Stormzy real name Michael Omari Jr releases his eagerly awaiting debut album Gang Signs & Prayer #GSAP. Having already shown his pedigree on the grime scene with anthems like Know Me From & Shut Up, this album shows what he is all about. It’s not your typical Grime album. Oh yeah he has some bangers on here but it’s more UK Hip Hop to me. Grime is UK Hip Hop in its purest form but sadly it’s associated with angry/violent lyrics and behaviour. Saying that, with Stormzy coming under the genre of Grime, he is most certainly bringing it to the forefront.
He is absolutely killing it on all fronts of the music industry. Rapping about his humble beginnings to the real hardships that exist in the music industry. It is amazing to see artists now doing it without the backing of major record labels. This allows a more organic form of music to be produced and reach the masses. Stormzy has also been doing surprise pop up shows around London to spread the word and engage with the fans!
Big For Your Boots Is the first single to be released off Gang Signs & Prayer. It’s been on my playlist for a while now and it’s turned into a instant floor filler in the clubs. “You’re never to big for Adele” wow, what a line! Shows the respect he has for great artist and music.
Lay Me Bare is one of my favourite tracks that displays Stormzy’s storytelling rap flow. Talking about his life and his dad. You can really hear the emotion and energy -it’s true insight to his soul. Cigarettes & Cush is featuring RnB singer Kehlani. Bringing a different vibe to Gang Signs & Prayer.
Blind By Your Grace, Pt 1 and Pt 2 even has Stormzy singing further adding a different dimension to his album. I could talk about all the tracks on this album but honestly go have a listen. If you like pure music, you will enjoy every aspect of it. You don’t have to be a Grime or Hip Hop fan to appreciate the talent.
As a DJ I’ve always listened to Grime from the early 2000s but back then you would only hear it in Specialist Clubs and club nights but now it’s finally got its own Platform and Genre. Great British sound which is being Championed throughout the UK music scene. You might not know Grime but you will definitely know Stormzy.
23 year old Stormzy has been going from strength to strength, he won Best Grime Act 2014 & 2015 Mobo Awards. He was also named BBCs influential Sound of 2015 list.
Day Dreamers EP was released independently in 2014 and was noticed by everyone on the grime scene. Now Gang Signs & Prayers is set to take the game to another level!
Too Faced and Kat Von D Beauty have teamed up to celebrate beauty and friendship with a Limited edition collection Better Together!
This wonderful collaboration is a celebration of friendship between the gorgeous Kat Von D and Jerrod Blandino who is the co-founder of Too Faced. The collection captures Kats edgy side and Jerrod’s playful nature and fuse to create the cutest collection of products.
The Eye Collection contains 6 eye-shadows from each and a tattoo liner from Kat Von D. The magnetic half hearts stick together making them easy to carry individually in your make-up bags priced at AED 275.
I just love the adorable makeup pouch featuring their beloved pets: one side features Piaf, Kat’s cat, while the other stars Clover Jerrod’s dog! It is stuffed with some of their best-selling mini’s including Blush, Highlighting powder and lipsticks priced at 165 AED.
The 3rd item in the collection sports the classic Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Better Than Love Mascara! These two products will offer double the trouble, and double the fun for that lined, winged, and wide-eyed look that will be sure to turn heads. Priced at 90AED
These products are available from tomorrow exclusively on sephora.ae and from March 1st -March 15th in stores in the Middle East!
Lost for things to do this Valentines day? Even if your single you will definitely not be short of things to do because in Dubai we even have anti-valentines nights! Here is a 411 of some of my favourite things going on with gift ideas and exclusive offers for him and her
My favourite one stop shop for sunglasses, Sunglass Hut
, is having an avant-première of the new Ray-Ban Full Metal Round until February 14th. Two gorgeous colourways will be exclusively available at Sunglass Hut before they hit other retailers so if you are a sun-glass fanatic like me, get them first. A stunning combination of brown and shiny gold with gold-pink mirrored lenses and shiny black with polar green lenses. I absolutely love the pink ones!
My Little Pleasures has announced the launch of its first box of 2017 simplifying the way to express love. If you are stuck for something to get your partner, why not get her this:This Valentine, the perfect gift is just a few clicks away. The carefully selected products in My Little Pleasures’ most recent box offer something to everyone. You literally subscribe online and pay 199 AED and the box arrives to your door! I think it is such a great idea as people are always stuck for gift ideas or you could just gift yourself haha.
The box contains Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum by L’Occitane with its honey, lavender and notes of musk. Additionally, Pivoine Sublime face cream and Pivoine Flora hand cream also by L’Occitane. M.A.C cosmetics is as well featured in the box with two must-have products this Valentines, the Dazzleglass/Creamsheen Glass and the Studio Nail Lacquer. From Palmer’s we have a set of their signature body lotions and finally two more surprises from My Little Pleasures’ collectables. Seriously what more could a girl want?!
I am sure you are familiar with the hair salon Jet-Set and one of my favourite nail salons N-Bar. They are celebrating ‘loving yourself’ this Valentine’s Day so get your girls together or spoil yourself with exclusive offers for the whole month of February.
If you top up your colour and highlights during February, you will receive a complimentary Kerastase Hair Treatment throughout the month of love. The luxe care treatment soothes, replenishes and re-beautifies luscious locks so you can go from salon to shopping.
Beauty salon, N.Bar is celebrating with the ‘PS I Love Me’ package launched specially for Valentine’s Day and running through the year. Relax and unwind with three manicures, three pedicures and three head, neck and shoulder massages at a reduced cost of AED 490, instead of AED 585 making it a perfect present for a friend or partner.
Men also love being pampered and its a great way to get your man groomed to perfection! The Art of Shaving has been a creator and purveyor of the finest shaving and grooming products for men. Buy any TAOS product this February for a chance to win 1000 AED worth of gift vouchers. Luxury Club members will receive double points on
purchases made between February 6th and 28th. The Art of Shaving is exclusively available at selected Paris Gallery stores in the UAE.
Love and Music
Nothing greater then the gift of song, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is offering a special discounted rate of 20 percent on all tickets to music fans and avid supporters of the event available for 48 hours only. Guests can avail 20 percent off starting from Monday, 13th Feb at 9:00 am to Wednesday, 15th Feb at 9:00 am on the tickets available for purchase (excluding the VIP TABLES in the SKYBOX). Mariah Carey, Tom Jones and Enrique Eglesias, what more could you ask for?
Valentines/Anti-Valentines night out:
Looking for somewhere to go on your date night? The W Dubai is having a Valentine’s Day brunch and the poolside bar Wet Deck will be throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party where for Dhs295, from 8pm to midnight, guests will get unlimited drinks and canapés. They have something for everyone! If you wanna avoid all the PDA you can just head to Tribeca for an Anti-Valentines party or even to the single ladies night in Delphine in H-hotel, who knows you might just find your prince charming.
For the cheesy couples amongst you, Level 43 is having a Prom night so dust off your prom-dress and head to this rooftop bar with your date for the evening. One lucky couple will even be crowned Prom King and Queen. The ticket price also includes a three-course set menu as well as a bottle of grape to share.
Dhs600 per couple. 7pm-10pm. Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (056 212 4413).
You’ve probably heard Sampha playing somewhere. Maybe on the radio in the car, background music in a shop or simply someone talking about him. You may have mentioned it to a friend “oh have you heard that guy? You know that voice, smoking, gives you goosebumps?” Well its his time to shine in his own right.
Having released two EPs first 2010 Sundanza Second 2013 Dual, this is his debut album Process. This singer, songwriter and producer is doing some brilliant stuff for the Electronic & Soul genres.
The first time I heard of Sampha was on Drakes Too much, it kept me wanting more. He has definitely delivered with this album. No one knows me is a beautiful example of his raw talent. You can hear and feel just what he means word for word. The piano riffs are so soothing and then the incredible vocal on top. This is likely to be the best song you’ll hear this year. Simply wow!
Blood On Me was the first song off this album being played on the radio which I loved straight away. It displays the versatility in the vocal chords. Powerful and engaging along with the silky smooth style which he absolutely owns. Even without the vocals, the melodies and instruments can almost put you in a meditative state. Especially on What Shouldn’t I Be, he gets you thinking deeply and reflecting on yourself.
Sampha Sisay has worked with the likes of Drake, Solange and Jessie Ware. He is a superstar in the making. Been waiting for him to drop an album and this doesn’t disappoint. Hailing from Morden South London, the 27 year old seems to put so much raw emotion into his vocals.
I can only describe his amazing voice as husky and fragile but this guy makes it so individual, unique and captivating. I would go as far as saying ‘Sexy’. You get swallowed up by the sound into another dimension. If your looking to lose yourself in an album, this is the one. Showcasing what the UK sound is bringing to the world stage. Magical and gorgeous!
I am always impressed by Sephora mascaras and the new Cinescope
is no exception. I picked one up today for 95 AED and I have lashes for days. Its ultra black which I love because it makes your lashes so much more visible and adds a little drama. Sephora The Mascara
is still my favourite but I just think the whole range is wildly under rated. People always seem shocked when I tell them which mascara I use.
For years I switched between Dior, Givenchy and Benefit Mascaras however since discovering Sephora’s formula I have converted. I now find Benefit a little dry in comparison and Dior mascaras never last for me, they give an amazing few initial uses…serious drama and volume and perfect for a night on the town but it gets clumpy after a few weeks and the bristles begin to stick together…also very difficult to remove.I still love Givenchy Mascara’s and still use them on a night out because I think they layer better and you can create a dramatic effect that lasts and gives your lashes a boost. I used to work for Givenchy and worked on some of their huge mascara campaigns so they will always have a special place in my heart!
My daily mascara however is Sephora, I just love how natural it is and the formula is nice and light. I think if I layer Cinescope it would also work for me on a night out because of how dark it is but The Mascara has the perfect day formula. Cinescope feels moisturising and your lashes don’t feel brittle. The wand really sculpts and separates and best of all it is affordable! If you haven’t tried it, head on down to a Sephora near you or buy it online …you can thank me later :p