After two months of travelling and a stint in the jungle, it’s been an unexpectedly welcome relief to be back in chilly London. Yes, the weather may not compete with the Gold Coast sunshine and the hustle and bustle of London is a stark contrast to the serene carefree surroundings of life down under when the closest thing we have to the Bondi Beach surf are a few ripples in a not-so-fresh looking Thames. But you just canâ€™t beat London at Christmas. Everywhere I go the shops are blasting festive tunes and our electricity bills have sky rocketed with every plug socket stuffed with some sort of lighting paraphernalia. I love it!
Last week, as well as trying to squeeze in some Christmas shopping and two long-haul flights, I also guest-edited a new music-sharing site called Deezer. You canâ€™t turn on the telly at the moment without someone trying to flog a new album or a Christmas compilation being waved frantically in our face at the checkout. BeyoncÃ© kind of blew everyone out of the water with her new album (where the hell did she get time to do that, the woman canâ€™t be human) If you can hold out until the new year James Vincent McMorrow’s new album Post Tropical is out mid-January and is bloody brilliant. Also check out my MTV co-presenter Bluey Robinson who has an unbelievable voice.Iâ€™m expecting big things from him in 2014. My guilty pleasure is Little Mixâ€™s album at the moment and when I played their new tune Move during my dj set at the ITV Christmas Party on Tuesday, there were some pretty awesome shapes thrown on the dance floor by the guests. Not all elegant shapes but impressive â€˜movesâ€™ nonetheless.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!