After waking up with a slight temperature yesterday, I decided to call in sick and spend the day wallowing in bed trying to recover before my arch nemesis in FIFA and joint favourite Jafarzadeh, Ryan, cruises to Cardiff for the week. It’s been a long time coming this reunion; having not been home since my […]Read more "Breakfast #1 – Banana Buckwheat Pancakes With Cacao Nibs"
The summer of 2012 has been a titillating one from start to finish; we had the heroics of Team GB and London 2012, which included me and Ben sitting in the nosebleeds during Dream Team Mk.2’s record breaking tally win against Nigeria, notwithstanding the Nigerian point guard that completely shattered James Harden’s ankles into a […]Read more "Summer Mixtape – ‘J’-Side"
Is this blog too cool for Justin Bieber? or is Justin Bieber too cool for us? While we’re asking questions, remember when everyone was asking what’s going to happen when JB’s balls drop? Now we know; he grows up, starts freestyling and puts out records reminiscent of ‘Justified.’ His brand spanking new single ‘Boyfriend’ was […]Read more "Justin Bieber – Boyfriend"
”I’m not sure if it’s love anymore, but I’ve been thinking of you fondly for sure. Remember what your heart is for.” I’m sure everyone under the sun has heard the age old saying, ‘too many cooks spoil the broth;’ this phrase might be spot on most of the time, but there’s a glaring exception, […]Read more "Los Campesinos! – By Your Hand"
‘’Watching all our friends fall, in and out of old Paul’s, this is my idea of fun…Playing video games.’’ There just so happens to be a playlist on my iTunes entitled ‘Smooth,’ which features everything that would be pleasant to listen to sat on a the edge of the Italian Riviera. I’m not going to […]Read more "Lana Del Rey – Video Games"
I couldn’t even recall the sheer volume of times that I’ve heard a cool song on an advert and immediately enlisted the help of my home-boy ‘Google’ to find out what the track is, then download it and have it on repeat for days on end. Well this occurrence happened when I saw the latest […]Read more "Cults – Go Outside (The 2 Bears Remix)"
Remember that short period when singer-songwriters seemed to be popping up seven times faster than the average rap mixtape? What a strange time that was. It was like all these closet performers just decided that it was their time, got themselves into their favourite deep V/cardigan/jeans combination and jumped into any recording studio they could find. We […]Read more "James Morrison; Right By Your Side"
“Music was my side chick, but now we’re moving in together” A heavy judgemental eye is always shadowed on actors or actresses who branch out and try and express their creativity in other entertainment worlds – but for Donald Glover – this wasn’t his first time. Citing 30 rock writer, award winning stand up comedian […]Read more "Childish Gambino; Freaks, Geeks and others"
To celebrate VY-NLY’s 1 month birthday, we had an idea, instead of receiving presents, we would rather celebrate by dishing them out. So after meticulously trawling the web, we’ve found some super-duper free, fresh music and collated it all together (with a pretty bow on top;) as our gift to you. Enjoy! A-Trak’s Minimix for […]Read more "VY-NLY – Free Music"
Considering we’ve already reviewed Bombay Bicycle Club’s new single – ‘Shuffle’ once already, it seems inane to do so again. But now the band have made a video for said single, it’s worth our time and yours to spread it around; The video is one of those, ‘let’s be different and film ourselves when we’re […]Read more "Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (Official Video)"
‘’Are you from Wu-Tang? Then why’s your face ghost?’’ After discovering Hoodie Allen earlier, the natural thing to do was YouTube everything that he had ever put out. But one recurring theme was emerging; YouTube is actually awash with Hoodie Allen v Sam Adams v Mac Miller v Rob Twizz videos, for lack of better […]Read more "Hoodie Allen – The Chase is On"
Every time I hear an Adele track (someone like you aside) I always think to myself, this could do with a funky disco rework. A funky disco rework is exactly what Belgian based Moonlight Matters (Sebastiaan Vandevoorde, previously of Villa) has done to Adele’s smash hit ‘Set Fire to the Rain.’ The house beat is […]Read more "Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (Moonlight Matters remix)"
I don’t understand how anyone can choose to ‘dislike’ this song on YouTube. You have to be pretty gutsy to try and cover one of the – dare I say – most popular Nirvana or even Alternative Rock classics of all time, but Malaysian born Yuna proves that anything, with a little charm, is possible. […]Read more "Yuna; Come As You Are"
‘’He shot himself-self, there’s blood on the wall,‘cause he couldn’t face the truth” If Yuck were dipped in a sugar coated mixture and hung out to dry in the Californian sun, and the Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock took over on vocals, then you would have Grouplove; a pop induced alternative five piece from L.A. They […]Read more "Grouplove – Colours"
When listening to DOM, I immediately think “Black Kids”, and a little of “The Naked And Famous”. Coming from Massachusetts, New England, they bring with them, lighthearted, tuneful, danceable pop, which at points,emphasises the synthesiser as the indispensable instrument modern music has been built upon. DOM have been sitting in my music library for some […]Read more "DOM / Living In America"
I may just change my name to “Brooklyn” by deed poll, as every band that I truly fall in love with originates from that very place, or just around the corner. There came a point where I couldn’t listen to a band unless they were from New York’s second largest district, and to be perfectly […]Read more "The Antlers/Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out."
Phillidelphia based duo ‘Chiddy Bang‘ have been on a hot streak since their arrival on the hip-hop scene back in 2009. Their debut release ‘Opposite of Adults‘, a track cleverly named and pieced together sampling MGMT‘s ‘Kids’, gained instant notoriety within the blogosphere and backed by their care free-attitude and effortless swag, they have continued […]Read more "Chiddy Bang; Mind Your Manners"
”Let’s visit the gardens, the river the parks, I’ll bring it to your eyes, delivered hearts.” It’s rare since I’ve heard three polished burgeoning talents on the same track, but the beautiful ‘Flying Overseas’ from Theophilus London which includes Devonte Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) and Solange Knowles on vocals definitely showcases some up and coming stars. If […]Read more "Theophilus London – Flying Overseas feat. Devonte Hynes & Solange Knowles"
‘’Leaves are always falling from the trees, I think see my future in the leaves.’’ Emma Lee Moss AKA Emmy The Great is back with her sophomore album – Virtue, and from first impressions, it’s a stunner. She clearly hasn’t been dormant since releasing her critically acclaimed debut title First Love in 2009, an album […]Read more "Emmy The Great – Dinosaur Sex"
Armed with catchy drums and colourful synth, I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and assume MGMT has had a huge influence over their music. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with them and their sound, I just wanted to affirm that I should never adopt a sarcastic tone again. […]Read more "Foster The People; Thumbs up for synth"