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Amos Chapple's Birds Eye View

      The Star Fort at Bourtange

 Armed with his drone, Amos Chapple has taken photo's of some of the world's most breathtaking architectural wonders. Recording sights from Barcelona to Mumbai, many of these images from his series were taken before drone photography restrictions were introduced thus possibly making them the last aerial images of this type.

      The Lotus Temple, New Dehli

 Saint Petersberg's Hermitage Pavillion

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As promised, here is the second instalment of "Spotlight" - a round up of a few artists and new music that i'm currently listening to. If you enjoy the music I've posted please support the artists with the links I have provided below. You can also tune into my weekly radio show and follow me on soundcloud to hear more!
First up is the East London based talent that is Nao (pronounced Nayo), I started paying attention to her after the release of her EP, "So Good" last year. Since then she's been getting support from the likes of Chet Faker and Jacques Greene; she even toured with Little Dragon on the European leg of their tour.   
After working with the ridiculously talented, A.K. Paul and more recently, Mura Masa on "Firefly". Nao has just dropped an EP entitled, February 15th and her new single, "Inhale Exhale" is a clear indication that this girl is someone we should all have her on our radar.


A while ago I mentioned on Twitter that Australia and New Zealand were producing a lot of soul and R&B vocalists; Nai Palm, Hollie Smith, Kimbra and Mara TK to name a few. Enter, singer-songwriter and producer, Janine and the Mixtape. The New Zealand native fuses R&B, Electronica and a bit of pop. I'm interested in hearing a bit more of her stuff as she's gearing up for the release of her second EP, which should be dropping soon.


 This man needs no introduction, Ahmir Mohamed el Khalifah aka Oddisee has probably worked with all your favourites, Jazzy Jeff, Eric Lau, The Foreign Exchange, Joey Badass and more! The Rapper/Producer just released his new project, "The Good Fight" and you can stream/buy it right now on his Bandcamp page.



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Soulection | The Sound of Tomorrow: Europe


London 9th May

Goldlink
Sam Gellaitry
IAMNOBODI
Joe Kay
Hannah Faith
The Whooligan
Tom Misch
 
Get your tickets here 

‘When I See You, I See Me’ | Wretch 32 x Adidas


 Wretch 32 and Adidas have come together to produce a digital monologue, questioning the meaning a modern day superstar. Filmed at landmark locations within Wretch's hometown of Tottenham, including the infamous Broadwater Farm. The short film was premiered at the Tate as part of their "Late at Tate" series.


DIRECTOR: ROHAN BLAIR-MANGAT | PRODUCER: CONNOR HOLLMAN | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: DAN SCOTT-CROXFORD AND JAMES CUNNINGHAM | CREATIVE DIRECTORS: AKUA AGYEMFRA | 
JERMAINE SCOTT AKA WRETCH 32 AND PAOLA LUCKTANG

Moruf "Buckle Up"



DIRECTOR: STREET ETIQUETTE

Enam Bosokah's Ballpoint Art


I recently saw the work of Ghanaian artist, Enam Bosokah on Tumblr, he creates stunning portrait drawings with elaborate detail only using a blue ballpoint pen! It's amazing how much detail and texture Bosokah is able to covey just using a simple pen. Have a look at more of his work. below.

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Spotlight is a new feature i'm adding to this blog. It's a great way for me to showcase artists (of all mediums) on here and give a you a chance to see and listen to talent that I feel deserves more exposure. I'll try and update this on a regular basis and if there are any artists you've heard of please feel free to hit me up on here or Twitter and I'll check them out!
For a while it seemed like the only soulful voices from the UK were from women but with the likes of Kwabs, Jacob Banks and Sam Smith finding success overseas that shift is being made. Now we have BMG Chrysalis new signee, Samm Henshaw to join the mix as well. I first heard Samm's voice as he covered the classic Bill Withers "Aint no Sunshine"and realised he was definitely someone to watch out for. 
The 20 year old talent has just released his second single, Redemption which is currently available as a free download (click below) and will be featured on his highly anticipated debut EP, The Sound Experiment (due for release on the 13th July).



Obenewa is a artist that I've been following for a few years now; her debut EP, Therapy, completely blew me away and I've been an avid fan ever since. In recent times it seems the West Londoner has been busy doing back-up duties for Plan B and Rosie Lowe. Now she's back with a new song (and possibly a new EP/Album??) entitled, He.
There's a nice slow groove to this one and is very reminiscent to that classic 90's RnB sound that we all know and love.



You may know Shakka for his successful online series, Shakkapellas or his collaboration with Wretch 32 on the chart topping hit, Blackout or even for his EP's "Welcome to Foolishness Vol. 1", "The Shakka Crown Affair", and most recently "Tribe". This guy may just be one of the hardest working artists in the UK. When he's not producing tracks for artist's such as Nick Brewer, Blizzard or Alexandra Burke, he's on tour providing back vocals for Basement Jaxx.
I'm a huge fan of this guy and his unique talent. If you haven't had a chance to see him perform don't deny yourself a wonderful experience  - he is set to perform at the O2 Academy Islington on the 30th April. Tickets are available here.
As part of his new series #ShakkaMondays he will be dropping new singles every week! 


Working with Rudimental, Pomo, Disclosure and Wiley - Sinead Harnett is a voice you've probably already heard but now she's striking it out on her own with "She ain't Me"the first song off her upcoming debut album due later this year. Sinead is often described as a mix between Leona Lewis, Adele and Lauryn Hill - I'm not quite sure about that comparison but what I will say is that this lady is someone to be on the lookout for and I'm really interested how she evolves as a solo artist. Check out her banging new single below.


Ackee & Saltfish


For those of you who follow me on Twitter or tune into my weekly radio show you'll know I'm obsessed with web series or "Web Television". I love that this platform showcases stories and characters to that your average TV channel wouldn't even consider "TV worthy". The producers and writers behind web channels such as Black and Sexy TV. BWNG and Wong Fu Productions have cult followings and are clearly providing content that people want to see.

A series based on two Black British women who are smart, funny and don't exist within the stereotypes of the "girl from the hood" or the "Black BFF". Watching the leading characters, Olivia and Rachel feels like I'm watching a conversation between myself and my friends. I can't remember the last time I watched a TV show that I could find so relatable and entertaining.

Press play on one of my (many) favourite episodes below and let me know your thoughts.


DIRECTOR/WRITER: CECILE EMEKE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ABRAHAM POOPLA, OLIVIA: MICHELLE TAIWO, RACHEL: VANESSA BABIYRE, SOUND: JAMES ALLEN
TWITTER: @ACKEEXSALTFISH

Moruf "Jasmine"


THANK YOU: JAI PAUL, VOCALS: MORUF, GUITAR: MIKE, 
MIX/MASTER: GOLDENCHILD




Darling & King Presents: August '14






At the end of every month my co-host, King and I will be putting together our favourite songs of that respective month in a playlist. There's so much good music out there and this is our chance to showcase a few tracks that caught our ear. 

If you enjoy them please comment, like and repost :)


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