My Top Tracks of 2014

2014 was an INCREDIBLE year for new music. Here are my top picks of the last year.

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CARIBOU – CAN’T DO WITHOUT YOU

Caribou is one of my favourite fellow Canadian music makers, and ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is a timeless, future classic, and mind blowing song.

 

LITTLE DRAGON – KILLING ME

Little Dragon has been one of my all time favourite band’s ever since dropping their debut self title LP in 2007. I eagerly await every one of their new releases, so it’s no surprise that Nabuma Rubberband was easily my most anticipated record of the year. As per usual, LD kills it with a handful of ‘anthemic’ gems, including Klapp Klapp, Uderbart, and Pretty Girls, …but Killing Me still hits me the hardest.

JUNGLE – TIME
 2014 was Jungle’s year. They erupted like a mythical volcano which seemingly came out of thin air. This band’s killer sound and rising status as one of the most interesting bands of the year puts me in awe. These guys have genius videos, and a fantastic sound that only brings joy to those who take the time to be seduced by  their carefully crafted music.

TĀLĀ – ALCHEMY

 T nestled her way deep into my heart this year. For me, she is the most inspiring and exciting fellow female producer/singer to come up this year. It’s very exciting to see a woman getting into some serious production, and start receiving all kind of love for her hard work. Her dark, yet uplifting, UK bass heavy electronic antics are right up my alley. The video is absolutely stunning too!
GLASS ANIMALS – HAZEY
Glass Animals is one of my new favourite bands. This song is like home made chocolate mint truffles melting in your mouth. GA, you are fucking loco, and I love it.
ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE – BOTTOM LINE ( FLAKO REMIX )
This song makes me want to sing and dance from the mountain tops. Mara TK’s voice is pure buttery goodness, and Flako’s production is stellar.

 

 

JAMIE XX – ALL UNDER ONE ROOF RAVING 
To my extreme delight, one of my favourite producers, Jamie XX dropped this nostalgic, dance heavy UK anthem in June. This track makes me lose my shit.
TEI SHI – BASSICALLY
When I first heard Tei Shi’s music I didn’t give it a second listen, BUT then she dropped this gem, which I think is GENIUS. Listen to this LOUD and get ready to exorcise your dancing demons. Looking forward to hearing more music from this rising songstress in the future.

 

JAZMINE SULLIVAN – DUMB ( FEAT. MEEK MILL )
Dumb is my top R&B/Hip Hop track of the year. On this ‘infidelity avenged’ anthem, Jazmine’s voice shines on top of a seriously neck breaking beat.
 IBEYI – OYA  
Discovering these two lovely French/Cuban twins was ever so refreshing. Their unique brand of ‘doom soul’ makes me feel like going into the forest to conduct a spiritual ceremony and connect with pacha mama’s true essence.
KAYTRANADA FEAT. SHAY LIA – LEAVE ME ALONE 
 I closely follow the work of my fellow Montrealer, Kaytranada.  I LOVE to see talented and genuine people finding success in this crazy music industry. I’m proud and thrilled to see his well deserved international success over the recent years. Leave Me Alone is one heavy 2014 DANCE anthem.
SZA – JULIA 
SZA destroys it with her throw back 80’s style and beautiful voice. Julia makes me want to dance in an empty farm barn while wearing a pink ballet Tutu.
 GIDGE – NORRLAND
This track is like hiking through a magical Swedish forest at sun rise with your loved ones.
FATIMA – DO BETTER ( PROD. BY FLAKO ) 
I’ve been following Fatima’s career since she attended RBMA a year after yours truly. Her voice shimmers  beautifully on top of Flako’s gorgeous production.
LIL SILVA FEAT. BANKS  – DON’T YOU LOVE 
I discovered this amazing UK producer through Banks. Now he’s definitely up on my top list of producers to watch for. This track is SICK! Beautiful isn’t strong enough a word to describe it.

 

 

 

OYINDA – WHAT STILL REMAINS
This track is like watching a butterfly drink the sweetest nectar from an orchid on a sunny morning.

 

 

 

 

MAHAUT MONDINO – THE GREAT ELEMENTS 
This is a left of centre song, but once it gets inside your bones, you can’t get enough. The chorus is so damn empowering it makes me feel like I can do anything. The video is amazingly simple yet completely fascinating and was produced by Mahaut’s father, Jean-Baptiste Mondino,  a celebrated photographer and videographer.
 
BANKS – GODDESS ( PROD. BY LIL SILVA )
LIL SILVA’s production on this track makes me lose my mind. I love this LA woman and her empowering lyrics. Hell yes, nobody should be fucking with a goddess!
FKA TWIGS – 2 WEEKS 
My fascination with FKA Twigs originated not from her music but  from her visual aesthetic. She is truly an inspiring artist with a beautiful voice, incredible dance moves,  and a passionate drive to create art . I kind of skip over most of her songs, but when 2 weeks dropped, so did my jaw. I was blown away by the video and by the creamy goodness of this song. The lyrics are a little too WEEKND for my liking, but the complete package still stands out as genius.
PACIFIC SHORE feat. SARAH LINHARES – STREET CONFUSION 
And finally, please allow me to share my favourite release of 2014 that I created with my greatly talented French friends PACIFIC SHORE. I’m proud of this record and am ever so grateful to share it with you. We have another EP on the horizon which will drop in 2015. WATCH FOR IT.
Also check our short film / music video we produced on the mighty Madeira Island.

 

HAPPY 2015!!! ONE LOVE !!!

My 2012 Musical Highlights

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2012 was a BIG year, full of magical moments and very difficult ones. As each year comes to an end, I always like to reflect and look back upon what has happened over the last 12 months in order to appreciate the triumphs, learn from the challenges, and prepare to embark upon a brand new journey into the unknown. It allows for closure and makes room for new beginnings, new adventures, and new goals to strive towards.

I want to share some of my most meaningful musical moments and favorite tracks / videos of 2012 so as to appreciate them, celebrate the year that was, and prepare to embark into this great future.

1 – So many amazing 2012 RELEASES!

DJ RIDE – LIFE IN LOOPS – ‘Here Before’ –  OPTIMUS DISCOS – PORTUGAL

This was one of my favorite collabs of the year with Portugual’s World Scratch Champion. We’ve reached nearly 170, 000 youtube views and counting…TUGA POWA!

STANLEY BLOOM & MIKE RO WAVE – PACIFIC SHORE – ‘ ROAD 1′  & ‘BACK TO CATOWN’ – FRANCE

I LOVE the Pacific Shore Project and really enjoyed working with these talented Parisians. I’m looking forward to performing with them in Paris this Spring.

NOVOS TALENTOS FNAC 2012 – CULTURA FNAC – ‘RIGHT HERE’ with CAMPLAIX -  PORTUGAL

This is one of my favorite releases this year with my Portuguese Soul brother Filipe Campos ( CAMPLAIX ) who happens to be one of my favorite producers to work with. I was so honored to be selected for this annual compilation which features upcoming Portuguese Talent.  TUGA POWA!


JAI NITAI LOTUS – SOMETHING YOU FEEL – ’80’s Heart’, ‘Heat Stew’ & ‘Bailout’ – CANADA

Nitai’s record is very close to my heart. I might be a tad biased but I can truly say that Nitai is one of the freshest and most interesting Hip Hop producers and MC’s in Montreal ( and we’ve got tons of big talents in town! ) .  It was such a pleasure to work with him on this album.

 JAI NITAI LOTUS – MINGUS CLAP

I got to be a part of this music video shoot with some great Montrealers. It was a very fun day and the video is a work of art!

PIU PIU BEAT TAPE 1 – ‘So Much More’ – FUTURE FALCON & The Velcro Kings –  Québec, Canada

This is a demo version of Future Falcon’s first release and was also featured in the closing credits of PIU PIU, the MTL  Independent Documentary Film.

Les Ducs Du Hasard – Les Ducs Du Hasard EP – ‘Le thème’ – Québec, Canada

It was an honor to collaborate with these Montreal Hip Hop talents. They had a very clear vision of what they wanted me to do with this track, they wanted a soulful cover version of the dukes of Hazard theme song to go along with their rhymes.

2 – All Things FUTURE FALCON

Future Falcon is my brand new musical project with LAZERFALCON ( Shawn Laptiste ).  Like a phoenix erupting from the ashes, we soar onto the Montreal beat scene with our own blend of Soulful Electro Future-Pop Post-Dubstep Disco.

We’re off to a great start after recieving a FACTOR grant to produce our debut EP, performing @ The GOODS 10th Anniversary Blowout and at POP MTL. Our EP will be dropping Summer 2013.

Here’s a lovely article that Marie Mello and BANG BANG BLOG where you can listen to Stand Down, one of the songs from the EP.

 3 – TRAVELS 

 In 2012 I was blessed with the opportunity to travel through the Philippines and also visit Lisboa, Portugal to visit family and perform with my Portuguese band , Os Swagg Boyz. Both trips were major highlights of my year. Here’s us performing in Lisboa in April.

4 – Writing

Another highlight of 2012 was writing my first ever published article about Zaki Ibrahim’s latest album for one of my favorite music blogs MusicIsMySanctuary.com

 

And FINALLY, Last but not Least >>> My Favorite Tracks & Videos of 2012

 

1 – MAJOR LAZER feat. AMBER – GET FREE

This has got to be my summer 2012 jam. This song killed me when I first heard it.

2  – ZAKI IBRAHIM (Produced by DJ Catalist ) - SOMETHING IN THE WATER

LOVE

 3 – JESSIE WARE – RUNNING

Jessie Ware killed it this year with her latest release. She is on fire. This is my jam.

4 – FRANK OCEAN – Thinking Bout You

What can I say about this song…it’s simply GORGEOUS.

5 – JAI PAUL – JASMINE

Jai Paul is back with another ONE song this year. This guy’s output is seriously slow but damn can this man make a killer song. I can’t even understand what the hell he’s saying half the time but I still love it.

6 – DISCLOSURE feat. SAM SMITH - LATCH

This song makes me want to vogue like it’s 1999.

7 – SWEET TOOTH – KRYSTALE & KATRADAMUS ( now known as KATRANADA )

This is probably my favorite song to come out of Montreal all year. BIG UPs K & K as you represent Montreal super powa!

8 – Jesse Boykins III & Gora Sou – The Perfect Blues

This song is so damn simple but I can’t help but love it. Dr. Woo’s video is gorgeous.

9 – RYHE – Open

Beautiful

10 – SANTIGOLD – BIG MOUTH

This song makes me so happy.

11 – M. I. A. – BAD GIRLS   Katy B x Geeneus x Jessie Ware – Aaliyah

I’m not entirely into this song BUT This is officially my favorite music video of 2012.

12 – Katy B x Geeneus x Jessie Ware – Aaliyah

Big thanks to my girl the one Tash who sent this one my way. I fell in love in an instant…Brilliant!

13 – AGUA NEGRA feat. BOOGAT – YO LA VI

Me gusta Agua Negra! These guys are really talented and I love working with them. This is a great track which also features Montreal’s Boogat. I got to play a ‘chola’ character in this music  video too…jiji

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

MAY 2013 be a wild adventure!

Sarah xo

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A D O R N

  

12 – 21 – 12

It is said that Dec 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, and possibly the end of the world. I like to envision it as the end of one cycle of life and the start of a new one. The beginning of a new era, a time of transformation, and rebirth.

2012 was a BIG year. It was full of magical moments and very difficult ones. As each year comes to an end, I always like to reflect and look back upon what has happened over the last 12 months. It helps me to appreciate the triumphs, learn from the challenges, and prepare to embark upon a brand new journey into the unknown. It allows for some kind of peaceful closure and makes room for a new beginning, new adventures, and a renewed sense of purpose. I’m so ready to rediscover and renew myself, to start a new cycle of life, to redefine what’s important, set new goals, and face the next phase of life challenges. I love what has been and will willingly let it all go. Before the year is through I want to share some of my most meaningful musical moments of 2012, but for now I’d just like to say goodbye to this moment.

Here’s a song I wrote while traveling through the magical land of the Philippines last winter. It’s called ‘Breathe Deeply’ and it was written in collaboration with the UK’s Cuttooth. It will be released in 2013 on 4lux White.

Have happy, safe, and healthy holidays.

Proud Orchids

Featured on Portugal’s Novos Talentos FNAC 2012 Album

The song featured on the album is called ‘Right Here’ which is a remake of ‘HERE’ from my Messages From The Future 2011 album. It’s produced by Lisboa’s talented CAMPLAIX. He’s also the founding member of my amazing Portuguese band ‘Os Swagg Boys’.

LISTEN & contact me if you want to grab a copy!

Meu Amor…Lisboa

I LOVE Lisboa! Some might say that I am biased, but I honestly don’t think anyone could come to this city and not fall in love. I don’t think it’s possible. Seriously, this town is magic. It’s full of amazing art, incredible food and wine, great music and cultural events, and lovely lovely lovely people. My time here has been incredible. I am sad to see this trip coming slowly to a close. I have only a couple days left and I intend to enjoy every single moment while I can. I will drink my 4 cafe’s a day very slowly and savor the fantastic wine and ridiculously fresh seafood.

My trip’s inevitable climax will be my performance tomorrow night at LX Factory along with an incredible roster of talents. Over the last 2 weeks I have been working diligently with my new found Portuguese band O ‘Swagg Boyz’ in the studio. We have been carving out fresh arrangements of a bunch of songs from my latest record (thanks to Filipe Campos’ s brilliant creative vision)  that we will perform for the first time tomorrow night. We’ll also be showcasing some new songs including my upcoming release with Portugal’s rising star DJ Ride which will be released later in 2012, a new song from my upcoming project with Future Falcon back home, and a brand new song that we wrote this last week while slaving away with O Boyz that is especially close to my heart called Madeira.

I’m so looking forward to sharing the show with you. If you’re in Lisbon, you know what to do tomorrow night. If not, we’ll be filming it so there will be a souvenir,  and of course some of the songs will be released later in 2012!

Muite Obrigada pra todo meus Lisboetas!

PS. ***Last night I had an incredible time performing at Cais Paraiso in Aveiro in the North of Portugal. It was a MAJOR highlight of my adventures in this wonderful country! I loved every minute of it. Muite Obrigada to Pedro, Mike, and the Cais Paraiso crew!!! They were absolutely lovely.

Boa Noite

PORTUGAL (Terra da minha mãe)

This week has been an exciting and busy one as I prepare to perform, write, and record in Lisboa, Portugal over the next couple weeks! This trip is very special for me because I’m able to connect with so many prominent music peeps na terra da minha mai.

I am very excited to be working with some amazing Portuguese musicians, producers, and DJ’s (CAMPLAIX, SYN, MIKE STELLAR, PEDRO MENICIO, DJ RIDE and certainly many more!)

We’ll be performing a show in AVEIRO on April 5th and a show in LISBOA on April 7th. I’ll also be writing and recording new material while there. More details soon come.

Beijos!