Sunday, August 30, 2009

With even the alphabet she only sings the crooked letters

What have I been playing over the last few months (a.k.a. trying to do some degree of catching up) that I haven't mentioned here yet?

David Guetta feat. Akon, "Sexy Bitch": "When Love Takes Over" is great. "Sexy Bitch" is even better. Speaks straight to the hips better than any song this year so far.

Pitbull, "Hotel Room Service": Pitbull should be mad at Guetta for taking that title from "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," but he's probably too busy celebrating making a song as great (albeit filthy) as this one. American (in the broadest sense of the word) rap sampling O-Zone one minute, Eiffel 65 the next, and now Nightcrawlers? Who'd have guessed?

Three 6 Mafia feat. Kalenna and Pitbull, "Shake My": speaking of urban club-rap, "Shake My" is a killer. Kalenna and Pitbull's parts may both outshine the main act's--especially that of Kalenna, whose choruses here get me just as excited as Keri Hilson's contribution in "The Way I Are"--but when they make up the majority of the song and are this good, that barely matters. Darkchild is on a roll at the moment.

Mini Viva, "Bedroom Viber": I've been in love with the demo clip on the Xenomania-produced duo's MySpace for months; finally getting the full track, free and legally no less, couldn't have been a more welcome surprise. I like "Left My Heart In Tokyo," but it's songs like this one that have me hoping Xenomania have a new act to channel capable of making songs with the fun and excitement of earlier to mid-period Girls Aloud.

Taio Cruz, "Break Your Heart": my favorite Taio single yet sounds like all the best elements of his earlier element in one song. Catchy as anything.

Fibes, Oh Fibes feat. Kim Wilde, "Run To You": a recent addition to the list, courtesy of Don't Stop The Pop, "Run To You" is '80's in a gentle pop-rock way that sounds refreshingly different from most current '80s-influenced songs. It plus "Love Child" mean that the Swedish group's third album, 1987, released September 2, can't get here soon enough.

Example, "Watch The Sun Come Up": transporting pop-rap positioning itself as a brief glimpse into the sentimental underbelly of a narrator prone to posturing. The Fred Falke mix is DIVINE.

Lorentz & M.Sakarias, "Baby!": older, but I haven't mentioned it yet here, despite loving it. Über-cute, shiny production from FutureCut on this Swedish language rap song has made it one of the songs I easily return to when I can't quite choose what to play.

Jordin Sparks, "S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)": the second single from a good album which I haven't given full attention to recently--but this song, along with the much-anticipated "Walking On Snow," have no problem winning my attention.

Bananarama, "Love Comes": the British duo delivers with their latest single, electro-disco full of sounds that slice through the air. Another album I can't wait to hear.

The Sound Of Arrows, "Into The Clouds": cosmic Swedish pop. Am I allowed to use the word "transporting" twice in one post?

Filthy Dukes feat. Tommy Sparks, "Messages": did this actually end up being a single? If not, it should have been--this #1 Hits-featured single has the spiky electro influences you might expect from the Filthy Dukes, but it's got pop crossover written all over it via that chorus. And the verses. And those breakdown bleeps.

Jessie James, "Bullet": country-tinged pop that is so much more fun than the song it was replaced by as the second single.

Visitor, "Los Feeling": gorgeous, full of synth washes, beeps, and pumps, but with energy to it--a pulse.

Boys Like Girls, "Love Drunk": the American pop-rock group finally delivers on a level hinted at by "The Great Escape" but one which I never really expected them to reach. It's the single I wanted the All-American Rejects to release.

Written about before but also featuring heavily were the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," Gathania's "Get It Out," Kate Ryan's "Your Eyes," Booty Luv's "Say It," Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester's "Good Girls Go Bad,"and, to a lesser extent, Anders Fernette/Johansson's "Hungry Eyes" (and probably some others).

Maybe worthy of a quick mention, though the jury's still out on some of them:
Chipmunk's "Oopsie Daisy" (who is that female vocalist?)
Heidi Montag's "Body Language" (she finally gets around to releasing her best song)
Natalie Imbruglia, "Want" (it never climaxes for me, so I'm not fully onboard yet)
Alexandra feat. Flo Rida, "Bad Boys" (pop fun)
Anna Abreu, "Music Everywhere" (good pop chorus that's better than anything she's done since "Ivory Tower," but still not as fully excellent as I want this Finnish Idol contestant's material to be)
Linda Teodosiu, "Reprogram My Heart"
Alphabeat, "The Spell"
Rob Thomas, "Give Me The Meltdown" (my favorite song from him since "Lonely No More" and "This Is How A Heart Breaks," it's catchy pop-rock that should be his next single)
Mika, "We Are Golden" (worried about this new album, which I don't want to be considering how much I loved his first, but there's a great chorus to this lead single)
Blake Lewis, "Sad Song" (I always think it's good but haven't played it much so far--bad sign?)
Backstreet Boys, "Straight Through My Heart" (more generic and less exciting than I'd hoped, but I nearly swerved into another lane while stopping someone from changing the station when it came on the radio. ACTUAL AMERICAN RADIO playing the latest Backstreet Boys single. Probably a one-off, but still.)
Colbie Caillat, "Fallin' For You" (oh no. "Bubbly" was one of those songs I complained about and avoided at all costs, but I really like this sweet singer-songwritery song)
Trey Songz, "I Need A Girl" (months old, but this sweet R&B-pop song has won me over)
Shakira, "She Wolf" (I don't love it like I want to yet, but I'm excited for the album)
Jade Ewen, "Punching Out"
Leona Lewis, "Strangers"
Sugababes, "Get Sexy"

There are some other recent singles--the new ones from Swedish artists like Martin Stenmarck, Nanne, Sandra Dahlberg, Andreas Johnson, Rongedal, and the like--that I can't really judge yet.


Nikki said...

That Taio Cruz single is insane. He sounds like a British Will.I.Am.! Jordin's album has some brilliant songs - 'SOS' and 'Walking On Snow' are amaziiiing. I stand by my statement what the new BSB album will be their best in years.

Not feeling the Sugababes single though - I know everyone else is but it's just not moving me.

John said...

First off, if it wasn't for you and Mel, I'd be out here all by myself on Pitbull. No one wants to give him props for putting out some of the catchiest hip-hop around, but fortunately the people are speaking loudly on this one. I think "S.O.S." will be the big breakthrough for Jordin, and I am stunned that Alexandra actually came out with an uptempo track that's pretty solid. I can't resist Cobra Starship, and the retro mix of "Tokyo" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far, like "Boyfriend" was last year.

Paul said...

yes yes yes to lots of those including Mini Viva, Sound of Arrows, Bananarama and Jordin Sparks. I like the BSB song a lot more than you I think, but perhaps it is because I had such LOW expectations? And with Alexandra - I really liked it at first for all the reasons John says. However, the more I listen to it, the more it is a by the numbers safe generic remake of Hot n Cold with a WomaniSer chorus. Oh well, still ok.

Get Sexy sounds great only when played loud in a club.

Aaron said...

Haven't heard the David Guetta track, but I really do want to get my hands on the album soon!

Pitbull - from what I've heard - sounds really good, again - Can't wait to hear the album!

Love Mini Viva and what I've heard of Taio Cruz, Example sounds really promising.

Love S.O.S (Let The Music Play) - Hoping for more in the same vein in future - I'm pushing for Emergency (911) - LOVE IT! As do I do with Bananarama and Jessie James's Blue Jeans (I know, not the track, but still love it)

Loving 90% of your smaller list - Great to see Kate Ryan love - That album was immense!

Great list of the "jury's out" ones, Many promising names!

Yuяi said...

Excellent list, PPG. Love the Alphabeat new song, the Fibes duet, and I cannot wait for the new 'Nanas album too.

You gonna fill in your fans here on where you've been hiding all this time? :P

Poster Girl said...

Nikki, I think you're right about the new BSB album--it's definitely going to be better than the last two, anyway. Sugababes hasn't got much play from me recently, but I'm hoping to love the album (I really liked their last one but hope this one adds some of the electro-edge back in..."Get Sexy" should have been what I wanted but isn't quite).

John, I'm always so thankful that you and Mel's beliefs mean none of us are alone on that! I need to spend more time with the Hammond mix--I've only given it one spin on YouTube, but I'm sure it's fun. Here's hoping "S.O.S." does the business for Jordin...

Paul, I imagine that's the place where "Get Sexy" makes the most sense. Sound of Arrows are just too much, in the best possible way.

Aaron, I'm really tempted to buy the David Guetta album; if you do get it first, I'd love to read a review so I know if it's worth it (well, I'm going to go read Mel's after this, too). I really like "Emergency," too; some of the lyrics are cheesy (was it Mel or someone else who mentioned how much detail the verses go into?), but it's a good fun uptempo song. "Your Eyes" is one of my favorites off of that album of Kate's--I can't wait for her next one!

That Bananarama album could be just what I need to get through September! Ha ha, maybe bits and pieces ;)

Damian said...

By the way you can listen to Fibes, Oh Fibes! album here.,-oh-fibes!.aspx
Very pleasant work!

Poster Girl said...

Thanks, Damian! :D I like what I hear.