NEXT BIG THING - MARMOZETS / LUCIUS / HOZIER

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It’s not long until festival season properly kicks off, so why not help welcome in the summer with some brilliant new music? Longtime fans of our Next Big Thing station will know we’ve watched the likes of Nick Mulvey, Indiana and SOHN go from hotly-tipped indie faves to bonafide chart successes – but if you’re new to the station, why not tune in today? You might just discover your new favourite band…

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Marmozets 

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A female-fronted Royal Blood. The UK’s answer to Paramore. The next Pretty Reckless. Call them what you will, but the most important thing about newcomers Marmozets is that they’re really, really good. Fiery vocals and massive guitar riffs trade places on tracks like Move Shake Hide and Why Do You Hate Me, proving early praise from the likes of Kerrang! and Radio 1 is more than justified.

Lucius

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The latest budding young indie troupe to have the music press bending over backward to sing their praises, this Brooklyn five-piece offer up cheerily minimalist guitar numbers; all twinkling melodies and dreamy vocals. Strikingly pretty stuff.

Hozier

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Irish 24 year old Hozier, aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne is about as soulful as they come; with a deeply resonant, powerful voice dominating on standout tracks like the gospel-tinged Take Me To Church. With his music going viral late last year and rapid local success quickly following, expect Hozier to hit our shores in a big way over the next few months.

KELIS: FURTHER LISTENING

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Here’s what’s cooking! Kelis serves up her new album ‘Food’ this week, returning to R&B with her retro soul-influenced flavours.

The singer’s fetish with food has been stewing for some time since the release of standout album ‘Tasty’ and hit single ‘Milkshake’ back in 2003, and now more recently she has piloted her own cooking show ‘Saucy & Sweet’, and even announced the launch of her range of specialist sauces.

Outside of the kitchen, Kelis’s musical repertoire is equally impressive. A career spanning over 10 years has seen the artist cover a lot of ground, from R&B hits to EDM produced by David Guetta. It seems she has a taste for it all.

We’ve put together a station full of the superstar’s most popular tracks from old to new, contemporaries though the years and inspirations. Tuck into the station below! 

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BRAND NEW & BRILLIANT THIS WEEK

This week it’s all about the ladies as three of our favourite pop acts of the moment duke it out. There’s something new in the form of Nottingham songstress Indiana, the long-awaited return of Lily Allen, plus girl-group Neon Jungle. Get your fill of all these and more in our Brand New & Brilliant station, updated weekly with the hottest hits around.

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Indiana – Solo Dancing 

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We’re chuffed to see Indiana doing so well this week, having championed her back in February as part of our Next Big Thing series. Solo Dancing is a gem of a track, all sultry vocals and bewitching electronics that feel like something off of the Blade Runner soundtrack. Magical stuff. 

Neon Jungle – Welcome To The Jungle

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The hits just keep coming with Neon Jungle, with new single Welcome to the Jungle reaffirming why they’re totally our favourite pop group around right now. Sticking to the all-out club banger template of Trouble and Braveheart, their latest number delivers more fizzy, ridiculously catchy fun with a feisty, empowering kick in the tail.

Lily Allen – Our Time

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She’s been away for quite some time, but new single Our Time is like classic Lily all over again. Expect cheeky lyrics aplenty atop a breezy flow of cheap synths and an ace chorus. If Skins was still on the telly, this could have been the perfect theme tune.

“POKE HER FACE? OFF THE RAILS ON A GRAVY TRAIN?” - 10 TOP MIS-HEARD LYRICS

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We’ve all done it - fallen head over heels in love with a song, only to find out we’ve been singing the words wrong all along.

Still, while it’s not a great look, that’s no excuse for not seeing the funny side in it all, and trust us when we say some of the best cases of misheard-lyrics provide some absolute comedy gold.

With that in mind, we put the word out about putting together a definitive list of the Top 10 misheard lyrics of all time, and the results are in! We’ve put all the songs together into a fun little station, why not tune in and sing along (with the right words this time!)

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Have you made any of the slip-ups below (we’ve listed some of our favourites), or do you reckon you’ve got an even better example? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone / I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

Rihanna - We Found Love

What it takes to form a line / What it takes to come alive

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

Excuse me while I kiss this guy / Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VICTORIA BECKHAM!

Spice Girl, Original WAG and Fashion Icon Victoria Beckham hits the big 4-0 today so we’ve decided to celebrate her life in fabulous gif form, of course.

Victoria was just 20 when she joined what was to become the most successful girl band of all time:

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Her insecurities and shyness encouraged her to create a “moody” Posh Spice persona but we all know she has a wicked sense of humour - who can forget these iconic moments from Spiceworld:

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Happy birthday, Victoria! Have a fabulous 40th. Here’s to the next 40!

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NEXT BIG THING - PRIDES / ELLI INGRAM / THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

How about something new to brighten up your week? Look no further than our Next Big Thing station; bringing you the hottest new acts around, all in one easy, bite-size dollop of musical excellence. We love discovering exciting new acts, and if you do too, why not check out some of our current favourites below…

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Prides

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We like to imagine Prides as a kind of musical equation involving one part Bastille to one part Chvrches. Mixing the hooks and laddy charm of the former with the synth-driven pump of the latter, they’ve already nabbed praise from the likes of Popjustice. Look out for their track The Seeds You Sow as well as their remarkable cover versions mixtape, it’s a good’un.

Elli Ingram

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Already tipped by the Guardian, Elli Ingram instantly stands out as one of this year’s most promising female acts; with her classy, soulful vocals seeing her earmarked as a potential ‘new’ Adele or Amy Winehouse. Personally, we reckon her shtick is far cooler than that; with her standout track Sober touting irrepressibly crisp production values and the kind of blissed out sense of cool that could see it just as easily find itself on the playlists of Radio 1, Radio 2 or 1Xtra.

The Neighbourhood

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Expect the Neighbourhood to deliver one of this year’s biggest sleeper hits, in a similar vein to Lorde’s Royals last year. Their track Sweater Weather is already massive in the US, and eventually racked up eleven weeks at the top of the Billboard Alternative charts. With their low-slung, hazy blend of urban and indie tropes, the five-piece make for an intriguing offering.