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Musical Mondays

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BassBuds | April 27, 2015

Hope everyone had a great weekend! So again, we’re going to give you the best tunes to get your week started the best way!

Tia – Mark Asari –  Revive

 

 

 

Mark Asari has been a household name in the UK R’n’B scene for a while. BassBuds always support emerging talent whenever we can! We have seen the growth of Mark Asari over the last few years and are even more excited by the music Mark has just released. Mark has received notable success featuring on songs for names such as Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah, Angel, Chip and Labrinth. He has recently released his debut single ‘Up and Away’ from his promising EP which is set to be a blissful soundtrack for the summer! With UK R’n’B making a comeback this summer, we are so excited to hear what else Mark has brewing for us!!

 

Corene – Nick Jonas -Jealous

 

Nick Jonas, mostly known as being one of the infamous Jonas Brothers. He is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Jonas Brothers, a pop band which includes Nick and Kevin and Joe.  Nick’s solo career emerged in 2010 whilst continuing work with the band and in 2013 Jonas Brothers confirmed their split. All was not lost, as Nick continued to branch out on his solo career.

In July 2014, Jonas released the single, “Chains”, the song was released to iTunes, which premiered on MTV via Jonas’ new label Island Records. He released his self titled album in 2014 and is still keeping busy not only musically but within acting as well as in his modelling career. Jonas is due to open up for Kelly Clarkson on her Piece by Piece Tour in October this year. This song comes off his 2nd studio album. It peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jonas’s highest charting single in the US. It was also successful in the UK reaching No 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Warren – Ludacris – Call Ya bluff

 

Ludacris has made his imprint in hip-hop time and time again over the last decade! As an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor Luda has really pushed himself to expand his talents and abilities. He is the co-founder of Disturbing Tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings.  Ludacris was one of the first and most influential Dirty South artists to achieve mainstream success during the early 2000s.

He released his first album Incognegro in 1999 followed by Back for the First Time in 2000, which contained the singles “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy”. In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003 and The Red Light District in 2004. He took a more serious approach with his next two albums, Release Therapy , and Theater of the Mind whilst his next record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010 and featured the tone of his previous albums. His latest album Ludaversal  was released on March 2015 in which ‘Call Ya Buff‘ is featured on and we absolutely love this tune! Luda shows us that he still has it in him to make great music and is still ready to kill it as much as every other rapper on the scene at the moment!

 

Benji – KT Tunstall – Black Horse and Cherry Tree

 

KT Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of this song on Later… with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since her performance, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She has released five albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza (2006), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010) and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013).Tunstall has written soundtracks for films: “Boy” from The Kid, “Miracle” for Winter’s Tale, “We Could Be Kings” for the Disney movie Million Dollar Arm’s Million Dollar Arm (soundtrack), and “Float“, “Strange Sight” and “1000 Years” for Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast after accomplishing all of this, this song is still what KT is best know for having won KT an award for Best Single of 2005 in Q, and it received a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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Right so there you have it! All our summery songs for a wonderful summer’s day! These are the songs that have got us to the best start this week! And to get that much more sunshine in your life hop on to www.bassbuds.com and get yourself some of our BassBoomz to experience music this summer in style! Perfect to take on holiday or just to listen to in the park, during a picnic or just when you’re enjoying the sun!

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Kim Kardashian’s Best and Worst looks

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BassBuds | April 22, 2015

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Kim Kardashian has fast become a worldwide fashion icon. She has managed to perfect her classic, simple and sexy style from head to toe. No matter what she wears or whatever her hairstyles, Kim has manages to pull it off and get the whole world talking at the same time . Here are just some of our favourite Kim outfits and (because we are ever so nice) we’ll even let you know how you can create the look yourself!

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Kim rocked that classic nude style that she so well perfects in a Camel midi dress together with her peach turtle neck crop jumper. The whole set up really brings out her toned legs as well as her hourglass figure that ladies worldwide adore! To get this look you can check out Aso’s Only  Turtleneck cropped top and Pretty Little Thing’s Emilia Camel Crepe Mini Skirt.

 

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Ladies when you have larger assets, be proud of them! Wear them with pride, you hardly ever see Kim in an outfit that doesn’t bring out the very best in her curvaious yet toned figure. Her choice this time emphasised her tiny waist and her low-cut body meant that she teases us with that cheeky side boob. Now American Apparel have the most perfect Cotton Spandex Jersey Halter Leotard which works so well in this look, teamed up with New Look’s Grey Ruched Midi Skirt you will definitely be deemed as a fashionista in the making! You can thank us later!

 

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This outfit was absolutely iconic for more reasons that one! Kim stood posted looking absolutely outstanding in her husbands designs and she worked it so well, she could be paid to be a walking advertisement! We love this edgy, combat look. Sexy-tough is definitely a look we’ll be rocking this season and Rein London have a great piece to suit this look. Their Grid leggings tie that “underwear is outerwear look” together without being overly exposing, now with this lovely Shade London sports crop top under Oh My Love London’s Badlands Black Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top  this works perfectly to complete this style.

 

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Kim really works the smart casual style in a sexy way here! Having her shirt rolled, unbuttoned and tucked in ensure she has that laid back look, whilst teaming it up with high waisted flare trouser which every powerful woman has! This is a sexy, dominant outfit that we can create ourselves! Rare London have the most perfect pair of Black Flared Trousers  and with this incredible Plaid Girlfriend shirt from American Eagle Outfitters you can be that busy but beautiful belle of the office! Go on, treat yourself!

 

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Kimmy got it so, so right in this outfit! Showing off her slender legs, toned stomach, perky derriere and that cheeky bit of cleavage it is everything women want to emphasise. On top of it all, this outfit suits any body shape! Now this outfit was such a hit that our lovely friends at Pretty Little Thing have given us a chance to get the exact look, check out the Helsa Black Slinky Split Maxi Skirt and the Helsa Black Sliky Bandeau Crop Top ! We love it!

But there were also some misses…

 

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Gurl! After the whole “Breaking the internet” saga, Kim stepped out in this lycra number, and yes it does emphasise her wonderful shape but it also looks like she’s has glossy pink paint drapsed on to her.. or maybe just a cute piglet… either way she has made better styling choices.

 

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Now Kim is great at pulling together a great look, and she is versatile! But, sometimes she misses the mark and unfortunately this number was one of those times. In her get up to the Brit Award this year she looked like a cross between Morticia Addams and a Tarantula. I mean, dark colours are sexy but maybe it might not be the best idea to walk around looking like Mother Death herself!

 

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The sofa dress with matching sofa heels… Need I say more.

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Well, Kimmy, see this wasn’t the best choice. This number does emphasise her beautiful shape nor does the print do anything for her. Together with the bag, more cheetah at a Safari park then chic.

 

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This bright yellow jacket-shirt really confuses us! Is it a jacket? Is it a shirt? Is it Tweety-Bird? Or has Big Bird been skinned into clothing? So many questions! Then teamed up with the leather micro mini, Kim looks like she’s carrying the whole world in underneath that jacket in comparison, this makes her torso look way to heavy when her figure is slender and balanced! Not the best choice girl, but we know you’ve learn!

 

 

 

Musical Mondays

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BassBuds | April 20, 2015

Benjy – Hozier – Jackie & Wilson

Hozier, is an Irish singer-songwriter. Making his debut in 2013, when he released his EP Take Me to Church in which  his title track became a major hit after it went viral. His breakthrough single reached number 1 on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart in October 2013. His debut studio album, Hozier, was released in Ireland in September last year  and globally in October. Jackie & Wilson is just one of the amazing tracks on this album. This tune draws influence from Jackie Wilson the African – American soul singer and performer. The album as a whole has gathered positive critical reception and sold over 509 000 copies in the US. Now for all the fans out there, Hozier is set to perform at a special charity show for XFM on the 24th May to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise however if you can’t make it to the intimate gig, no worries, Hozier is set to go on his UK tour following this so make sure you get your tickets now before they run out.
Corene – Shakka – Say Nada

The minute we felt the sun’s rays on our skin this morning, we knew it was a Shakka kind of day! Shakka is a singer songwriter from West London who draws musical influence from Indie, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Motown and UK Garage. He is well-respected and multi-talented across the arts performing for Tate Modern and National Theatre. He has worked with Wretch 32 and is loved by the likes of Rira Ora, Wiley, Professor Green, Skepta. Maverick Sabre and many more. This song is the perfect song to play in the summer as it has a British soul Now if you want to see Shakka live (why wouldn’t you!) he has his live show at the 02 Academy Islingston coming up soon! Tickets will be out on Friday so keep your eyes peeled and cop them the moment you get a chance! You won’t regret it!
Mat – John Fruiciante – Away and Anywhere

John Frusciante  is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. Best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers , from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009. He recorded five studio albums with RHCP. He has had an incredibly active solo career having released eleven solo albums and five EPs. This year, Frusciante will release his debut acid house  album under his alias, Trickfinger. Away and Anywhere was released in 2001 off his album ‘ To record only water for ten days‘ which was his third solo album and was released through Warner Music Group. This album has a huge amount of spiritual meanings behind it as Frusciante communicated his feelings from that time period of his life. Great uptempo song for a Summer’s Day!
Warren – Big Sean – Research ft Ariana Grande

Right so we all know this couple, they have been everywhere recently, on everyone’s lips and they have made the very best use of it with their single together. ‘Research‘ ties these two lovebirds together musically.  This tune is featured on Sean’s third studio LP ‘Dark Sky Paradise’. This is the third single  Big Sean and Ariana Grande released together and if that isn’t a musical portrayal of their chemistry then we don’t know what is.
The song is featured on the deluxe edition of ‘Dark Sky Paradise’. Kanye West, Drake, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and John Legend are all featured on  the album alongside girlfriend Ariana  on the 15-track LP. This is a pumper for the car for sure.
Tia – Kirk Franklin – I Smile

Kirk Frankin give us that Monday motivation joy to get us moving this week. Kirk Franklin is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading his urban contempory gospel choirs and has won multiple awards for his work. He has worked alongside many great singers including Mary Mary, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, Boys II Men, Yolanda Adams and many many more. This tune was released in 2011 and comes of Kirk’s Hello Fear album and is an uplifting song for when ever you need that extra mood lift. Now, you can see this tune gained a whole lot of support from many actors and musicians and with Kirk coming to the UK to perform for GospelFest at the Copperbox next month, we are wondering who he will be bringing with him!
So there you have it! What better way to start your week then with BassBuds HQ’s Musical Monday Motivation! These songs have been selected for all our lovely Budders to give you the greatest start to your week possible! Now, with the weather in our favour (have you been outside!), this is the moment to make this week the most productive, happiest week ever! Lets do something our future selves will be proud of! Now, in the sunshine you’ll need some headphones to keep you moving and grooving on the move so take a trip down to www.bassbuds.co.uk and get yourself a little part of the rainbow that will inject you with great music throughout the day! Go on, treat yourself!
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BassBuds Live speaks to Sneakbo

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BassBuds | April 16, 2015

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Around a week ago, whilst enjoying the most epic celebration of UK talent at Fekky’s  Birthday Extravaganza at The Hertfordshire Forum, we managed to ‘sneak’ in a quick chat with Sneakbo. The south London rapper who has been taking over all the party islands over the last couple years has gone from strength to strength along the years and is soon to release Jetski Wave 2. We spoke to him about his progression through music, his influences and what he has planned for the rest of the 2015!
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So Sneakbo, you just performed, it was dope, you hit it off, they loved you, the crowd were proper feeling your vibe!
Sneakbo: Trust me! Big up Fekky, just shut down his show, yh that’s what we call the Jetski wave every song, banger! The crowd loved it! Big up the crowd they made the  night as well. That’s what the Jetski Wave is about!
Speaking about Jetski wave, you have Jetski Wave 2 coming out soon, what was your inspiration for that?
Sneakbo: That was just like, (thinking)  I’d say Vybz Kartel and Wiz Kid and that, like the bashment genre inspired me, this time round.
So I know you pop off in all the party islands, like Napa and Malia, do you have any holidays planned?
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Sneakbo: Yeah I’m booked in Napa three times this year and I’ve got Nigeria and Portugal coming up.
Really? So how long you in Portugal for?
Sneakbo: For like three days, a short time but its blessed all the same.
Sick! And you’re going to Nigeria, that’s where you’re from right?
Sneakbo: Yeah Yeah. I plan to. It pops off over there too. It’s always nice to visit and perform in your home country.
So you looking forward to that?
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Sneakbo: Yeah that’s going to be mad! Mad! (Grinning)
I would have thought so. Sick! So your ultimate UK/US collaboration, what would it be?
 Sneakbo: If its UK yeah there would only be two people I would say I need to do a collaboration with, Skepta and Giggs. That’s the two I want to do a collabo with. Even though theres people like Ed Sherran that would get me in bigger places but for me right now, those two are my choices…
 What’s that based on though?
 Sneakbo: Just like, from my childhood, just growing up listening to them and just seeing them, I just know, I just feel their aura, you know like that, I respect them as artists in the industry.
I get that, I would think as growing up, I was growing up listening to  Boy Better Know ans stuff like that so when you see people like my age working with them , i’m like you must have grown up with them and that must be an amazing feeling so I completely understand that.
Sneakbo: Yeah it’s a good feeling.
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Now my last question is a cheeky one, well a random one. If you were stranded in the desert what one thing  would you take with you ?
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Sneakbo I think my phone.
Sneakbo’s Jetski Wave 2 is out now and is enough to get us buzzing here at BassBuds! You can download it here . This tape is definitely due to be big for summer this year! We expect to see some really big things!

BassBuds Live Speaks to Splurge Boys & PAP

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BassBuds, BassBuds Live | April 16, 2015

 

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Now if you keep updated with our blog (which of course you do!) you will know that around a week ago we took a trip down to The Forum in Hertfordshire for  Fekky’s Birthday Extravaganza and managed to grab Splurge Boys, Snowy Danger & Kadey James to have a chat with them about their new project together as P A P and their latest collaborations, just before they had to rush off to jump on stage with the birthday boy himself, Fekky.  
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So today we are behind the scenes at Fekky’s Birthday extravagaza and I’m here with Spurlge boys & PAP. How are you guys doing?
SB & PAP: We’re alright, you know you know, out here. (Smiling)
 You enjoying the event?
SB & PAP: Yeah yeah. We’re are always happy to support the UK whenever we can.
Well, I’ve got a few questions for you so hopefully you can help me out with that. So you work together, how did you come across working together originally? Like how did you meet?
 Tee: Well for all my sins, I met that one in school (points to Snowy Danger) and this one in the ends (Kadey)
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Rocket: From the bits, the manor
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What’s the ends?
Tee: The area
Rocket: South London
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There we go! So I know you guys have worked with Fekky recently, you just dropped a tune, how did that come about? How did that particular collaboration come about?
Tee: We done a tune with Fem Fel called Frigid and I remember Fekky hit us up and was like ‘yh man that tune’s hard, maybe  we should get in and try something and we did and we just went well, we got on so the vibe was there.
 So I was listening to the tune, I went on Link Up TV today and I listened to the tune…
Kadey: Which one?
Snowy : There’s two isn’t there?
Rocket: There’s a couple
Tee: There’s about three.
Umm… Ain’t no money, because I was relating with it for my life. Where did that concept come from? How did you get that when you got in the studio?
Rocket: Exactly how you said it relates to your life , it relates to our life as well
Tee: You don’t know, aint nobody give a * about..
Rocket: You got to do it for yourself mate, if you don’t love yourself who going to love you.
Tee: Its so true init
So what do you guys have planned after this?
Rocket: Well we’ve just dropped the tape, so we’re just going to turn up to that on the way home
Sick!    
Snowy: The At the tank LP .
Rocket: Atthetank.com and all that goodness. But then tonight probably back to the tank, do a few more tunes, because we have another tape coming out after this one as well.
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Splurge Boys x P A P are  currently taking over the scene and the new LP, At The Tank, is fast gaining popularity! Keep an eye out for these guys, their definitely ones to watch! You can download their LP from www.Atthetank.com . Check it out, you won’t regret it!

 

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Coachella’s Best Dressed 2015

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BassBuds | April 13, 2015

This weekend was a wonderful one for all of us that got to travel down to Coachella for the epic festival! And what a wonderful festival it was, it saw the likes of Kendall Jenner, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, Katy Perry and many more parading in their very best festival attire for a weekend full of carefree musical enjoyment! Everyone looked like they were having tonnes of fun, but some little gems did stand out more than others, and here we are bringing those fashionista’s to light! Well done girls – perfectly done!

 

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Jourdan has absolutely blown us away this weekend with  her turnout to Coachella. We love everything about this look, the curly lilac hair, the cut out- off the shoulder jumpsuit and especially the gladiator sandals! Everything fits together to fit Jourdan’s tall slender shape whilst showing us why she is viewed as one of the most fashionable models in the world. This is the perfect festival attire and brings together the sexy-boho chic look! Hot Jourdan!!

 

Katy Perry

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Katy never ceases to amaze us, from her wild and wacky outfits to her glamorous get up, Katy manages to pull off her outfits choices that has us thinking ‘if only we could!’ This is just another  example of this. Waist long jet black pig tails, huge gold hoops , gold bralette, an orange 90’s retro bomber jacket and denim patchwork dungarees, who would think put together this would look so epic? But on Katy of course it did! This makes the most outrageous retro look like the most stylish get up! Well done Katy, magnificent as ever!

 

Kendall Jenner

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No stranger to the ‘gram’ Kendall is all over every blog with her style over this weekend! And why wouldn’t she be? Have you seen that amazing figure! Kendell has incredibly long beautiful legs and she was definitely showcasing them to the world in her sheer cut-out maxi shirt, teamed up with  her white frilly crop top and ankle boots. Alongside the boho-chic headband, this outfit was put together perfectly to show off a figure to die for! She continued her top notch style throughout the whole weekend. One thing you can definitely say is she has followed in her fashionista sisters footsteps!

 

Fergie

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Fergs looked absolutely amazing this weekend in Moschino! Now what 40 year old do you know that looks this good in shorts and a crop top? She has the ghetto fabulous look down to her wedge trainers! Gorgeous girl!

 

Chanel Iman

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Chanel showed us all exactly why she is an international fashion icon! She put together a lovely summery outfit with a black bra top, denim shorts, leather gladiator sandals and a stunning black kimono with beautiful patterned sleeves! This is a simple but stylish outfit that is perfect for festivals! Ladies take note, as summer comes we have a heat wave coming, so this is perfect to take note from! Thanks Chanel!

 

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Ms Stylish herself showed up with multiple bangs!  Ri-ri teamed brights and blacks together to create a statement outfit. Her black crop top and black slit skirt was teamed up with her fuschia Dr Martens, and that show stopping deep purple lipstick (courtesy of Mac we are sure!). Perfect for a hot summer’s day right! But what about when it get’s chill? Well she had a huge purple fur jacket to keep her toasty! Girl, stylish and practical we love it!

 

Who are your favourites from Coachella? What fashionista blew you away with their stylish get up? Tweet us and let us know!

You know what else would be perfect? Having the perfect matching headphones to match your own personal festival attire! And you can get that here, well before the festival season approaches!!

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Musical Mondays

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BassBuds | April 13, 2015

Corene- Jaden Smith – PHC ft Willow Smith

What a better way to start your week than with a bit of sibling power! Jaden Smith teamed up with his little sister Willow in his song which he highlights his nostalgic love for  PCH (pacific coast highway) where he reminisces about cruising down the highway with ‘his girl’ (references to Kylie Jenner maybe? Well before she went next door to new boo, Tyga’s house.) I mean, these siblings have had plenty of media exposure with their weird and wacky ways however this is a subtle tune which has a calming, reminiscent feel to it, quite opposite to the children of Will and Jada, that we know. Jaden is one we know to break broundries, even appearing in a Topshop dress last week. Style originator, or maybe just a teenager mourning for his puppy love, after all his music does seem to hint so..

 

Benjy – Elvis vs JXL – A Little Less Conversation

Now, who doesn’t remember this banger! There wasn’t a moment that we would turn on the radio and not hear this tune! It was everywhere and we know why , if ever you need a tune to get you up and moving then this is definitely one. A little less conversation was originally 7th March 1968 by Elvis himself however the song was released 1970 however this remix by JXL was released quite a few years later in 2002, when it became a No.1 hit in Britain and also became a top ten hit in upwards of 17 other countries, reaching No. 1 in at least 10 of them. The song was even used by Nike for their 2002 World Cup advertising campaign. In the United States, the song peaked at No.50 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, the first Hot 100 hit for Presley since 1981, and extending his list of charted singles into the 21st century. Elvis was a legend and his classics still play on today.

 

Warren – Ed Sherran & Rudimental – Bloodstream

 

Ed always manages to blow our socks away, and as the US have picked up on his remarkable talent and we are so proud of him. If anyone represents true British talent it would be these individuals, so you could image our excitement when we heard the brilliant collaboration both Rudimental and Ed together on a tune! For those that don’t know Rudimental as yet, they are an English drum and bass band signed to Asylum Records. The group rose to prominence in 2012 when their single “Feel the Love”, featuring singer John Newman, topped the UK Singles Chart, and for which they were also nominated for a BRIT Award in 2013. They were nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2013, and won several awards including the Brit Award, and the Mobo Award for Best Album. Rudimental also received nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act, and Best UK and Ireland act. Rudimental have achieved multiple Platinum awards for record sales in several countries including in the United Kingdom and Australia. Now we all know Ed’s many accomplishments but this year he won the Brit Award for British Album of the Year, and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Ed is going in on tour this year  and will play three concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date. In December 2014, “Bloodstream” was remixed by Rudimental. It was written by Sheeran, Rudimental and Snow Patrol members Johnny McDaid and Gary Lightbody and released on 29 March 2015 as a joint single between Sheeran and Rudimental. This is an authentic British release and we absolutely love it!

 

 

Mat – Beck – Turn Away

 

Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, experimental style, and he became well known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles. His music is  influenced by folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 12 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music. In the early 1990’s, he cut his breakthrough single “Loser”, which became a worldwide hit in 1994 and he went continued to build  up his musicality  with the information released in 2006, inspired by electro-funk and hip hop, and Modern Guilt in 2008. In February 2014, Beck released the album Morning Phase. It won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards this year. Turn Away came off Beck’s Morning Phase album and has wowed fans over the last two years! This is a brilliant album and we can’t wait for Beck to release new material, we will just be her waiting.

 

Tia – Mary Mary – In The morning

From the makers of Shakles, (yes you know the song) comes the uplifting song ‘In The Morning’! This song brings a joy in your step and is a great way to start your day! The song was originally released in 2002 and came off their Incredible album and states a positive message of happiness for the beginning of the day.  Mary Mary if you don’t know them already are an American contemporary gospel duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell. The duo are often credited along with Kirk Franklin for broadening the fan base of urban contemporary gospel in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul music, hip hop, funk and jazz. which is considered one of the pioneering songs of urban contemporary gospel music. Their debut album, Thankful released in 2000, went Platinum and in  addition to this the duo released two Gold albums: Incredible (2002) and Mary Mary (2005), both of which have charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums. They have also received four Grammys, among other awards. In 2011, they released their fifth studio album, Something Big. You can still catch these ladies making new music and even on their reality show. They are really keeping busy and we are looking forward to hearing their new material!
Here’s to Musical Mondays! The best Monday’s you can ever ask for, now the only thing you need is to take a little trip to our website and get you some little BassBuds with some big bass! Just what you need when playing our choices this week! This week’s choices have been specially selected to give you a spring in your step (or a whole Usher dance routine in the middle of the road if you wish! I mean anything is possible!), so this our Bassbuds are perfectly suited to accompany your musical journey this week! Feel free to tweet us your thought and how this week’s choices made you feel!

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Life on Venus – BassBuds speaks to Letitia Hector

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BassBuds | April 9, 2015

 

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If you tune in to Sky Living tonight at 11pm you will come across a lovely, charismatic lady called Venus as she explores her world and endures her quest to find true love. This light hearted romantic comedy is called Venus vs Mars and is premiering on TV for the first time tonight. Now, you all know how here at BassBuds we have an eye for all things exciting and entertaining, so of course we had to grab the main star of this heart warming sitcom, Letitia Hector,  to speak to her on the progress of a sitcom that started off as a humble YouTube series and has now graced onto our TV screens.

So today is the big launch of Venus vs Mars on Sky Living. Exciting much! We’re fans of the show since the YouTube days and can’t wait to see it again on the big screen. So congratulations are in order.How does that transition feel for you, from originally being a YouTube series to actually being on UK televisions?
It’s so surreal. Even now it’s only 24 hours away from debuting on Sky Living and I still can’t believe it!

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When did you know you wanted to get into acting? Any good tips for prepping for auditions?
I’ve always wanted to perform. Whether that be as a singer, dancer, actor or a combination of the 3 – I’ve always known that is what I want to do. I studied Musical Theatre which is a genre of performance that I throughly enjoy and hope my next role is something within that field. 
Practice! It’s something that’s so overlooked as people rely too much on talent and don’t put in the work. You can ALWAYS interpret a script in various different ways. Take the time to dissect each line, find the subtext, create a backstory, give your character meaning – all these help when you’re trying to tell your characters story. 
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Venus, is a beautiful and independent young lady that some young women can relate to. Do you and Venus have any similar characteristics?
The independent side, I’ll definitely take that! Venus is also quite a sensitive character and although I’m gangster out in these streets, I’m such a sensitive soul!

What is it like being a woman in the entertainment industry at this current moment? How do you make sure you make your mark?
I’m relatively new to the industry so I’m still trying to find my feet. I’ve been truly blessed with the project I’ve been involved in and the team I’ve worked with who have made this experience unforgettable.
People always talk about there isn’t enough opportunities and focus a lot on what they don’t have instead of what they do and using that to creatively build something amazing. 
I’m just looking forward to establishing a place for myself within the industry and working hard to be someone of notability.
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For all those that are watching you and aspiring to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you give them in order to be successful at their craft in this day and age?
 Seriously just don’t give up! Believe in yourself, think for yourself, learn from yourself and others around you and know what you are truly capable of and then…… prove it!
If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.
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We heard from the grapevine that you can SAAANG. Do you hopefully want to explore your singing talent too?
Hahahahahah that’s funny! Like I said I love Musical Theatre, so if I can ever incorporate my singing in a performance, I’d be over the moon :)
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What kind of genres of music inspire you? Any artists that you’re really into at the moment?
I love soulful music and old skool (its weird spelling it like ‘school’ when referring to music) hip hop. I love beautifully written pieces of music, its an amazing feeling when words can stop you in your tracks and have you taken back for a second. I’m definitely a listener who zones in on the words of the artist, I don’t think there are many of us left :(
Big fan of the talent we have in the UK – Jessie J, Floetry, Cherri V, Maverick Sabre, Kyra, Dora Martin, Hayley Cassidy and really love rapper Incisive – if you haven’t heard his stuff, definitely check him out!
I’ve definitely had Jazmine Sullivan’s latest album, ‘Reality Show’ on repeat for the longest while. Spotify knows – it just automatically loads her up now hahaha
P.S I’m into Beyonce all day, everyday :)
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Outdoor festivals or indoor concerts?
Hmmmmm open roof indoor concerts, does that count? Best of both worlds :)
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To catch Letitia in action tonight, tune into Sky Living at 11pm. We promise you won’t regret it!

 

The New Boys On The Block – Introducing Paper Aero Plane

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BassBuds | April 7, 2015

Whilst this bank holiday weekend may have been a restful period for most, here at BassBuds we kept it very much active! There were quite a few good events taking place over the bank holiday weekend but BassBuds were busy at one in particular where we got to catch up with Splurge Boys who are incredibly hot on the scene at the moment! Fekky’s Birthday Extravaganza at The Hertfordshire Forum was most definitely the place to be on Easter Sunday, with performances from Mologo. Sneakbo, Ogz, Tempa T, Stylo G, Yungen, Section Boyz,  Splurgeboys,  Krept & Konan, Stormzy, Chip. Fuse ODG alongside the birthday boy himself, Fekky. An incredible line up for an absolutely incredible event. Each act had the crowd absolutely pumped up and we even saw a mosh pit form in the depth of the crowd! If that doesn’t tell you how great an event it was than I don’t know what does. Through the midst of it all we managed to grab PAP ( Splurge Boys, James Pyke and Snowy Danger) and Sneakbo for a quick cheeky chat behind the scenes! Here’s a little introduction to the new boys on the block before we let you in to the magic box that is our interview!

 

 

 

Paper Aero Plane are  a team made up of Splurge Boys ( Rocket and Tee) together with James Pyke, Kadey James and Snowy Danger. When these guys come together they deliver  a fun yet energising eclectic  rap sound  which gets you moving automatically! They have just released their At The Tank Lp  on Friday and have already created a wave in the industry ! If you are a fan of UK music this is definitely an LP that you need to get your hands on! With tunes that will add a buzz to your day at anytime of the day this should definitely show up on your playlist for summer. On top of all this, Splurge Boys have recently just collaborated with the likes of Fekky and Frisco as well as remixing the Golden boy of Grime at the moment, Stormzy’s hit banger ‘Not That Deep’. This summer these boys are definitely ones to watch, remember we told you!

 

Stay tuned for our interview with the boys coming soon! In the meantime you can download their LP from http://www.atthetank.com/

 

 

Musical Mondays

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BassBuds | April 7, 2015

Corene – Rihanna – #BBHMM

 
Barbadian girl turned international superstar, Bad Gal Rihanna. Yes, the feistiest female songstress in the world releases new tune last week. RihRih who is no stranger to the press, also just released a surprise video for ‘American Oxygen’  on Tidal for all her fans out there. BBHMM was produced by the man of the moment Kanye West and written by a very talented 20 year old Berlin babe by the name of Bibi Bourelly.The song is the second single from Rihanna’s upcoming  eighth studio album  and is currently up for purchase on iTunes. If you don’t have it downloaded, well you’re really just missing out!
Mat – Johnny Cash- Ring of Fire

Well Mat’s choice does take us a bit back in time doesn’t it! Johnny Cash is indeed a legend that many of us grew up on. He considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century and his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. The song was written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore and was originally recored by June’s sister, Anita Carter but was popularised by Cash. The single appeared on Cash’s 1963 album, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. “Ring of Fire” ranked No. 4 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003 and #87 on Rolli, Aniutng Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963, and became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash’s career, staying at number one on the charts for seven weeks. It was certified Gold on January 21, 2010 by the R.I.A.A. and has also sold over 1.2 million digital downloads. What a legend he was! Just goes to show how relevant the old classics still are!
 
Warren – Young Spray – Daily Duppy

Young Spray is a talented rapper from  North London who has been exerting his lyrical talent amongst the UK rap scene for a good while now! He has laid down tunes upon tunes with his career so far and backed it up with brilliant collaborations with some of the UK’s top rappers such as Paigey Cakey and Fekky. His daily duppy reminds us of why we rate him as rapper so highly and we really can’t wait to hear the next tune he’s going to grace us with.
 
 
Benjy- The FutureHeads – Hounds of​Love

 The Futureheads are an English post-punk band from Sunderland, consisting of Ross Millard, Barry Hyde , David “Jaff” Craig ,and Dave Hyde created in 2000. The music is a fusion of Post-punk revial and indie rock. This tune was  released on  21 February 2005, and was originally a cover of a Kate Bush’s song, but was then released as a single.  It reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart in its first week, and was named Best Single of 2005 by NME. The band toured the United States and later supported the Pixies, Foo Fighters and Snow Patrol. Their latest album, Rant was released in 2012 and was nominated for the Artrocker Album of the Year award in 2012.They are still performing so make sure you get a ticket to their performances soon!
 
Tia- Wale – The White Shoes

One of our favourite rappers of the moment, Wale has just released his latest album, The Album about Nothing last week and what an album it is! With features from the like of J Cole, SZA, Usher and Jeremih, Wale did not cut back on the quality he produced on this album. For those that don’t know Wale already (where have you been?) he is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in his hometown and became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale in 2006 and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles “Chillin”, “Pretty Girls”, and “World Tour” which received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011, Wale signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music . This is first single from Wale’s fourth studio album and has really set pace with what more we can expect from the album which is up for purchase on iTunes! Get it now and you will fully understand why we are so excited,  we can’t wait for him to tour!
Here are all the songs you need to introduce you back into the working week after the long weekend that we just had! So what better way to start your week then having one of our little BassBoomz to get you “Booming” into your week again, plus they are portable and wireless which means you can carry them absolutely everywhere with you! Not bad ey! Check out the whole variety we have available online a www.bassbuds.co.uk ! I promise you, you’ll love them!
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