Our Interview With Jimmy Anderson

Jimmy and EduardoLancashire and England cricketer Jimmy Anderson has been called the best bowler of his generation and it was he who, basically, won England the Test Match back in July. Indeed, such is his dedication to the sport that he laughs that his favourite noise is, “the sound a ball makes when it hits a bat’s sweet spot.”

But there’s more to Mr A than that. He is, in his own words, a huge music fan and he’s recently been appointed as Nordoff Robbins’ newest Ambassador. “I’ve got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people,” he said recently. “Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.”

All of which made us wonder exactly what music does he love? So, being the proactive types we are we phoned him up and asked him.

“OK, so this is what I’m listening to right now,” Jimmy told us. “Which also means it’s what we have on in the dressing room!”

Daft Punk – Get Lucky 
I’ve always loved Daft Punk and this song’s great. This would definitely get played all the way through in the dressing room!

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
I heard this on the radio recently and loved it. The album’s great too.

Stereophonics – Indian Summer
I’m a proper, long-term fan of the band and I love the new album.

Django Django – Default 
This is a great record – I’d love to see them some time, but we always tend to be playing when the festivals are happening!

Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 
I wasn’t really a fan before this new album, but this is a great song.

Bastille – Laura Palmer 
Bastille are definitely my favourite new band of the moment – love this.

Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk
This was the theme for a TV show called The Bridge that the whole team watched on tour. Boxsets are brilliant, we’ve watched Luther, The Wire and Breaking Bad recently.

Crystal Fighters – You & I 
I’m totally new to this band. I heard this on either Radio One or Absolute Radio – I flick between them all the time – and was hooked straight away.

Jake Bugg – Someone Told Me
I first saw Jake on Later and thought he was great. I really love his album.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Brilliant song and I love the video where there’s whole rooms of people dancing with the band.

James – Tomorrow
This song was a huge part of my childhood – I’d listen to it in my bedroom over and over again. It might just be my favourite song ever!


Our interview with Miguel

Miguel has the voice of a god, which is something that he shows more than ever when he’s performing live. We caught him right after a concert to ask some questions about his beautiful voice and the different personalities of an audience.

We met R&B superstar Miguel shortly after he had stolen thousands of Swedish hearts during a festival gig in Gothenburg. This summer he’s been touring festivals all over Europe, and has gotten to know all kinds of audiences. “You never know what the personality of a crowd is going to be like. Sometimes a crowd will be very focused, but no real reactions. Here, they were all in the moment, there was an interaction with everyone I caught with my eye”, he said when we met him in his dressing room.

Q: You laugh a lot on stage and look so happy. What goes through your head and body up there?

A: To be honest, I don’t really know. I think it’s all in the moment, and I guess that’s why people want to watch me. I want to be transparent, so I don’t leave room for too much thinking.

Q: How do you prepare for a live show?

A: I try to get sleep. These days, it’s really about trying! There’s not much that I do that’s like routine, but I try to warm my voice up fifteen minutes before going on. And we always huddle before we go on. Those are two things that we normally do, but other than that it’s kind of free form. We ride the wave of how everything comes.

Q: Tell us about the moment when you realized that you were going to sing for a living. 

A: I’ve never just realized it, it has always been something I’ve known. I’m a firm believer that when children have a strong conviction about something, it’s often because there’s some powerful experience from a past life. Something that they didn’t get to fulfill. I’ve always had this tremendous and very deep feeling of knowing my purpose, you know? It never dawned on me, it always very much known.

Q: You have an amazing voice. What kind of special tricks do you have to treat it when it feels hoarse or you throat is sore?

A: There are a couple of homeopathic things that can be done, but you can’t really beat good rest and lots of water. That’s the honest truth. Making sure I’m well-rested and hydrated makes a big difference. Warm water and honey is a go-to, I don’t really drink tea unless it’s absolutely organic, because otherwise the caffeine will dry my voice out for some reason. And then there’s these throat lozenges that I get from New York, those are incredible. They are ginger throat lozenges, which is really good. They’re from this specific place in New York, I guess they make them there!

Q: Who is the world’s best singer according to you?

A: Oh my! It depends on what style. I would say that the most complex style of singing comes from India. Real, classical Indian music produces probably the best technical and natural singers in the world, just because the patterns and the inflection are so complex in how the style moves and what it requires vocally. I think the best classical singers come from India.

Q: You have some new material coming up! When can we expect it?

A: Top of September, and expect it to be fun. Most people know my music based on the singles, and think of it as scandalously romantic. There’s definitely a romantic vibe, but I often sing things that are very direct. I don’t beat around the bush much. But this next batch of songs, you can expect to be fun, interesting, and thought intriguing.

Q: To finish up this interview, tell us about your sickest live memory!

A: Oh man. These past three months doing European festivals has been a lot of fun. My favorite memory is a blur. Sometimes you don’t really want to tell everyone, just kind of keep it to yourself. But I will tell you that’s it’s a beautiful blur.

Check out “Spotify Sessions” with Miguel, where he played an intimate, acoustic band performance at the Spotify offices in London!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims


Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start this week with a band from Los Angeles, California: “Mansions on the Moon” and their dreamy “Leaves Fall”. We continue with a musical project from Portland, Oregon: the beautiful “Fever Dreams” by  “Nurses” also known as Aaron Chapman and John Bowers.

“Gem Club” is an American chamber pop band based out of Boston, Massachusetts. “Breakers” is taken from their debut album released back in 2011.

Next we have Colin Caulfield also known as “Young Man” and his beautiful single “Fate”. And then it´s time for Canadian “Memoryhouse” and track from their latest album “The Kids Were Wrong”.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Purple Heart” by Danish “Kashmir”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Our interview with Cloud Control

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Dream Cave is the sophomore album from Cloud Control, and the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Bliss Release. Like their debut, the album is filled with classic songwriting and melody. Unlike their debut, Dream Cave sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation. We caught up with bass player Jeremy Kelshaw to learn more about the music that inspired this new sound.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?

I can remember my Mum buying Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA on vinyl. Heavy rotation. Also lots of Billy Joel. I can remember putting headphones on & singing Born In The USA at the top of my lungs & being sent to my room haha. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the only thing I’d done.

What was the first record you fell in love with?

Weezer, Pinkerton. A couple of friends from the grade above showed it to me at school. It blew my mind. I can sing every word. It is so raw & powerful.

Who made you want to make music?

I grew up on piano & hated it, finally found my feet with bass playing old Rage & Muse riffs. I just liked playing live & making music with friends growing up, being in the moment you know. I still do. Finding the right vibe or groove for a song, finding that thing that makes everyone in the room invigorated with something you’ve been working on, is such a unique & amazing experience.

What were you listening to whilst recording?

I can’t speak for the others, but I was listening to a lot if Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & David Bowie. I like those guys.

What five records couldn’t you live without?

1. Paul Simon, Graceland
2. The Feelies, The Good Earth
3. Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction
4. Rage Against The Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
5. Radiohead, Kid A

What are you listening to at the moment?

Right now in the tour van it’s Simply Red’s If You Don’t Know Me By Now . But apart from that, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, old Feelies stuff, Big DealPalms  and I’ve been getting back into The Prodigy.

Does the perfect song exist?

Yeah I think so, why not?! But I don’t think there’s just one. I have definitely listened to old Michael Jackson for example, and thought that’s the perfect song. But I guess that changes over time and from person to person. It’s all subjective which is why you gotta keep writing.

Finally, what’s your favourite noise?

The sound of a can of soft drink opening. Guinness cans sound great too.

Stream Dream Cave by Cloud Control on Spotify now.


#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start this week`s playlist with an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona: “Lydia” and a song called “The Exit” The Exit is taken from their latest album “Devil” released back in March. We continue with yet another American. Time for “Vampire Weekend” and their beautiful song “Step”.

Next we have a band from Australia: “Vance Joy”. “Riptide” is taken from the Melbourne artist’s debut EP “God Loves You When You’re Dancing”. We continue a dreamy song called “Nunca” by California-based “Trails and Ways”

Last song in our playlist this week is “Homesick” by “Sleeping At Last” also known as singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan O’Neal.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Check out Vodafone’s new 4G-ready plan – Spotify Premium included!


Looking for a 24 month, 12 month or SIM only deal with Vodafone UK? This will be music to your ears

There’s a great value Vodafone Red 4G-ready deal for anyone who wants to enjoy great sporting action or their favourite music. All Vodafone Red 4G-ready 24 month, 12 month and SIM only plans come Spotify Premium, plus unlimited calls and texts. They also come with Vodafone Data Test Drive, which provides unlimited data for the first three months, followed by either 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of data per month: that’s double the standard allowance available on Vodafone Red plans.

Vodafone already has a range of 4G-ready devices available today and more will be rolled out in the coming months. Check out vodafone.co.uk/4g for more information. 


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Between your friends, our personalised recommendations and real music experts, it’s the perfect formula to ensure you’ll always have the right music for every moment.

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#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We kick off a new week with a Stockholm-based trio called “Postiljonen”. The first track in our playlist is “Help” and it is taken from their latest album “Skyer” released back in July. We continue with an English indie pop favorite! Time for catchy “Colours” by “The Chevin”. Next we have a dose of Ohio-Pop! “Walkability” by American “Way Yes”.

“Imaginary Cities” is a Canadian indie pop band and “Bells of Cologne” is taken from their second album, “Fall of Romance”, released in May. We continue with a Welsh alternative rock trio. “The Joy Formidable” and their dreamy “The Leopard And The Lung”. Then it is time for a Dallas indie folk-pop quintet: “Air Review” and their song “America’s Son”.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Song For Zula” by American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck also known as “Phosphorescent”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.


June Beats presented by @thursplay


Here’s what you’ll listen to on this June Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

Closing the month of June with 15 awesome hand picked songs on June Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Kisses with their very catchy “Funny Heartbeat”, Husky Rescue has new music out, check out “Treehouse”! Also with new music is Swedish group Club 8, listen to “Into Air” from their latest album “Above the City”.

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from American indie rock band The National with “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Rhye with their ever so smooth sound with the song “Last Dance”, British singer Sivu with “Better Man than He” and Vampire Weekend with “Unbelievers”.

Still on this playlist: When Saints Go Machine, She & Him, Laura Marling and a beautiful song by David Lynch & Lykke Li.

What were your favorite releases during June?

Share them with us today on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #thursplay.