New Release: Jindi Featuring Smylie - Midnight Love

Well, this was a nice surprise to come across for this week's new release music video review. "Midnight Love" by Jindi featuring Smylie is an infectious reggae track that I really haven't been able to get out of my head since the minute I heard it. Jindi truly managed to blow me away with his awesome vocal on this track, whereas Smylie brings the dancehall flavour that adds the extra spice that is needed. This collaboration is something different, fresh, and exciting, giving us a tune we will definitely listen to many times over.

The accompanying music video is really visionary, with a chilled-out opening scene which sees Jindi in Dubai calling Smylie in Harare, Zimbabwe, where the latter invites the former to come and visit. The viewers watch on as Jindi visits Zimbabwe and showcases the beautiful locations and the people that they meet. Some of the scenes are breath-taking, and both artists nail the performance side of things giving us perfect energy that just adds to the song, overall.

Manila Luzon Featuring Latrice Royale - Robbed

ROBBED! Oh yes she was, Manila Luzon was absolutely amazing on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 and totally deserved the crown but one slip up meant she ended up in the bottom two and was sent home and I've never been more disappointed - apart from when Shangela didn't make it into the top two during All Stars 3 (which totally explains the ending of this music video)! I adore this song when I first heard it back when Manila Luzon's album Rules! was released. Yet, this music video has just made me love the song, even more, drag queens as animated characters are literally the best thing ever - I loved Netflix's Super Drags and World Of Wonder's DragTots... We need a long-running animated drag queen TV series - someone commission it already!

What's not to like about this? Both Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale are drag queen extraordinaires and how they haven't won RuPaul's Drag Race, yet, I'll never know - I'd so throw in Shangela and Raven into this mix too as they also deserve to win (and Jujubee, although she's currently in the running to win All Stars 5). There is literally so much detail in every single scene that every time I watch this I see something new. Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale look total-fire, and I am living for their looks throughout, and Shangela looks like a star at the end of the video too. I love how Naomi Smalls is the hostage and she's even being gagged with the lipstick that sent home Manila Luzon. I love the small details too such as the car's pedals saying "Shantay" and "Sashay", the smoke bombs saying "All T" and "Shade", the news is called "News 96" instead of "Club 96". It's so amazing and I hope we get to see this drag queen art animation style again, maybe Manila Luzon will do a continued storyline in a new music video? - Oh, how we can only hope. Thank you, Chaos Emporium Inc, for creating this awesome music video!

Chris Bandi - Would Have Loved Her

This popped up on my YouTube recommendations, so I thought I might as well give it a shot, and I'm so glad I did as this is a very heart-warming song with such a massive story behind it. I've never come across Chris Bandi before, and a quick Google search lets me know that he is a rising American country singer who dropped his debut EP this year. He has everything going for him, his brilliant voice, great songs, and incredible music videos - well if this one is anything to go by. This song is a message to his father who has passed away and updating him on his life and his beautiful wife and daughter. It's such an adorable song that touches the hearts of everyone who hears it. His brilliant voice is accompanied by a piano throughout, which can sometimes overpower his vocal but doesn't stop the delivery of the strong message behind the track.

I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I clicked on this but it wasn't this incredibly powerful and moving music video. It's simple but so effective. The main scene sees Chris Bandi performing "Would Have Loved Her" on a piano, outside between two trees, and it's such a beautiful location. Scenes are intercut with a woman and a child who we presume are the wife and daughter he sings about in the song. The ending sees a wooden cross, suggesting he is singing the song to his late father, and it's just perfect. This video accompanies this song beautifully, and I cannot fault it at all.

Chart Mondays: Jason Derulo x Jawsh 685 - Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)

On Friday, it was announced that Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 had made it to the top of the UK singles chart with their single "Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)", the song of which had become extremely popular on the video streaming app, TikTok. The app has really taken over when it comes to the chart, with many of the songs being used becoming successful. This track has quite a bit of controversial drama surrounding it as Jawsh 685 originally released the track, titled "Laxed (Siren Beat)", instrumentally, which is the track that became popular on TikTok; and, he later reached out to a variety of well-known stars, to remix the track, one of whom was Jason Derulo - who leaked his version in the hopes of being the one to release the official remix. I guess it worked in his favour and, regardless, the song became a hit.

I always forget how incredible Jason Derulo's voice is until he releases a new song, he's such a diverse artist and extremely versatile and it's great to hear him showcasing his vocal prowess on this track. Instrumentally, it's addicting, and it's no surprise that this blew up on TikTok, but Jason Derulo's vocals certainly make the song.

There's not a whole lot going on in the music video, we're in an era where quarantine videos are the norm, and I'm sure there's been plenty of music videos in the past that are absolutely brilliant and still could be done under the same restrictions as we have right now. I was hoping this would've been a lot better, especially since the song was planned to become a success. We just watch Jason Derulo in the studio, singing the song and grooving to the beat. I don't really have a lot to comment on, in some of the scenes he is shirtless, but throughout you can tell how much he likes this song, and that's what really matters... I just wish there was more to this, it really is quite forgettable.

This Week's UK New Single, EP & Album Releases 26/06/2020

As with every week, there have been so many new releases! Obviously, my favourite release, this week, has been INNA's new single "Nobody". I'm loving the direction she's taken with her new music recently and this deserves to be a summer hit and I certainly can't stop listening to it.

This Week's UK New Single, EP & Album Releases 19/06/2020

This week has seen so much new music, that it has not been easy to track it all. There's been some brilliant debut singles, EPs, and albums, and some releases from legendary stars. Find all the music that has been released this week including what you may have missed, below. These singles, EPs, and albums have all been released in the UK between 13 June 2020 and 19 June 2020. Some releases have previously been released a few weeks ago, in different countries, but have arrived on download and streaming services in the UK, this week (between 13/06/2020 and 19/06/2020).

New Release: Karen Harding & Digital Farm Animals - Undo My Heart

This song was released last week, but the music video was dropped today via Ultra Music's YouTube Channel and it is cuteness overload, for sure. The song is incredibly addicting and Karen Harding brings emotion easily throughout. Vocals on fire from start to finish, it's powerful and passionate with every listener feeling the lyrics in their hearts. It's one of my favourite releases from last week because of her awesome voice, the brilliant sound from Digital Farm Animals, and I just love the R&B hints that truly makes this song.

It's not easy to turn out a brilliant music video for such an awesome song, but they've done just that. Directed by Jordi Estapé with Henry Gill acting as director of photography, we watch Karen Harding spending time with her on-screen love interest and it's just so adorable. There is so many cute moments and scenes throughout and they've really captured the meaning of the song into the music video. It's refreshing to see, especially since I feel that this is how cute my long-distance partner and I look when we're spending time together, even though we haven't seen each other since the end of February due to this lockdown, and we really can't wait to be together again. This music video is full of love, heart, and passion, one I could watch again and again, on repeat. So beautiful!

R3HAB, NERVO & Ummet Ozcan - Revolution

It's Thursday, which means Thursday Revisit time, and I've decided to choose R3HAB's collaboration with NERVO and Ummet Ozcan, titled "Revolution" which charted well in Belgium, Ireland, and the UK, but did the best in Poland, peaking at number five. The video opens with a news announcement that the three artists are wanted and are somewhere in the desert, presented by a masked army guy with a robotic voice. The artists are then seen pushing a car across the desert, while an old man is eating cereal in front of a TV. A crowd comes to help them with the car as we see more of these holographic army-like people attempting to track R3HAB, NERVO, and Ummet Ozcan.

NERVO's vocals are absolutely incredible and really makes the track, whilst the backing track is awesome in itself. It's no surprise that the song managed to chart in some countries, and its accompanying music video is interesting and inspiring to a certain degree. Fierce and strong, this really stands out, and NERVO certainly has the spotlight on them during the whole visual.

Paul Rey - Talking In My Sleep

Easily one of many of my favourites from Melodifestivalen 2020, Paul Rey literally made me tear up the first time I heard this song. He performed it incredibly on the night, and this would've been a brilliant track to be sent to Eurovision to represent Sweden - to be fair, the Swedish national selection show is so incredible with plenty of amazing acts, that I'm pretty sure any of them would do well in the Eurovision Song Contest. This music video is so special, as I was given the opportunity to premiere the track on CelebMix, and interview Paul Rey, himself.

This music video is one of my favourites, I love how Paul Rey is in bed as visuals of him and his real-life wife during incredibly happy days are projected around him. We all rejoice in our happy moments and totally need to remember them when we're feeling down or away from our loved ones - more so than ever as we've been on lockdown and quarantine. It's a very weird time and true love will shine through if you let it. I do admit, I want to lye in bed all day and night and live in the dream world with the one I love until we can see each other again, and it has been so difficult - plus we're a long-distance relationship, so I feel like it's tougher and I just have to believe that we'll pull through and everything will be okay.

Although this music video is laid-back (literally with Paul Rey just lying in bed singing his song), it's cleverly done and relatable to many. I love how the projections work really well and suggest the scenes he has been dreaming about.

Sofia Carson & R3HAB - I Luv U

Ever since I saw Sofia Carson in the Disney Descendants movie, I have followed her singing career and her voice just keeps getting better and better with every song she releases. The video opens with a short statement from Sofia Carson, setting the storyline with the words, "She fell for him like a petal falls from a flower until every piece of her was his. She loved him and now nothing will ever be the same." - Anyone who has ever been in love, who has ever taken another into their hearts, and made their world theirs to share, will fully understand this, it's how I feel right now and have been feeling for the last two and a half years, although the song takes on a different meaning, there are bound to be times in any relationship where you'll understand the meaning of this song, either slightly or whole-heartedly.

The video sees Sofia Carson posing for the camera in a warehouse, clearly, she's doing a photo shoot. She looks absolutely stunning from start to finish. It's the perfect setting for something so emotional whilst being emotionless, as when posing for photos you are meant to express yourself in a different way to the way you are feeling, which is what we see during the other scenes of the video where she is off-set from the photo shoot. There are black and white visuals spaced between the narrative, showing Sofia Carson in the studio with R3HAB, recording the song, adding the much-needed emotion that allows the lyrics to connect with the listeners.