17 year old Aleks Josh quite literally made four of the worlds biggest stars turn their chair around with his amazing renditions of crooner classics during the first edition of ‘The Voice’ in the UK. Even though stunned by his voice and the cheeky chappy winks, the young lad, with the big brown teddy bear eyes, was unfortunately denied to advance to the final (and told he needed some pepper in his buttocks more or less (seriously!!!) ), but as the first actual ‘The Voice’ candidate to release his own material, Aleks is already more of a winner, then the actual winner.
So, what to expect? Taken from his EP, which is out September 24 Aleks treats us to a style the UK knows him the most for, and the style he obviously loves the most: crooning. ‘Cruisin’ is a soothy, laid back mid-tempo track which shows an incredible maturity of the 17 year old. So no pepper in the bum and we wouldn’t want it differently. Just because this track is laid back, mature and a tad serious it doesn’t mean Aleks is no fun. In fact he’s more than fun, as the video will show you.
The untitled ‘EP’ of Aleks Josh can be downloaded September 24. We’ll keep you posted on more info.
The summer in good ol’jolly England seems light years away, yet our mood quickly got brightened up when Baz Francis, lead man of powerpop group Magic Eight Ball informed us the group are re-releasing their debut EP ‘A Peacock’s Tale’ alongside the single ‘Stripped’.
The group which has been gigging and recording as a group since 2006 possess a natural ability to come up with a set of brilliant pop tracks which are not only summery but also come across as celebration the wonderful genre of surf music. It’s especially the case for the re-mastered track ‘Baby Is It So’ and ‘Sunday Mornings’ which can be found on the group’s ‘Mother Nature’s Candy’. No wonder our faces lightened up straight away.
Since 2006, the band have gone on to wow crowds by appearing in several clubs and supporting present and former members of Enuff ‘ZNuff from Chicago twice on two national tours throughout the UK. Frontman Baz Francis in fact can also count on acclaimed solo gigs in the USA, Russia, Germany, Finland and Switzerland proving once more that his old-school husky vocals are praised on national and international grounds.
With the re-release ‘A Peacock’s Tale’ and the ‘Stripped’ single on Magic Cat Records, the band are heading into a busy schedule of gigs and radio sessions, not to mention performing at ‘The Golden Diamond’ in Sutton-in-Ashfield on October 19, before they head into the studio for a session of new recordings. Super-exciting and if you’re a fan of powerpop sing along Rock’n Roll, husky lead vocals perfectly tuned with clear backing vocals, a sniff guitar riffles and a juicy ode to surfer music, Magic Eight Ball are one of those unique acts you simply shouldn’t miss out on.
The re-released EP ‘A peacock’s Tale’, single ‘Stripped’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Candy’ EP are all available to buy through iTunes.
Needless to say we have been super impressed by Wynter Gordon’s free EP ‘Doleo’. The ‘Dirty Talk’ singer song writer has now unveiled the video for the lead track of that EP ‘Stimela’.
Simple, yet effective and mesmerizing that’s what the video looks like. The ‘Stimela’ video features Wynter, a female dancer and an instrument player, flanked in a background of mainly dark red, white and blue color. The video is simple but is so overempowering that it gives a very haunting look. It’s ambient, it’s painful, it’s sublime!
‘Stimela’ was inspired by Hugh Masekala’s anti-apartheid song of the same name and features a chorus sung in Zulu and African-pop production reminiscent of early-80s Genesis and solo Phil Collins.
It is the lead single taken from the first out of four free EP’s, the singer has released under the collection ‘Human Condition’ which can be downloaded. Part 1 ‘Doleo’ (latin for Pain) can be downloaded here
Harlem based Azealia Banks has been changing the current landscape of Hip Hop with her addictive mix of rap and dance club melodies since first single ’212′ surfaced end of last year.
In September her first album, ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ is to be released. Yet that’s not stopping this talented lady from releasing her latest EP ‘Fantasea’ today. It’s one of the great assets of Azealia, she’s not afraid to share new music with her fans. And a clever trick from her as well to get her music out there for people to get acquainted with her.
So what can you expect from Fantasea as an EP. We would say ‘Fantasea’ is actually much more an actual cd then an EP. Giving away 19 tracks for free, is not nothing and rather unusual for any artist these days. Not to mention the incredible high standard of tracks like ‘Fierce’, ‘Atlantis’ (which is very similar to 212′) and ‘Fantasea’. Banks has this infectious natural way of mixing two styles in a fun way, and come up with an upbeat collection of tracks, perfect to 1) kick off a great night out 2) go absolutely mental on the dance floor and last but not least 3) chill out on after a great night out. It’s hard to pick favourites because each individual track, stands out on its own. It’s unique, individual, and ultra-creative! The EP also features previous free downloads ‘F*** Up The Fun’, ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Nathan’ ft Styles P.
Fans will be happy to know that Azealia is giving the full EP away for free, By doing so not only ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ has to be the hip hop album of the year but it also sets the expectations for her album very high.
The singer took to Twitter last night to mention that the ‘next stop is the album’. An exact date for ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ has not been released yet. Banks recently released the video for ‘Van Vogue’ taken from her first EP ’1991′ which also includes the smash single ’212′ and ‘Liquorice’.
A good week and a half ago we announced that American singer songwriter Wynter Gordon would be self releasing four free EP’s throughout the rest of 2012 despite still being signed to current labelAtlantic/Big Beat. The ‘Dirty Talk’ singer, who has written for big stars like Jennifer Lopez, Mary J Blige and Estelle revealed the main reason for self-releasing these EP’s is a way of being creative and experimenting with different styles of music which are rather distant from her current dance direction.
Revealing those four EP’s under the collective ‘ Human Condition’ Wynter explains all four EP’s deal with a particular emotion people are familiar with; The first in line is ‘Doleo’, latin for pain, which consists of no less than 8 very different tracks:
One of those highlights is without a doubt the first single taken from the free EP, ‘Stimela’ which has been aired a few weeks ago.The track was inspired by Hugh Masekala’s anti-apartheid song of the same name and features a chorus sung in Zulu and African-pop production reminiscent of early-80s Genesis and solo Phil Collins.
‘Doleo’ in itself is a varied bundle of eight interesting, creative tracks where Wynter not only deals with the emotion of pain, but gives her listeners a way to overcome pain, and mesmerize everybody by coming up with an original style no one expected from her in the first place.
Wynter Gordon’s EP ‘Doleo’ can be downloaded below
As member of N-Dubz, it was bound to happen at some point, for Fazer to follow into the footsteps of colleagues Dappy and Tulisa and release his very first solo single ‘Killer’.
He’s been rather busy in the studio, writing tracks for other artists (incl. ex-girlfriend and colleague Tulisa), taking his time but fans will be pleased to hear Fazer’s completely set for the release of ‘Killer’ on August 26.
‘Killer’ itself sounds like a mix of Taio Cruz and the genre DubStep, making it sound very current for the charts, yet the questions remains whether it will be enough to follow into the footsteps of ‘Number One’ and ‘Young’ to reach the number 1 spot in the charts. While the track itself is worked out cleverly, on a first listen we get the impression there’s that catchy hook missing, which is quite necessary for an upbeat track. The track is building towards a bang, which doesn’t seem to happen.
Having said that, give it a bunch of good remixes, and a lot of radio airplay and the chances are high solo Fazer might give each N-Dubz member its first UK number one hit to fall back on. In reality however, three out of three is very unlikely. Stick to song writing and producing Fazer.
‘Killer’ is out on August 26 and available via pre-order.
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
Album Review: ‘Heaven (Deluxe Edition)’ by Rebecca Ferguson