Friday, January 11, 2013

DC, JT and some other pop nuggets

Crikey - it's like David Bowie's surprise comeback has spurred the entire music industry into action.

First up, Destiny's Child have announced a brand new track, called Nuclear, will be included on their forthcoming compilation album, Love Songs. Sadly, a quick glance at the tracklisting, shows it's clearly going to be a ballad. But there's still hope as The Neptunes are on production duties. If you've heard their remix of DC's Emotions, you'll know what I mean.

Destiny's Child - Emotions (Neptunes Remix)

Then, pop star turned actor turned interior designer turned golfer Justin Timberlake announced his long-overdue return to music.

It came via a minute-long, spoken word YouTube video, which I hope and pray isn't a sign of what's to come. We want beatboxing and jaw-dropping dance moves, not a po-faced thesis on how he "nurtures his muse". I've said it before, and I'll say it again: GET ON WITH IT JUSTIN.

At the other end of the scale, here's a new song from Florence + The Machine, which has appeared out of nowhere. I Come Apart is duet with US rap prodigy A$AP Rocky and it is magic.

A$AP Rocky ft Florence + The Machine - I Come Apart

Finally, the Brit nominations came out last night. It's a pretty good shortlist this time around, and one which illustrates the increasing separation between the download market (represented by Olly Murs and Calvin Harris), the people who still buy albums (Mumford and Sons, Alt-J) and the music industry voters whose sole aim is confusing Cathy in Asda by nominating acts she's never heard of (Cat Power, Richard Hawley).

I wrote a brief analysis on the BBC - which is basically a string of bad jokes (what else?). But the best thing about the launch event was Jessie Ware playing an acoustic version of Running.

She's up for two awards: best female, which she'll lose to Emeli Sande, and best breakthrough, where she has an even chance of winning - but it's fantastic just to see her in the running. Haha, running. Like her song. I see what they did there.

Jessie Ware - Running

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