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Great new tracks: Janelle Monae, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Robyn.

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I’ve always been in to Electronic Dance music; Psychedelic, Chillout and House being my notable favourite sub-genres. In recent months my appetite has been whetted even further by the  increasingly creative and diverse offerings from such artists, and also their accessibility in the mainstream. After all, what is the spice of life if not variety?

Groove Armada ft. Will Young, ‘History’ (released August 30th, 2010)

I’ve always had time for Will Young and liked the direction he’s taken with his music, so the combination of him and Groove Armada was not too shabby for me. Will’s vocals on this track  have been likened to Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat and later, The Communards; High praise indeed; Somerville’s version of ‘To Love Somebody’ betters the original in my opinion, primarily due to his striking and instantly recognisable falsetto. ‘History’ wasn’t originally planned to be released as a single so I’ve heard, but after a number of compelling live performances and positive word of mouth and online referrals, the audience won through. This track is taken from Groove Armada’s latest album ‘Black Light.

Janelle Monae, ‘Cold War’ (released August 30th, 2010)

If you haven’t already heard of Janelle Monae, it’s only a matter of time. Signed in 2008 by P. Diddy and then described by him as :

a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence…

Monae is obviously destined for big things and for the right reasons. Her debut album ‘The Archandroid‘ is a whirlwind ride of Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop and if you check out her live performances on YouTube, particularly on The David Letterman Show, you’ll see why her name is on the lips of many an industry insider and luckily now, the general music-loving public too.

Goldfrapp, ‘Believer’ (released September 6th, 2010)

This track is taken from Goldfrapp’s latest album ‘Head First’ and hits another home run for me. I don’t actually know what a home run is, I tended to be picked last in PE as I have a motto in life; ‘you only need to run when a. you’re being chased by a masked killer or b. the ice cream man hasn’t seen you in his rear view mirror’, otherwise, nope, not for me…but I hear a home run is a good thing, hence the comparison.

Robyn, ‘Hang With Me’ (released September 6th, 2010)

There’s a really good acoustic version of this track on You Tube if you so fancy. This is taken from Robyn’s latest album ‘Body Talk PT. 1’ On the strength of this, I very much look forward to PT. 2. I think Robyn’s voice suits her genre perfectly; being both soothing and uplifting in equal measure. I also think she’s a great songwriter and contrary to popular belief, yes, dance music can contain stand-out lyrics, it just doesn’t happen that often.


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

July 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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