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With a Summer weather as depressing as a Pitbull x Nicki Minaj x Mohombi x Will.I.Am x Cali collaboration (you KNOW it's going to happen at some point), I thought we might as well a) jet off to Mauritius b) kill ourselves with a party bucket from KFC, but I eventually figured it'd be better for me to give you a few ideas of what to load your ipods with in August. Some big names, some superstars in the making and some songs that will probably not get the success they deserve. Ready?
Will Young - Jealousy & The Way I See
1st Pop Idol winner is back on Aug 22nd with a new album Echoes, 10 years after his first audition on the show. Produced by Richard X, the record sounds very exciting judging from the lead single Jealousy, an awesome and emotional piece of electro pop, and The Way I See, a track that didn't make the album and that Will just chose to give away. Two of the best tracks of the year right here, right now.
Get The Way I See here :
Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark
While this new single might not be the band's most effective to date, I'm happy they're back and still experimenting with their trademark sound. Plus it's good to hear something else than crappy R&B. The singles is out on September 4th as part as a four-track EP. The album Fallen Empires will follow later.
Bright Light Bright Light - Disco Moment
My (virtual and musical) love story with Rod Thomas, aka amazing popstar in the making Bright Light Bright Light is going strong, as he continues to amaze with this fantastic piece of emotional disco. It will make you want to dance and cry at the same time, in pure Robyn style. Buy it on Itunes or Amazon now! (US/ UK/ Amazon France, only 0,89€)
Melanie C - Think About It
I was and still am a major Spice Girls fan, but I must admit I've never really been rewarded with their solo careers. Apart from one amazing Emma Bunton track (Maybe) and a few Geri Halliwell goodies, the only one that (almost) always delivered consistently good pop is Melanie C aka Sporty Spice. Think About It, her kinda Teenage Dream-esque new single, is no exception and I could see it become a mainstream hit, if only people were less stupid and didn't blame her for being a former Spice Girl. Her new album The Sea is out in September. Support her, you villains!
Oh My! - Kicking and Screaming
I told you about those two already, when they released a great (and free!) debut single a few months ago. Now they're back with a second, and even better one on which they collaborated with Example! Kicking and Screaming is just a great, super catchy and clever pop song, that deserves some proper exposure. Hopefully the girls will start releasing stuff for real, and not just as free buzz tracks. But for now, just enjoy!
Beyoncé - End Of Time
Among the general snoozefest that is Beyoncé's fourth album "4" to me, lies this totally awesome jam called End Of Time, that saved me from drowning in an ocean of boring (but classy, you gotta give B that) ballads. This one shares some military drumming with the first anthemic single Run The World (Girls), and will have you off your seat in no time. That's exactly how I like Michelle and Kelly's best pal: up-tempo and jumpin' jumpin'
Wolfette - Different Story
What's so sad is the fact this single (and artist) are currently going by completely unnoticed despite being awesome. The track is great electro pop with perfect production, and Wolfette seems to have at least three great tracks under her belt, if her Soundcloud page is any indication (don't miss Vanilla, which is a free download). Can't wait to hear more from that lovely lady.
Creature - So High
I can't believe I forgot to post this absolute favorite of mine which sounds like a sonic fusion of Dragonette, Goldfrapp, Yeah Yeah Yeah's Zero and all other amazing poppers in between. No wonder I LOVE it more than 98% of the songs I've heard this year so far. Apart from that, this canadian band doesn't seem very exciting, but at least they're generous: you can get the track for free here. That's more than enough!
Robyn - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Neverendingly flawless swedish pop queen Robyn recently visited BBC1's Live Lounge to promote her single Call Your Girlfriend. And as artists do when they play that show, she performed a cover of a current hit. She chose Coldplay's lastest single Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. And you know what? She made it even better;, more emotional and epic. This woman can do no wrong.
Lloyd - Dedication To My Ex feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayn
What's not to like about a song celebrating (well, sort of) lady parts? Not much, as this track from US rapper has got me groovin' far more than I would admit. Llyod is typically the kind of artist about whom I don't give a $*** what he's done before and what he'll do after, or even what other songs are on his album. This one's just great and fun (and a bit misogynous, too, sorry ladies) and quite frankly, we don't really need much more than that, do we?
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Their debut album Torches is marvelously uplifting and summer-y and this singalong single is no different. Well the lyrics aren't exactly a Selena Gomez lovefest, but still, the chorus is catchy as hell! If you haven't already you should definitely check their album out and see them on stage. I did twice already this year, and believe me those sexy ones definitely deserve some cheering...
The Saturdays - All Fired Up
Least-charismatic-but-often-musically-well-endowed band of all time The Saturdays are getting ready to release their new single All Fired Up. The track is a Xenomania-produced club banger with generic party/dancefloor/dance lyrics that follows the path of edgier and melody-less sound they launched with previous effort Notorious, but this time around it really works. I'm curious to see the video and performances of this one.
(I love the fact a "lyric video" was made, given the high quality of said lyrics. Sing, bitches!)
Kasabian - Switchblade Smiles
I was lucky enough to attend a listening party for Kasabian's forthcoming album Velociraptor! (out Sept 19th) a few weeks ago, and let me tell you there are some serious tunes on it. Switchblade Smiles is the lead single and gives a pretty good idea of what to expect: big melodies, more electro-rock fusion and a few surfire hits. For that matter, the album's title track is as huge as a dinosaur escape from Jurassic Park.
The Sound Of Arrows - Magic
You know what? This track is still as amazing as when I first blogged it two-and-a-half years ago (read here). Now things are finally getting real for the band, who are about to announce the details of their album release. I saw them live at London's Lovebox festival in July (along with 15 other people under heavy rain), and believe me, this record is going to be MAJOR. Plus they gave me chocolate. So frankly, they're my new favorite band.
PS: how cute is the video?
PS: how cute is the video?
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death Of You And Me
While his brother Liam decided to go massively shit with his post-Oasis debacle project Beady Eye, Noel took some more time and is back with a great single called The Death Of You And Me, taken from his new band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' album (out Oct 17). The song is a rather classic Oasis-sounding tune complete with brass and a super-catchy chorus. What's not to love here?
Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite
I'm well aware this track is more than a year old, but I've been listening to it an awful lot over the past few weeks. The Nerina Pallot-penned title-track from Kylie's latest album is one of the very best off Aphrodite and should undoubtedly have been released as a single. Now, with the campaign and tour being over, there's now way this will happen, so here it is in all its "Les Folies" glory. In case you weren't able to attend the campiest and most amazing show on Earth, you can still watch it on YouTube and buy the DVD which is rumoured to be released very soon.
That's all, folks!