m done!
You might know by now how much French Dj Yuksek loves doing remixes, and that has been proven many times. Besides bringing to the world his own tracks in which he invests a lot of his time – his latest album took him about two years to full completion, the DJ gives his own flavor to quality tracks of various artists aligned with the vibe. Same happened today, when a new remix was released, this time on one of the tracks from Bertrand Burgalat, French producer & songwriter. This new remix hasn’t touched much from Burgalat’s style, keeping the beauty of the original track, but making it sound more modern and energized.
North is the last EP released by Finnish Dj Yotto, packed with five Finland’s rural landscape-inspired works. North is also the title of one the tracks, released to the public on October 6, when the whole album has made its way out in the world. Yotto is known for the quality of his craft, if we only mention the unprecedented five Pete Tongs’s ‘Essential New Tunes’ on BBC Radio 1.
I loved the new track and I still do. It makes for a perfect tune when you all you need is something soothing. I guess we can blame on Finland. Can we really?