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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Five songs for the week of August 9th


The Saturdays - Higher
Still considering that the band's ear-raping new single Missing You doesn't exist, I'd rather introduce you to their next single Higher. Taken from the Headlines EP, this is the song that should have led the whole project. It's a near-perfect pop track in the vein of Up and Ego, ie. with a great chorus, a huge tune and beat you can dance along to. Nothing to do with the crapfest we're being harrassed by at the moment. BTW, there's not much going on on Headlines. Puppet is really good but the rest is just meh.


Dragonette - My Things
 Another week, another slice of Dragonette Heaven, this time in the shape of a song called My Things. They have been playing this live for quite some time and now the studio version is on their latest release Mixin To Thrill, which contains remixes from Fixin To Thrill and new songs Volcano and My Summer, which I already told you about (here). My Things is 100% amazing: bouncy, synthy and lyrically funny. Thank you Dragonette for being so awesome, and now get back to the studio to work on album #3!


Alphabeat - Ain't Nobody
I found this cover of Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody (which Liberty X had previously released as a mash-up with The Human League's Being Boiled to stellar results, thanks to Richard X) by chance and learnt that it was a bonus track from their last album. Well done to them, their version is really good, funky and shiny. Listen to a snippet of it being performed acoutically and download the regular version below.

  

Robyn - In My Eyes
This song is only 1/8 of the absolute amazingness that is Body Talk Pt. 2, the second installment of Robyn's trilogy of awesomeness. I'll write a proper review of the EP around its release date, but for now here's the opening track for you to enjoy. A perfect mix of pure pop, electro and dance beats with Robyn's emotional vocals, the song is one of the record's many highlights  and makes me wonder why the Swedish popstrell isn't the new Madonna (yes, I think her music's way better than Lady GaGa's).


Professor Green - Just Be Good To Green
I was going to show you the rather beautiful video, but you know some labels prefer to restrict their use so that their artists don't get any promotion (yeah, EMI, I'm talking about you). Anyway, being far too nice, I'm going to feature it anyway. The song is actually a duet with Lily Allen. Professor Green is a UK rapper whose debut album Alive Till I'm Dead features one guest per song and is a rather nice surprise (more on that later, maybe). His rapping is very reminiscent of Eminem's, but let's say the British accent makes a notable difference! All in all, a pleasant track. 

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