She makes me feel soooo old (she’s only 18), but it’s good music! Bloodshy is producing her stuff, along with Paul Epworth so album should be good! Check out here.
OK, so not very ‘new’ (he’s been causing havoc on the blogs for a good few months now) but I’ve just realised that I haven’t bigged him up, and he’s one of my most listened to artists in the last 3 months according to my Last.fm
Anyway, this is nothing more than fresh, forward looking electro that’s a bit too cool to be pop but is easy to fall in love with at the same time. He’s coming to London later in the month which is nice as it seems he’s been stuck in his native New York for ages! Check out here.
I love Robyn. I have done since I was at school (in the 90’s), which is kinda embarrassing to admit to, as she wasn’t always very cool! She ditched a big recording contract and an already successful career back then because she wasn’t happy with how her label was selling her. So she went her own way and paid for her huge 2005 album ‘Robyn’, which had all those big hits like ‘With Every Heartbeat’.
A sampler for the first album called Body Talk Pt1 is here. You can here a snippet of her first single, Fembot, on that link. So far, I’ve heard Dancehall Queen which is pretty sweet (produced by Diplo- I can’t find a link for the full clip!). Looks like it’ll be a fun summer when the first album is released in June!
Signed up by Mary J. Blige, Starshell is just pure fun pop (from what I’ve heard so far). Her first single, Superluva, was written for Britney and Lady Gaga. Both gave it a miss. Silly !Check out here.
I brought Cheryl Cole’s album when it came out all those months ago (no sniggering), and I was a bit disappointed with what I heard. Parachute was probably the best track on the album, but I had to watch the video to realise that it’s actually a really good pop song.
I only just stumbled across Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. His work was stunningly elegant, Im surprised at myself for not already knowing about him. His estate has a website here which isn’t the friendliest site to work through but the photos of his buildings (specially the residential stuff) are beautiful.
If you’re reading this from outside of the UK, yesterday was the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race. These two universities row their way down the river Thames and the winning team get a prize or something. For the last couple of years though, there’s been a far more exciting alternative, held at Spitalfields City Farm, called the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race. Same idea- only goats race around the farm. Last year the event was tiny, this year it was absolutely huge- there were crowds everywhere! Winning goat? Cambridge!
This is the new killer tune by Kelis. Called Acappela. Amazing.
“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”
It’s so rare to see people from Syria (my own home) get famous in the western world (for the good reasons!). Enter Salem Al Fakir, who’s a bit of a pop star in Sweden. I didn’t know about him til I saw a clip of him performing ‘Keep On Walking’ which is absolute perfection in my eyes. He’s already released 3 albums since 2007 in Sweden, so it’s only a matter of time before the rest of Europe clocks on! Check out here.
I love this just as much as the ice cream it’s advertising on telly right now…
Mary J Blige is back on form…
Big things are tipped for this chap. Beautiful and haunting music that makes you feel a little bit good. Check out here.
Just signed to Island Records, nice guitary music with a nice voice. Currently touring with Thurin Breaks (I didn’t know they were playing London til they came and went!). Check out here.
I’m not sure how to describe Fabio’s music other than it being fantastic. He co-wrote a track by Example which went a little huge here in the UK called Won’t Go Quietly (I’ve been rooting for Example for years, it’s so good to see his efforts being picked up finally). Check out Fabio’s Myspace here. Will be massive shortly.
I’ve raved on about this guy for ages but this week I saw Alex Gardner live for the first time. We came in a bit late so only managed to catch a couple of songs but this little man can SING! If you get a chance to catch him then do it. I can’t get 0ver how young he is yet have such an amazing voice.