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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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!

Sarah’s Top Tracks of 2011

2011 was a FANTASTIC year for music. There was so much incredible stuff to listen to and be inspired by this year.

Here’s my list of  top tracks of 2011 with an honorable mention section strictly for Montrealers.

TOP ALBUM OF 2011 : SBTRKT / Never Never / Wildfire / Pharoas

SBTRKT is definitely my TOP record of 2011. Simply because 3 of my favorite songs of the entire year are on it, and also because this record does exactly what I want to do…creates unique and fresh variations of soulful dance-floor ready electronic music that has crossover Pop appeal. The vocal hooks are ULTRA catchy, the beats are SICK, and there is an incredible roster of vocalists and songwriters who collaborated to make this record a masterpiece. 

Never Never feat. Sampha

Wildfire feat. Yukimi Nagano

Pharoahs feat. Roses Gabor


LITTLE DRAGON – RITUAL UNION / Precious

Little Dragon is one of my favorite bands, and their third record, Ritual Union, was another one of my top picks this year. Four songs on the record stand out most, especially Precious and Please Turn.

Canada’s SEXIEST Album of 2011 : THE WEEKND – HOUSE OF BALOONS / What You Need

The Weeknd is a phenomenon that I cannot help but admire. These guys figured out a magical yet seemingly effortless marketing / promo plan that people can only wish they had invented themselves. It encompasses brilliant packaging,  an interesting front man persona, major outreach, and a suspenseful building of their brand along with some great songs. Is this an instance of being at the right place at the right time? The world was indeed ready to consume their damn SEXY music (which combines some elements of great futuristic R&B and epic sounding indie rock ) at the exact moment Drake twittered about them. The first mixtape, House of Baloons, gets the award for Canada’s SEXIEST record of 2011. The first time I heard , ‘What you need ‘ I melted within seconds. Seriously, this song drives me CRAZY. A couple other tracks off the record also make me happy BUT only a couple. I downloaded the second mix tape, Thursday, and found myself bored and so I haven’t even bothered with the third one yet!  Also, his free use of the N-word turned me off BIG time. It just comes across as simplistic and careless songwriting. I do however LOVE the first official video that they put out this year for the track The Knowing.

JAMIE XX / Far Nearer

Apparently Steel Pan playing & dope UK beats makes me go mental. Seriously, this song makes me very happy.

BEST Dance Floor Soul Track of  2011 : OMAR & ZED BIAS / Dancing

Dancing has got to be my FAVORITE dance track of 2011. Omar’s collaboration with UK’s dance- floor beat master Zed Bias last year on the epic song ‘Special’ was on of my faves for 2010. I have been an Omar fan for awhile now so everything he does I eagerly consume.  You simply cannot sit down for this one. I mean it’s literally impossible. Again, the mighty combination of Steel Pan & UK dance music = WINNER!

JAMIE WOON / Lady Luck ( HUDSON MOHAWKE’ SCHMINK-WOLF RE-FIX )

How I love Jamie Woon! Since the first moment I saw / heard him doing his thing live with his loop pedal on the track Ghosts I have been eagerly awaiting anything that he produces. This year I was thrilled to hear his song, Lady Luck. And particularly Hudson Mohawke’s killer remix! DAMN! This track is next level.

RADIOHEAD / Lotus Flower

Anyone who is a Radiohead fan is usually a Radiohead fantatic. Am I right? You’re either a fan or not. I have been a fan since the very beginning. These guys continue to amaze me in some way each time they release a record. Thom Yorke’s voice touches my heart in a special way that few vocalists can. It’s so vulnerable, raw, soulful, and absolutely beautiful.  The first moment I heard this song I fell in love, deeply in love. The lyrics, the music, the vocals, the incredibly brave and original music video for it all put this track HIGH up on my favorite list.

AFRICA HI TECH / Don’t Fight It / Cyclical Sun / 93 Million Miles / Out in The Streets

This unique and left field electronic record made me lose my mind the first time I heard it. The collaborative talents of Steve Spacek & Mark Pritchard make for a winning combination. I have many favorite tracks off the album. I was very pleased to meet the guys after their show in Montreal in Nov. They are absolutely LOVELY to chat with, which makes supporting their music and their project even more worthwhile for me.

Don’t Fight It

Here’s my vocal cut over Cyclical Sun that I recorded this year.

Cyclical Sun feat. Sarah Linhares

SOSA / Exit Wounds

There is beauty to be found in this track’s simplicity. One can’t help but sing along and rock out to this one.

JACQUES GREENE / Another Girl

This song put Montreal on the map in a serious way in 2011. This track will take you away. Be prepared to fall in love.

ZAKI IBRAHIM & DJ CATALIST / Something In The Water

I am a big fan of Catalist’s production and Zaki’s earlier work was also interesting,  but this song took me over the edge. This is one incredible song. I have no doubt that this duo will be representing Canada on the international music map in 2012! Give it up for some SERIOUS Canadian talent!

MUHSINAH / One

This lady is DAMN talented. When I met her at RBMA in 2007 she was somewhat more advanced in her musical prowess / career than most of us participants and one could not help but admire her skills. Since then, she just continues to constantly evolve and carve out her place in the American music industry. ( Not an easy feat! ) She composes and produces her own music, plays a magical piano, and has a gorgeous voice which equals = Winning combination!  She released a free double EP this year which was  interesting. She seems to be attempting to gain her footing in the mainstream music industry by writing / singing songs that swerves between Rihanna-esque soulful pop music and Indie Rock attempting to appeal to…everyone?  Even though most of the songs on the EP are not my thing, I cannot help but admire her songwriting skills and her determination to make it. I do however LOVE the track ‘One’. She is one to watch for in 2012!

BOOGAT – PURA VIDA EP / Montrealesa

Boogat is one smart man. Making Montreal’s own version of Cumbia music at the height of an amazing International resurgence of interest in Mexico and Columbia’s traditional sounds is a damn good move. Not only is the timing right but this is a smokin’ HOT track. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this song when I downloaded the EP, not only because it was great ( Boogat is a wonderful MC ) but because Boogat actually sings the chorus which is catchy and sounds GOOD. I have this one on my Winter Zumba playlist for all 6 of my Zumba classes that I teach each week. Let me tell you…the ladies and yours truly love dancing to this one!

JAMES BLAKE / Wilhelm Scream 

Oh James! How can you not love him? His voice is simple but beautiful and ever since we all saw / heard him cover Feist, we knew he was destined for something great. His track Wilhelm Scream can only be described by one word repeated over and over again….BEAUTIFUL, beautiful, beautiful.

DJ JAZZY JEFF & AYAH / Back For More

I’ve been following this talented Toronto singer for a couple years now. She’s always making the right moves, especially by teaming up with the one and only Jazzy Jeff. Although I had heard this track last year ( or at least a snippet of it ) when it officially came out for FREE download this year I was very happy. This is one damn good track!

BUG / Mechanical Soul

The UK’s Bug makes SICK beats and this song is just killer! I’m really looking forward to releasing Relative Volocities, a track that we wrote in collaboration this year and will drop in 2012. Keep watch for it!

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE / No Light No Light

This is an absolutely stunning song.The lyrics blow my mind. EPIC!

BEYONCE / End Of Time

I just discovered this song but can’t seem to forget it so it must be love!

JILL SCOTT / So In Love With You feat. ANTHONY HAMILTON

This song just makes me feel good. It’s pretty simple and formulaic BUT I guess when it’s good, it’s good, right? And hot damn… Jill Scott has discovered her inner sexy like never before. She’s never come across so confident and sexy. She is making women all over the world PROUD.

HONORABLE MENTIONS : MONTREAL’s OWN TOP TRACKS of 2011

KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE feat. Bembe Segue – MOONSTARR Broken Mix / Mystery of The Ages

I love everything Moonstarr does! Not only is he family ( and the executive producer of my record )  but he’s also one my favorite producers ever. More MOON in 2012 please!

SIBIAN & FAUN – I’m Sorry

S&F have just started making some noise this year in town and internationally as well. Xavier ( one half of the duo ) was Montreal’s RBMA participant in Madrid this year. These boys are young and eager and will definitely be working their way into your headphones in 2012. Here’s on of their best future R&B tracks!

TOBOGGAN / City Glaciers Reprise

 Toboggan is an amazing and relatively unknown Montreal beat producer / genius.  His stuff is BAD ASS! Download his album for FREE on Bandcamp! And watch for him in 2012!


SHE’S GOT A HABIT / INCUBATOR RUB / Blind Spots

Blind Spots was my favorite track off of SGAH’s debut EP last year. When I heard The Incubator’s remix I was happy all over again. He did a great job of remixing a song that was already amazing.  Here’s hoping we’ll hear some new material from The Incubator and from She’s Got A Habit in 2012.

SIKH KNOWLEDGE feat. UNESS / Buggin’ Out Remix

There’s not much to say here except that this is a damn good collaboration between two Montreal mega talents!

METAZON / Swing It In

I have big love for Metazon. I had the absolute pleasure of working very intimately with them on their 2011 album release of World Class Buffet.  I sang on one of the tracks, Looking Back, and perform live with them any chance they get to do a show.

JENN MIERAU / Hush

Jenn is an extremely talented Montrealer. She has MAD skills! Anyone who has seen her live knows this well.  She plays beats live on her MPC, loops her own beatboxing and vocals along with playing keys with incredible skill, while singing in an absolutely lovely voice. Watch out for her in 2012. She is coming out!

KRYSTALE / Caught Up (Kaytradamus Remix feat. Louie P. Celestic

Krystale is a young and absolutely lovely Montreal singer and songwriter. Her voice is beautiful! She produced her own EP this year. I look forward to hearing her continue to develop as an artist and master her songwriting style with time and experience. I think if she plays her cards right she’ll successfully carve out a niche of devout fans.

 SIMAHLAK / Spin the Globe – Jorm and Rabbit in Nairobi

Sim is a mysterious man who prefers to lay low and work his heart out in the shadows. He is always up to something interesting and comes out with these mega masterful tracks that get outreach that most Montrealers can only dream of. How does he do it over and over again? MAD RESPECT for this one Sim!

WAYNE TENNANT /Mercyless  ( FRED EVERYTHING / ATJAZZ Vocal Mix )  

Wayne is family and an amazing Montreal singer. We’ve shared incredible musical experiences, especially while working together on the Soltribe album in Venezuela in 2005. I’m so happy to see him exploding all over the internet and throughout the House music scene worldwide. Since I met him and heard his vocal style I knew he was destined to make House music. It’s an inevitable marriage that I’ve been thrilled to witness in 2011. For all you House lovers who don’t know… meet Wayne and watch for him 2012!

ANGO / Better For You

Beautiful! Looking forward to hearing more. Go Ango go!

LUNICE / Glow

Lunice makes dope beats. I do like this video too.

SARAH MK / Think Dat

Sarah is working her butt off trying to push Montreal’s Jazz / Hip Hop fusion community to the next level. This perhaps began with her time in the Kalmunity Vibe Collective. She has succeeded thus far by producing her debut solo Ep. She is determined, motivated, and positive every step of the way. I look forward to her developing as an artist and think her skills as a songwriter can only improve with time. Big up Jordan Peters for his production on this one!

My Greatest Music Achievement of 2011 : SARAH LINHARES – MESSAGES FROM THE FUTURE

This has been an incredible year for me and music. I finally released my debut full length record! After years of preparation and life getting in the way, I burst on the scene like a motivated Queen. Since the record release mid October I have had incredible support, great press and reviews, and an overwhelmingly positive response from so many people WORLDWIDE. For this I am so grateful.

From the bottom of my heart I wish you all an incredible NEW YEAR full of love, success, joy, health, and lots and lots of good music! THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!

Sarah xx

http://www.sarahlinhares.com/

Here’s my DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO for ‘Only Human’  from the record. Help me reach 1 million views! 😉

PS. A Massive big up to all the INCREDIBLY talented collaborators on the record who make this a monumental success for me!

PTR, MOONSTARR, KENLO, SIKH KNOWLEDGE, CAMPLAIX, THINK TWICE, AKLIMATIZE, DAVID RYSHPAN, WAYNE TENNANT, MARK HAYNES, ANTHONY PAGEOT, NANTALI, ANEL, GENE PENDON, MANO

Could You Be The One?

Today I was working with this new Electro Harmonix looping pedal and an idea started developing in the first 5 mins. Instantly, I started recording and all of a sudden Could You Be The One was born. Although , the idea came to me on the pedal, I switched back to Logic to record it.

The song is partially inspired by Bob Marley’s, Could You Be Loved. Perhaps, Bob’s song was unconsciously brought to mind after listening to my friend, Sev Dee’s new Bob Marley inspired project Mr Musick on Lexis’s Music Is My Sanctuary Podcast 045 this weekend. Check Sev Dee’s project cause it’s sounding dope! Also check Lexis’s podcast cause he killed it again with edition 045 ( I’m so pleased to be a part of it! ) Lexis played one of my new tracks, Other Side, which is a collaboration with my Portuguese brother Camplaix and which will be available soon enough! I’ll keep you posted!

And finally, I wanted to include my man Gene Pendon‘s beautiful painting, Cause and Effect, to accompany the song!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO COULD YOU BE THE ONE?

 

TheFutureIsNow Webcast Episode 3 / Live in Moonstarr’s Studio

Hey hey!

Here’s my third episode of TheFutureIsNow webcast which was filmed LIVE with MOONSTARR in his incredible Montreal studio! Look for his new release next week people.

In this brief edition, we are mixing a track to be released on my upcoming album called Other Side, which is a collaboration with Portugal’s own CAMPLAIX! BIG UP my bro, Camplaix in Portugal.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

Here’s a little teaser of Gene Pendon’s 6 foot long painting that will soon be my full length album cover!!!

A piece of this painting was used as the cover of my EP that was released last August on Public Transit Recordings.




Sarah Linhares’ Messages From The Future EP

I am so pleased to say that my first ever solo release is now out in the world on Public Transit Recordings. It took a little longer than I had hoped ( what creative project doesn’t take longer than previously anticipated, right? ) but finally it’s out there for yall to enjoy!  Major thanks go out to Kevin Moon ( Moonstarr ) for helping in such a massive way and to Mano from PTR. ( I seriously couldn’t have done this without you guy! )Big shout outs to Moonstarr , Aklimatize, Camplaix for your musical and production artistry. I love working with you guys! Big respect to Gene Pendon for producing the most beautiful cover art I could have hoped for! And last but certainly not least, big shouts to Tag Team for their design magic.

Check for Messages From The Future full length Fall 2009. Just wait till you see the full album art! I’ll keep you posted!

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