Born in Queens, but raised in Korea and on the East Coast, Yaeji experienced considerable alienation during her childhood. She’s put that to good use as an adult, and channels her outsider spirit into her music, which rather than alienate, draw in listeners. Her latest hooky electronic pop track, ‘Waking Up Down’, out now, is from the ‘What We Drew’ mixtape, her first release on UK indie label, XL Recordings, which she shares with the likes of Radiohead, FKA Twigs, and Adele.
Door 10 of our Essential Advent Calendar this year opens on Ingrid Michaelson, who duets with Jason Mraz on her new holiday single, ‘Christmas Valentine’. The singer songwriter has nine albums under her belt, and loves making music that people connect with – so it’s no wonder she loves Christmas music!
Norwegian trio Rat City are as unusual as their name. They’ve got the style and swagger required to ensure immediate success, and are more than just a household name in their home country, where they have held the place for #1 record on the radio and the Top 10 Spotify in Norway, as well as being on the Top 5 Shazam for over ten weeks. Their new single, ‘Deliriously Good’ does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s good. Deliriously so.
Laoise* first came to our attention in February last year with her single, ‘Bother’, a gritty and impressively honest song about a love gone wrong. Now the singer songwriter, originally from Galway, in the very west of Ireland, returns with her new single, ‘Seriously?’, taken from her most recent EP, ‘Mad’.
Liverpool-based contemporary R&B trio Little Grace. have released their third single, ‘My Bed’. Inspired by Tracey Emin’s art installation of the same name, the track connects all art forms, while at the same time exploring the important topic of mental health, and a percentage of earnings from the single will go to men’s mental health charity, CALM.
‘Sgt Stubby: An Unlikely Hero’ is more than just a feel good film, it also provides some insight into a little known fact of the history of World War 1, the important role animals played on the battlefields in France. I took my two youngest sons, aged 12 and 15 to see the film, and it was a revelation to them to discover at the end, when we were shown photos of the real Robert Conroy and Stubby, that the film was based on factual events.
With the “War to End All Wars” looming, the life of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman, Fury, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians) is forever changed when the little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into his training camp, where Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and a chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.
‘The Happytime Murders’, starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks is definitely not for the kids. Director, Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, and the director of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, has created a movie that will leave you wondering if Jim Henson would have allowed this if he were still alive.
Initially a studio project, Kiev-based Vagabond Specter is the joint project of vocalist Pablo Specter and guitarist, keyboard player, and producer, Yuriy Smailius. Their new single, ‘Half A Billion Miles’ is accompanied by an extraordinary video created by talented artist and director, Gosha Vinokurov.