Kid Cudi has enlisted none other than Mary J. Blige to help him on his sophmore album ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager’. ‘These Worries’ is one of the two cuts featuring Mary. The Emile and Polow da Don produced track is a downbeat, emotional tracks dealing with loneliness. Cudi and Mary are great as usual, Mary’s emotional vocals complementing the atmosphere of the song. Listen.
Lupe Fiasco, Common & Jennifer Hudson // We Can Do It Now
Lupe Fiasco, Common and Jennifer Hudson have teamed up with Gatorade Replay to give us this hot Chi-Town No I.D produced collaboration ‘We Can Do It Now’.
This track is packed with soul as Jennifer sings over a soaring electric guitar in the intro before strings, a marching beat and a piano eventually enter as Lupe and Common prepare their lyrical verses. It’s a great song, and a nice surprise so check it out.
Kanye West // Don’t Look Down [Feat. Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Big Sean]
'Don't Look Down' is the latest song from Kanye's G.O.O.D Friday project and features Mos Def, Big Sean and Lupe Fiasco, who is the highlight of the track for me.
The song tells the story around life with his phoenix over a piano led song with a marching beat and atmospheric guitar riffs. It’s a great song and is definitely one of Kanye’s more chilling Kanye’s efforts from the G.O.O.D Friday project. Check it out.
The Black Eyed Peas return with the first single ‘The Time (The Dirty Bit) from the band’s sixth album ‘The Beginning’, although they were never really gone to be honest. Even though I liked the singles from their fifth album, cleverly titled ‘The E.N.D’, I always felt that they just didn’t live up to the material from their previous albums, which was much more original.
While the Peas latest single is also far from the dizzy heights of previous songs, my expectations were much lower and it is a great party tune. Continuing the recent craze of typically Urban acts doing dance tracks, the Peas go the extra mile by combining a sample of a Dirty Dancing classic with a dirty bassline, reminiscent of Afrojack and Chuckie. They’ve definitely turned the dance bar up a notch or two…
'Radio' is the second single from Alesha Dixon's upcoming third album 'The Entertainer'. After 'Drummer Boy' wasn't quite the runaway success that was expected Alesha has decided to go for something a little more radio friendly in hopes of getting more airplay this time around.
Alesha definitely hasn’t watered down her sound in order to appeal to the radio stations though. This song has a pounding bassline and pulsing synths during the verses, which remind me of Robyn’s amazing ‘Dancing On My Own.’ The bridge builds up to a powerful chorus, which is unexpected in contrast with the verses on the first listen. But it works so well. The chorus is a big synth driven affair with big vocals in a similar vein to Beyoncé’s Halo. ‘Radio’ stands out among the numerous ‘Halo’ clones as it really is something different, combining their R&B/Pop light power ballad style with electronica percussion and that pouding bassline. It really is quite epic.
Coming Home the upcoming seventh single (Yes, seventh!) from British pop singer Pixie Lott’s debut album ‘Turn It Up’ which has been cleverly titled ‘Turn It Up Louder’ for the re-release on October 18.
This song is a nice upbeat mid-tempo duet featuring US &B singer of the moment Jason Derülo.The track is a real feel good love song with a bouncy piano beat and laid back acoustic guitar. Check it out…
Kanye West // Take One For The Team [Feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & Cyhi The Prynce]
Kanye gives us yet another hot tune courtesy of his G.O.O.D Friday giveaway, which was notably late this week presumably due to him being in Paris, so we’ll let him off. ‘Take One For The Team’ is another hot collaboration featuring Keri Hilson, Pusha T and CYHI The Prince. How Kanye has pulled in so many great collaborations for this project I’ll never know.
This industrial sounding track features what sounds like beatboxing, a heavy bassline and blips of electronica; and it’s a banger! And at over six minutes long, he’s given us plenty of it to enjoy.
I don’t know how Kanye is producing so many heavy tunes to be honest, so I hope we get them on an EP if they don’t make his album which will be awesome if this is anything to go by! Enjoy!
Keyshia Cole is back, and she’s teamed up with rapper of the moment Nicki Minaj to help her on the first single from her fourth, currently self titled ‘Keyshia’ album. This track is the best thing Keyshia’s done since ‘Let It Go’ and sees the singer who has just turned 29 sing about never stopping until she gets to the top in the organ based jam. Nicki adds some variety to the song, definitely making it her most accesible song since ‘Let It Go’. It’s definitely a return to form for Ms. Cole.
I have been waiting to hear this song for so long. Finally, now, we have it. ‘What’s My Name’ is the second single from Rihanna’s upcoming album ‘LOUD’ and it has exceeded my expectations, even though I ended up loving Only Girl in the end.
This version that we have here features Drake, which I am so pleased with as he is one of my favourite rappers. The track fuses Carribean and Dance beats together with some R&B to create the perfect mid/up-tempo jam. Drake’s verse and Rihanna’s vocals are perfect over the laidback Carribean beat which has a hint of trance. ‘What’s My Name’ is bound to be a hit and gives us a promising glimpse of ‘LOUD’ as it looks like ‘What’s My Name’ could be one of my favourite songs of the year.
This song has it all. Great melodies, a catchy chorus, an amazing rapper, amazing production and some originality. It’s nice to see Rihanna back on top and going Back to her Bajan roots…
Ke$ha is back with a new single from the re-release of her album ‘Animal’, suitably titled ‘Cannibal’. The ridiculously spelt song is another auto-tuned party anthem from the drunken Taylor Swift, and while it isn’t exactly original, I love it. The song is like the lovechild of ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love’ and ‘Dynamite’ with some ‘Tik Tok’ added in for good measure, so it is definitely a party tune. Glad to have some new music from this hate it or love it artist as usual…
Poison is the first single from the only member of ‘The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger’s upcoming ‘debut’ album. After the ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ project went up in flames and more or less turned into ‘Doll Domination’ Nicole is back with her new RedOne produced song ‘Poison’. And man is it BIG.
'Poison' isn't the usual RedOne/Kat DeLuna affair as Nicole here has snapped up quite the anthem. With big guitars, a pulsating beat and a massive chorus, this song is sure to be stuck in your head all day. With a hopeful X Factor performance after she won the UK over being an extraordinarily popular judge on the show, and this massive song, which is like the follow up to 'Bad Romance' Nicole should have no problem getting a hit outside the US. Let's just hope her record label don't mess up and radio support her.
'My Boots' is the first single from underrated Canadian synth-pop singer 'LIGHTS' as yet untitled sophomore album. The song is very subtle, which is what I really like about it. It has great melodies and production, while keeping her signature sound and sounding good whether it's summer or winter. Give it a listen.
Kanye just keeps on giving us great tracks through his G.O.O.D Friday giveaway, and ‘Don’t Stop’ is no exception. As one third of Hip-Hop supergroup Child Rebel Soldier Kanye along with Pharrell Williams and Lupe Fiasco Kanye has released this hot track with its cowbell laden beat, Pharrells smooth vocals and some great rhymes to finish the track off. I hope this gets some pretty good exposure, it’s amazing. Check it out.
'Hypnotize U' is the second single from Hip-Hop/Rock/Funk band N.E.R.D. The Daft Punk produced song sees the trio take a different approach from their usual crazy party anthems as this love song is a lot slower than their usual work, while still having their originality that made us love them.
The song has an almost 80s R&B feel which electronica elements and has a very atmospheric sound which is almost Gorrillaz-esque. I love it, so give it a listen.
Keri Hilson returns with her second single from her terribly titled sophomore album ‘No Boys Allowed’. The song ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ isn’t as bad as the title makes out as it is actually pretty good. A piano led R&B tune, reminiscent of Beyoncé’s “Ego’ leads this female empowerment song which Keri claims is not vain as everyone is beautiful, which is the message the song seems to convey. It will definitely get her noticed after the obvious but unfair flop of ‘Breaking Point’ as it’s a really good, radio friendly song. Good job Ms. Keri!
2010 sees the return of Welsh songstress Duffy who returns with her new single ‘Well, Well, Well’, from sophomore album ‘Endlessly’. At just over 2 minutes 40 seconds the song is brief, but luckily this brief period of time is very enjoyable. Sticking to her guns, Duffy once again uses a horn led track not to dissimilar to breakthrough single ‘Mercy’ on the catchy, radio friendly track. With the horns put down over an acoustic guitar instrumental on the verses and a chorus that will have you singing along in no time this is definitely worth a listen!
Nelly Furtado // What You Want To Do (The Night Is Young)
In 2006 Nelly Furtado switched up her sound and took a u-turn giving us a new Timbaland assisted sound which surprisingly worked, as ‘Loose’ was an amazing album. Since 2006 she’s delivered a Spanish album ‘Mi Plan’, but what we’ve really been waiting for is her strong point; a fourth English album. Well we might have to wait some longer…
'What You Want To Do (The Night Is Young)' is the first single off Nelly's Greatest Hits album, so it seems like we will have to wait for the fourth album (currently titled 'Lifestyle) some more as Nelly needs inspired. And with a lead single so dire she certainly needs inspired. The single which originally leaked as 'Free' is a disappointing effort as Nelly hops on the electro/dance bandwagon but doesn't pull it off half as well as her peers. This song just doesn't have the chorus or production to make up for the lack of creativity, which really is a pity. Plus the title is a bit of a mouthful, eh?
Let’s hope that this is just a one off and that Nelly hasn’t lost her spark…