Ciara // Got Me Good [Music Video]
I still stand by my verdict that “Sorry” is the best thing Ciara has released in a long time. So let’s analyse her new single “Got Me Good” and see how it compares.
Good things about the song:
- It’s an uptempo.
- It has an 80s vibe about it.
- It sounds a bit like “Work”.
- It sounds a bit like “Gimmie Dat”.
- It makes you want to dance.
- "My bra’s too tight".
- It’s not “Sweat”.
Bad things about the song:
- The chorus pales in comparisons to the verses and post-chorus.
- It sounds a bit like “Work”.
- It sounds a bit like “Gimmie Dat”.
- It’s not “Get Up”.
- It’s not “1,2 Step”.
- It’s definitely not “Oh”.
So all in all it’s a good song then. Far from Ciara’s best, but she’s had much worse. Onto the video then.
Good things about the video:
- The Dessert.
- Her gang of dancers.
- The dancing.
Bad things about the video:
- Child dancers.
- The guy dressed in black.
- When the guy dressed in black puts his hands on Ciara’s “uh”.
So all in all it’s a very good video then. It does have a few minor niggles, but it is enjoyable and looks very well done. Job well done Ciara. Sort of.
Disclosure // Latch [Feat. Sam Smith] [Music Video]
"Latch" is easily one of my favourite tracks of the year. It made me even more excited for Disclosure’s debut album, which is due sometime next year. So here’s the music video for the track. It features lots of kissing and stuff to remind us how we’ll be living with 8 cats and 3 pugs by the time we’re 70.
One mystery still still remains though. Who is Sam Smith? Is he an alias of Sam Sparro? The secret lovechild of Prince and Madonna? Or simply a figment of our imagination? Discuss.
Stooshe // Waterfalls [Music Video]
Here’s the video for Stooshe’s version of this TLC classic. Much like the song, the video was never going to match the original, but definitely serves as a great tribute to it.
This is basically a West End version of the TLC music video, with the different scenes being acted out on stage as Stooshe sing in the middle with coloured water coming in from everywhere. Keep a look out for T-Boz and Chilli around the 3 minute mark as well, who provide us with a perfect ending to the music video.
Solange // Losing You [Music Video]
I’ve posted way too much of Solange today, so I’ll leave you with the music video for “Losing You”. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d post more if I could, but there’s not really anything more in the way of content today. Plus I want to go buy my dinner.
The video for “Losing You” is very good. It sees Solange roaming about Cape Town with some cool kids, as they dance, ride bikes and smash bottles. You know, like you do. Plus they’re all dressed in very stylish African inspired fashions, because Solange would never go out on her bicycle wearing something horrible.
The party near the end of the video really reminds me of Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘til it’s Gone”. That’s a great video as well, so I guess this whole releasing new music has been a critical success for Solange. At least with me.
Nas // Cherry Wine [Feat. Amy Winehouse] [Music Video]
Nas has always been really underrated in the UK. With his headlining spot at this year’s Radio 1 Hackney live weekend, his profile seems to have boosted, giving him his very first top 10 album with “Life Is Good”.
With “Cherry Wine” it seems like Nas will get his first successful single in a while too. The video compliments the impressive track, serving as a perfect visual to work with, rather than overshadow the mood of the song. It serves as a lovely tribute to Amy, plus it’s interesting to see Nas working as a barman too.
Hopefully the interest surrounding this song will result in it becoming Nas’ biggest UK single since 2004’s “Bridging the Gap”. We all know he deserves it.
Azealia Banks // Luxury [Music Video]
After blasting Munchi on twitter yesterday, Azealia has made enemies with the producer who went onto drag her to the pits in a twitter rampage. Azealia says she’s still shooting the video for “Esta Noche” today, but don’t expect the track to get an official release anytime soon. Pity.
Instead here’s the video for “Luxury”, off the FANTASEA mixtape. How many music videos is this girl releasing? I mean, they’re good and all, but why she’s been releasing all these clips without actually releasing a second single until now I’ll never know.
The “Luxury” video is good though. Nothing special, but it does the job. Azealia’s dancing on a rooftop with two dancers, roaming through New York, which we also get see from the ground up. It’s got nothing on the videos for “212”, “Liquorice” “1991” and “Van Vogue”, but it looks quite nice in black and white. I’m not going to get all excited over the clip, but I guess she’s leaving that for the Esta Noche video. Please stop with the feuds by the way Azealia.
Jessie Ware // Night Light [Music Video]
disappointing minimalist video for “Wildest Moments”, Jessie Ware is back with the music video for new single “Night Light”. Fortunately it’s a lot better the aforementioned video.
Since the video’s black and white, there’s a lack of colour yet again. It’s a whole lot more interesting though the grey “Wildest Moments” though. With cameos from Jessie’s boyfriend and actress sister Hannah Ware, the clip features a troupe of ballerina-esque dancers, two of whom are sometimes draped in what looks like a net curtain. As odd as that sounds, it all looks very sleek and elegant.The camera work and framing give it a very polished look, making the video look expensive, despite probably not having the highest of budgets.
Jessie looks great as well. She’s dressed stylishly in a number of black and white outfits, except when she’s wearing some weird net on her head. She’s still beautiful though, and seems sweet in the music video which perfectly compliments themes of fear and security in the song. It’s a little bit dark, but romantic at the same time. Both the song and video are definitely up there with “110%” and “Running”.
AlunaGeorge // Your Drums, Your Love [Music Video]
Here’s the video for the new AlunaGeorge single. Set in a cool downtown Art gallery, the clip sees Aluna walk around the place as dancers work around her in slow motion. The choreography combined with the camera movement is a perfect example of how something simple can be so effective.
George looks pensive for most of the clip, ignoring Aluna as she sings to him. She seems a little annoyed too. Poor gal. Luckily they don’t have much to be sad about though - the video’s really cool and the song is one of my favourites of the past few months. With it’s glitchy R&B influenced instrumental, pitch-altered vocals and Aluna’s smooth voice it’s like a twisted Aaliyah track, but for 2012. The one thing they should be sad about is this video player I’ve uploaded the video on, but hopefully it will load quicker for you than it did for me.
Frank Ocean // Pyramids [Music Video]
The video for Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids” has finally arrived and is definitely NSFW. That explains why they’ve put it on vimeo then. It’s like a cross between Donnie Darko, Showgirls and Alien - which is pretty interesting to say the least. They’ve also used different version of the song, complete with that nostalgic playstation noise and a really weird structure. John Mayer pops up for a bit as well, which is pretty cool.
Ciara // Sorry [Music Video]
After weeks of waiting, Ciara has finally dropped “Sorry”, which is the first single off her fifth album “One Woman Army”, due later this year.
I posted about “Sweat” a few months ago, saying that it was “good” but “nothing revolutionary”. However nothing revolutionary soon turned into heard it all before, and while I don’t dislike it, I just didn’t care for the track after two days of playing it. Hopefully I won’t get lost in the moment and exaggerate how good “Sorry” is, but upon first listen it’s a completely different kettle of fish.
We’ll start with the music video. Ciara looks amazing as she bumps, grinds and twerks all over the floor. She’s pleading with a 50 Cent look-a-like in a nice modern house, which gives me real mid-2000s vibes. It’s a bit like Omarion’s “Ice Box” meets her own “Speechless”, but a little less cold than the former and a lot better than the latter.
Let’s get on to the song though, because that’s really what this is all about. Ciara’s had some nice ballads since the sexy “Promise”. “Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone” is a personal favourite of mine, while “Speechless” was pretty good as well. She has had some clunkers as well though. Don’t even remind me of the cringe worthy “Never Ever”. Despite the good, nothing has ever quite matched up to the pure sensuality of “Promise” for me though.
"Sorry" changes that tune. It’s almost like the lyrical follow up to "Promise". Fiddy has broken his promise that he’d never lie to Ciara and she’s called the whole relationship off. Now she realises that what they had was so good, and will take him back only if he tells her he’s sorry. Cute.
The whole production of the song reminds me of “Promise” as well. It’s got that sensual spacey feel which made her 2006 hit so good. It sounds like there’s a lot of space between the swooshing beats and Ciara’s vocals, giving the track a romantic 80s vibe. There’s a nice spoken word outro as well, which completes what is one of the hottest slow jams I’ve heard in a long time.
It’s also one of the hottest Ciara tracks I’ve heard in a long time, as well as being one of the smoothest R&B songs I’ve heard in quite a while. Even if it’s not the success it needs to be, Ciara is back with the top quality music we’ve all been yearning for.