I’m a fool for your belly

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This one’s for Louis

Everyone loves a good mystery in the music industry. (think about Burial & Four Tet) Last year, a band called Rhye began posting recordings on the Interwebzzz. Information about the band was scare. The only pictures we got to see were promotional photographs about a woman’s bare back and a woman’s bare torso, but no images of the musicians themselves.

The music held its own little mystery, a seductive blend of jazz, indie-rock and electronic pop, covered with openhearted lyrics about love and sex. Reviewing the Rhye song “3 Days” Paul Lester, a critic for the British newspaper The Guardian, wrote: “The girl, female, really, she’s a woman, she’s lived a life, she’s been hurt, she sings in that hesitant, barely emoting way that suggests she’s exhausted.” But the singer is neither girl nor woman. Rhye, it turns out, is two indie-music veterans, both male: Robin Hannibal, a Danish songwriter-producer, and Michael Milosh, a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a singer.

They just didn’t want people to be focusing on them. They wanted people to really hear the music first, without any preconceived notions. I pre ordered their ‘Woman’ LP, which will be available as from March 2013,  just in case it would we sold out immediately (: It’s a pity their concert in Brussels is already sold out though…

Music Monday: Lefto

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Lefto Mixtape

This is what Lefto said about his mixtape

2nd “Winter Sun” Mix for you until January 6th – keeping you entertained with a few short 1 hour mixes, this one again, perfect for your cold winter nights, inside or outside in the rain/snow. No tracklist on my side, just a bunch of tracks I really feel right now, perfect for this kinda weather and mood. Enjoy…

Music Monday: Neil Halstead

photoSanta’s sweaty and he smells like beer

Last Friday, my sisters boyfriend gave me my Christmas gift. An accoustic session of Neil Halstead at Botanique, Brussels. I had never heard of him before, but his voice reminded me of a mix between Eddie Vedder and  Bon Iver. You sure can’t do wrong with that can you?!

I had such a great evening and I’ve been listening non stop to Neil since then. It’s a pitty my Spotify premium account has expired since today. I might wanna buy his CD now, or maybe I should put it on my Christmas Bucket List (:

Happy listening while you prepare your Christmas meals.

Album for life

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In Flanders, more than 100,000 people suffer from dementia.

1 out of 5 people will get dementia in later life. And yet, dementia is still a taboo subject, something we would rather not talk about. Studio Brussel wants to put dementia on radar so that people won’t ‘forget’ the disease. From December 14 to 21, people can send their song for life to the radio station together with a memory glued to that song.

I once read the following sentence: In one life, it happens at most 7 times that a music tune is completely in harmony with the moment when it is heard. As if it was composed for that special moment and the corresponding song can  subsequently not be listened to afterwards without the memory of that perfect day that will never come again.

I’m happy to share with you the story behind my ‘Album for life’. Let me take you back in time to the summer of 2011. Imagine you’re at a long stretched Belgian beach, rays of sunshine are peeking through a sky that looks like the clouds are photoshopped on it. Picture perfect. You are an American tourist who sees two lifeguards, a young man and woman, sitting on the beach, listening to Bonobo and watching the sky. You walk a bit closer without losing sight of them.  In their eyes, you see little traces of profound happiness. You ask them if you can take a picture of them as they look so ‘beautifully relaxed’.

One year later, the young man who was sitting next to me on the beach that day, became my lover.  Listening to Bonobo’s album Black Sands still puts a smile on my face, and that will never change.

Happy listening (:

Music Monday: Florence + The Machine

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air.

Last night, I attended Florence + the Machine’s amazing show at Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium. I’m so loving the way Florence Welch blends murder, sweetness, poetry, mayhem, nautical moments, power and love into her alternative yet intoxicating lyrics.

Florence appeared behind a white wall as just a giant silhouette, making her entrance as classy as ever. She sang the opening verse of ‘Only if for a night’ and Lotto Arena immediately fell into her loving grasp, where we would warmly remain for the rest of the evening. Florence’s voice sounded so clear throughout the Lotto Arena sky that I can hardly imagine anyone of her contemporaries can claim the same, and that goes for performances too. Her enchanting dance style is about as magical as magical gets. Real, simple and wonderful.

 

Music Monday: Andreya Triana

And even though I can’t see far
I hold tighter and draw the stars

This little story began, as so many things do in life, with a simple cup of coffee. One day, Japanese illustrator Tokomo Shintani decided to draw on her paper coffee cup, to make the most of her 30min coffee break. The result is a series of miniature caffeinated works of art that flow from Starbucks coffee cups.  Although I’m not a big fan of Starbucks coffee, I love the way how it inspires artists to use it as a medium. Hooray for coffee. And hooray for creativity! And here are some tunes to celebrate the new week:

Music Monday: Parov Stelar

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Parov Stelar’s album “Seven and Storm” (°2005) is perfect for those crisp and warm autumn mornings. When you listen to it, you just want to walk around on unfinished oak floors in your pyjama’s with a cup of  Mexican hot chocolate in your hands. The melodies are clean and jazzy, bubbling with a city-slick groove, covered with an infectious slow rhythm and yet very thoughtfully constructed. “Autumn Song” is a track that calls to my mind the colors of different autumn leaves. I’ve been playing it on repeat this morning. Happy Monday!

Music Monday: breakfast mixtape

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Biscuits for breakfast

Weekend mornings in Gent are perfect for some rich breakfast. Homemade blueberrysmoothie with almond milk, blueberry pancakes with vanilla flavored soya yoghurt and Ikea cinnamon buns. No guiltyness, just sunshine, sweets and the newspaper!

I love making lists and I love making me some breakfast, so there was no way I’d take a pass on making a breakfast-themed list. I took a few rules in mind, after all, if you are sitting down, half awake, eyes still a bit closed, your first cup of coffee in front of you,… you want to awake slowly, don’t you? These were my rules for the mixtape: open quiet with gentle tunes that remain intriguing so that you don’t want to go back to sleep + built up the beats as the list progresses. Ideally, by the time you reach Feeling Good by Nina Simone, you will be fully energized and perfectly ready to start your day.

What do you think, does this mix comes in handy or did you fall back asleep? (: 

Music Monday: The Manhattan Transfer Anthology

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We love coffee, we love tea

This Music Monday is dedicated to my two sweeties @fannymaen & @charlottevdw_. Last weekend, we tried out some ‘new places to be’ in Antwerp. It was a day covered with cosiness and tittle-tattle (: We went to Mon Petit Bol, Jili and Viggo’s Coffee Bar and enjoyed some coffee, tea and many many sweets. What a lovely day!

Radiohead

And all I want is the moon upon a stick

Yesterday, I went to a concert of Radiohead. One word: amazing. Does anyone else feels like closing your eyes and move just the way you want without thinking about what others might think of you when you hear this music? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one! I already dedicated a Music Monday to Thom York and his dance moves (watch it here) and yesterday I clearly saw it were his own moves and not those from a choreographer. 

How I wish I could dance like that.

*sigh*

Music Monday: Kurt Vile

I will never ever ever be alone, ‘Cause it’s all in my baby’s hands

Slowly starting this new week with Kurt Vile’s fourth album “Smoke Ring For My Halo”, in my ears.
A golden tip from my boyfriend.

You can listen to the album below. Happy Monday!

 

Music Monday: Leesa

Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes

Here it is! The World Premiere of Flying Lotus’ new album in the form of a short movie (:

The new album, ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ will be available as from October 1 featuring Erykah Badu. Looking forward!

Tik Tak is not dead!

I think I remember where my love for geometric visuals comes from. Tik Tak absolutely ruled my childhood! So psychedelic & arty. Nice work, Digitalism.

Music Monday: Anthony And the Johnsons

There’s a ghost on the horizon
When I go to bed
How can I fall asleep at night
How will I rest my head

Clouds in my head…

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