Whoo-hoo! Another post...Despite the lack of "in-between" activity, I am always full of expectation when I meander through one of your selections of new musical experiences. So let's get busy!First up, by now the dust should have well-and-truly settled over Eurovision 2015, and you already know how much we liked Miss Stamenov, Mr Zelmerlow and the Il Volo boys (we thought Aminata was truly awful, however). Moving swiftly on...I cannot comment on the Darin number, as the "content is blocked in my country on copyright grounds". And Madonna should shoot Mr Dottley for pissing all over her classic "Crazy for You" with his utterly horrid karaoke vocals. The Kygo/Conrad Sewell started off like a junior Will Young, I thought - it's a nice enough track for a chill-out/background track, but I can't say I would even recognise it if it was on the radio; it is a bit ephemeral. Far, far better in the "ambient dance" stakes is that rather good Major Lazer and DJ Snake number - loved the video, too.Speaking of Will Young (merely the first of several left-field "comeback" artistes in the list, I note) - I think "Like A River" is a superb song, and that video is a masterpiece. We love Willy! And speaking of comebacks - albeit in her case it's a lot longer gap between singles - Miss Imbruglia's "Instant Crush" is very easy on the ear, if a little reminiscent of her only big hit "Torn"...My own "instant crush" Mika's song is very catchy-in-a-Eurovision-sort-of-way; the record's production, is, however, a little understated and could have done with a bit more "oomph" to make it a real hit. Mr Moroder's collaboration with Sia is creditable (as one would expect), but not the best. I like Rozalla for her one hit, but really, this attempt at a "comeback" should have been so much better - she had a good voice, what happened? Blondes. Miss Meister has produced (a little early in the season) one of those "I got pissed and danced to this in Magaluf" novelty holiday numbers that bizarrely tend to hit the charts around September. Mr Idol does exactly what Mr Idol always does, no matter the decade. And Paris Hilton, ffs? 'Tis amazing what autotune can do with that tinny trashcan of a voice. She ain't Christina Aguilera. She's not even Sam Fox! RuPaul's song went in one ear and out of the other. And Miss Loboda's effort is OK, but a bit "Eurodance-by-numbers".Bloody hell! Spagna? With what appears to be a completely new head? I always loved the lady (camp as tits, dear!), and the video lives up to expectations, but the song itself leaves a lot to be desired. Speaking of "camp as tits", Mr Somerville's latest lovely Disco number would be perfect for a hot summer's day, if ever summer would start here in the UK! By the way, Jimmy should sue Mr Flowers for nicking "Smalltown Boy" for his new single, especially when he's ruined it by adding his "Chris-de-Burgh-esque" vocals all over it.And so to the "top tracks" in this selection. Röyksopp sinply reek "class", and the addition of the vocalist from The Irrepressibles just makes it even more moody and lovely than ever. Vying for the peak position in my vote is Therese and her "Missing Disco" - utterly fabulous, and right up my street! More than a touch of the likes of "Hypnotic Tango" going on there, too...But the winner (and you could have predicted it, knowing my love for the lady) is of course Miss Roisin Murphy and her "Dusty-on-acid" slice of magnificence "Exploitation". Wow. It's all I can say, really.Keep 'em coming, darling! Jx
Well, like I said these tracks appear for various reasons - don't think for even a split second that I approve of the "cover" version of "Crazy For You"!As for Rozalla, this track is at least slightly better than a couple of previous recent comeback attempts. The Spagna song came completely out of the blue, and so did her brand new head! I really like Brandon Flowers and I particularly like this new track (complete with a Neil Tennant cameo) - I need to order the album. And speaking of ordering, I am currently waiting for the new Will Young and Roisin Murphy albums to arrive in the mail. I am particularly excited to hear the Roisin album, her track here is probably my favorite (and I love the video). Looking forward to your next selection!
I'll see what I can do this week... Jx
Welcome back!!! I hope you have settled in your new job....
Thank you :) Yes I have, it's just very time consuming - but I hope to be able to make the blog at least a little bit more active this summer..
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