There’s something in the water in Central Europe these days.
Last month, the ladies of t.A.T.u. miraculously reunited out of nowhere to hold hands and exchange longing glances once more on the stage of The Voice Romania. It was a glorious day for all true lovers of pop music. And now, X Factor Ukraine has gone ahead and randomly resurrected another pop legend: Jamelia. Yes, Jamelia.
While certain ex-members of certain popular British girl groups by the name of Girls Aloud produce mediocre sophomore records with embarrassing album titles, Nadine Coyle is coming hard with a rather strong 5-track album mini-sampler, free for download from her official website.
The 4 minute clip includes “Insatiable,” the Aloud-esque raver “Put Your Hands Up,” “Chained,” “Red Light” (which briefly recalls a light version of Jamelia‘s “Beware Of The Dog”) and the Ã¼ber-sexy “Sexy Love Affair,” which finds the Irish songstress whispering her way through a surging piano-and-strings uptempo.
I’m generally pleased. This calls for a round of shots at Nuhdeen’s Irish Mist!
Shontelle‘s back (click here if you didn’t know where she was to be begin with), and she’s ready to get your tongues wagging again.
“Licky (Under the Covers)” is a modern sounding uptempo affair with an electro-stomp sensibility in the musical vein of Britney‘s “Womanizer” and Alexandra Burke‘s “Bad Boys.” The song’s structure is interesting however, given that the second verse is really more like three excellent bridges strung together only to be followed by the actual, superb bridge.
All of these factors combined help to overshadow the fact that the chorus of this song is indeed “L-I, licky C-K, licky Y.” EDIT: It’s actually just sampled from this Princess Superstar track.
The video, on the other hand, is a hyper-speed montage of high fashion in high definition. Occasionally, the ‘I’m going out for a night on the town’ plot shares more than a few passing similarities to Jamelia‘s video for “Beware of the Dog,” as demonstrated in this hastily put together presentation I’ve just done in Paint:
I’m just saying.
Nevertheless, the song and video are pretty fun affairs, so go ahead and lap it up, bitches.
This is MPHO. Perhaps you’ve read her introductory post over at PopJustice? I know I did. And, after deciding her single “Box And Locks” to be quite good and her face to be gorgeous, I decided to take a dive into the mini-mix of her upcoming album Beware on her MySpace.
GO THERE AND LISTEN TO IT.
I am quite excited by what I’m hearing. She’s a little bit of a poppier Santigold (her single “Box And Locks” is essentially the musical version of Santi’s frustration with music genres) with a more polished flow and a slight touch of Jamelia to boot. Summery guitar strums, swirly choruses, and fresh beats–I’m wholeheartedly feeling it. She just might be the freshest breath of air I’ve encountered yet this year!
The only problem is that the album isn’t even due out until October 19. Cruel.
What do you guys think?
I’m not sure what this is or where it’s from, but I’ve stumbled across a song called “Break It Up, Tear It Up,” which undoubtedly features Jamelia‘s vocals. It’s a rather slow build, something similar to that of Michelle Williams‘ latest efforts. A slightly tripping disco beat coupled with a salt shaker background…It’s quite nice, really.
Really, I’m just glad that I’m hearing something beyond 2006′s Walk With Me, her gigantically overlooked album chock full of catchy melodies and magnificent pop hits. I thought she was down for the count! So where you hiding, Jam-Jam? Come out for more, because I’m loving this!
EDIT: Turns out Jamelia’s not hiding anywhere! I was clued in that the official Jamelia MySpace is actually located HERE. (There are numerous Jamelia MySpaces!) Along with the Soulpower produced “Break It Off, Tear It Up,” Jamelia is also featuring an incredibly sexy unreleased track called “Love Me.” Hurry over and check them out…Incredible work!
P.S. How fierce is that photo?