Here's Kiss The Bride, a song in English which was on his first album. It's a live version slightly mashed-up with Kylie's Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Amazing.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
It’s the b-side to their phenomenal 21st single Untouchable, out tomorrow (Apr 27). The least I can say is that it’s just too good to be true. It’s a pop/dance track with a heavy 90s feel to it, AND it has a trance-like sequence at the end of each chorus. Major. Too bad they’re not singing it on their Out Of Control Tour, which started last Friday in Manchester. More on that ASAP.
To coincide with the track’s 20th birthday, Lenny had it remix by no other than French electro duo Justice. The result is more than a success, and it can be downloaded for free on Kravitz’s website. If you have a chance to catch LK on stage somewhere next to you in the coming months, you should not hesitate: the man kicks ass.
Lights is a young artist I had never heard about until Popjustice featured her a few days ago. She’s a cute brunette, and has an EP out which is quite good. Ice is my fave of the six songs. It’s ear-candy synth pop, perfect to wake up to in the morning. You can get the songs from iTunes, and you should. Apart from that, she’s from Canada, and here’s her MySpace. The end.
Basically it goes like this: act 1 The Lady and the dancing Tramps / act 2: The beauty and the hip-hop dancers / act 3: the Beauty and the car drivers' orgy. Or something like that.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Taking the stage a little after midnight, Victoria, her drummer and keyboard player kicked things off with Earthquake, probably one of her most efficient tracks, an electro-pop belter which really got things going. After saying greeting the audience with a very cute “bonsoir Paris, je suis Petit Bottes” (“Good evening Paris, I’m Little Boots”), she went on with the wonderful Meddle, soon followed by a new track from her upcoming album, Tune Into My Heart, which makes me believe that Hands is going to me a real masterpiece. The fourth track of the set was the delicious Mathematics, which clearly stands out with its funny lyrics based on something that used to not make me happy: maths. Then she introduced two new songs I had never heard before, Symmetry and Remedy, two heavily electro bangers strongly influenced by Goldfrapp’s style (think Strict Machine or Ooh La La). I immediately loved them anyway!
As the end of the got nearer and nearer, she performed her first proper single, New In Town, which I hope is going to be big in the charts, even though to me it wasn’t the most obvious choice to make for a first single. But still, it has some potential, even more when performed live. Of course, the last song of the set was Stuck On Repeat, which was played in its extended version, much to the audience’s pleasure. This track is a great summary of 2009’s electro-pop vibe. It’s extremely simple yet very cleverly built. This song has “hit” written all over it, so I really hope it gets released as a proper single later.
Here is New In Town, in case you haven’t heard it yet…
And finally, another great cover, of Sugababes’ classic Overload. Victoria filmed herself in her hotel room in Berlin, switched her Tenorion on and delivered this rather amazing version of the track. Enjoy guys!
Little Boots - Overload (Sugababes cover)
Don’t forget, New In Town will be released on May 25, while the album Hands will be yours from June 1.
Above is the video for Candy
Below is a little playlist of some of Paolo's songs, including his first single Last Request, a great cover of Amy Winehouse's Rehab, a duet with French singer Zazie called Duo (from her 2006 album Totem), and three joyous and more up-tempo tunes, Jenny, News Shoes and Halloway Grove. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Whatever, after Candy, I slightly lost interest in Mandy, until last year, when a song called Gardenia arrived on my computer thanks to my dear friend P. It has nothing of the sugary pop sound of her beginnings, but instead was rather deep (as far as pop can be!) and pretty moving. All that to say that Mandy in now a grown-up aiming at a more mature sound, while remaining a pop artist.
That's exactly the feeling you get when you hear that new song of hers called I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of The Week. It's an up-tempo piece of shamedless pop that gets into your mind as fast as a Pussycat Doll spreading her legs. It might not be the song of the century, but it will do the trick if you're looking for something fresh and safe for the week!
And just for old time's sake, here are Candy & Gardenia.
Friday, April 17, 2009
And if you click on that link, you'll be able to watch GCC perform another (good) song of theirs, called Happy Alone
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
They released their third album It's Blitz last week, and so close from Easter, all I can say is "Thank God". Plus the cover art features an egg...you see what I'm trying to say here : egg...Easter egg...God...new album. It's all karma, guys!
Anyway, whereas their previous efforts were clearly garage-rock infused, their new material is more electro-rock influenced. For the better, I mean. Their sound gained complexity, edginess and is much more exciting than before. The album opener and first single Zero clearly is one of the best songs of 2009 so far, being very simple and complex at the same time, but anyway VERY likable. Second track Heads Will Roll, if not only for its title (which reminds me of the poster catchphrase for Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow!), is one hell of a song. I'll let you get a taste of the rest, cause I'm not going to find enough different ways to say "amazing".
For more info, check their website & Myspace page. Lots of funny stuff on there.
It was great, people.
Mr. Doré proved he's a real showman, with a nearly 2-hour long set, reprising most of his first record, and adding some pretty fierce covers to the mix. He demonstrated a true sense of showmanship, surrounded by really good musicians and a rather fun yet surprising stage setting. All in all I had a lot more fun than I thought I would, so thank you mum for that ! Here and there are not-so-good pics I took with my brand new sexy phone, as well as a video of Julian's single Les Limites.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Their album is coming at the end of the month, so be sure I'll write about them some more soon !!
If you want to see the non-embeddable video, just click here!
I'm afraid you'll have to visit her Myspace page to hear them, cause there's no way I can embed them here...
MATD is the kind of artist that's perfectly understood what pop music is all about: fresh sound, attitude, edginess and rhythm. Those three songs sure are promising, and if it's of any indication of how good the album's gonna be, I'm already melting. Bring on the LP, M!
This is another song called Seventeen, that's not on her Myspace! Love it!
- Robbie Williams (what? I subscribed to his newsletter ??! Didn't remember! Maybe that's because he hasn't done anything in years...)
- Girls Aloud (I knew I could count on them! I began to get hard...)
- Sharleen Spiteri (yay)
Not bad. But that Madonna bitch totally forgot. Too busy buying kids, probably.
Birthday song: Marina and the Diamonds - Obsessions (listen here). More on her very soon.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Reasons why I’ve always disliked Beyoncé Knowles as a solo artist, from a VERY objective and unbiased point of view:
- Bitch never bothers singing the Crazy In Love chorus whenever she performs it live. Frustration.
- She will never be able to topple her first single (a possibly one of the best pop singles of the 00s), the aforementioned Crazy In Love. Crushed expectations.
- Her live Destiny’s Child medleys are shit. She sings like 20sec of each song, whereas Bootylicious should always be performed in all its glory, and perhaps even in a 46min-long “extended mix”. Failed work of justice.
- She’s got disgusting taste as far as “fashion” is concerned. Blame her mother. Awfulness.
- Her live shows clearly lack the originality, edginess and craziness they should be about. A huge screen and nothing else is not a decent pop diva-sized stage set.
- She released her latest album on 2 CDs when one would have been sufficient, just for the sake of her concept. Not environment friendly.
Etc etc etc
That being said, I must say that after a few months of refusing to give it a proper listen, I’ve started to enjoy some of the songs on that I Am...Sasha Fierce album of hers. Of course, the ballads are dull, but the second CD (the “fierce” one) has some pretty good stuff on it. Like my latest obsession (as painful as it is to admit): Halo. Epic and perfect to sing in the shower. Sweet Dreams and Radio are rather (ie really) great too. Oh, yeah, and that Single Ladies song is enjoyable now that the hype surrounding it has finally passed.
PS: I was going to embed the Halo video, but in a very clever marketing move, it has been decided that it should not be made available for embedding. Congratulations to whoever is responsible for that.