No need to complicate things…keep it simple

After years of wanting to go to Live at Leeds (LAL) (the music festival that takes place across various venues in Leeds during the May Bank Holiday)… 2015 was finally my year 🙂 I had finished uni, I was living back at home and the line-up for LAL ’15 made it hard to resist.

I remember being so excited to see Lawson, Rhodes, Lucy Rose, Vaults and Raleigh Ritchie and on the day I was lucky enough to catch all of the above(apart from Lucy Rose darn it). There were some artists that I watched not knowing what to expect like Saint Raymond and MNEK (whose sets were amazing). Once I got home, I made it my mission to check out more of their music !!!

The award for the artist/band who was literally bouncing off the walls goes to……Raleigh Ritchie. His set was definitely the most fun and entertaining …I didn’t want it to end. He was so smiley on stage and spoke to the audience in between songs, calling us Yorkshians!!! (people from Yorkshire of course). There was no doubt that he was having a great time and his positive energy seemed to rub off on the crowd 🙂 During his set, he performed a song that I had not heard before called, “Keep It Simple” which I thought straightaway sounded brilliant!!! It didn’t have to grow on me. This is the perfect song to have on, if your spirits need lifting on a cold,dark evening!!! It is hard to feel blue when listening to Raleigh’s suave, rich voice on such a feel-good track 🙂

Since hearing it back in May, I was unable to find a good-quality version on YouTube (my trusted source) because it had not been released yet. 9 months later and the days of searching are finally over…Last week  the official audio of the song was uploaded onto YouTube which now features MC-of-the-moment, Stormzy. (So Happy)

One thing to take away from this post is that Greyworm can saaaaang, for all the Game of Thrones fans out there!!!

 

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Raleigh Ritchie

 

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Raleigh Ritchie @ Leeds O2 academy

 

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Don’t you Run When you Hear the Sirens Coming…

Most days after work, I listen to Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. Her show is great because it steers you in the right direction for the best new music and emerging talent. For example a few weeks ago, I had tuned into her show and heard a song that made my ears prick up and could not get out of my head. The track in question was called “Blue Lights” (which samples Dizzee Rascal’s “Sirens”) by 18 year old singer-songwriter Jorja Smith.

I like how the mood of the song is quite chilled and that Smith sings with a British accent. Her style of singing reminds me of the artist “Rainy Milo” whose London accent is evident in her vocals.

With an impressive debut single under her belt, I look forward to whatever Smith brings out next 🙂

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith

 

 

Rainy Milo

Rainy Milo