2015 Musical Gems

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 19.47.432015 was a serious year for music. Music makers were on point, stepped up their game, and expressed innovative breakthrough’s in the art of making musical gems to last through the ages. Talented women producers are FINALLY making a true mark on the global music scene. And music videos are at an all time creative high. Here is my list of my top tracks of 2015 in no particular order .

 

Empress Of – How Do You Do It

Me – Terrible Records

This girl blew my mind in 2015. She is 23 years old, and just PRODUCED a great fucking, left of centre, pop album. She is also an excellent lyricist.

 

Branko – Eventually (feat. Alex Rita & Bison)

Atlas – Enchufada

I’ve been following Buraka Som Sistema since the Red Bull Music Academy in 2007 when Mike Stellar from RBMA Portugal handed me the stellar documentary Lusofonia, a (R)Evolução.. which delved into the Luso Portuguese music scene.  This documentary had a big impact on me then…And now in 2015, Branko, one of the main producers of BSS dropped his first solo album. Eventually is pure bliss. Obrigada.

 

Ben Khan –  Blade (Tidal Wave Of Love)

Demo on soundcloud! 

How is it possible that this song sounds so good? It’s a demo that was released on sound cloud. This track fucking kills it. Excellent production, killer sexy-ass guitar, driving percussion, and Ben’s reverbed voice is like the nectar of the gods. This song makes me feel like I’m a character in the 1982 Blade film. Watch for Ben in 2016.

 

 

LA Priest – Oino

Inji – Domino Record Co. 

I just love this guy and this star wars style video. Yes yes & yes. Production is simple, yet perfect. Vocals are absolutely edible.

 

domino record co.

Electric Wire Hustle – Brother Sun feat. Kimbra 

Aeons – Bastard Jazz Records & Loop Recordings  

This song feels like waking up on a sunny triumphant morning after surviving the dark night of the soul. Words cannot fully express how much I love this piece of musical art.

Kelela – Rewind

produced by Kingdom + Nugget + Kelela. Additional production by Girl Unit + Obey City

Hallucinogen – Warp Records / Cherry Coffee Floating Points – Nespole

You can’t deny that this song just gets your body moving. Beautiful.

 

Floating Points – Nespole 

Elaenia – Pluto, Luka Bop, Inertia, Beatink Foxtrott – Driven

This video and song are just too powerful for words. Thank you Sam Shepherd for being such a visionary artist,  the modern day Bo Hansson, & so much more.

Foxtrott – Driven 

A taller Us – One Little Indian 

MTL’s Foxtrott kills it with her debut record. This video was directed by Montreal’s own ( & meu amigo!!! )  Kevin Calero. So good. Yes Canada!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/128171814″>FOXTROTT – Driven [Official Music Video]</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/kevincalero”>Kevin Calero</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Tei Shi – See Me

Verde Ep – Mermaid Avenue, Double Denim, Caroline

This video is amazing. Great song too.

 

Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable 

Warner Brothers / Blood  

Dang girl, this song is so damn good. How can you be so sexy? What a voice, what a video…enough said.

 

 

 

Jazmine Sullivan -Dumb ft. Meek Mill

Reality Show – RCA Records

Just shut up and jam out to this. You know you want to.

 

Jamie xx – Gosh

In Colour – Young Turks

F*&K yeah Jamie XX. One of my favourite producers kills it one more time in 2015.

Tame Impala – Let it Happen Modular Recordings

Too good for words.

 

fka twigs – glass & patron

M3LL155X ep – Young Turks

 

Like many of you, I’ve been mesmerised my this visionary artist for some time now. I love how experimental both the music and the visual are for this track …It’s like some kind of dark musical theatre vogue session done in a contemporary UK style. I don’t like everything she does musically but visually, and artistically, i think she is a modern day art genius.

The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

This is my favourite pop song of the year. Abel channels Michael Jackson perfectly and the bass just makes me mental. Definitely my #1 guilty pleasure of the year. Yes Canada.

Drake – Hotline Bling

This is my #2 guilty pleasure of 2015. And the video is pretty fun.  It just makes the people happy. Yes Canada.

Pacific Shore – Stellar

No Distance Between Us – Cosmonostro

This is my favourite track that I released in 2015. Big big love for my Pacific Shore Family and stay tuned for our new EP coming in 2016!

 

 

Happy New Year to my musical family! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

 

 

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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

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Buraka Som Sistema Round 2 : Santigold vs. Blaya

When I heard SANTIGOLD’s latest, Big Mouth, last week I instantly liked it. Something about it felt familiar, very M.I.A (but with a better delivery)  with a Kuduro twist, and a killer hook. When I realized that my boy’s from BURAKA SOM SISTEMA along with SWITCH had produced it, I understood why it was familiar. But I was to discover another reason why it’s so familiar. Santi’s opening verse was originally from another song!

Santigold – Big Mouth

After  I watched Buraka Som Sistema’s ,We Stay Up All Night, again this morning I realized that SANTI’s opening verse is identical to BLAYA’s verse in We Stay up all Night….Hmmmm. Both songs are produced by the same guys and both ladies do it well, but still I’m not quite sure what to think about it.

Thoughts? Check them both out and let me know yo!

BURAKA SOM SISTEMA feat. Blaya & Roses Gabor – We stay up all night