Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mark Williams


With the hype for upcoming Highschool Musical 3 stirring young girls up into a frenzy, you kind of want to sit them down, give them a talking to about what young talent is, and then introduce them to Mark Williams and his band. A 16 year guitar virtuoso, Mark has played with such greats as B. B. King. What is pleasing here is that Mark can play, but Mark can also sing too. At times his voice sounds so familiar you could swear you'd heard his song on the Top 40 last weekend? With the amount of self-promotion that Mark and his band have plastered across the web a big break is just days away for this young star. I just hope you all get to him before Disney does!

Hot Track(s): Airwaves, Secrets

Kind of Like: The Foo Fighters are skipping third period and jamming down in the music room with Mr. Opus.

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit on the U.S. modern rock chart. A top 40 in the U.K. will follow.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Whale Tooth


It takes only one listen of any Whale Tooth track to realize why they have what it takes. The raspy lead vocals provided by jazz by day artist Elise LeGrow are what makes Whale Tooth, well, pretty damn good. She hits each word with an intensity that contrasts the obviously carefree sound of the backing soundtrack. Matching LeGrows skill is tough, but the boys in the band do carry their own, both musically and vocally over all tracks. With a number of local gigs happening in and around the city of Toronto, where they are based, Whale Tooth is attracting a following and will soon find themselves playing sold out concert halls across the country.

Hot Track(s): Hibernation Song, Marlboro Beach Bonanza

Kind of Like: 90's alternative rock grows up and becomes radio friendly

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K and rotation on North American radio.
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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/whaletooth

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Escort

It might of been a year ago since we were hit with one of the hottest tracks in decades "All Through the Night" by the disco kings Escort. The song was beyond anything we had heard in years we have been waiting patiently for more ever since we first spinned the track. As we try not to get tired of waiting, we will simply have to revisit what made us fall in love with Escort in the first place (see clip below), and hope that 2009 is the year that they give us a full album.


Hot Track(s): All Through the Night

Kind of Like: Donna Summer buys a Mac.

PREDICTION:
A number one hit on the US dance charts (both club and radio)

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/weareescort

Walter Meego



What comes next? We have heard the 80's come back. The synths, the beats, the look. Walter Meego is ready to take it to the next level. With a funky retro sound, what we have here is much more depth than most pop acts. Sure the vocals aren't the source of that depth "Everything I do I do it for a girl, I do it for a girl, I do it for a g-irl-irl", but the vocals are where the sound turns solid. High-pitched and Beatle-esque you can't help but stop and realize that Walter Meego is giving us pop music to take seriously.


Hot Track(s): Girls, Forever.

Kind of Like: John Lennon channeled through a Casio keyboard.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the UK with a summer hit in 2009 in the US that makes them a hit with all the young ladies.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/waltermeego

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ms. Chawls


This Canadian songstress has enough soul in her to convert a country of non-listeners. Her sound is retro, but Ms. Chawls still manages to use her classically soulful voice to take her music in a different direction (she is no wannabee, this is the real deal). Presently touring around North America as a part of several festivals and opening for other artists, we are sure that one day she will be headlining.

Hot Track(s): Think of You, Can I be yours

Kind of Like: Gladys Knight loses her pips and does it for herself.

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit all around the world.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ttoneeye

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Black Kids


An already popular band with over 2 million hits on their MySpace page and an upcoming performance on David Letterman, Black Kids are on their way up. Seamlessly mixing all that makes an artist successful (music and image), they have taken a sound we are familiar with (electro/alternative/pop) and added their own Black Kids magic making it pure brilliance.

Hot Track(s): I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You, Hit the Heartbrakes, Hurricane Jane.

Kind of Like: The Cure release something relevant written by the Killers.

PREDICTION:
A top ten hit in the U.K. and a track that makes it onto the Modern Rock chart in the U.S.



Monday, July 28, 2008

Sophie Ellis-Bextor vs Roisin Murphy

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is busy working on her next album, and below is one of her new songs (her next single?) The video is a montage of old footage, just listen to the song.



Now listen to a track that didn't make it on Rosin Murphy's 2007 release...sound like something you heard?



Is it a cover? Or karaoke? Any thoughts?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

ELECTROCUTE


When the name of your band is ELECTROCUTE, as in cute, as in cute as a button, you probably realize that not many people will take you seriously. Unless you immerse yourself so far into the surreal, name, image, sound and all, that in the end, you end up being a credible two person band. With a track that appeared on the 2004 SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Soundtrack these girls are in the business of making kitsch and bizarre, cool and confident. Following the age old adage of "if you build it, they will come", ELECTROCUTE have the total package (Japanese girl pop sound right down to the skin-tight hot pants)...now it is up to the public to start buying it.

Hot Track(s): On The Beat, Saturn Rings

Kind of Like: Le Tigre cover Avril Lavinge after inhaling helium.

PREDICTION:
A top 40 hit in the U.K and a following in Japan.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Florence and the Machine


Music is a drug. It is highly addictive, and artists are the pushers. Creatively trying to get us back for more. Pop music, (i.e. Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl) is like MSG. So savory and heavily produced you have no idea that you are being drugged. Eventually MSG won't do it for you anymore and you will need something a little harder to keep you satisfied, in comes crack-cocaine (i.e. Florence and the Machine). Dark and dangerous, and highly addictive, Florence will have you thrashing around your living room in no time. With a sound that fluctuates between rockabilly, ska, pop, and grunge she has the edge that we have been waiting for in a new and upcoming young female artist.

Hot Track(s): Kiss With A Fist, Throwing Bricks

Kind of Like: Kate Nash decides that Bruce Springsteen is really her idol.

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit in the U.K. and a track that makes it onto the Billboard Top 100.

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Website: N/A

Thursday, July 24, 2008

a helpful diagram


Whimsical can be cool. It can be a great soundtrack to a dinner party, a rainy afternoon or the next big feature film. The sound being pushed out by a helpful diagram has a laid back and dreamlike nature, think lying on the grass staring at clouds. It is in this fresh sound that we hear the potential. A voice full of emotion, backing guitar and naturally crescendos in attempt to convey the feeling of every note played and every lyric being sung. The final product is a bit more than music really, it becomes a form of art. Really good art.

Hot Track(s): tracing, growling

Kind of Like: The Kings of Convenience when they were just princes.

PREDICTION:
A couple of songs featured on the "Juno 2" soundtrack.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ahelpfuldiagram
Website: N/A
YouTube: N/A

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

White Punks on Dope


Sometimes finding cool new music can be a difficult and time consuming process. There is a certain amount of searching that needs to happen before a solid track is found. It is always a pleasant surprise when a friend makes a suggestion about some of their new picks, and voila, a new favourite is discovered just like that. The discovery here is the emerging act known as White Punks on Dope. The beats are house influenced and will make you want to dance. The vocals are well matched to the electro nature of the sound, giving the boys a definite robot-chic factor that makes listening to them a really cool thing to do. As they continue to play with their sound we will stay tuned and hope that they keep turning out tracks as relevant as those already part of their discography.

Hot Track(s): Chemicals, Destination House
Kind of Like: Tiga starts hanging out with Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit on the Billboard Dance Charts (Clubplay and Radio).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dr. Dog


We have been swamped with pretty little things (Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Gabriella Cilmi) all taking us back a couple of decades. In doing so they have been seen as innovative and new. Dr. Dog trumps all those ladies with not only going back a few decades, they're hitting it back a century. The album feels like a modern day collection of spirituals. Through the sweet scratchy vocals of lead singer, Scott McMicken, each phrase, each word becomes a piece of ear candy allowing the listener to immerse themselves in a feeling, the spirit that is Dr. Dog. These boys have being doing their thing for a while now, check out their website (http://www.drdogmusic.com) for their brilliant back catalogue. All the practise Dr. Dog has had has paid off. The image is complete and has all the right elements to ensure unlimited success. Make sure to check Dr. Dog live as they will be in a city near you very soon.

Hot Track(s): The Breeze, The Old Days

Kind of Like: Bob Dylan sings a couple of spirituals with his buddies The Beatles and Joe Cocker.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and an album that sees impressive reviews and sales across North America.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/drdog

Monday, July 21, 2008

Rob Dean

This is what I am talking about. True raw talent. When you listen to Rob Dean you can tell that you are listening to, well, Rob Dean. Nothing has been sweetened, no effects layered on the vocals, what you are listening to is a very talented young fellow. On his MySpace page Rob talks about not being clear in purpose, so let me help him with that...two words...make music. If Rob Dean can keep churning them out in time to ride the wave of public interest he might have to deal with overnight success.

Hot Track(s): Stars, Wild Birds

Kind of Like: Tori Amos writes songs for a boy band

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit in the U.K. and a place in the heart of young girls across the globe.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/robdean
Website: N/A
YouTube: N/A

Captain

Captain could easily be the closest you will get to 80's pop in the year 2008. A solidly polished sound is what Captain is all about. The music is great, but sadly the image and look not as clear. I guess it can be hard deciding on an image when you're not sixteen and making music. Perhaps Captain should leave the smoke and mirrors to their younger counterparts as they have something that several artists don't have today, talent. I see great things in Captain's future!

Hot Track(s): Keep An Open Mind, Echoes of Fashion

Kind of Like: The Streets go to a Wang Chung concert and start singing along.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and a following in the U.S.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Robots in Disguise


Okay, so I am sure you have heard about the Ting Tings, and if you haven't you have probably heard their track played on the iTunes ad recently. Well, I've got the real deal for you today. Robots in Disguise are the next big thing. We have two ladies here who have an infectous electro punk feel that matches (and surpasses) anything on the radio right now. We can't ignore the cool factor. The fuck you attitude that comes through hair, make-up and clothes make this act a fun one to get lost in. Touring around the UK, playing all the big festivals, it won't be long until Apple comes a knockin' for a bit of Robots in Disguise. An interesting fact is that Noel Fielding has been involved with the band since their 2001 self-titled debut. He produced the cover art.

Hot Track(s): The Sex Has Made Me Stupid, Turn it Up.
Kind of Like: The Ting Tings get beaten up by Siouxsie and the Banshees

PREDICTION:
A top 40 hit in the U.K.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lily Allen


We all know who Lily Allen is. We loved her first album. Loved the attitude. Love that Perez Hilton wants to be her (a skinny pretty girl), hence the hate/hard on and now we can't help but keeping loving. Lily has just posted a new song on her MySpace page called G W B. For those that need it explained the song is about a certain bomb dropping President. Well timed, I think the song might make a suitable soundtrack as we watch him leave the White House. We are enjoying the new tracks, and are positive the album will match its predecessors success.
Update: The title of the song G W B, has been changed to Guess Who Batman.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): G W B, i don't know
Kind of Like: Lily Allen - the original

PREDICTION:
More top 40 hits in the U.K. Not sure that the U.S. Market will embrace G W B.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lilymusic
Website: http://www.lilyallenmusic.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMI2QhHn85Q



Amit


If I could take an artist and offer support to them (spot him a twenty, carry his cables or manage him free of charge for the summer), this would be the artist. The pure sound that Amit produces makes you just feel good and like you are connecting to something greater than yourself. Amit, being a smart fellow, has built up a certain amount of mystery about himself (usind childhood pics, hiding behind chunky glasses) which leaves you wanting to find out more about the person behind the solid music. Timeless, the tracks are meant to convey as Amit puts it "happyism" and "idealism". I think it goes without saying that both are met without issue. I am excited to follow Amit as he explodes onto the global music scene over the next year.

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Hot Track(s): You and Me and Love, One Day
Kind of Like: A marriage between Badly Drawn Boy and Feist - or perhaps Amit is just the child they had out of wedlock.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and a top 10 hit in Canada. Lots of play in lounges across the globe as his tracks are placed on chill-out compilations worldwide.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/amitspace
Website: http://www.amitmusic.com/
YouTube: N/A

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Update - The Madame Project


These girls have really stepped it out. The last time we heard them, they sounded like a few girls singing along to their favourite girl band CD. No longer. This is now the real deal. Their recent tracks are so well produced you have to listen closely to make sure you aren't listening to Girls Aloud, or another ultra-successful girl group. The metamorphosis is almost complete.

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Hot Track(s): Hitch Up, I Need You
Kind of Like: Girls Aloud meet En Vogue

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and across all of Europe. (France will eat these girls up!)

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/themadameproject

Lykke Li

Not a new act. Lykke Li is already on her way to being a superstar in the UK. Her album has just been released and her first single is already getting tons of airtime both on radio and television. This post is meant to highlight how an artist like Lykke goes from being an indie princess to being a top 40 hit. Alright so she might have worked her ass off, sure...but it is also interesting to notice that in her latest video her hair is slick. Key word here, slick. Her good looks, and slick image help us take note of her talent. Boy oh boy, is there talent. All one has to do is first watch the video for "I'm Good, I'm Gone" below, and then watch a live performance of the same song (also below). And yes that is indeed Robyn helping her with the live performance. All I can say is wow. Here is hoping Lykke Li international success and a top 40 hit in North America too.

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Hot Track(s): I'm Good, I'm Gone, Breaking It Up.
Kind of Like: Robyn (hate to make this comparison, but I have to) starts to dress out of Roisin Murphy's closet.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and success in North American dance clubs.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lykkeli
Website: lykkeli.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngd45o-M_M4










The Brother Kite


Isn't it nice when you come across a band that not only produces great music, but also has a lead singer that can really sing. The Brother Kite matches that description. Patrick Boutwell provides the lead vocals for the group and they really are key in the sound that The Brother Kite is all about. With the reverb always slightly on it sounds like Patrick is singing in a wide open field (or into a tin can), but the purity in his tone complements the retro pop-rock feel that we have here. Sometimes alternative and rock needs to be about more than thrashing guitars so kudos need to be sent out to the remainder of the band for providing Patrick the backing he needs for his instrument.

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Hot Track(s): I'm Not The Only One, Waiting For The Time To Be Right
Kind of Like: ELO, The Beach Boys and the Cure thawed, after being cryogenically frozen in a single test tube, have started to work with Foo Fighters.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit with a catchy uptempo track off their next album.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thebrotherkite
Website: http://www.thebrotherkite.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCGhellXalg






Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kakkmaddafakka


Summer is upon us and we are searching for a soundtrack for it. These boys, from Bergen, might have just what we are looking for. Edgy pop that works well on the dancefloor, but also has the lyrics to keep you singing while on a roadtrip. There are a number of influences at play in the music that Kakkmaddafakka are producing. At times you feel that you are listening to an old polka record, but then the lyrics kick in and you realize that this isn't polka. A perfect mix of kitsch and cool these boys are a favourite of mine.

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Hot Track(s): Crazy on the Dancefloor, OOO
Kind of Like: Franz Ferdinand decide to return the favour and cover some Scissor Sisters.

PREDICTION:
In line with the current sound on the top 40 in the UK these boys will have a top 20 hit before 2009.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/kakkmaddafakka
Website: N/A
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32aTyRaXBdg











Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Video - Cocknbullkid

I like to check in with my past posts to see where they are at/heading. Anita, (aka. cocknbullkid) has just posted her first video, and for a first video it ain't bad. To be honest, it has left me really excited about hearing the rest of the album, and watching all videos to come.




Saturday, May 17, 2008

Purple Crush


Is pop dead? I don't think so. Purple Crush doesn't think so, and once you hear their latest tracks you won't think so either. A duo out of Brooklyn, this boy and girl team pair rich vocals with poppy beats right out of the 80s. Even when edgier beats are used, the smooth vocals make the tracks pure pop and easy to listen to. Purple Crush has found a following in Europe and have been remixed by the likes of Shir Khan pushing them even further into the world of pop stardom. Purple Crush has been working at developing their radio friendly tunes for about four years now and if they keep it up a year or so longer, they will have guaranteed success.


WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Crash
Kind of Like: Carly Simon covers early New Order and Depeche Mode.

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit on European charts and play on North American dance radio.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/purplecrush
Website: http://www.purplecrush.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olM4l5cH-B0



Saturday, May 3, 2008

the 8485


Every once and a while there is a band that comes along, and you listen to them, and love the sound, a sound that reminds you of something. In this case the sound that 8485 cultivates calls on classic hip-hop, the beats make me feel like I am in middle school. Making the sound modern are the electronic blips and hums under the tracks. This is what makes the 8485 old school - new school. Then I look at the pictures of the boys behind the music, and there is a huge discrepency. They look like two of the nicest, sweetest boys, the kind that would say please and thank you, yet they are the minds behind some of the dirtiest sounding tracks. Once these boys get their image figured out, perhaps a stylist out there wouldn't mind lending them a hand, they will be on their way. The music is too good to ignore, so check it out and watch the transformation take place as the 8485 explode.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Forty and a Fistfight, Don't Worry Hell Below
Kind of Like: MSTRKRFT teams up with a lighter Bubba Sparxxx who is less obsessed with booty.

PREDICTION:
A solid following and perhaps even a juno nod. Great club and party tracks that will make their way around North America.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/the8485

The Saturdays

Seeing that today is indeed Saturday, and from where I am writing this the sky is grey and it is pouring rain, I thought something light and upbeat would be perfect for today, so I present The Saturdays. A group made up of five young, pretty girls all with different looks (think of being in the Barbie aisle at a toy store), there is no guessing here. When you see the girls dressed in their spandex outfits, fully accessorized with hair and makeup perfectly done, you know exactly what you are in for. Sweet, palatable pop. With the support of big names like pop queens Girls Aloud, who The Saturdays will be opening for on their upcoming tour (good idea to keep your enemies closer Girls Aloud!), and the fact that part of the band come from the sort of, once, kind of famous S Club 8, these five girls are bound to become a force to contend with on the pop charts.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): If This Is Love
Kind of Like: Girls Aloud becomes collector cards. (Each girl from The Saturday has a myspace page making them "individuals" and showcasing their "diverse" styles. You can become friends with one, three or the whole band. The tween market will eat it up!

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit in the U.K. Unfortunately North America has not embraced U.K. girl pop bands quite yet, and I don't think this is the lot that will make it happen.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thesaturdays
Website: http://www.thesaturdays.co.uk/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hN0xPUyhd8




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Santogold

Okay so maybe Rolling Stone was talking about Santogold in the Fall, but even then they couldn't really articulate what Santogold was about and where they were heading. There isn't a simple way of describing what we have here. Is it retro sounding? Is it funky? New Wave? I can't really put my finger on it, but whatever it is, it's good. Santogold is a girl who spreads her carefree vocals over great backing tracks produced by, well, a boy. The vocals effortlessly sway from 80's rock chick to present day rap star. Santogold make sure the vocals match the mood of the overall sound. The pieces all fit. So with their upcoming appearance on Conan O'Brien, and the release of their album next week, you will be hearing about Santogold all over the place.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): LES Artistes
Kind of Like: M.I.A. goes 80's.

PREDICTION:
A top 40 hit in the U.K. and an album that charts on the Billboard album chart.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/santogold
Website: N/A
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9JI0GXkARQ






Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Rayees

We are still dealing with a pupa here. Although the members of The Rayees have known each other their entire life, their sound is all over the place and I have a feeling that is intentional. The positive here is that we have two individuals who trust each other enough to explore their creativity together and most of the time, the product is, well, pretty impressive - especially when we are dealing with their folkier/bluesy side. The Rayees work very hard not only with their music, but their image development has been ongoing. One look at their MySpace page makes clear the amount of thought The Rayees have put into every little detail of their look (right down to the matching stars).


WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Nights Only Here By Chance, I'm ready
Kind of Like: Feist meets a boy and starts to harmonize.

PREDICTION:
A solid following in the U.K., Europe and Canada. The Rayees will be playing respectably sized venues soon enough.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/therayees
Website: N/A
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ure8QiZolnM









Little Hannah Collins (a member of The Heavy)

Sometimes I like a bit of dirty. Dirty in several ways. Dirty like a 70's porn soundtrack. Dirty like it makes you want more dirty. Dirty like they couldn't afford any better equipment to record on. All dirty makes Little Hannah Collins, well dirty, and in a damn good way. If you are looking for some new soul to add to your dinner party playlist, then Little Hannah Collins has something for you. Also a member of The Heavy, Little Hannah has what it takes to make it on her own (i.e. a voice and the looks) The vocals provided by Little Hannah Collins are classic and yet unique. It is just a matter of time before this Little Hannah laughs, hee hee hee, all the way to the bank!

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Brother
Kind of Like: Northern Soul with a twist of 80's tech, at times making the tracks sound like something produced by Prince (listen to Soul Loving).

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit in the U.K. and a whole lot of attention in North America leading to respectable album sales.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hannahcollinsmusic
Website: N/A
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3khEx9wqLg


(The Heavy - Coleen)



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down


Sometimes I hear an artist and think "why have I never heard of them before!?" That is how I feel about Thao and the gang. With a folky sound, Thao takes their cue from recent trends. Just like other successful folk acts on the charts today the sound is poppy enough to be handled by the preteen crowd, but the vocals are genuine enough to be both adult and music critic friendly. The simple laidback image, free of sequin pant suits, matches the mood of the music. Music that will become a perfect soundtrack for the summer of 2008.


WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Bag of Hammers, Beat (Life, Health and Fire)
Kind of Like: Tegan and Sara breaks up and the happier sounding one meets three boys and makes more music.

PREDICTION:
A top 40 album in North America.

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thaomusic




Thursday, April 10, 2008

Inspector Sands


It is time to refresh the party, and these are the guys that are about to do that. Their music is jammed with classic 90's house dance references, from the synth horns to the frenetic beat constantly pulsating in the background, every track is guaranteed to make you get up and dance. I am truly surprised that I haven't heard of Inspector Sands sooner. With a sound this solid, it isn't long until these boys are rocking house parties across the country.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Say narth, It can't be love, How can you
Kind of Like: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Sommerville start to write and perform with Goldie Lookin' Chain.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and success in North American dance clubs.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/inspectorsandsmusic
Website: inspectorsands.vox.com
YouTube: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=62E5ZNA70n0



Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Verdict - Sam Sparro

PREDICTION:
A top 40 hit in the U.K. and success in North American dance clubs.

VERDICT:
Yes, my first prediction to come true is the one I made about Sam Sparro back in February. Not only did he make the top 40, he has made the top 10 with "Black and Gold" reaching number 4 on the U.K. charts.

Tiny Masters of Today

I would hate for Tiny Masters of Today to be branded a novelty act. Although young, with members just entering teenagerdom, Tiny Masters truly are, well Tiny Masters. Tapping into a classic alternative sound their music plays heavy and dirty, but made accessible by the biographical lyrics (i.e. Magician at my birthday party). Not a secret, and well known in the music world, it will be a while until Tiny Masters of Today become a household name across America. With an upcoming summer appearance at Lollapalooza Tiny Masters of Today might become a household name sooner than you think.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Hologram World
Kind of Like: The mini-pops cover the Breeders.

PREDICTION:
A number of tracks that see heavy rotation on college radio stations across the country.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/tinymasters
Website: http://tinymasters.net/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2-AY1uxr20




Inflasian

It was one Sunday afternoon while channel surfing when I came across Inflasian. There they were looking somewhat awkward performing on a community talent show. A half dozen Asian girls attempting to dance in time to the very eager lead singer as she gave it her all while singing and dancing. This is what it is all about. Raw, raw, we are talking about raw talent. These girls have success in the bag. Their Myspace page looks like an advertisement for a Hong Kong brothel. If that doesn't guarantee success, I don't know what will? The mix of sexy girls and sweet pop is a deadly combination. I look forward to watching these girls pull out the polish and shining themselves into stars.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Pop That Bottle
Kind of Like: Pussycat Dolls in training

PREDICTION:
A top 10 hit in their homeland of Canada and success in North American dance clubs.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/inflasian
Website: http://www.inflasian.ca/
YouTube: N/A




Friday, March 28, 2008

HEARTSREVOLUTION

Sometimes it is more than just the music that makes an act a potential hit. With HEARTSREVOLUTION it is the visuals that draw us in and get us hooked on the electronic soundtrack playing in the background ("you mean there was music playing?") HEARTSREVOLUTION are producing videos and music that make you go back a second and third time, a sign of true hits. Perhaps not mainstream magic, but definitely something fresh that is welcome.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Choose Your Own Adventure
Kind of Like: Japanese school girls experimenting with heavy drugs while singing Gary Numan tunes in a bathroom stall.

PREDICTION:
A following in North America and Europe thanks to their innovative videos.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/heartsrevolution
Website: http://www.heartsrevolution.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFPnl8aEPgo







Friday, March 21, 2008

OFFICE


OFFICE is ready to take pop music back to its purest form. They aren't willing to provide you with a quick and easy pop song that will fade after a week of rotation. Nope. OFFICE is working at providing you with timeless and classic pop tracks that will stand the test of time. With a classic sound, OFFICE has taken pop music back to what it should be about. Sweet sounding, enjoyable music. OFFICE can't hide in the clubs of Chicago anymore, the world is ready for them now!

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Enter Me Exit You, Nobody Knows You
Kind of Like: Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Radiohead.

PREDICTION:
A large following in North America and Europe leading to sold out shows everywhere.
LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/officemusic
Website: N/A
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JhNuPbuk58










Sunday, March 16, 2008

Veronnica Wolpendz

When a young voice turns to music to express observations the result can be magical and spine tingling. Veronnica is a young singer songwriter from South Africa that has a classic R and B, soulful voice, but what sets her apart are her experiential lyrics. Her music doesn't rely heavily on gimmicks or heavy post production. It is the purity of the sound that makes it original in this day and age of sweetened robotic vocals. This is true talent, so discover it now before the rest of the world does.

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): Broken, Commentary
Kind of Like: Alicia Keys sings the songs of Tracy Chapman.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.S. with an album that makes the top 10.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/veronnicawolpendz
YouTube: N/A

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Gram Rabbit

After spending a week in Palm Springs I feel it is my duty to provide you with the hottest local act. Not brand new on the scene, Gram Rabbit are pros, but the attention this number is presently attracting is long overdue. You can't think of Gram Rabbit as simply a band, they are performers, entertainers and artists. Their music, as catchy as it is, has a depth and maturity that surpasses many of the electronic acts trying to make their mark. I am looking forward to having Gram Rabbit play in my hood, although having to trek down to the sun to check them out ain't that bad either. Put on Gram Rabbit and sip a fancy cocktail in your mid-century pad and think of the desert heat, (but only if you are cool enough).

WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): The Rest of Us Sleep
Kind of Like: Early Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Goldfrapp and a bit of Marilyn Manson thrown in for good measure.

PREDICTION:
A top 20 hit in the U.K. and success in North American dance clubs.

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gramrabbit
Website: http://www.gramrabbit.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwo6kAuJkOo






Caleb Hawley

It is always nice when folk music is made modern and accesible. Caleb Hawley has all the elements you need to turn folk into something hip and marketable. A young upbeat take on the world of folk, Caleb is confident in his ability to convey stories through his songs. At times you might feel you are listening to a band or duo. Caleb uses his voice in different ways layering vocal tracks to produce a full and rich sound on several of his tracks. A great soundtrack for those quiet nights in or a disc to spin at a dinner party. Taking it from folky to bluesy, Caleb is ready when you are.


WRAP IT UP:
Hot Track(s): My Own Two Feet, Let the Games Begin
Kind of Like: Something from the early 80's (Joe Jackson, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder) with a slighty modern edge

PREDICTION:
A top 40 hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Chart and several soundtrack contributions that will pay the bills (and then some).

LET ME LISTEN DJ:
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/calebhawley
Website: http://www.calebhawley.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBOAbQitJyQ