Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again (single)
Royksopp & Robyn have collaborative history on The Girl and the Robot from Royksopp’s 2009 album Junior and also on None of Dem from Robyn’s 2010 release Body Talk Pt1 they have again joined forces and have now recorded a mini album called (how aptly) Do It Again, which is also the title of the lead off single.
On first listen the lyrics to Do It Again may seem to be without depth but VeReViewS suggests that they contain deeper hidden meanings the first one is when you are at a club and the DJ plays a big tune and then it arrives, the anticipation is like MMM MMM MMM wait for it wait for the build up
& the second one VeReViewS will leave that to your imagination!!
The inspiration behind Do It Again was apparently a night out together that Robyn & Royksopp had, it must have been a brilliant night as Do It Again is as close to pop perfection as one song can be, an ice cool electro/trance banger with more hooks and bounce than any one song should have
Both Royksopp & Robyn have found official chart action a little hard with their previous solo releases, here’s hoping that Do It Again takes them to the top of the summit
VeReVieW Star Rating VVVVV/5
VeReVieW the lyric video to Do It Again
Metronomy – Love Letters (Single)
Metronomy could be famed by their remixes; Lady Gaga, Goriilaz, Goldfrapp & Franz Ferdinand to name a few, however, this could all be about to change with the release of Love Leters, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name.
Metronomy currently consisting of;Joseph Mount, Gbenga Adelekan, Oscar Cash & Anna Prior have delivered a slice of feelgood pop with a nod and wink towards the Mamas and Papas especially during the chorus.
VereView Star Rating VVV/5
VereView Love Letters (Directed by Michel Gondry)
Chase & Status – Brand New Machine – (Album)
Following on from the No. 2 success of 2011 No More Idols & seeing new acts Disclosure & Rudimental release critically acclaimed big unit shifting debuts the pressure is on Chase & Status to deliver, Brand New Machine got off to a good start with the lead off single Lost Not Found featuring Louis MÙ ttrs reaching No.9 in July and Count On Me Featuring Moko reaching No.5 in October, however does Brand New Machine malfunction or does it fire on all cylinders?
Chase and Status have opted to use relatively unknown artists like Bo Saris, Jacob Banks, Moko, Louis MÙ ttrs & Abigail Wyles, however like most of the best dance albums in 2013 a Niles Rodgers collaboration is course de rigueur and Brand New Machine is no exception.
Nile Rodgers makes an appearance on What Is Right which features a sublime vocal by Abigail Wyles. If Soul II Soul were current high profile record makers they would be making songs like this.
Chase and Status take us on a journey of most the dance music scenes that have taken place in the UK over the last 20 years we get UK Garage in the track Blk & Blu – A house rave hybrid onDeeper Devotion, Old Skool Rave on Count On Me (which oddly has a co-writing credit by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe) , Ragga on International and Dancehall on Pressure, Hip Hop on Gangsta Boogie, Trip Hop on Heaven Knows, Dubstep on Alive and Drum & Bass on Breathing
VereViews reckons that the standout track on Brand New Machine is Like That featuring Moko, this is a classy break beat song with strings, think Emeli Sande Heaven but grittier.
Brand New Machine never seems pedestrian just as you get used to one dance genre another one hits you on the next song. They say that variety is the spice of life, this adage is true for the musical stylings of Brand New Machine.
Making a cohesive album with so many different genres could have left other artists with a huge mountain to climb, however Chase and Status pull it off with their Brand New Machine pleasing on all fronts whilst giving the listener a potted history of most of the music scenes heard on British shores in the last twenty years.
VeReViews Star Rating VVV/5
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Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night (single)
Justin Timberlake’s albums are like buses; you wait ages for one to come along and then 2 come along literally at the same time, for Take Back The Night is taken from the second instalment of The 20/20 Experience, which is due at the end of September. So as to not confuse the fans, as the current single is Tunnel Vision, Take Back The Night is offered as an instant download when you pre-order The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.
Controversy sells whether you make an artistic video or get threatened with legal action, Timberlake has been through both with the Take Back The Night Foundation first issuing a notice advising that Timberlake had used their name without permission, however, a lawsuit was averted when Timberlake issued a formal apology.
Take Back The Night is a slice of feelgood retro soul; you could imagine Michael Jackson recording a track like this if he was still alive. Timbaland shows that he is not a one track production pony, gone is the kitchen sink production & his usual utterings. Take Back The Night features strings & horns to good effect and leaves you in no doubt that it is aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
The first instalment of The 20/20 Experience left me underwhelmed if Take Back The Night is anything to go by then The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 should be a corker!
VereView Star rating VVVV/5