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…

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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.

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

Ceci n’est pas une feuille

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

blueberry pancakes breakfast

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!

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

Music Monday: Wildcat! Wildcat!

And it’s another lonely day

Mix an airy synth up with some beautiful airy vocals & lyrics as icing on the top and you get this.

Wildcat! Wildcat! is a ‘dancy’ indie rock band that I recently discovered on the internet. Their singles “End Of The World Everyday” and “Mr. Quiche” have taken the internet by storm as they had international exposure before they even had a chance to complete their first album. A band to keep an eye on if you ask me.

If you dig it, take a look at their Soundcloud page where you can download these singles for free. Happy Monday!

Music Monday: Gossip – A Joyful Noise

I’d love to stay and party, but I gotta go to work

At the very beginning in 2006, the band’s name ‘Gossip’ distorted my expectation of their music. I expected something more soft, or at least, something obnoxiously emo. But it was pure indie rock which my ears could enjoy.

When listening to A Joyful Noise, Gossip’s fifth full-length released this May, I find Beth Ditto stepping outside her indie rock comfort zone as this album is covered with disco glitter. My favorite song is ‘Get a job’. Not only because Ditto tries to rap, also because it really forces me to try to actual get a job. Yesterday afternoon, I finished my brand new Curriculum Vitae while listening to this album. And I am secretly very proud of the result. Shameless self promotion, ha! (:

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Music Monday: Bondax – All inside

Age is no factor in producing music. With this said, I’d like to introduce you to two inspiring DJs. George Townsend and Adam Kaye, both only 17 years old (!), are making some remarkably fantastic tunez.

Simply: intelligent music with lots of soul which reminds me a bit of James Blakes music. Highly recommended!

Music Monday: The Ting Tings

Let them all listen to your silence

Fresh music coming at you this Monday from the Ting Tings. Their new album, Sounds from Nowheresville, is a nice little package of sonic awesomeness. In other words, you’re totally set for the week (:

The track Silence sparkles with a quiet grandeur (pun not intended). All tracks are rougher than we found on We Started Nothing, The Ting Tings first album. In contrast, I also find some honey sweet pop songs that make me already long for the summer. The British newspaper The Guardian described the difference of the two albums as the difference between a singles collection (We Started Nothing) and a collection of album tracks without singles (Sounds From Nowheresville). I couldn’t describe it better.

I will have more fantastic music coming at you thanks to Enchanté & Sony Music Belgium.

Music Monday: Chairlift

I do know how to drive a car, faster than a man can run

Smoldering hot new music coming at you this Monday morning from Chairlift‘s new album ‘Something’. Thanks to @amoorie for shining a light on this one.

The song “Sidewalk Safari” is perfect for a groggy morning. Take a cup of hot coffee and you’re perfectly set for the week (: All texts handle about relationships, combined with remarkable stories and one-liners. Beware: after listening to “I belong in your arms”, the song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Not that you would mind (:

I will have more fantastic music coming at you thanks to Enchanté & Sony Music Belgium.

Music Monday: Burial + Four Tet

Chillax!

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