FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1- Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Lay Down In Swimming Pools
Back in the year 2000, three young ladies under the above names crept onto an unsuspecting audience amongst a sea of hopeful girlbands. But the Sugababes offered something entirely different. Gravelly voices, soulful harmonies and sassy attitude. Three lineup changes later and the original members were all gone, as was the class and sophistication that they brought to the band. Thankfully they have seen sense to regroup in their original form and have been teasing us with snippets ever since last Summer. At last we have a full length track to listen to. ‘Lay Down In Swimming Pools’ is apparently a fun demo the girls put together after a long studio session, sampling recent hit ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ by Kendrick Lamar. If this is just messing about, I can’t wait to hear what makes the album.
2- Pulcino Pio – The Little Chick Cheep
At the risk of losing any credibility, which I may still be clinging onto as a reviewer, I’m going with the latest viral internet sensation, Pulcino Pio. A cartoon chicken and his friends who cheeps along in the footsteps of Harlem Shake, Gangnam Style and Rebecca Black with a song that has already topped the charts in Greece and Italy, thanks to being recorded in at least 7 different languages. This is a 21st century take on Old McDonalds farm with a dance routine to rival The Court Of King Caratacus . You’ve been warned.
3- Fuse ODG ft. Wyclef Jean – Antenna
Ghanian musician, Fuse ODG has arrived to bring “Afro-Pop” to the UK, in the same way Kevin Lyttle introduced us to Soca a decade ago. ‘Antenna’ has gained much publicity recently, due to a dance competition launched on Youtube asking fans of the track to create their own music videos to it. The winner has received over 3 million views and sees a couple flashdancing on the tube and of all places, McDonalds. Like a ray of sunshine, Antenna skips along merrily full of bright colours and happiness, all we need now is the weather to join the party.
4- Hardwell ft. Amba Sherpherd – Apollo
With remixes already under his belt for the likes of Rihanna, Fedde Le Grand and Tiesto, Hardwell has now been nominated as one of the big dance acts to watch out for this year by MTV. A staggered bass heavy bridge teases a deep and heavy drop, which guarantees to liven up any club. It somewhat contrasts with the dark video depicting abduction being a way out of domestic violence.
5- Sub Focus ft.Alex Clare – Endorphins
London born Drum & Bass producer, Sub Focus, has been releasing singles for the last decade. But only in the last year has he broken through with some commercial success on tracks like ‘Out of The Blue’ and ‘Tidal Wave’. His latest release, which serves as single no.4 from his upcoming sophomore album, is probably the most instant of his releases yet. Rich in E-Numbers, as it delivers an instant hit of energy meandering through military drums, sunkissed instrumentals and vocals from one of Radio’s favourites of 2012, Alex Clare.