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Oh blimey

Apologies. We’ve been incredibly slack of late and for that there is no real excuse. Plus, so much seems to have happened and not once did we bother writing some words about it. Forgive us? No? Don’t blame you really.

To try and make things up to you, here are some songs we’ve been enjoying of late. Perhaps you’ll enjoy them too? More than likely you would have heard them already and probably read so many things about them that you’re bored stiff by the mere mention of their names. This is what happens when you don’t update a blog for over ten days 😦

Radiohead – ‘Codex’

We like King Of Limbs. We don’t love it. It’s still at a bit at a distance for now. In the same way that Amnesiac was ‘good’, this is something to admire from afar and though there are moments of brilliance, as a whole, it seems a little too clever clever. We shall see.

Oh Land – ‘Sun Of A Gun’

Oh Land is a Danish former ballerina who now lives in New York and has recently signed to RCA. We went to a showcase thing she did (for ‘showcase’ read (s)wanky ‘party’ in some giant members club in London) and she was utterly captivating. She even had balloons as backing singers!

Marques Toliver – ‘White Sails’

Marques Toliver was born in Florida, moved to Brooklyn got spotted by one of TV On The Radio, worked with Holly Miranda and then moved to London where he’s been signed by Bella Union. Phew. His forthcoming EP is really very good and to these ears he sounds a lot like Maxwell with a violin, which is no bad thing.

Adele – ‘Rumour Has It’

‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’ are currently both in the UK top 5 as are Adele’s two albums, 19 and 21. Everyone seems to have fallen for her hard and this Ryan Tedder production is hopefully going to be the third single. The best bit is clearly when she squeals “bless your soul”.

New Music Monday

Soooo, last week we predicted big things for Bruno Mars and Adele and guess what? We were totally spot on! Imagine that. Sometimes, dear readers, taking risks pays off. Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ entered at number 2, one place behind Mars’ ‘Grenade’, whilst Bruno was also number 1 on the album charts with the appallingly titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans (apparently ‘doo-wops’ is a term for ladies). We’re not going to lie, we had a little glass of wine to celebrate that success, but frankly, it’s January, so we drink wine whenever we want to really. Anyways, here’s what we think is good/above average this week…

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21 by Adele

Yep, her again. We had pretty high expectations for this after hearing ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and the devastating live version of ‘Someone Like You’ and though there are moments where it feels like the songs are about to collapse under the weight of the over-emoting (‘Set Fire To The Rain’, for example), it’s a very good album. Not only does Paul Epworth show up to help out a bit, we also get the excellent Ryan Tedder collaboration, ‘Rumour Has It’, some Rick Rubin productions, a cover of The Cure‘s ‘Lovesong’ (a re-working originally meant for Barbra Streisand apparently) and lots and lots of heartbreak songs. Throughout, it’s Adele’s supple, soulful voice that keeps your attention. (As a slight footnote, the studio version of ‘Someone Like You’ is massively disappointing).

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Last Train To Paris by Diddy-Dirty Money

To many, P Diddy is just a bloke that rivals Elton John in his ability to suck as much cash and notoriety out of a dead friend. It can be hard to remember that back in the day he was a respected producer and record company boss responsible for kickstarting Mary J. Blige‘s career amongst other achievements. Well, he’s a clever fellow and rather than release another album relying on his rapping, er, ‘skills’, he’s formed a group consisting of himself and two singers, Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper. It means that he’s barely on the album, popping up occasionally to offer the odd “uh” or “yeah”, but mainly we’re treated to some pretty impressive production from the likes of Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins, Danja and Alex Da Kid, plus guests Justin Timberlake, Usher, Lil Wayne, Grace Jones and T.I. As long as you don’t actually listen to the lyrics, it’s a fun hour in the weird world of a rampant egomaniac.

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‘My House’ by Hercules & Love Affair

Frankly, we picked this because of the video and it’s a nice enough ditty so that’s a bonus.

New Music Monday

So, 2011, how’s it going for you all so far? Bit gray and moody isn’t it? Still, like a giant musical ray of sunshine on a dank, dark Monday morning, we’re here to liven things up as best we can. Yep, New Music Monday is back and frankly not before time. To recap a bit, 2010 ended with Matt Cardle selling an inordinate amount of copies of a Westlife ballad performed with guitars and Take That sold approximately ten copies a minute of their sleek, pop-my-Nan-likes Progress album. But that was then and this is very much now and below are a couple of things out today that you may like to purchase from a shop (probs from a supermarket at this rate), download or steal.

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Doo-Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is one third of production powerhouse The Smeezingtons, who are responsible for some great things (Cee Lo Green‘s ‘Fuck You’ for example) and some not so great things (Travie McCoy‘s ‘Billionaire’). In many ways, this dichotomy is true of his debut album, a collection of songs that veers from the undeniably catchy (new single ‘Grenade’, ‘Just The Way You Are’) to songs comparing his penis to a carrot. Still, albums with two good singles and some other listenable songs are things to be mildly celebrated in January are they not?

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‘Rolling In the Deep’ by Adele

Let’s be honest, Adele’s first album, 19, was a bit rubbish. ‘Chasing Pavements’ was nice enough and that single Mark Ronson produced had it’s moments, but generally, despite a brilliant voice, there wasn’t that much separating her from, say, Duffy. Well, thankfully, Paul Epworth has climbed aboard the good ship album number two (entitled, age-fans, 21) and produced this rather wonderful single, all vintage soul backing vocals and big, echo-ey drums. Lyrically, it’s all “you, young man, are a bit nasty and I don’t love you anymore” and that’s a good thing because he does seem like a bit of a twonk.

Come weep with us

The other night Adele performed on Later… and we missed it. Then today we noticed some people talking about her performance on the show and thought, “yeah, whatevs, she’s not all that”. WRONG. This performance of ‘Someone Like You’ – her future single, taken from her second album, 21 – is so gut-wrenchingly beautiful we actually did a little cry when we first heard it. It’s got that kind of timeless, almost classic feel to it and every time she sings “Never mind, I’ll  find someone like you” we’re crushed.

Please note how she goes from nervous, hands-clenched subtlety at the beginning to expressive, almost aggressive gesticulating by the end. Perfect. As one youtube user says, “when it’s not playing, I miss it”.