Thursday, September 10, 2009

I wanna hear you say that you'll be fine and you're doin' OK

Despite loving the pirate-esque "Sun Goes Down" (in which what might otherwise be thought of as a soul voice was matched to welcomingly strange but commercialized pop), I never bought British singer David Jordan's debut album. The clip of his new single, "(Don't Wanna) Hear You Say" Popjustice posted, though, has had me keeping an eye out for his new material.

It was worth the wait. "(Don't Wanna) Hear You Say" is far less distinctive in sound than David's aforementioned second single, but both the Bakerboys Original Mix and the Wideboys Stadium Radio Edit are fantastic. The original mix is slinkier, a side to side shuffle based on a simple percussion beat and prettily kept from sparseness with quickly ascending and descending synths and string-mimicking sounds, while the Wideboys mix dances up the song--which never felt like a full ballad--while still keeping it in radio-friendly territory, but in either version, the strong main melody is accompanied by equally strong production. David's got a voice I enjoy listening to, which means that "(Don't Wanna) Hear You Say" sounds even better than it might in the hands of artists with arguably similar sounds.

According to Popjustice, the single comes out October 26, though I wouldn't be surprised if that date changed again.

3 comments:

Paul said...

Oh gosh, there is so much great music coming out at the moment, I feel like I'm not taking enough time to appreciate it all! I like this a lot - loved David's debut album and really anticipating the new set... I'm a little nervous that it will get lost in the massive Christmas deluge of big name album releases...

Ken said...

I totally didn't expect this one. I've barely followed David Jordan through the past year and I'm excited for this release.

Poster Girl said...

Really, Paul? I know there have been a bunch of debuts recently, but a good number of them have left me underwhelmed. I know what you mean about the upcoming album deluge, though! I should really give David's album a try.

I know PJ gave us the heads-up, but not having heard anything since then, I was surprised to see this! The remix really does make me wish he'd do an album at least half like that.