Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The inescapable Emeli Sande is inescapable

Do you think there's a big Olympic computer in Stratford that has "book Emeli Sandé" as a default option?

There she was at the opening ceremony singing plaintively over a simple piano motif, and there she was at the closing ceremony, singing plaintively over a simple piano motif. Her quiff seemed to have flopped a bit in the meantime - presumably because they'd locked her in a cupboard to stop her doing a runner.

The big Olympic computer isn't stupid. Emile's catch-in-your-throat vocals tip buckets of emotion over any scenario, no matter how grandiose or ridiculous. And, yes, that includes supporting Coldplay. So it's no big surprise that Naughty Boy has snared the Aberdonian singer for his debut single, Wonder.

If you don't know Naughty Boy, he's a South London producer who started making music in his garden shed, and now owns a state-of-the-art recording studio with tea and coffee making facilities and everything. Over the last few years, he's been shuffling faders for the likes of Chipmunk, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah. All the while, he's been sneakily working on his debut solo record – a concept album called Hotel Cabana.

As far as I can work out, Naughty Boy doesn't actually feature on the album. According to the blurb, the record will feature a "stellar cast" of guest stars, whose names are being kept under wraps (although eyepatch enthusiast Gabrielle has already blabbed that she's on a forthcoming single called Hollywood). But if the rest of the album matches the anthemic, soulful debut single, we're in for a treat.

Naughty Boy ft Emeli Sande

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