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 News Reviews 20/04/2009

Single Reviews Released 20 April 2009

LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ by Jenny McCarthy - Staff Writer) - RECORD OF THE WEEK
Tinchy Stryder ft. N-Dubz - Number One:
N-Dubz. Everything they do raises a grin to my chops. Dappy's insistence on throwing in a "nah-nah-naiii-hee" as soon as his microphone is switched on is a brilliant pop thing. Tinchy's singy-raps, contrasting nicely with Dappy's rappy-singing. The 'Bittersweet Symphony' synths - ot that I'm saying there's a direct rip off happening. I'm no expert in copyright infringement in any case!

William Orbit - Optical Illusions :
Tres bon remixes on this EP that sees a welcome return from William Orbit with his new album 'My Oracle Lives Uptown' will be released in May. The remixes are strong. Check out the tidy drum and bass rework by Dr Meaker. It's really smooth and has a dancefloor bassline chicness about it. There's also a chilled broken beat trip hop mix from Trenchman, again with that big juicy bassline most prominent. Aaron Jerome pops up with the usual top drawer ambient breaks dub affair for a more relaxed take on things. Radio edit - nice and chilled out with sweet strings, synths and vocals. I prefer my ambient without traditional instruments though.

Anna Grace - You Make Me Feel: The debut single 'You Make Me Feel' features remixes from Francesco Diaz & Thomas Gold, Voodoo & Serano and John Luniz. In case you are wondering why Anna Grace's voice sounds so familiar, its because its no other than Annemie Coenen - the singer of Ian Van Dah

Kleerup feat Titiyo - Longing For Lullabies: Andreas Kleerup mastered the art of break-up disco on 2007's 'With Every Heartbeat', a collaboration with Robyn that glided all the way to the top of the UK singles chart. 'Longing For Lullabies', first released as a single in Sweden a year ago, could perhaps be viewed as a sequel to that song, but if so, it's that rare sequel that matches the original. Featuring vocals from Titiyo - Neneh Cherry's half-sister - it's a gorgeously sad electropop ballad about breaking up, moving on and accepting that a small piece of the love that died still lingers. As Titiyo delivers the affecting melody over Kleerup's mixture of percolating beats and strings, you might even find your top lip quivering a bit. Don't beat yourself up about it - the same thing happened to us.

Junior Boys - Hazel: Hazel, the first single from Junior Boys' upcoming third album Begone Dull Care is the best thing they've ever done, repudiating all the fair criticisms that can be levelled at the Canadian electropop duo. If they can at times give off an air of reserved tastefulness, it's because they don't do beats as funky as this often enough, or vocals as heartfelt about stories so illuminating. Starting with a hard beat that wouldn't have been unwelcome on a mid-80s Michael Jackson record, it's immediately clear that the band's new material is not simply an afterthought to 2006's So This Is Goodbye. The breakdown is glorious, all pulsing silver bursts and soulful howls at the moon, but it's the slow unfurling of the lovesick story towards a climactic last line that'll send you head over heels. Hazel is an understated pop triumph that is bound to be remixed to high heaven throughout the summer.

Red Blooded Women - Enjoy The Silence : Okay, so when I heard a band I'd never heard of was taking on this Depeche Mode classic, I was obviously a little dubious, and unfortunately for the trio in Red Blooded Women, If you're going to cover a track - and a track of this magnitude - there's no point just re-creating the original, you have to make it your own (unless you're on X Factor obviously). Don't get me wrong, the girls do have a good crack at it, considering there are an epic SEVEN versions of the same song on the single, each with a slightly difference dancey / drum and bass backbeat, buy let's face it... you can't reinvent the wheel... so don't try to recreate Depeche Mode.

Rozalla Miller - For Lovers: Despite being best known for her 1991 hit 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)', Rozalla Miller's new album, Brand New Version, is much mellower than the dance-production she favoured in the 90's. This album is a jazz/soul feel, and the song choices represent a departure from her previous work, with Brand New Version including covers of Paul Weller's 'Broken Stones' and Wolfman & Pete Doherty's 'For Lovers'.

Temper Trap - Science Of Fear: Soon embarking on a huge tour, The Temper Trap are releasing their latest single 'Science of Fear'. With fast rhythms and an indie/industrial style, it reminds the listener of Placebo with some interesting noises thrown in for good measure. This should be a good song to hear at one of their concerts. The new track, Science Of Fear, isn't exactly 'fresh' though. It has been circling around the internetzz for a little while AND was originally upped to their MySpace page about twelve months ago. Well, better than nothing I guess. Qquiet voices over a radio to an apocalyptic bridge section brings this song to life. 'Science of Fear' is a more than interesting tune which should be played to anyone who has lost faith in new music. It shows old styles are still alive but played in a modern context.

Alex Cornish - My Word What A Mess
Big Pink - Velvet
Chocolate Puma feat Shermanology - Only Love Can Save Me
Duke Special - Sweet Sweet Kisses
Eagles Of Death Metal - Anything 'Cept The Truth
Gallows - The Vulture (Act II)
Go:Audio - Drive To The City
Golden Silvers - True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)
John & Jehn - Oh My Love
John Dahlback feat Basto - Out There
Junior Boys - Hazel
Kidbase feat Sincere - Goodgirls Love Rudeboys
Kid British - Sunny Days
Marmaduke Duke - Rubber Lover
Master Shortie - Dance Like A White Boy
Okkervil River - Pop Lie
Patrick Wolf - Vulture
Sebastien Tellier - Kilometer
Valeriya - Back To Love
Von Bondies - Pale Bride / Earthquake

27th Apr
Ben Harper & Relentless 7 - White Lies For Dark Times
Billy Boy On Poison - Standing Still
Bimbo Jones - And I Try
Blazin' Squad - Let's Start Again
Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Ciara feat Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic
Detachments - The Flowers That Fell
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome
Girls Aloud - Untouchable
Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Ironik feat Chipmunk & Elton John - Tiny Dancer
James Fox - Say What You Like
Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'a
Keri Hilson feat Timbaland - Return The Favor
King Creosote - Coast On By
Maccabees - Love You Better
Madina Lake - Never Take Us Alive
Miley Cyrus - The Climb
Morrissey - Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Mumford And Sons - The Cave and The Open Sea (EP)
Peaches - Talk To Me / More
Pink - Please Don't Leave Me
Shannon Noll - Shine
Sky Larkin - Antibodies (Cassette)
St Vincent - Actor Out Of Work
T-Pain feat Chris Brown - Freeze

4th May
Airborne Toxic Event - Gasoline
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
Ben's Brother - Apologise
Britney Spears - If You Seek Amy
The Brownies - Cougar
Carolina Liar - Show Me What I'm Looking For
Chairlift - Evident Utensil
The Days - Never Give Up
Don Thomas - Come On Train
Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
Fanfarlo - Drowning Men / Sand And Ice
Hockey - Song Away
In Case Of Fire - Enemies
Jade Ewen - It's My Time
King Blues - I Got Love
Laurent Wolf - No Stress
Liz McLarnon - Lately
Maximo Park - The Kids Are Sick Again
Middle Class Rut - I Guess You Could Say
Poppy & The Jezebels - Rhubarb & Custard
Steve Appleton - Dirty Funk
Tiga - Shoes
Tommy Sparks - She's Got Me Dancing
Two Fingers - That Girl
U2 - Magnificent
Will And The People - Knocking

11th May
Alesha Dixon - Let's Get Excited
Alex Roots - Fake
Annie - Anthonio
Asher Roth - I Love College
Brick & Lace - Bad To Di Bone
Broken Records - Until The Earth Begins To Part
Dub Pistols feat Ashley Slater - Back To Daylight
Ebony Bones - The Muzik
Eminem - We Made You
Gary Go - Open Arms
God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night
Horrors - Who Can Say
Killers - The World We Live In
Laura Izibor - Don't Stay
Lightning Seeds - Ghosts
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Livvi Franc - Free
M83 - Graveyard Girl
Madness - Dust Devil
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
School Of Seven Bells - My Cabal
White Light Parade - Wake Up

18th May
Absent Elk - Sun And Water
Agnes - Release Me
Black Lips - I'll Be With You
Cicada - Metropolis
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Datarock - Give It Up
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
Eg White - Broken
Graham Coxon - Sorrow's Army
Kanye West feat Kid Cudi - Welcome To Heartbreak
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Magic Arm - Widths & Heights
Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
Marilyn Manson - Arma...geddon
Scott Matthews - Fractured
Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night
Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar
Team Waterpolo - Room 44
Toddla T & Herve - Shake It

25th May
Billy Talent - Rusted From The Rain
Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
Dan Black - Hypntz
Dani Harmer - Free
Flo Rida feat Wynter - Sugar
Howling Bells - Digital Hearts
Kevin Rudolf - Welcome To The World
Little Boots - New In Town
Luigi Masi - Armed With Love
Melody Gardot - Baby I'm A Fool
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Royksopp feat Robyn - The Girl & The Robot
Sonia - Fool For Love
Stunt - I'll Be There
Tori Amos - Welcome to England
Veronicas - Untouched

1st Jun
Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat Deborah Cox - Leave The World Behind
Client - Can You Feel
Demi Lovato - La La Land
Hockey - Learn To Lose
Just Jack - Doctor Doctor
Kasabian - Fire
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kissy Sell Out - This Kiss
Opposite Worlds - Feel
Peggy Sue - Lover Gone
Pet Shop Boys - Did You See Me Coming
Placebo - For What Its Worth
Snow Patrol - The Planets Bend Between Us
Solange - T.O.N.Y.

8th Jun
All American Rejects - The Wind Blows
Bat For Lashes - Moon And Moon
Cartridge - The Woods
Chaka Khan feat Mary J Blige - Disrespectful
Gathania - Blame It On You
Papa Roach - Lifeline
Pixie Lott - Mama Do
Rose Elinor Dougall - Start/Stop/Synchro
Shinedown - Second Chance

15th Jun
Filthy Dukes - Messages
Freemasons feat Sophie Ellis Bextor - Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Kid British - Rum Boys
La Roux - Bulletproof
Noisettes - Never Forget You
Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone

22nd Jun
Rob Thomas - My December
Slow Club - It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful / Wild Blue Milk

Coming Soon
AC/DC - Anything Goes / Big Jack
Alcazar - Burning
Alina - When You Leave (May)
Anastacia - Defeated (Apr)
Annie - My Love Is Better
Basic Element - Touch You Right Now
Billy Talent - Devil On My Shoulder (Aug)
Blackout Crew - Dialled
Booty Luv - Say It (Aug)
Cahill - Sex Shooter (Apr)
Charlotte Hatherley - Winter
Chicane - House Arrest (Jun)
CuTBAck feat Federal - Rock To The Rhythm (Apr)
Daniela - Push It Up
David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland - Love Takes Over
Deerhunter - Never Stops
Dolly Rockers - Je Suis Une Dolly (20th Jul)
E-Type - Rain (Apr/May)
Elin Lanto - Discotheque
Elliott Minor - Discover (Why Love Hurts)
Example - Girl Can't Dance (Jun)
Flo Rida - Jump It (Jul)
Fragma - Memory
Friday Night Posse - Before He Cheats
Grace Jones - Love You To Life
India Arie - Chocolate High
Jack Penate - Be the One (Jun)
Janelle Monae - Many Moons
Jenny Jones - Don't Walk Away
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Just Jack - The Day I Died (Aug)
Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
Kelly Llorenna - Dress You Up
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Laura And The Tears - Love Live On!
Lonnie Gordon - Gonna Catch You 2009 (May)
M Ward - Rave On (Jun)
Maria Lawson - These Walls
N-Dubz - Wouldn't You
Natalie Imbruglia - TBA
Natural Born Grooves - Candy On The Dancefloor
Noisettes - Every Now And Then (Aug)
Peacemakerz feat Danielle Senior - Take It To The Dancefloor
Pixie Lott - Gravity (Aug)
Platnum - Trippin'
Private - My Secret Lover
Razorlight - Burberry Blue Eyes
Saturdays - Work (29th Jun)
September - When You Leave It All Behind (Jul)
Shontelle feat Akon - Stuck With Each Other
Slipknot - Sulfur
Swingfly - Singing That Melody
Tina Cousins - Sex On Fire
TV On The Radio - Crying (May)
Ultrabeat - Starry Eyed Girl
Veils - Three Sisters
Vogue - Twilight (29th Jun)
Wideboys feat Dennis G - Sambuca (The Return)

A Camp - Love Has Left The Room (27/04)
Raphael Saadiq - 100 Yard Dash (27/04)
Sam Lewis- Another Lifetime (feat KT Tunstall) / Ups And Downs (27/04)
Theory Of A Deadman - I Hate My Life (27/04)
Velvet - Chemistry (27/04)
Funk Fanatics feat Peyton - Love Is The Answer (04/05)
Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch (04/05)
Honey Ryder - Choices (11/05)
Jessica Garlick - Hard Not To Fall (11/05)
Maps - Let Go Of The Fear (11/05)
Attack! Attack! - Honesty (18/05)
Jamie Foxx feat T-Pain - Blame It (25/05)
Starsailor - All The Plans (15/06)

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