Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Free Love!

If you're from the UK you may have seen the advert for the new range of Toyota cars- which, I must say look exactly like every other car they've brought out- but maybe it's just me being dense? Anyway, if you have seen it you'll have heard a nice little acapella track to accompany the ad. After seeing this advert a couple of times and having absolutely nothing better to do, I attempted to track it down using my musical mojo. Sadly, my detective skills were somewhat lack lustre to say the least, so i promptly gave up- don't think I'll be the next Nancy Drew..

But, ramblings aside, a Tweep (that's Twitter person or 'peep' to you Twitterphobes) managed to find it, hidden in the murky depths of... Youtube.

I'm pretty sure this song is the smiliest, quaintest song I've ever heard. This track is quite literally dripping with sunshine, so much so that it deserves to be in a retro Disney film (none of this Hannah Montana rubbish, I'm talking propa old skool Disney). It's not completely acapella but compared to a lot of other music around at the moment it's very minimal. Each vocal part is crystalline and mesmerising when intertwined with the other parts- uplifting even the most stressed out teenager. What I love most about this song is not only the inspired lyrics (I swear I heard something about catching a Pikachu) but the fact that it just sounds so effortless and dainty. This is wholesome, twee folk at it's best.

I've only recently found how therapeutic this style of music can be, shows that you don't necessarily need to drown your songs in Garageband samples and looped drum beats (or any drums for that matter) for it to sound impressive.

Some People Think I'm Bonkers

..for liking the new single by Dizzee Rascal. Now I may not be the most lucid of them all, but I'm sane enough to recognise a good tune. And that, this track most certainly is.

Ok, so he may have sold out by adding more electro-induced sounds, but it's definitely a lot more inviting than many other grime artists I know of (which ain't a lot to be fair). You don't necessarily have to be a fan of hip-hop to like this track either; there's no bitches and hoes, pimpin' or any of that malarky, just a good bassline and irritatingly catchy lyrics.

One of his best? Possibly.

He's definitely a strong contender for my Glastonbury to- watch list at any rate- who's with me?

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


Anyone else sick of the synth?


Just me then.

I've just mooched on over to I Haunt Wizards' myspace page to find a couple of new chunks of 80's Glam-Pop.

Aside from the screechy synth parts that get a bit too 80s-tastic for my liking at times, the vocals on the new tracks by I Haunt Wizards are quite impressive. At times it comes off as sounding too much like a pastiche of every other song from the decade of ridiculously coiffed hair and even more ridiculous Kylie and Jason, but at its best is great to pop on if you're feeling a bit nostalgic.

However, they're only samples, so I'm withholding judgement until I hear the finished versions.

More than a Friend is out soon.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Inject Some Sunshine

..into your life, this song is a disco hand clappy, shouty jem of a track.

*Apologies for lack of posts, it's coming up to exam time yet again, so am spending my Easter holidays reading textbooks, memorising notes and trying to find some sense in Determinism!*