Saturday, 23 May 2009

Something's Wrong

We've so much amazing music at the dawn of the new year... But you only have take a look at the current iTunes top 10 to realise there is obviously something wrong...

1. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
(The black eyed peas, quite frankly BORING comeback with Fergie's cringe attempt at vocals)

3. Kiss Me through the phone - Soulja Boy Tellem (NO! WHY?!)

4. Number 1 - Tinchy Stryder
(Responsible for keeping la roux from the Number 1 spot, and is blatantly an attempt to rival Bittersweet Symphony, and even sounds pretty much the same!)

8. Tiny Dancer - Ironik
(This could just lose all of Elton John's credibility!)


Friday, 22 May 2009

Alex Roots....Has been scouted

Kelly Klarkson headbanging chorus... and Cyndi Lauper creepy backing vocals? Toyah and lene levich?
I hate it, and it's not what I should like...

Jamie T - Sticks and Stones

The cheeky little bugger is back with a new single that at first listen sounds as raw as his original work and just as musically pleasing! It even feels a bit 'Just Jack'-y at times (in a good way though!)
It dosen't quite measure up to the anthem factor of sheila, but after a few listens, it might become just as fun!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Little Boots vs. La roux

2009 heralds new steps for electro-indie, perhaps even further in progress from Nu Rave two or so years ago. This is an all out battle against the retro acts; The Wombats and Hooisers of this world, the dreadful offspring of a genre which has been done to death.

Leading this army into the sunset are the two lovely ladies of this years music movement are the likes of Little Boots and La Roux. Little Boots' hypnotic, almost epic sounding spacepop first made it on to the table last sumer, posting her jimjam videos on her youtube channel. The first I heard of her was September's mention of her in Mixmag's 'Introducing section.'

In interviews, she stated "I want to change people thinking that because it's a poppy thing that a record label's pressed a button on the giant songmaking computer and this popped out at the end."

Intereting! A few jumbled records became available and an iTunes EP was released. Her first REAL single, 'New in Town' is due for release this month.

La Roux had no such build up, and her wionderfully (if anything) shrill voice first penetrated my cranium after a single giveaway by the lovely NME! It was love. Much of her music is reminiscent of what I imagined would happen if Prince decided to swallow Depeche Mode.
Oh! And the hair! By Jesus, I've seen her live, and I really don't know how it manages to stay up!

However the Boots' sound is so deep, some tracks even resemble soundtracks from a children's fantrasy film, something very new sounding. She has something which La Roux lacks; track variation. Her sound ranges from deep club aimed sounds, the Hot Chip produced 'Stuck on Repeat', with a repettitive baseline that does exactly what it says on the tin, and Greg Kurstin produced 'New in Town' has a traditionally cheesy pop chorus, but her sound prevails and pulls it off perfectly.
Jowever, La Roux delivers a much more upbeat sound than Boots, energy which is perfectly presented for the dancefloor. Her album is full of those agonisingly catchy hooks that makes you want to hurt yourself when you're not listening to them. Despite thier similarities, the 'When Doves Cry'-esque 'In For the Kill' and 'Quicksand'. In 'Bulletproof' La Roux briefly dumps the high voice andseems almost angry . AND IT'S WONDERFUL.
You can't pit these two artist against each other. Yes, they're both birds with keyboards, but their sounds are so non-interchangable, it's not worth it.
Space Disco and Futurepop.

La Roux (Again...)

As I consider how many times I should allow myself to reference La Roux in one blog, I also cannot resist mentioning her new single which I had the privilege of viewing live. It was immense, and so is this soon to be chart topping single!

Friday, 1 May 2009

New In Town - Video!

I like to feel that I've been with Little Boots right from the beginning (I know that's not true, but it helps me sleep at night) mag article, I even feel like I know her personally (it's not stalking... YET!) I can hardly contain my exitement when I announce how far the Boots has travelled, when I present you with her new video single. It may be tramps dancing around with trolleys, but hey, Little Boots' unique style makes it look close to glamour!