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A Worldwide Phenomenon

Jody Watley– Nightlife (Single)

The last time Jody Watley made the Official Charts was April 1998 when she reached number 51 with Off The Hook, there have been singles released stateside but none of them have been released in the UK, could this change with Nightlife?

A brief recap of Jody Watley’s career; between the years 1977 to 1983; Watley was a member of the group Shalamar who had hits with Friends, A Night To Remember, There it is and Friends. Watley released her debut solo album in 1987, her biggest hit in the UK was Looking For A New Love which reached No.13 in May 1987. In 1989 Watley reached No.21 with Friends, subsequent singles have been released but have made little inroads in the Official Charts.

Nightlife written by Watley together with Julien Aletti and Ralph Aletti, harks back to the feel good disco of her Shalamar days , its as if Watley has gone full circle as Nightlife features backing vocals from Gerald Brown (who was the vocalist in Shalamar before Howard Hewitt replaced him) and it also references waacking ( a street dance which came into prominence during the time that Shalamar were having their greatest successes).

Promoted rightly this could be Watley’s biggest hit in the UK as disco has come back to the forefront thanks to the recent successes of Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers, clubbers will be waacking from New York, London , Tokyo, Paris, Madrid and Shanghai. A worldwide phenomenon perhaps.

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Lyric video for Nightlife 

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Stronger Grammar

London Grammar – Strong (single)

Following on from the excellent Wasting My Young Years; London Grammar release their new single Strong, both singles will feature on their highly anticipated debut album If You Wait.

Hannah Reid possess one of the most emotive expressive voices I have heard in a long time. And the band deploy it tomits best effect, with Dot Major and Dan Rothman’s minimalist backing levelled just right to allow Reid’s vocals to take centre stage. You never feel that Reid over sings, she gently cossets your ears with her eethereal vocal style.

London Grammar seem to specialise in haunting tracks which are perfectly pitched for a blissful chill out session. Whilst Strong may not be as instant as Wasting My Young Years, you cannot but admire the quality of this song and for a band which gets stronger with each release.

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Grimshaw’s Way

Aiden Grimshaw – The Way We Are (single)

Aiden Grimshaw finished ninth on the  seventh series of the X Factor, he came across as an angst filled teenager, who seemed more comfortable singing songs with great intensity than smiling.  Grimshaw released his debut album Misty Eye; which reached number 19,  two singles were released;  Is This Love  and Curtain Call which reached number 35 and 49 respectively,  can The Way We Are eclipse these?

The Way We Are was cowritten with Dimitri Tikovoi (Goldfrapp, Nicola Roberts & Sophie Ellis-Bextor) together they have created something quite unexpected for someone who graduated from the karaoke & popularity contest that is X Factor. Grimshaw’s vocal glides over Tikovoi’s  soundscapes,  which sound at times like a mixture of Loose Ends and Freeze.

There have been a number of X Factor finalists releasing decent singles, but not shifting significant units; Amelia Lily, Diana Vickers & Misha B, come to mind. It remains to be seen whether The Way We Are can eclipse the chart placings of the aforementioned  artists and of Grimshaw’s earlier offerings, if the record buying public take an open mind then The Way We Are just might.

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Vickers Would Lose Her……..

Diana Vickers – Cinderella (Single)

Cinderella is the lead off single from Diana Vickers’s forthcoming album Music To Make Boys Cry which is scheduled to be released on 15th September 2013.

It is as if they didn’t know what direction to take Vickers’s career, does she go onto make cutesy, girlie pop records or do they re-invent her as a dance diva, so as to keep everyone happy they have sort of gone for both.

On first listening Cinderella sounds like a cutesy girlie pop record, even the title is of a fairy tale, the verses are passable nothing out of the ordinary, but then you get to the chorus and what a chorus it is. There is a big trance song waiting to burst out of Cinderella, I can hear the Fred Falke or Tiesto remixes (please note these remixes only exist in my head).

Vickers sings “Because for you I would lose both both of my shoes ” I wonder what else she would lose?

Unfortunately this Cinderella won’t be going to the ball as it only reached No.76 on the official charts on 28th July 2013, this does not augur well for her second set.

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A Gripping Bathroom Tale

Best Boy Grip – Locked In he Bathroom (Single)

Best Boy Grip are a five piece band hailing from Derry and Locked In The Bathroom, will form part of an EP which is due for release in September 2013.

To describe Locked In The Bathroom as just a piano led number would be doing it a disservice as this song has the lyrical depth of most songs used in any modern-day shows.

Whilst musically, Locked In The Bathroom is reminiscent of early Keane numbers and lyrically tells a story in the way that early Squeeze songs did.

Not only is Eoin O’Callaghan the lead singer, pianist, songwriter, video director and editor (obviously a man with many talents) he also possess the innate Celtic/Irish gift of story telling. On Locked In The Bathroom O’Callaghan is not just singing a song he is telling a story, he gives you an insight as to what’s going on inside the family house but he wont let you in if you knock on the door.

Locked In The Bathroom is an enjoyable introduction to Best Boy Grip, More information can be found at:

http://www.bestboygrip.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/bestboygrip
http://www.twitter.com/bboygrip

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Undefeat ED!

Undefeat ED

Ed Drewett – Undefeated -Single

Ed Drewett is possibly about to have the biggest hit single of his career, unfortunately it will not be with Undefeated but as a co-writer of One Direction’s new single The Best Song Ever and therein lies the rub.

Drewett has had the majority of his success either writing for other artists, Olly Murs, Stooshe, The Wanted and One Direction or guesting on a couple of Proffesor Green’s singles. In his own right Drewett had previously released, Champagne Lemonade and Drunk Dial neither made much impact on the Official Chart and I am afraid it seems like Undefeated may follow suit.

Undefeated is not a bad song, its well sung with a punchy beginning and lyrics advising people to keep on going, Drewett may need to take on this mantra for his own recording career.

One cannot help thinking that if he had given this song away to any of the previously mentioned artists who have recorded his tracks; Undefeated could have been a bigger hit. Drewett should take solace from Robin Thicke who had been releasing records for years before he hit pay dirt on these shores.

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Goulding Burns

Ellie Goulding – Burn (single)

Taken from the forthcoming re-packaged version of Halcyon, Ellie Goulding releases Burn, this track is co-written with Ryan Tedder & Greg Kurstin amongst others, so this track comes with a stellar pedigree.

Singles wise Goulding is on a hot streak and has chosen her collaborators wisely, following on from I Need Your Love with Calvin Harris, she enlists Kurstin to produce this track.

Kurstin definitely knows his way around a hit record and delivers for Goulding, the track itself, lightly, straddles a  number of genres, EDM, Trance and bashment but it still remains pop, not as off kilter as Figure 8, however, I expect Burn will give Goulding another top 10 hit.

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Timberlake’s Tunnel

We have had the comeback single which divided his fans, Suit & Tie, we had the the big Number1 single, Mirrors, which more or less united the fans and now we have the third single, Tunnel Vision, which will titillate the fans or at least the video will.

Tunnel Vision, whilst not a bad track itself, leaves me with a feeling of haven’t we heard this all before but done better with Aaliyah and is Justin Timberlake hoping that a little controversy will sell the third single from The 20/20 Experience? That being said,Timberlakes video is not as crude as Robin Thicke‘s unrated Blurred Lines video.

The production is everything you would expect from anything associated with Timbaland, however, I can’t help feeling that Justin’s vocals should be higher in the mix and how many times can Timbaland yelp freaky freaky freaky girl before it becomes passe?

Tunnel Vision will serve to keep the sales of The 20/20 Experience ticking over and help to promote the upcoming festivals that Justin will be playing.

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Sugababes May Have Flatlined; resuscitate MKS

 MutyaKeishaSiobhan (MKS) – Flatline (Single)

Earlier this year, MutyaKeishaSiobhan: MKS. gave us a preview snippet of Flatline which was produced by Dev Hynes, who also produced the sublime track Losing You by Solange, so expectations for this track were quite high so do MKS deliver?

This is a strange kind of comeback, not being able to use the name that initially made you famous and to which you contributed much to its success, but as the now flatlined Sugababes (or as they officially put it on hiatus), the original members MutyaKeishaSiobhan.MKS, have re-grouped and are Back In Business and are about to take the pop crown that Girls Aloud have recently vacated.

There must have been a degree of risk by calling your comeback single Flatline, can you imagine the music press having a field day with lines like The Originalbabes comeback flat lining etc, however, there will be no need for such headlines as MKS have delivered something so amazing and unlike anything like the songs currently in the charts.

Flatline starts up 80’s & 90’s R&B sounding with the obligatory handclaps, with Siobhan ushering in the new MKS era in very much the same way she did on Overload, the change was obvious Keisha coos who could she be refering  to?

One thing that MKS apart from the other bands when they were known as the Sugababes was their vocal harmonies, when the girls sang together it was if angels were singing and now as MKS nothing has changed, Girls Aloud & The Saturdays would kill for harmonies like MKS

When Overload came out in 2000, it sounded fresh and original, fast forward to 2013 and I would say the same about Flatline, with the middle eight breakdown the dramatic tribal drums coming across all Florence & The Machine Like and with additional oh oh oh from Spector’s Fred MacPherson. There is no need to resuscitate the Sugababes as MKS have arrived and have delivered.

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Vocals Please

Pet Shop Boys –  Vocal (single)

Following on from Axis released in May, The Pet Shop Boys release Vocal from their upcoming album Electric (due out July 15th 2013).

Vocal sees The Pet Shop Boys hit the dance floor with a new sense of gusto. Nowadays it is rare for a song and a video to connect but with its rave tinged production and old skool video footage the Pet Shop Boys manage to do so to great effect.

Vocal also finds The Pet Shop Boys at their wittiest, lyrical best, with the following couplet: “I like the singer, He’s lonely and strange Every track has a vocal, And that makes a change” Its as if they know my own personal aversion to early dance music without vocals.

Will Stuart Price do for The Pet Shop Boys what he did for Madonna? The last time The Pet Shop Boys topped the official charts was in 1988 with Heart and the last time they reached the official charts top 10 was in 2006 with I’m With Stupid, whilst Vocal may not restore Pet Shop Boys to the higher echelons of the chart, however, it is a welcome return to the dance floor
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