Table for Two

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Unfortunately it’s all too common for incredibly talented musicians to go under the radar and for their music to not get the recognition it deserves, due to the completion in the industry. This appears to have been the case with British singer and song writer Elli Ingram.

Growing up in Brighton, Elli came from a musical house where her dad played in a classic rock cover band. Her soulful voice, with its impressive, range, along with her blend of soul and R&B, she had created her latest incredible single ‘Table for Two’.

Her first single, since her mini album ‘Doghouse’ back in 2014, Table for Two explores the issue of a crumbling relationship.
Take a listen below…

After touring with Chase and Status, playing to over 10,000 people at Glastonbury and currently signed to Island records, it’s clear that Elli Ingram is going far.

Follow her on Instagram @ elliingram or visit her website http://www.elliingram.com

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New Month, New Music

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Once again the time has come for a new VinylOctopus playlist. So up goes the playlist for July!
This month we bring to you 10 of our favourite songs for this month. Some old, some new but all of them good.

Featured this month we’ve got the likes of Tiggi Hawk and Earl, who have both made an appearance this month, so if you haven’t had an opportunity to listen to them now is your chance!

To top it off we’ve got new music from Eden, BAUM, Jungle and many more!
Take a listen…

Simply search VinylOctopus on Spotify.

 

Her name is Earl

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Alaska born Earl began singing at 14 in the church choir. However, she moved to California following both love and music which subsequently is where she got the advice that changed her life.

‘Sing for everyone, you’re only six degrees of separation away’.

Because of this little tidbit she did just that, which eventually lead her to make a new home in London where she became a BBC introducing artist which in turn kickstarted her career.

Looking at her most recent single ‘Tongue Tied’ (which is in fact also shares its name with her album title) it’s clear to see that she gets her inspiration from the greats, such as Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Sharing some comparisons to Caro Emerald, her sultry voice slides effortlessly between the bouncing rhythm of Tongue tied.

Have a listen below…

Currently Tongue tied is doing the rounds on BBC radio 2, but it’s also available on iTunes right now.

 

Kiss with Pride

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Absolut has always held strong links the the LGBTQ community. (In fact, the first thing that springs to mind for me is their sponsorship of RuPaul’s Drag race but that probably says more about me than anything else). However, the Kiss with Pride campaign has been created not only to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, but also to spread an awareness of the 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal.

Photographer Sam Bradly expressed his interest believing it simply to be ‘pure idea’. Additionally, although it was an advertisement campaign it also felt ‘natural and true’. This was reflected in the aims set out by Absolut to allow people to express their freedom.

The advert itself will be place in news and lifestyle magazines all over the world. However, they have also created the #kisswithpride Snapchat filter which will donate £1 to Stonewall every time it’s used.

This campaign was sparked by their short film ‘Equal Love’. Check it out below…

‘Neon Dancer’ lights up the room

Over the last few months VinylOctopus has been growing and growing, so we thought it was about time we got some fresh new writers. Introducing Declan Parker, our music savvy guru from Leeds, who lets face it, probably needs no introduction!


 

It’s hard enough to make a name for yourself on the alternative circuit, especially when trying to do it in the dance genre. Most artists are drowned out when their music hits the clubs, being overshadowed by autotuned lyrics, and almost unrecognisable mashups of already-established hits, but that is certainly not the case for Tiggi Hawke. The London-based singer/songwriter, currently signed to TileYard Music, is smashing into playlists across the country with her new track ‘Neon Dancer’.

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Hawke’s mixture of beautiful lyrics, hypnotic voice, and pulsing beats provide a refreshing taste to a usually dry genre. And that’s only scratching the surface of her abilities. The original edits of her tracks could easily be hits in their own rights, but once you combine that with the remixes of her songs, you realise just how much of an impact her music can have on a whole range of charts.

Listening to her music, I couldn’t find a favourite track which is all the more to give her a listen yourself. Whether you’re a fan of pure and meaningful lyrics and a catchy beat, or if you’re just a rave-obsessed lover of remixes, she has a track for everyone.

Check her out on Spotify, or Youtube, and make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Tiggihawke

 

 

Written by Declan Parker

#bleedingwhiletrans

Transgender rights have been at the forefront of the media of late, with a lot of negative aspects surrounding equal rights. Subsequently, today here at VinylOctopus we thought we’d take a look at barriers concerning the transgender community being broken down [instead of put up].

Washington artist Cass Clemmer identifies as being transgender and non binary and recently posted a photo of ‘free bleeding’ online which sparked controversy. The image, uploaded to Instagram, depicts Cass sat on a bench bleeding through their trousers whilst holding the sign ‘periods are not just for women’ followed by the hashtag #bleedingwhiletrans.

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This explores the taboo of transgender individuals menstruating and hits this particular stigma head on. In addition to this, Clemmer had created the Instagram character of ‘Toni the tampon’ which aims to tackle the issues people face understanding their bodies and to avoid the conflicts they at feel with themselves over the issue of gender.

We believe Cass is working towards addressing a really important issue here and really have to commend them. Keep up the good work!

Breaking down the walls of gender

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Fashion is truly ever changing. 27 year old, professional firefighter turned model, Rain Dove is at the forefront, challenging the concept of gender through clothing. It began simply from losing a bet with a friend in which she had to go to the Calvin Klein casting call. Rain was even more surprised when she got a call back as she’d been mistaken for a man.

She explains ‘not only did the cast me for a men’s show but it was for a men’s underwear show’. Not only did she decide to do it – she decided to do it topless!

This saw the launch of her career! However,she still faced a lot of rejection for her appearance which did not clearly fit into one gender role. Rain explains how the fashion industry tried to encourage her to be ‘more like’ the gender they were aiming their campaign towards.

However, due to Rain’s size, height and dimensions she does not typically conform to traditional men’s and women’s clothing sizes. Although she also refuses to change her body proportions or shave, which has resulted in her having to turn down some high-profile jobs. Im spite of this, it clearly hasn’t affected her career too greatly as she has still worked for huge industry names such as Elle and Vogue, without compromising her own identity.

However, this definite divide in gender within fashion could be coming to an end as designers such as Burberry and Julian MacDonald are now combining men’s and women’s wear in their shows. But through this Dove expresses that gender fluidity should not be a trend or a gimmick but designers should be actively trying to break down walls.

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Personally, we have to take out hat off to Rain who is truly carving a path within the fashion world so that others can follow and not face the same hostility.

Let us know what you think…
Do you think clothing will ever be entirely gender neutral?