New Music Friday 5

Welcome back to New Music Friday, except it’s not Friday because after just 4 short weeks I kind of messed up. I have a valid excuse though – well I chose sleep.

In my defence I had to wake up at 6:45 in order to make my way to my internship so instead this week it’s going to be new music Saturday.

This week, as like many weeks in the run up to Christmas we have been offered a platter of festivity, a couple of albums but not many and a seasoning of singles so I think we should just get into it.

Ariana Grande is back this week giving ‘Thank you, next’ a I guess thank you, next (did you see what I did there?). In all seriousness she has released a new single called ‘Imagine’ this week and I would hate to imagine a world without Ariana Grande at the moment. Switching it up, Ariana takes a step back to reflect as she heads back to an R and infused pop sound similar to her early work. Vocally, she sounds on top form, she’s got whistle tones impressive enough to smash windows and I guess this song is another smash and rightfully so. She’s not here to play around.

I know that I’ve mentioned this next artist in the past 3 weeks (I can promise you I’m not a super fan) but Zayn’s solo sophomore album ‘Icarus Falls’ dropped yesterday and after a series of varying releases the album, from what I’ve heard, is mellow, laid back and surprisingly cohesive. ‘There You Are’ is on the new music playlist and whilst I think there are definitely better tracks than this off of the album it’s a punchy pop song with an almost cinematic energy providing an easy listen with pleasant vocals.

This year I’m surprised to say that I have barely heard any Christmas songs so far but it’s December 15th and what a better way to break this by listening to some new offerings. After recently releasing their hit single ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson have teamed up once again for a fresh take on a Christmas classic. ‘Happy Xmas (war is over)’ nicely shows off Miley’s vocals and isn’t a bad listen but is it better than the original I will let you decide.

Another Christmas song, this time an unexpected release from Former X Factor girl group Four of Diamonds. Their new single ‘Cozy Little Christmas’ sounds fitting for any huge family advert you see every time you turn on the TV and I mean every time. The feel good, upbeat festive track is undeniably catchy especially with the uplifting chorus that just makes you want to bop along. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit I think this is one of your best bets this week.

A short one this week so finally we have a funky new song from boy band PRETTYMUCH. Their new single ‘Jello’ is a funk infused pop/r and b piece revolving around, as you probably guessed by the title, Jello but I think we can be sure it’s not actually about the dessert. Cheeky. Sounds quite like a typical boy band track but not bad nevertheless.

Next week I should be back to releasing on Friday for the last one before Christmas. Thanks again for reading – I appreciate it and if you liked it check out the previous weeks and don’t forget to share.

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SUMMER 2018: DUBAI/MEXICO

The title of this post might have you slightly confused, you’re probably thinking summer? It’s now November. Yes, I’m a bit late but summer 2018 was fairly busy and full of exciting new things and as the cold winter nights are drawing in I kind of wanted to reflect on the crazy few weeks I spent in some insane countries.

I enjoy travelling but definitely don’t do it enough; every opportunity I get, I like to take and it’s fair to say that this past summer I definitely made the most of my time off.

Back in June I took a week-long trip to Dubai with my girlfriend and her family. My first year at university had just finished and it was time for a well-deserved break, even if I do say so myself.

I was excited to go to Dubai as I’ve always heard people say how good it was. Because of this I had high expectations and I wasn’t left disappointed. As a city it’s associated with luxury, extravagance, shopping and unique architecture and I believe it’s the perfect place to live a lavish lifestyle even if it’s just for a short period.

Whilst I was in Dubai I stayed at the Atlantis: the palm which was the perfect place to relax,

have fun and make exciting memories. From the water park, Lost Chambers aquarium and marine activities to the 5-star luxury spa, gym and private beach it was the perfect place to do anything you desire and get those all-important zzz’s at night.

With this being my first time in Dubai, and due to the short time we had there, we tried to fill our days and make the most of our trip. During my week there we crammed in a wide range of activities from shopping at the Emirates and Dubai mall, watching the musical fountains and seeing all the landmarks of the vibrant city from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Additionally, I enjoyed exciting days filled with adrenaline at the Atlantis waterpark, where I may or may not have consumed my body weight in snow cones, and a fun day exploring Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Dubai parks and resorts is a great place to visit with different themed areas along with a destination devoted to eateries from around the world. I went to the Motiongate park which revolves around films and had themed rides from unique franchises such as The Hunger Games and Madagascar.

 

Dubai wasn’t the only place I was lucky enough to visit as I went on a two-week family vacation to Mexico at the end of August. The beautiful blue sea and white sand beaches was exactly what I needed before coming back to London and starting my second year of university.

This holiday was definitely more relaxed than Dubai and chilled out as most of our days were spent soaking up the sun by the pool and beach. On one of the days I visited the popular tourist destination 5th Avenue which has everything and anything you could think of including a 7/11 with a slurpee machine so you can supersize that brain freeze.

Overall some of my top highlights of the trips were definitely the food in Dubai, being able to snorkel with the wide variety of tropical fish, sharks and rays in the hotel aquarium and also the experience of the different cultures in both Dubai and Mexico.

I had the best summer this year and i’m excited to travel more in the future and to plan for my 2019 summer break.

Arun