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Hi! I’m a Lisbon based guy with a craving for great songs and amazing food! Here, I’ll show you songs you should know, review restaurants and bars and explore a lot of cool recipes you can try at home! Click to subscribe

Gorillaz - Désolé ft. Fatoumata Diawara (Episode Two)

28.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 | About a month ago, Gorillaz returned to the airwaves with Song Machine, a new project of songs. The second single is "Désolé" that counts with the African Queen Fatoumata Diawara on the vocals. As usual, the video is a must-see piece of art that sees the band discovering a door that leads them to Lake Como in Italy. It's a very distinctive song from one of the great bands of this century.

𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐥 | Try it with Italian beef and spinach meatballs

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞 | https://www.skinnytaste.com/skinny-italian-spinach-meatballs/

Patrick Watson @ Coliseu dos Recreios - 26 | 2 | 2020

26.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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He’s been a regular presence in Portugal throughout the years, showing a devoted affection to the Portuguese audience that’s always reciprocated.

It wasn’t a surprise that Coliseu dos Recreios was considerably full to see Patrick Watson perform one more time. For me, it was the first time I saw him live and I couldn’t be happier. Like his songs, the singer is a complex and strange artist that embroils a bunch of different styles, encapsulated in warm lyrics that come from all kinds of inspiration such as dreams, trips around the world, experimental drugs or just unusual situations.

It was a generous concert during which Patrick Watson portrayed his incredible voice and genius talent to tell simple stories with intricate songs that appeal to people’s emotions. There was a bit of psychedelic rock, new age jazz, soft electronic sounds, and Latino influences. The public was absorbed by songs such as Strange Rain, Here Comes the River, Drive or the absolute sweetness of Slip Into Your Skin.

The high point came with the encore, when Patrick Watson and the rest of the band switched from the stage to the presidential box to sing an acoustic version of Big Bird in a Small Cage with the audience engaging in the back vocals. It was the perfect communion with the audience, reassuring that whenever he wants to come back, we will receive him with love and embrace. Again and again and again.

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BROCKHAMPTON - SUGAR (versions 1 & 2)

19.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 | They're a hip-hop collective formed in San Marcos, Texas. They call themselves a boyband because, in their words, they are all boys and form a band. They're talented as fuck. They deserve all the spotlight. Last year, Brockhampton released a NFSW - and brilliant - video for the song "Sugar" that become they're biggest single to date and has gone gold. Now, they remade the video with a more friendly and tamed version. The album GINGER is a piece of art. Go check it.

𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐥 | Try it with gambas al ajillo

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞 | https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/gambas-al-ajillo-spanish-garlic-shrimp/

50 Maravilhas

13.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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I’m an honest person, so I will not bullshit you: this is one of the finest restaurants in Lisbon, if not the best speaking of quality and price.

I’m talking about 50 Maravilhas in Alcântara. Born from the coming together of Alcântara 50 and O Maravilhas, two well-known restaurants in Alcântara, 50 Maravilhas brings together a fancy restaurant and a rather modest-looking one, with one crucial thing in common: delicious food.  Now visited by almost anybody who enjoys real tasty Portuguese cuisine, it was only two years ago that 50 Maravilhas found its home, on the street right behind its two ancestors. With a modern, yet traditional makeover, 50 Maravilhas embraced a new path, while maintaining the key ingredient of success: excellence and diversity of food.

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Dona Ermelinda, one of the owners’ mother, has been the cook for 35 years. Her experience is invaluable and it's palpable in every plate that comes out of the kitchen. She’s a chef, an amazing chef that cares for the food she sends out, giving each meal the distinctive pleasure of being unforgettable.

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Two of the owners,  Luísa and her husband Carlos, are the faces that greet everyone with a smile and affection. This is a family house and just like that, you feel right at home, where everyone is friendly, efficient and warm to your every desire.

I’ve been to 50 Maravilhas a couple of times and my favorite thing about is the menu. Diverse, distinctive from other restaurants and extremely tasty. For instance, every Wednesday is Cozido à Portuguesa day, considered by many to be the national dish and, for me, the most incredible Portuguese dish ever made. It’s composed of a great variety of ingredients cooked in abundant amounts of water: various “greens” (kale, savoy cabbage, “tronchuda”, etc), rice, potatoes, beans, turnips, carrots, different types of sausages and other types of meat (usually pork) and sometimes with added bits of chicken.

Don’t be fooled by the ingredients, it’s tasty as fuck.

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On Thursdays, you can try Feijoada à Transmontana, another typical dish, very difficult to cook with perfection. You also have Peas With poached Eggs or Carne de Porco à Alentejana.

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I could go on and on and on.

There’s no better way to talk about 50 Maravilhas than to encourage you to pay them a visit and enjoy everything I’m talking about. In an age where gastronomic fashions tend to overshadow old-time restaurants, it’s cool to see that Portuguese cooking traditions are still alive.

 

50 Maravilhas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jack Garrat - Time

11.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 | It's been too long for Jack Garrat. After releasing Phase in 2016 and winning a Brit Award, the singer went unusually quiet and almost disappeared from the airwaves, until now. He's got a new record due to be released in May and some tracks have become available to listen. The first single called "Time" is a louder than life song, where he sings of anxiety and self-confidence. The video shows Jack singing and dancing his problems away. That's what the new record is about: dealing with our issues, dancing through problems and living life with a new strength.

𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐥 | Try it with grilled steak with tomatoes and arugula.

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞 | https://www.skinnytaste.com/grilled-balsamic-steak-with-tomatoes-and-arugula/

 

New albums to get excited in 2020

07.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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It seems 2020 is shaping up to be a very good year, music-wise.
Many artists have confirmed new albums, others have been teasing us with snippets and singles and others have been unusually silent. The excitement is real, and it’s only January.
I’ve made a list with eagerly expected records that will be released throughout this year, although some are wishful thinking (and faith above all). We can deal with surprise releases, right? I’m looking at you, Frank Ocean.
Let’s dive right in

 

Tame Impala
Album: The Slow Rush
Release Date: February 14th

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The date is synonymous with love (valentine’s day) so I will profess my love to Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala. With four singles released – Patience, Borderline, Posthumous Forgiveness and It Might Be – the band looks to achieve even greater success and musical greatness as one of the most creative bands on the planet, led by Kevin Parker.


J.Cole
Album: The Fall Off
Release Date: TBA

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The Fayetteville rapper is one of the greatest these days. The lyrics, beats, heart, and dedication have made J.Cole a force to be reckoned with in a genre that is overcrowded with lackluster talent. After KOD (2015) and his Revenge of the Dreamers III group compilation, the rapper released a political ad last winter saying: “It seems like shit is all fucked up. The country needs a hero to turn to in these turbulent times. Jermaine Cole is that hero… Vote The Fall Off for 2020”. He’s back.

 

The 1975
Album: Notes on a Conditional Form
Release Date: February 21st

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Don’t these guys ever rest? I mean, come on. Last year, they released A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, went on tour and brought the tour to a halt to finish Notes on a Conditional Form. Three songs have come out and one thing is certain, the band and Matty Healy has something to say, politically and socially. Their sound continues to expand and embrace new ideas, this time linked with electronic music and punk rock.


Caribou
Album: Suddenly
Release Date: February 28th

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It’s been six years since Our Love, one of my favorite dance records of all time. It’s a masterpiece created by Dan Snaith. If you haven’t listened to it, you should right now. Since then, the producer has been quiet, until last year when we released You and I and Home, two original songs that showed a more disco/soul path. These tracks are a positive idea to where Suddenly will evolve.


Hayley Williams
Album: Petals for Armor
Release Date: February 7th

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It looks like forever since I’ve seen Hayley as the front woman of Paramore. I’ve always liked the band, and they marked a period when I was growing up and listened to them obsessively. I liked After Laughter, the 2017 album. So now it’s time for Hayley to shine alone.


Ed O’Brien
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

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When one of the guitarists of Radiohead announces he’s going to release a record of his own under the moniker EOB, you take notice. The first single is the amazing Brasil, one of the songs that really made January a good musical month. It’s the first time O’Brien is going to be in the spotlight. It should make for great music.


070 Shake
Album: Modus Vivendi
Release Date: January 17th

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Kanye’s most prolific protégé 070 Shake is making her expected debut with Modus Vivendi, a record that is best described by the title translated “Way of Life”. Although she’s been gaining buzz since 2018, it seems this will be the year that she breakthroughs the limelight. Her music is a balance between dark and light, with her voice ranging from harsh words to tender vocals, embracing the musical chaos that she enjoys. Her dreamy lyrics encapsulated what we mostly feel throughout relationships either it’s pain, love, anger, happiness.


Moses Sumney
Album: Græ
Release Date: May 15th

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Not very seldom do I encounter an artist that strings together folk, pop, soul, electro, RnB so as well as Moses Sumney. In Aromanticism, his debut album, he layered so many things that he created a personal grey area that made everyone turn their heads. This time, Moses doubles down on the sensation.


Broken Bells
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

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It’s been six years without James Mercer and Danger Mouse. I think it was in 2019 that Broken Bells released one of the best albums of that year. The melodies and the soft approach to electro-pop catapulted the band to amazing heights only to be succeeded by After The Disco in 2014. Now they’re back.


Kendrick Lamar
Album: TBA
Release date: TBA
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The best rapper and poet alive. Period. There’s no one like Kendrick Lamar. He’s a beacon of light in an alt-right new America that continues on the path to self-destruction. If recent news are correct, the rapper may already have finished the new record, which sources say is more rock-influenced. Let’s hope it gets to us this year.


Bombay Bicycle Club
Album: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Release Date: January 17th

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Set to explore hope despite watching things crumble about you, the new record by the English band is a mix of everything that’s never been truly expressed by the frontman Jack Steadman. Assuming an indie rock vibe, the band still maintains the colorful side that characterized their music through the years.


Run The Jewels
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

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The dangerous duo of Killer Mike and El-P have been generous with information about their fourth album. El-P has said that the album will be out before they play Coachella in April. If previous records are any indication, the duo will blast off again this year, sure enough with the sharp use of lyrics and brash personalities.


Japanese Breakfast
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

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Michelle Zauner is a talented songwriter that doesn’t shy away from musical greatness. Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet are two amazing records that turned the tide for Japanese Breakfast making them indie darlings. There’s not too much faith in a record being released this year but one can hope.

 

Perfume Genius
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Perfume Genius.jpgIn December a tweet said: “my album is done and YES nearly every song makes me full on sob. Whole sheets, full fuckin blankets of tears.”. I have the tissues ready. Let’s do this.

 

Frank Ocean
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA

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It’s been too long without Ocean. It seems like forever when Blonde became a gem in my Spotify playlists. Always out of the spotlight, the singer is taking his time with a new record. But maybe, just maybe, with the headlining slot in Coachella this year, will we be blessed with new music?

Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2017) | By Nelson Nunes

05.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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Nelson Nunes is a young Portuguese writer, focusing mainly on non-fiction work. He was born in Lisbon, in 1986, and has since been living in Sintra, where he developed a passion for books and words. He has published five books up until this point, and he also works in the advertising business as a screenwriter.

He’s a very talented guy with a specific music taste: rock and hardcore music. As he says, the screams protect him from the outside world. For someone who relays on creativity, it’s important to find the inner voice and let it come out.

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Here’s his record that lives forever.

“Music has always been some sort of fuel to my writing. Especially metal music. It is weird to explain, but I’d say the screams build a wall around me, protecting me from the distractions of the outside world, and the fast and strong drum beats make my fingers furiously typing. Lately, I have been writing about death, so All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2017), by Architects, has been a huge influence on me and on this new book. Not only because of the musical strength of these English boys but mainly because of what happened to them in 2016: Tom Searle, guitarist, founder of the band and twin brother of the drummer, Dan, passed away after a long battle with cancer, when he was only 28. So, the lyrics (and the riffs) we listen to in this album were, for the most part, created by Tom, and most of those address the disease and the creeping approach of death. But what I find most interesting in the album is not the fear or the protest against death itself; it’s the love about life, about people, it’s the resistance and the struggle. “Gone With the Wind” is the most meaningful song of the record, for me, not only because of the power of the music but also because of those words.

“The weight of the world is resting on thin ice
When the surface breaks will I find paradise?
As I freeze to death, left to reflect
What a waste of time I was, in retrospect
I’d take a leap of faith, but I’d lose my nerve
In the end, I’ll get the hell that I deserve
I’m always gone with the wind
Crawling in and out of my mind
God knows, I lost all my faith
A sickness with no remedy, except the ones inside of me
You ever wonder how deep you can sink into nothing at all?
Disintegrate
Annihilate me
Do you remember when you said to me
“My friend, hope is a prison.”
Hope is a prison”

Just a quick note on Architects: their following album, Holy Hell (2018), is a lot about grief, and it is equally interesting to listen to”.

 

The evolution of a genre in Hip-Hop Evolution

03.02.20 | Sounds & Flavours

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There’s a bunch to see these days. Between great movies and addictive tv shows, one can’t get bored, although it can be overwhelming sometimes.

One of the best tv shows I’ve been watching is Hip-Hop Evolution. The documentary series first premiered on HBO Canada in 2016 and its 4th season premiered last month. It narrates the historical evolution of hip-hop music over the years and features prominent celebrities from hip-hop and sheds light on its progress through interviews and discussions.

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The show is hosted by Shad Kabango, better known as Shad K, a Canadian alternative hip hop recording artist, music journalist, and broadcaster featured as the host for ‘Q’ on CBC Radio One. In each chapter, he interviews some of the biggest names in hip-hop while discussing the impact of music and its future.

I’m talking about Wu-Tang Clan. Run-DMC, Ice-T, 2 Live Crew, Big Suge, P.Diddy, DJ Drama, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Romeo, T.I. 

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Each episode is dedicated to a specific theme that chronicles the journey of rap as it developed from the 70s to the 90s and then to the current era. It goes from the founders of hip-hop as Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa to the East Coast vs West Coast to the now common trap music.

I’ve watched every season, and it was truly amazing to have a show that characterized the hip-hop world so closely, giving me a historical view about the music style, crossing from its different participants such as musicians, producers, DJs, and promoters.

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Before Hip-Hop Evolution, there wasn’t a show that really captured the essence and history of a genre that started in the streets of New York and became a global phenomenon. The episodes are well crafted and intend to educate us. It’s an enlightening show that really captivated me to a point where I felt I was in a classroom and my teacher was dope as shit. I’ve been learning a lot and rediscovering my love for J.Dilla, The Neptunes, Mos Def or Rakim.

With so much to talk about, the show will certainly be renewed for a fifth or sixth season.

So if you haven’t seen it, catch up. It’s on Netflix

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