“What new music should I listen to?” … here’s your answer!

Everyone is look for new music, artists and songs to fall in love with. The problem is finding them (though Spotify has made it easier to discover new artists based on your past song choices).    But since sharing is caring, and since I love these upcoming three artists, I couldn’t resist blogging some suggestions. The music style for the following musicians is relaxed and chill, the perfect playlist for working at a coffee shop. 

1. Matt Corby – ‘Resolution’

Matt Corby is already a big, big, big deal in Australia. He’s branching out around the world, though I believe he is no where near his potential. The aspect that drew me to his music is the raw element of it – both in the guitar and the vocals. His most popular song is ‘Brother,’ so if you like this one, you should also check out that one. LISTEN TO ‘BROTHER’. 

2. Yuna – ‘Decorate’

Yuna is a Malaysian singer/songwriter that has described herself as “a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay.” Her music is wonderfully cheerful as well as not being to hyper. Her most popular song is ‘Lullabies,’ so if you like this one you should also check out that one. LISTEN TO ‘LULLABIES.’ 

3. Zee Avi – ‘Concrete Wall’ 

Zee Avi is also a Malaysian singer/songwriter. (Makes me want want to travel to that part of the world just for the music!) She is also very playful, like Yuna, with different musical instruments, including the ukulele. The song above is my favourite one of her, but she has multiple albums, so if you like ‘Concrete Wall,’ you should check her out! (I do really like ‘Bag of Gold’ as well.)

Happy Listening! 

Independent Coffee Shops – visualised by the London Tube Map

Independent Coffee Shops - visualised by the London Tube Map

Well, besides the fact that the TFL is having disruptions due to the London Tube Strike… this is a lovely graphic that showcases all the best independent coffee shops. For those that feel a little bit more spicy than a Costa, Nero, or Starbucks. There’s something about the independents that is fabulous. The inconsistent tables, the local waiters, and the foam hearts on your coffee. I’ve been to at least 10 of these coffee shops, but my all around favourite is The Oval Lounge… Why you might ask? Because I lived around the corner from the cafe on Palfrey Place. That independent coffee shop has sentimental value: I would pass it on my way to school, my flatmates and I would have sunday brunch, and they had Eggs Florentine for a Tuesday afternoon work session on one of their wooden tables.

It’s create to explore the city and look for coffee shops, but ultimately, it’s the ones nearest to you that make the biggest impact. They have convenience, consistency, sentimental value, and a “this is mine” feeling. Those small coffee shops that only fit the locals may not be a part of multi-national corporations that are changing the global business landscape, but the small ones change my Sundays and Tuesdays. Make no mistake, the local business make a BIG difference in people’s day to day life. And I for one, thank them… especially for the foam hearts.