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New Year. New Camera. New Phone.

I feel overindulged. Spoilt. I feel like I should be demanding hip hop horses and a sweet 16 (missed the boat by several years but regression can occur on demand). I have been so lucky.

Sometimes I catch myself gazing into the face of my shiny new iPhone, and then realise I look like a narcissistic prat checking out my reflection. This is the problem with smart phones. They are addictive. I have become obsessed with Instagram (follow me on http://instagram.com/leilalook/ ). Unhealthy. So Good.

Oh. And London’s been pretty damn good-looking and photogenic recently.

Anyways. Here are the recent products.

Snow just makes London look so much cleaner!

Snow just makes London look so much cleaner!

This (woman?) was hanging out in the park at the bottom of my road, rocking the naked with leaves look. It was too hard to resist

This (woman?) was hanging out in the park at the bottom of my road, rocking the naked with leaves look. It was too hard to resist

Always so impressed with the creations I find on street corners

Always so impressed with the creations I find on street corners

Shoreditch Graffiti Take 2

Can’t stop listening to this either. Her voice in particular is so enchanting:

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A Capella

Recently I have been obsessing over acapella arrangements of songs, especially since one of my friends seems to have attained youtube stardom with his cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’.

So I’ve picked out a couple of my favourite arrangements on acapella…

(This is just insane! Such a good song and love his voice).

Here are some more of my friends doing their acapella thing. Short but beautiful 🙂

In conclusion, it is safe to say, that for myself at the least, the voice is the most beautiful, versatile and pleasing instrument. ENJOY!

Emeli Sandé

Ahead of her debut album release on 13th February, Emeli SandĂ© has already created a large portfolio of collaborations and songwriting with the likes of Chipmunk (‘Diamond Rings‘ off his debut), Professor Green (‘Read All About It’ off his new ‘At Your Convenience’) and Leona Lewis (Her 2012 album ‘Glassheart’). Though he might not be favourite music critic, she has also received acclaim from Simon Cowell who invited her to perform on the X factor to perform her duo with Professor Green.

The simple melodies off her album Our Version of Events set to intimate lyrics are emotionally involving and refer to older R&B styles. I can’t help but love piano and guitar dominated accompaniment and gospel-influenced backing vocals. More endearing is the fact Emeli’s use of REAL DRUMS.

Her live performances have been impressive. Unlike some successful recording-artists, Sandé maintains her strength and warmth, and melismas are not lost amidst breathlessness.

Signed to Virgin Records in April 2011, I am sure that she will continue to be a success throughout her releases, I just hope that she keeps the intimacy that her debut has given us.

Here is her powerful ‘Next To Me’ which will be released as a single on Monday along with her album.

Irma

Before watching ‘Un Heureux ÉvĂ©nement’ a music video played. Irma ‘I Know’.

I was reminded of my mini-obsession a couple of years ago where I would visit her page and see what new songs she had done.

So I went there again. And discovered a wonderful selection of covers which I will now share with you.

Hope you love her music and voice as much as I do!

Radio 1 Live Lounge

So yet another day of voicelessness has resulted in yet another day of youtube indulgence. Specifically all of the Radio 1 Live Lounge covers.

It’s always challenging listening to a well known song in a completely different way. The following are not necessarily my favourite (out of the vast selection I’ve listened to today) but definitely differ the most drastically from the originals.

Ok. The last 2 aren’t Live Lounge, but they are a combination of  being great covers, as well as being two of my all time favourite songs!

Yes. This is only a fraction of what I’ve watched.

Any favourites?

On Repeat

I’ve lost my voice. For me, a tragedy. Especially since I finally finished my song  about Amy Winehouse (see https://leilaloves.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/rest-in-peace/).

So to make up for the lack of my own music making I’ve been listening to playlist upon playlist. Mumford and Sons, Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Florence + the Machine. And then some new songs that I’m ashamed to say I’ve only discovered now. Here are a few

(Love the simplicity of this. The voices mix so well and yes, I just really love this!)

(Have been listening to this on repeat. Partly because Reeve Carney is so hot, but it’s also a good song! Is it weird that it reminds me of Superstar- Lupe Fiasco?!)

(This song is magical. That’s all I can say!)

(I’ve always loved Goldfish and am a bit of purist when it comes to them. I actually really enjoy this remix and hope that they maybe do a remix deluxe edition or something like that!)