Friday, February 15, 2013

Rihanna takes a bath and six more pop moments you may have misssed

Here begins the weekly clearout of the pop music stockpile. Some great music follows in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

1) Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko - Stay
Oh look, Rihanna's taking a bath and singing a song all in the nudey buff. (Phwoar, right?) Would be better if she was singing into a bottle of Mr Matey.

2) Marina and the Diamonds - E.V.O.L.
"It only takes two lonely people, to fuck up love and make it evil". AMAZING.
(And a free download to boot).

3) Lana Del Rey - Burning Desire
Surely this, the 9,236th video from Lana's debut album, must be the last? If you haven't heard it yet, Burning Desire is one of the broody, carnal bonus tracks from the expanded edition ("I have to touch myself to pretend you're there," she croons, the perv). The video takes the album campaign full circle, recycling the "Lana and some tigers" motif from the Born To Die video.

4) The Strokes - All The Time
Much more "on message" than the electropop teaser track One Way Trigger, this is the first proper release from The Strokes' fifth album, Comedown Machine. The lyrics are utter rubbish ("no-one talks about the war / on my block or on the shore") but Julian Casablancas' facility with a catchy melody is undiminished.

5) Duke Dumont ft A*M*E - Need U (100%)
I'm a big fan of wide-eyed pop spangler A*M*E, and I'm a big fan of the resurgence of 1990s deep house. This track combines them both in one great hedonistic, glowsticks aloft, baggy pants, bring-back-Whigfield, dance frenzy. 100% approved.

6) Pixie Lott and Rowan Atkinson - Goodness Gracious Me
This might be for a good cause - encouraging more people to sign up as organ donors - but it is quite honestly the worst thing I have ever seen in my life.

7) Jessie Ware - Diamonds
By contrast, this is sublime. A cover from the Radio 1 Live Lounge that genuinely improves on the original. Can Jessie Ware do no wrong? No, she cannot do no wrong. Wait, is that right? Too many negatives? I'm confused.

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