Long Live Music’s ones to watch of 2016

Top 5

Now that the year is coming to a close and we approach another year of new music and new artists emerging from everywhere, it is time that we look at a few of the artists that we think will do big things in 2016. Now of course we have the obvious choices that are featured everywhere such as Alessia Cara and Jess Glynne, but we,here at LLM, consider their years to be already at a rise.

So we wanted to feature the handful of artists that may not get the most recognition but yet, are releasing music that, we feel, everyone will love. Below we have, what we consider to be, our top 5 artists of 2016.

First let me say that this definitely wasn’t an easy choice narrowing it down to 5, we considered doing a top 10 but that would have been too much. If you aren’t impressed with any of them, be sure to stay tuned to LLM because our other runner up’s may just be featured soon!

Check out the list below the jump!

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NEW VIDEO: Nimmo – Dilute This

I really have no idea how I stumbled upon these guys, but I am so glad I did. I don’t know what it is about this track that instantly hooked me, maybe its the 80’s style dance beat that had me hooked, or the fact that the track is keeping it simple from any other dance track out there. This track instantly made me a fan of them and I’m going to immediately spin other tracks by them that I can find!

ALBUM REVIEW: Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood


If you haven’t heard of Troye Sivan by now, you are seriously missing out. Troye started out as a Youtube sensation slowly growing his fan base with his own personal take on everything you could ever think of. I started watching his videos, and gained A LOT of respect for him because he was not only informing his millions of viewers on real world experiences, but also he was inspiring and yet he gave it a very comedic spin which made me want to keep watching. Of course, he has mindless videos such as waxing his legs which, lets be honest, never gets old when you see someone doing that.

He slowly transitioned into the music industry by posting covers of himself singing songs and taking requests, and the public loved it. After releasing a couple of EP’s and slowly teasing his musical journey, it finally took a major turn on December 4th, the release of his debut album Blue Neighbourhood.

Check after the jump to read the full review.

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NEW COVER: Thirdstory – Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)

I stumbled across Thirdstory in one of my many youtube searches and instantly fell in love. The talented trio is known for giving some of the biggest songs of the year a very special spin, making it their own acoustic masterpiece. Each of them has their own unique sound, which adds so much emotion to their harmony’s that it will easily take you to another place.

Watch out world, this trio is going far!

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If you liked that cover, check after the jump for some of my other past favorites by them!

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2016 Grammy Nominations


The Grammy’s are a very controversial time of year, everyone thinks it is a popularity contest, which is why the likes of OneDirection and Justin Bieber haven’t been nominated.

This year’s Grammy’s showcases some of my favorite talents including Tori Kelly and James Bay nominated for Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar bringing in a handful of nominations including album of the year, and the biggest song of the year, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars funky collab, ‘Uptown Funk’, being nominated for record of the year.

I see a lot of talent among this list and I’m happy that a lot of them were showcased properly and are now being rewarded for their efforts!

Check out the full list below!

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NEW MUSIC: Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend [Ft. Beyonce]


I have always been a huge Coldplay supporter, and every time they bring out new music it always brings something new to the world of music that we know.

This time is no different, Coldplay has brought out all the stops this time around, I am absolutely loving this new sound. They have given themselves a little hip-hop vibe that hasn’t been heard on any of their records to date, and it sounds fantastic. We all knew the collab with Beyonce was coming eventually considering their relationship with Jay-Z, and while I am still not the biggest Beyonce fan, she has probably never sounded better than she does in this track.

Bey gives an almost tribal feeling toward a mellow/hip-hop beat, although her part is very minimal, it adds so much character to an already fantastic track. I am ready for the new era of Coldplay, this track has given me that push that I needed to back them for this album completely!

A Head Full of Dreams is out December 4th!


NEW MUSIC:TRAEDONYA! – Simply Beautiful UR [Ft. Irish Soulflower]

I’m always a little iffy when people send me their tracks because you never really know what to expect, but I was contacted by TRAEDONYA! last month and finally got around to listening to this track.

I was pleasantly surprised, there is a lot of old school soul vibes that this track is giving me, very Erykah Badu sounding, which is never a bad thing. Everything flows smoothly together and the vocals are kind of a mix between Erykah and Andreya Triana, both of which I admire quite a bit. This is definitely a track you need to dive into immediately if you are a fan of some good old school soul.

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Twitter – @TRAEDONYA

Thanks for the track!

ALBUM REVIEW: Adele – 25


It took me some time to listen to this album because I was kind of turned off from the whole project with her comeback single ‘Hello’. With an iconic previous album, ’21’ shattered so many records it was incredible to watch, so with her comeback I was expecting something almost legendary. ‘Hello’ didn’t do any of that, although the single itself broke countless records and probably still is, to me, it was just a safe single and didn’t do much musically.

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NEW MUSIC: J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar – Black Friday


Two of my favorite rappers have been teasing a project together for a little bit now, and yesterday, they each dropped a freestyle over a track from the other person titled ‘Black Friday’.  Kendrick raps over Cole’s ‘A Tale of 2 Citiez’, and Cole raps over Kendrick’s ‘Alright’.

Now there is no word on when this project may drop, but here is to hoping it happens very soon because I need it in my life!

Take a listen to the two tracks below!

NEW MIXTAPE: Chris Brown -Before The Party


Chris Brown dropped a surprise mixtape just a few hours ago, and it is jam packed with 34 tracks, with features from Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Wiz, Fetty, and more!

I have only listened to a couple of tracks so far, but from what I heard is pretty fire. I am still a big breezy fan, so anything he puts out is pretty good to me, unless its that top 40 dance mess that he was on before.

Take a listen below and download the free mixtape at datpiff.com