Video Style: Tristan Wilds In Adele’s “Hello” — The Soul Of The Cable Knit Sweater


[1. Cashmere Crewneck Cable-Knit Sweater, $199.00, at L.L. Bean. 2. Mono Twist Cable-Knit Sweater, $60, at Topman. 3. Button-Front Cable-Knit Cardigan, $99, at Brooks Brothers.]

Much like the rest of the world universe, I immediately became a victim of Adele-itis as soon as the siren dropped her comeback single “Hello” in October. But after watching the video at least 30 times — not counting my restarts to see her close her flip phone — it hit me that the black and white gem was a video style post waiting to happen. It took me awhile to finally get around to it, but I refused to close out 2015 without making this post reality.

Her leading man Tristan Wilds‘ looks in the video in no way rival Adele’s checkered coat or cozy fur. But there was one standout piece that served as inspiration for my first video style story — the grey cable knit sweater he rocked during one of the doomed couple’s flashbacks.

So if you’re looking to leave your lover calling your phone 1000 times to organize a post-breakup chat, the cable knit sweaters I gathered above may be just what you need.

You can also catch the video for “Hello” below if you’ve been disconnected from basically all things related to life for the last two months and need to catch up!


Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week


I’ve had several tracks on replay for the past few days, ranging from Elle Varner’s playful “Don’t Wanna Dance” to basically every song of Adrian Marcel’s impressive mixtape “Weak After Next.” Jill Scott and SZA’s “Divinity,” Molia’s “Too Late” and Majid Jordan’s “A Place Like This” were also on heavy rotation this week.

Adrian Marcel – Weak After Next

Adrian Marcel dropped “Weak After Next,” his first mixtape since releasing “7 Days Of Weak” last year. The project is slickly produced and packed with several R&B bangers that are sure to build even more buzz around Marcel. “Honey,” his duet with Kelly Rowland, “Fly” and “Be Mine” are three standout songs on the mixtape. But his stirring cover of James Browns’ “It’s A Man’s World” offers true glimpse into Marcel’s strengths as a vocalist.

Elle Varner – Don’t Wanna Dance 

Featuring a sample of Jimmy Castor’s “I Just Wanna Stop” — the same track used for the intro of Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care” — Elle Varner’s “Don’t Wanna Dance” is a light-hearted take on wasting her night at a party she didn’t really want to attend.  Her mind is on her man and her aching feet, a story she recounts over an infectious, instrument-packed production. The stacked harmonies on the second verse are an added bonus.

Molia – Too Late

Molia checks out of a toxic relationship in her bass-heavy “Too Late.” The production, with it’s synths, dreamy chords and thumping intro makes for a pretty aggressive breakup anthem.

Majid Jordan – A Place Like This

Majid Jordan, who are signed to Drake’s Toronto-based OVO Sound Label, teased the release of their upcoming EP with the projects title track “A Place Like This.” Featuring Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the duo’s moody track is anchored by a strong bass-line and Maskati’s haunting vocals.

Sza and Jill Scott – Divinity

A collaboration between SZA and Jill Scott is expected to be nothing but great, and the two ladies of soul didn’t let us down. The track finds SZA and Scott singing over each other’s verses and sporadically tossing-in ad-libs as throughout the 8-minute-long vocal marathon. There is no harmonizing between the two, but the lush, futuristic production and free-flowing verses make for a magical song.

Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week


Michelle Williams’ gospel banger, Nick Price’s soulful second single and another groovy hit from JUNGLE were some of the best from this week’s crop of new tracks. BANKS also dropped a pining ballad from her upcoming debut solo project, and UK sirens JUCE returned with a great deal of sass for their first release since signing with Universal/Island Records.

Nick Price followed up the release of his debut song, “Naked Souls,” with the equally charming “Cabin Built For Two.” Singing of his adoration for his special someone, the track eases along with the help of its fussless production. Moonchild’s Max Bryk commands the keys while Price flexes his voice over dreamy harmonies. Oh, and the horn solo is perfection. Price’s EP will be released as a free download this summer.

Michelle Williams is finally readying the release of her long-awaited fourth studio album “Journey to Freedom.” And the project received an increase in hype this week thanks largely to the premiere of the Destiny’s Child-assisted “Say Yes.” Featuring Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles, Williams’ high energy take on the Nigerian gospel song bounces along to a lively beat. It’s definitely nice to have DC3 together again, following their appearance last year on the Kelly Rowland track “You Changed.” But I would have enjoyed hearing just a few more of those iconic harmonies the group is known for.

If you’re in need of another summer jam, look no further than JUNGLE’s funk infused “Time.” The London group’s latest single is taken from their upcoming self-titled debut album.

BANKS new single ‘Drowning’ also made its first appearance this week. The haunting ballad finds the singer longing for a lover who is no longer devoted to her. The song is from the Los Angeles artist’s upcoming debut album.

London lovelies JUCE released the soulful “(H)ours,” overflowing with attitude and their gorgeous harmonies. The song is quite the gem.

Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week


As a huge music lover, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to some of the new songs releases you should check out each week. My “Best Beats” will drop every Friday. But seeing that I didn’t want to leave out the hot new tracks that came out last week, I backtracked a little with the first post.

Leading the pack last week was the soulful rebirth of Jazmine Sullivan with “Dumb” and the hard-hitting return of Danity Kane with “Lemonade.” Elsewhere, Teyana Taylor finally offered some new music ahead of the release of her long-awaited solo project, Blaq Tuxedo crooned on the sultry “Pinkberry,” and Bayou released his dreamy mixtape “Loopback.”

Danity Kane – Lemonade

Danity Kane made their official return with “Lemonade,” the group’s first new release in six years. Synths, layered harmonies and a sample of the Clipse’s 2002 hit “Grindin'” all combined to make a sweet comeback track for the girls.

Jazmine Sullivan – Dumb

Jazmine Sullivan ended her hiatus as well with the sassy “Dumb,” where she once again calls out a man in her life whose taken her for granted. With Jazmine’s full, husky vocals, and a feature from rapper Meek Mill, the track marches along as she declares her annoyance with the fella who continues to waste her time.

Teyana Taylor – Maybe

Teyana Taylor put the “THOTS” on blast with her new single “Maybe,” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T. The piano-dominated song finds the singer cooing about a man who just doesn’t seem to recognize her worth. The song is expected to be included on her upcoming album. 

Bayou – Loopback

London producer and songwriter Bayou released his debut mixtape “Loopback.” The album features previously released tracks “Thugs,” “Airlock,” and “Cherry Cola,” and three more unreleased songs. The project is an engaging meeting of pop and R&B that highlights both his distant, dreamy vocals and talent as a writer.

Blaq Tuxedo – Pinkberry

Ahead of the release of their mixtape “Red Flowerz,” Cali group Blaq Tuxedo released the smooth track “Pinkberry.” The lyrics make it pretty clear what they are looking forward to. So the song is ideal for setting a very specific mood.