Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Bonkers - Dizzie Rascal Video

The video for Dizzie Rascal's 'Bonkers' has just been released to the public,
give it a watch, here
(It's not ON youtube yet!) GRR!

It dosent tickle my fancy, rather more reminding me of the old Comfort softner adverts, but the song is worth it!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Ami Underground

Ami is part of a group of sketchers known as the 'Urban Sketchers', and takes his subject from public places and people around him. His website is worth taking a look at:


Saturday, 18 April 2009

New In Town - Little Boots

New In Town

The 'Bedroom Pop' electronic seamstress attracted a lot of hype in January this year after she appeared in the Upcoming section of Mixmag (Last Summer) and then the NME Radar section.
Her tinny but almost magical sound emerged after she quit her last band, Dead Disco in need of creating her own individual sound,
'I got tired of looking bored in front of brick walls'.

A mention is worth giving to a number one spot on the BBC sound of 2009 (Won by ADELE the previous year.) A VERY long time passed since the hype. An iTunes EP was released, but did not reach a wide audience.

On her first 'Proper' record, she collaborates with Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kylie) , who is renowned for his electronic pop-perfectionist feel, but also for "The artist has let down the fans" records. This record by no means is the same. Boots delivers one of those killer chorus songs which you know for an instant will be a number *And I'm waiting for praise when it does*!
The problem is, Little Boots is (and I know this is a cliched thing to say) out to sell. The techno dreamy synth is still there, but is predictable and somewhat "I know what will come next"-y...


Even from early on, the artist has claimed,
"I wanted to make a pop record. I don’t care about being cool or edgy. I wanna reach people and I wanna make music that people have fun to and have a good time."
Well, that sounds familiar. That's exactly what's happening, Little Boots is too clever to stay underground. In this post I give the thumbs up to Little Boots for braving the mainstream scene,
and the finger to those indie scenesters and critics who are too cool for any one's worth.

Listen, unless your too-cool... Looking at you Gareth Grundy from The Observer

Thursday, 16 April 2009

La Roux - In for the Kill

La roux has finally released an official single, the quirky In For The Kill almost rivals the previous, Quicksand in terms of infectious catchyness. The video (which rather rudely cannot be embedded) has been aptly dubbed by Radio 1 as,'Top gear meets Blade Runner'. Have a look!

*Now #2 on the Download charts

The remix isn't half bad either:

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Bonkers New Single - DIZZIE RASCAL

Those of you who were lucky enough to live through the seventies (Well... That's an opinion point) are likely to be distracted when looking back on the era by the colors, the music, the culture and Gary Glitter. One thing you will probably have to be reminded of is the strange vocabulary that developed;
  • Bam!
  • To the max
  • Physce
  • Boo-yah
  • Bone Jacked

But my personal favorite is the emergence of the word "Bonkers", and I have Dizzie Rascal to thank for the comeback this word is scheduled to make.
Dizzie Rascal is the reason that hip-hop still survives. His most recent album, Maths + English , and collaborations with Calvin Harris and others (The lovely Lily Allen, and Joe Lean) further secured Dizzie as a successful mainstream artist. His Last single, Dance Wiv Me is widely accepted as one of the theme tunes to last summer

In His latest single, he teams up with Armand Van Helden to deliver a sound that is about as close to musical nirvana as possible with a catchy synth driven chorus,
ome people think I'm bonkers but I just think I'm free/ And I'm just livin my life there's nothing crazy about meeeee."
Some have branded recent efforts as lacking in the substance and humour he once transmitted, and dubbing 'Bonkers' as just simply a 'Dance Wiv Me' afterthought.
It is true, the single is repetitive, and is not as lyrically dependant as for instance, 'Fix Up, Look Sharp'.

Like Kanye West's, The Rascal is simply experimenting with his sound and 'Bonkers' is a happy accident, perhaps the penicillin discovery in Grime.
I had to look long and far to find you a bootleg of this song, but it has been acheived (see below) and I will not rest till it is released.

O.A.S.U.M asks, What's your personal opinion? Dancey Dizzie or Grime Dizzie?
Comments would be lovely!

Its 2020, and the only Venue 02 haven't sponsored yet...

Lindsay Lohan (*Cough, Cough* Glenn Close) floats onto Lily Allen's Stage

I never thought I would mention Lindsay Lohan on this blog at all, let alone the third post! During Lily's performance at the Wiltern venue in L.A, the jobless star meandered onto Lily's stage during a cover of Britney's 'Womanizer', and attempted to recreate a slightly doped down scene from Fatal Attraction behind her. Presumably, Missus Lindsay is either promoting a new career with an odd publicity strategy, or happened to crave attention at the time. Once again, Lohan reminds us of how desperately she needs to buckle down, find some work and stop trying to boil people's rabbits.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Following Up On The Kylie Jokes...

So Human

Lady Sovereign made her career as the little white midget in the ever-developing grime scene. Despite being 5", she delivered a lippy, frank and loud sound, and it was lapped up by London's underground Scene. As her popularity rose, Lady reached a #6 in the UK charts with a little thanks to the Ordinary Boys, on the record 9 to 5, and made history, becoming the first UK female to be signed to the Def Jam label.

When a myspace bulletin confirmed that a second album was due for future release, the obvious question was would Lady Sovereign abandon her Garage roots and try to appeal to a more mainstream market? After falling out with her label at a US concert, then proclaiming her hate of America to audiences, and herself, great things were not expected.

Well, a lot has happened since 2006! Since the Klaxons and CSS rode in on their robotic horses in 2007, bearing the new rave phenomenon, every artist wanted to add an 'Electric Feel' to their song (Pardon the blatant MGMT reference.) But when Kylie tried her very best to move into the electronic scene (shown posing with robots in her video for 'WOW') we were all waiting for somebody to tell us it was all a sick joke!

Lady Sovereign hasn't exactly avoided the new rave cliche. Her new single "So Human" has been rejected by critics, her sacrilegious sampling of The Cure's 'Close to Me' has caused somewhat of an uproar, and is not exactly modest! The difference is that all the critics are close to over 50, and are exactly the people that are preventing music from moving on! The track is upbeat, and is just as grittily wonderful as previous efforts (Random, Love Me Or Hate Me etc...) And her sharp (if not shrill) voice works perfectly with the unsingable hook of the original song. The record deals with Bad days and getting up off the ground, and faithfully references the Cure with the line, "I've waited hours for this, I've made myself so sick", capturing the desperate feel. Sovereign has showed she has matured, but in her own non-cliched way. So, I hope and dearly believe that this track will become a rising track of the Summer 2009!

Watch The Video (And while you're positive, try not to look at the frankly hideous puffer jacket)