Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miley Cyrus gatecrashes Pharrell's Come Get It Bae video

Miley Cyrus is an uncredited vocalist on Pharrell's Come Get It Bae - but the song's new video completely blows her cover.

She pops up in the middle of the clip, prancing around with a cup of tea and sticking her tongue out like Buster Bloodvessel in hotpants (dear brain, please erase this image).

The rest of the video is a by-numbers affair, with lots of buxom girls dancing for Pharrell, while he films them for his "personal stash". I guess he's forgotten about that post-Blurred Lines attempt to "eliminate what he sees as an understandable degree of uncertainty over what his attitude to women actually is" now that everyone likes him again.

Pharrell - Come Get It Bae

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A quick chat with MNEK

MNEK is one of those singers whose name you keep seeing in brackets (or parentheses if you're posh) on other people's songs: Rudimental's Spoons (ft MNEK) and Gorgon City’s Ready For Your Love (ft MNEK), to name a few.

He also co-wrote the bracket-tastic Need U (100%) for Duke Dumont and Gecko (Overdrive) for Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill.

In other words, he's pretty damned good at his job.

His first solo single, Every Little Word, came out in April and now we have a dippy-trippy video for the follow-up, Wrote A Song About You. A constantly shifting deep house barnstormer with a sublime "la la la" moment, it's one of my songs of the summer.

MNEK - Wrote A Song About You

I caught up with MNEK (real name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) at Glastonbury a couple of weeks ago, where he told me his debut album was "almost ready", with the artwork finalised, and everything.

"There's only one duet , one collaboration, and everything else is me," he said.

And, although he's known for club hits, the album promises to be more diverse.

"There's ballads man! There's many ballads! The struggle was to get more uptempo songs on the album. A good album is a journey rather than being too low or too up."

The 19-year-old also joked that he kept an eagle eye on the exit doors when he was on stage.

"I always pay attention to that when I’m performing. If I see someone go out, I should start calling them out: 'Halt the song! Halt the song! Come back here and explain yourself!'"

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More music from the Banks vault

So here it is, the BIG RADIO SINGLE from Banks.

The tempo's been turned up, the torment toned down, and the chorus sounds a bit like Black Coffee-era All Saints. In other words, this wouldn't sound out of place on daytime Radio One.

Having said that, the lyrics might be a touch too gothic for the mums and dads: "You got me beggin for thread / To sew this hole up that you ripped in my head," the R&B star intones, to chilling effect.

The song is called Beggin' For Thread and you can buy it now if you live anywhere except the UK.

Update: Now available on UK iTunes.

Fittingly, Beggin' For Thread is the big promotional push for Banks's 14-track debut album, Goddess, which is out on 8 September.

If you haven't been paying attention, her previous singles (all available on iTunes) are well worth checking out. Here's my three favourites so far:

Banks - This Is What It Feels Like

Banks - Warm Water

Banks - Before I Ever Met You

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Robyn and Royksopp do it again

I haven't been the biggest cheerleader for Robyn and Royksopp's joint EP / Tour thingy, as it all feels undercooked - like the two artists are retreating to safe ground after careers built on breaking the rules.

Still, you can't deny that the video for Do It Again (a number 75 hit back in May) is a complete corker. A story of forbidden love under a repressive regime (you can tell it's repressive, because everything's black and white) it's a stunning, cinematic interpretation of the song.

"I'm pleased that, for me, the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote the song," says Robyn. "Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it's over, you want to go back."

Robyn and Royksopp - Do It Again

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lykke Li riddled with bullets and 10 other songs you may have missed

Here you go: A semi-regular round-up of songs I didn't have time to write about during the week, including tasty morsels by this load of reprobates.

1) Lykke Li - Gunshot
Let's start with the most disturbing video of the week, in which Lykke "laugh-a-minute" Li stumbles round the world's oddest car park, being shot by invisible bullets. A lighthearted romp.

2) Cam'Ron ft Nicki Minaj - So Bad
The video is hilariously low-budget (hello, green screen!) but the doo-wop indebted duet is damned catchy. Plus, Cam'ron makes the world's worst Angry Birds pun, so well done on that front.

3) Haim - Oh Well (live at T In The Park)
Always a highlight of their live shows, this Fleetwood Mac cover lets Danielle Haim let fly with her crazy axe skills. One of the highlights of the TV coverage of T in the Park.

4) DJ Fresh ft Ellie Goulding - Flashlight
Originally a bonus track on Ellie's Halcyon Days re-release last year, this has been given a fresh lick of paint and turned into DJ Fresh's new single. As they said in the 70s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

5) Moko - Your Love
Produced by Chase & Status (for whom Moko sang Count On Me last year) this chiming soul-house track is a guaranteed floor-filler. Nice pigtails, too.

6) Alt-J - Hunger of the Pine
A simply stunning video.

7) Pharrell - Get Lucky (live at T In The Park)
Great performance from Pharrell on last year's song of the summer. I'm not sure "make it rain" means the same in Scotland as it does in his native Virginia, though.

8) Marina and the Diamonds - Untitled new song
This brief snippet, posted on Instagram during the week, is the first taster of Marina's forthcoming third album.

A simple piano/vocal, with shades of Lana Del Rey (or anyone else who sings over a piano, to be honest) it sounds extremely promising: "There's no rush anymore, time's on my side," sings Marina, "All my worries are gone, I'm enjoying the ride."

9) Mike Mago & Dragonette - Outlines
Pop's best kept secret (that's Dragonette) team up with some Dutch guy (that's Mike Mago) for this dreamy dance track. Too deep to match the chart success of Dragonette's previous collaboration - Martin Solveig's Hello - this is a welcome addition to my summer playlist nonetheless.

10) Indiana - Heart on Fire
I meant to post this two weeks ago when it came out, then my brain went fzzrt.

Better late than never, though, here's Nottingham-born newcomer Indiana (aka Lauren Henson) with a great big "sobbing over a drum machine" popballad. Fans of Robyn will like this quite a lot.

11) Sigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing
As fresh and exciting today as it was on Monday, when I first wrote about it - even though, as Don't Falter hitmaker Mint Royale pointed out, it's "obviously based on a Lana sample which they've then replaced with 'something similar'".

Interesting choice of outfit from Paloma, as ever.

And that's that. Enjoy the sunny weekend!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Video: Broods - Mother and Father

A former song of the day, if this blog had a song of the day, which it doesn't, here are Broods with the moody new video to Mother And Father.

I don't know about you, but I found the way the camera lingers on Georgia's cleavage a little uncomfortable.

The song, however, is seven shades of supercool.

Broods - Mother and Father

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