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Mr. Eames – Insomnia

It was one of those nights. Toss the covers off one leg. Turn to the left, unable to get comfortable. Turn to the right. No difference. I lay on my back closely listening to the fan above the bed, its blades making their whooshing sound, which I normally find mind-numbing and soothing, the perfect remedy for a noisy brain. But tonight it’s distracting and inefficient.

Ordinarily I’d be K.O’d after a long day at the office followed by one too many ciders in the evening summer sun. But sleep was determined to evade me so I reached for my phone. When all else fails, turn to the internet for light-hearted entertainment in the slow-ticking hours of the morning.

I was in the middle of typing ‘grumpy cat memes’ into Google when the phone vibrated. It startled me and dropped it on the bridge of my nose.

Ouch.

Scrambling to sit up and see who the hell had the audacity to call me at 3 am on a Tuesday, I saw his name flashing on the screen. I fumbled and nearly dropped it again but managed to answer in one quick swipe, just as I was about to miss it.

I half-exhaled, half-spoke a ‘hello’ into the receiver.

“I thought you’d be in a comatose state at this hour,” he said. His voice poured into my ears, husky and warm, immediately rescuing me from the shackles of insomnia.

Eames,” I said, trying to sound as composed and nonchalant as I possibly could. “You’ve been M.I.A for too long.”

He chuckled. “I’ve been,” long pause, “busy.”

“Busy?” Don’t pry, I had to remind myself. It was relatively easy not to ask too many questions because his elusive, mysterious persona was part of the appeal.  Our restraint from wanting to completely unravel this bizarre being is probably the only reason we’ve been able to keep in touch with him. I use that term loosely because keeping contact was completely on his terms and came as sporadically as a panda bear’s desire to procreate. We didn’t mind - some of the most enlightening experiences we’ve ever had have been thanks to him in one way or another, so we just let it be.

“Story for another day, though. Listen, I’d like some company for my next trip. I have two round trip tickets for you both.”

My cheeks flushed, my face was hot, I pounced out of bed and fist pumped the air. When I managed to compose myself, I realised how lucky I was that Eames isn’t partial to communicating via Skype. “Um, well I’ll have to see if I can get the time off work. And I have no idea if H is free. And more importantly, where the hell are you thinking of shipping us to? And how did you get the money?”

Don’t pry. Oops. I was getting too worked up.

He laughed whole-heartedly. “I called in some favours. As to where we’re going, well, you’ll find out when you get my email tomorrow. Are you in or are you out?”

Fuck it. “I’m in. I’ll call H in the morning.”

I switched on my fairy lights, put in my head phones in and played Buena Vista Social Club on repeat. Eames introduced me to Cuban music with the promise that once day we'd be sipping rum listening to the real deal.

God knows what I just got us into. Then I thought, why do I still have fairy lights?

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Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – Wake me up

"Wake me up when it's all over, when I'm wiser and I'm older. All this time I was finding myself and I didn't know I was lost."  Poignant lyrics sang by Aloe Blacc.  I really love those lyrics and am just going to leave them to speak for themselves.  Who I really want to talk about is Avicii, I've heard of Avicii a few times over the past few years but nothing has ever really prompted me to look him up and find out a bit more about him until this tune.

This song makes me want to be at an outdoorsy festival, dancing with a drink in hand next to my favourite people, it was because of this that I went on a little search of said DJ genius.  It turns out Avicii is a young and extremely talented Swedish DJ, record producer and remixer who was named the 3rd top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine in 2012.  His house beats and funky melodies have become a recognisable style that he is constantly improving and shaking up.  Avicii plays regular sets in Ibiza and it seems like he's conquering the music world already, at only 24 years old - respect.

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Fat Freddy’s Drop album launch

Fat Freddy's Drop

“Let's start from just over halfway through the third album by Fat Freddy's Drop. It's the point where it goes beautifully bonkers, and showcases the band as not only the kings of laid-back and lilting epics but brain-rattling beat and soul mantras.” This is an excerpt of a review of Blackbird in the New Zealand Herald which I think does a pretty good job in describing Fat Freddy’s Drop latest album.

A long-time fan, I am absolutely thrilled that I got to go to the launch on Wednesday, which was live streamed worldwide from the Village Underground in Shoreditch. It was everything I expected – a solid two hours of their new stuff plus a couple of classics thrown in there for good measure, like The Raft and Roady. My absolute favourites from the new album have to be Blackbird, Clean the House and Bones. The gig had a more mellow kind of vibe than I was used to; I've seen them in Bristol and at Bestival where they got their raw, energetic skank kicks going full throttle. This didn't detract from their perfomance because their beautifully intricate sounds are enough to capture the attention of even the most wandering, ADHD-stricken minds. Their sound is more captivating and more self-assured than ever, but still keeping that vintage Fat Freddy’s style.

I love seeing them live, not only because they’re musically tight every time, without fail, but also because they’re actually entertaining to watch. Going to gigs these days can sometimes be SO boring, unless you’re going to see a huge act where it’s half about the music and half about the multi-million pound show. But with Fat Freddy’s you get vocalist Joe Dukie who is an absolute legend and gets so transfixed and into the music he often looks like a he’s on the best, more soulful trip of his life; then there’s Tony Chang on the trumpet, always looking slick, and next to him is Joe Lindsay aka Hopepa on the trombone dancing like a maniac, sweating his balls off in a shiny tracksuit jacket.

If you missed the launch but want to see them, they’ll be back in October at the Brixton Academy. I’m there.

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Bearcubs – Home

Spring is finally here and although the weather doesn't seem to be getting any warmer, I've taken the time to make you a little summer jam teaser playlist this week as it’s Bank Holiday on Monday to help you daydream about trips to the beach and barbecues under the stars.

First up is Bearcubs.

The London-based producer has created a track that can make you feel like you're driving to the beach no matter where you are. Seagulls and beats = good summer vibes! This is 'Home.'

Mr. Eames

Who is Mr. Eames? Find out about this elusive character here

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Jamie Lidell – Don’t You love Me

Jamie Lidell has been on the scene for sometime now, his early journey into the realms of beatboxing and techno music have slowly evolved into a mixture of blue-eyed soul, electro and funk. Lidell is one of the most creative and talented British artists working today and his latest self-titled album sounds like Prince and Stevie Wonder jamming with 'Speakerboxxx' era OutKast. Awesome!

Mr. Eames

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Lorde: Sheer Bravado

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Who is this beautiful lady?  Well, I can tell you that she is merely 16 years old and has started a music revelation that is spreading wildly from the shores of New Zealand.

Lorde has an amazingly powerful voice that demands control through your speakers, she also has a pretty sweet rap style going on at times.  Her songs are mixed with some rad modern beats that make you want to hit the floor.  As well as being a talented musical gem, she also has a mass of 80's curls that any girl would die for.  She's a pretty special lady, have a listen!

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Exclusive pictures from A Night Underwater’s first video shoot

Departures

Drummer: Colin Miller

The boys from A Night Underwater have been busy at work! Little Wing got exclusive access to these pictures from the shoot of their upcoming video for 'Departures.' They endured freezing conditions last night to wrap up the last bits of filming with a super high-tech slow-mo camera. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

We'll be sure to keep you posted when it's released. In the meantime, you can download their album for free here and enjoy the sweet soundscapes from this epic band.

Departures

Lead Guitar: Elliott Briggs

Departures

Lead Singer, Acoustic Guitar: Dave Whayman

Departures

Bassist: Matt Macken; Drummer: Colin Miller; Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar: Dave Whayman; Lead Guitar: Elliott Briggs

 

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Top 10 Best Chill-out Tunes

There seems to be music in this world to suit every mood, every occasion and every persons taste.  There is music that will cheer you up after a long day of work, music to gear you up for a great night out, even full blown raver music to blow your mind away into the night.  But the music that we're talking about here?  We're talking about music to chill to.  I, myself, am someone who appreciates and takes something from all different kinds of music: blues, soul, rock & roll, psy-trance - you name it, I have a mood for it!  Some of my favourite times in the world are when I come across an amazing song to put into the "chill-bank".  Here's a few of our top chill-out tunes:

1. Kings of Convenience - Misread

2. Darius - Maliblue

3. A Night Underwater - Days go

4. DJ Shadow - What does your soul look like? (Part 2)

5. Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

6. Nightmares on Wax - Nights Interlude

7. Lucky Jim - Lovely to me

8. M83 - We own the sky

9. Conor Maynard - Starships (Live lounge)

10. Marvin Gaye - Sunny

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DJ Hedegaard remix — Smoke Weed Everyday

The Personal Thoughts of Hana Difrawy...

I've always had a place in my heart for the legend that is Snoop Dogg, I mean I use his language daily fo sheezey weezey and Dr. Dre has to be one of the most legit people in the Hip Hop business today.  When "The Next Episode" was originally released as a collaboration between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, it was one of those songs that you listen to until you kill it, memorising every word along the way.. I did that.


I would hear the song every once in a while in club or at the pub and still know all of the lyrics, choosing only appropriate times to preform them of course.  And THEN, I was at our local pub last weekend for the usual SNR (Sunday Night at the Runner), when "The Next Episode" made an appearance through the speakers from someones i-pod, but oh no, this was no normal version of the song.  Suddenly a bit of sexy reggaeton was remixed into the groove, it caught me by surprise and definitely got me on my feet within less than 3 seconds.. that's pretty quick.. I was impressed.

I grabbed the owner of the i-pod and demanded to know how and where I could get it, so I did.  And here I present to you, the brilliant remix of "The Next Episode" by DJ Rasmus Hedegaard!!!  Look out for this geezer, he is a fabulous DJ and knows exactly how to work those decks to get you dancing and shaking everything you've got, check him out at: rasmushedegaard.com

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Metronomy: True Contenders

Last year we saw Metronomy rise to the occasion. Their world-wide English Riviera Tour was a complete success, proving to be top contenders in the music scene and towering above the melting pot of generic, boring and predictable alternative/electropop stuff out there. Little Wing was lucky enough to witness their very last show, the grand finale of the tour, at the Royal Albert Hall. We were mesmerized, to say the least, and thought that this is most definitely a band worth writing about.So, on a warm autumn evening in early October, Hana and I rocked up an hour late (as per usual), power-walking through the tunnel at High Street Kensington tube station, which by the way always seems like the longest tunnel in the history of tunnels. As we briskly walk up the stairs onto the street, Hana lights a cig and I pop a pill (Cold&Flu All in One – I had a terrible case of tonsillitis) and we leg it to the Albert.

To be completely honest with you, neither of us were die-hard Metronomy fans at this point. I’d heard of them about a year ago through my friend Lien, who actually bought the tickets but sadly couldn’t make it, and Hana had heard of them…24 hours prior to the actual gig. Needless to say, we were excited to be at a concert because we were in dire need of some live music for our ears, but we didn’t really know what the hell to expect. The result was a more than pleasant surprise –Metronomy is composed of four hugely talented musicians with a whole lot of stage swagger.

We caught one of the opening acts after getting a few bevvies in at the bar; an awesome foursome based in East London called Django Django. It’s a little difficult to really describe what they are all about. Not really electro-dance and not quite punk-funk, this band is definitely different and one to watch out for. They had a cool vibe, mixing live instruments with recorded electronic sounds, but you really have to listen to them yourselves to gather some sort of conclusion about their bizarre, yet oddly captivating soundscape. They definitely got us going, though!

After a short interval, and another whiskey and coke, it was time for Metronomy – that is of course after a rather unusual, muffled and far too long, introduction by a recorder quartet. They opened up with the title track to their third album, The English Riviera, and a brilliant mix of old (from their second LP, Nights Out) and new followed suit. It was a strange setting for a band that usually propels their listeners into a dancing frenzy, and the angst was palpable as spectators sat with their hands on their knees, edging off their chairs bit by bit to drummer Anna Prior’s pounding beats. Soon enough, producer and front man Joe Mount, with the help of super talented Oscar Cash on the keyboard and effortlessly cool Gbenga Adelekan on the bass, fired up the hall with Holiday and The Bay. People were buzzing, propping up from their seats bopping on the spot or rushing as far front as the ushers allowed.

About half an hour in came out favourite bit, when they played The Look. Not only was it one of the favourites, but Mr Cash got wheeled on stage in a movable keyboard contraption, playing that unmistakable tune. It was visual and audible perfection!

And so, midst a pumped up (mostly hipster) crowd, there we were, witnessing a sell-out, stellar performance that will stay with us forever. The lighting was also immense; it sucked you into the powerful synth of Metronomy’s music. It’s clear that these four are going places; it was hard not to be impressed. If you haven’t been to one of their gigs, go! I seriously recommend them.

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A Lesson of Expression Inspired by the Great Lady GaGa

The Personal Thoughts of Hana Difrawy...

 Well, there have certainly been been mixed views about Lady GaGa ever since she started to become widely known, I personally believe this is because people just don’t know how to read her!  I certainly don’t understand a lot of the things that she does, but I do know that I find her extremely creative and intriguing.
I have chosen to showcase Lady GaGa as a particular musing for us because she encompasses a lot of what Little Wing is about.  Lady Gaga is an outrageous fashion icon, a misunderstood (at times) artist and an amazing musical talent, someone who is not afraid to experiment and break boundaries… really break boundaries!I love the fact that she is so random and confident with what she does.  She expresses herself in so many ways, through fashion, music and stage design.  GaGa is not alone however, she has a crazy creative team behind her, known as the ‘Haus of GaGa’, they are a group of artists and designers who help to come up with some of GaGa’s famous creations.  Although she has all of these creative people to help her, when it comes to the performance or the public appearance, GaGa is the one showcase the work of these artists and herself, she is the only one there to take either the praise or take the slaughter!

In my opinion, GaGa is an inspiration because of her confidence and her creative expression.  Most of us would say that we do express ourselves through our clothes, music choice, even the way we walk, talk and carry ourselves.  It can be said however, a lot of us are much too safe with our choices.  If everyone had a little bit more of GaGa’s fearlessness in them, I believe the world would be a much more creative, interesting and forgive me for bieng so blunt.. FUN place to live in.

I put it to everyone reading, try and overstep your boundaries of expression just one step further and see where it takes you, it may just give us all the extra boost of confidence to jazz up our current selves!

Check out some of the Haus of GaGa's amazing creations at: www.haus-of-gaga.com


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