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Monday, June 11, 2012

A Rhyme: "Next To Me" - Emeli Sandé

With a voice that sounds like a cross between Beyonce and Leona Lewis and a sound soulful and reminiscent of the orchestral elements of the Motown era, Emeli Sandé brings a classic sound to a genre that's populated by the latest innovations, with "Next To Me". Her refreshing vocals on the chorus soar into a smooth falsetto. Sandé has the kind of vocals that sooth the listener and still makes the song comfortable enough for you to get into the groove.

Like, Leona Lewis, Sandé hails from the U.K. and has the chops to go up against her and many other contemporaries. She currently has the U.K.'s biggest selling debut album of 2012 called Our Version of Events with good reason. The album is currently out stateside.

Source: EmeliSandeVEVO

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Rhyme: "Put It Down" - Brandy feat. Chris Brown

Brandy released the lead single from her new album "Two Eleven", due in May. The employs techniques used on R&B and Hip-Hop songs as of late--auto tune, rapid repetition, and other vocal manipulation techniques like stuttering and deepening of the voice. Chris Brown provides a rap in the bridge, different from how most would expect to hear him on a record.

The song isn't necessarily a club song but it can generate a nice dance video if need be. Chris could definitely have a routine in the video and it wouldn't be out of place. "Put It Down" doesn't sound much like what is on the radio as far as the instrumental is concerned but the repetition should make it good radio fare.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Rhyme: "Fantasies" - Bootleg feat. Left Eye

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes passed away ten years ago today and a song released by German label Block Starz Music leaked yesterday. The song is characterized by a smooth beat with a sweet flute and a steady protools beat. Left Eye's rapping is different than was usually characteristic of her--it is deeper and a more rugged, probably because around that time she was developing music under the persona of N.I.N.A. That version of Left Eye was on Suge Knight's Death Row records.

For that reason, this song is a departure from what people knew of Left Eye during her TLC days. It offers a glimpse of the type of music the rapper would have released had she not had that fatal plane crash a decade ago.

Source: Creative Loafing Atlanta

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video: "...Baby One More Time" - Tony Lucca

On tonight's episode of NBC reality singing competition The Voice, contestant Tony Lucca performed a cover of former MMC cast mate Britney Spears' 1998 song, "...Baby One More Time". Giving the song a completely new and different take, Tony put a southern rock spin on the bubblegum pop tune. The performance showed that he clearly made the song his own and well suited to his own style. Tony brought new life into the track making it more current and diverse while still doing the original version justice.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Rhyme: "Every Single Night" - Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple released her first new song since 2005 today called "Every Single Night". The music is minimal only becoming enchanted during the chorus with backing vocals coming in behind Fiona's. With little instrumentation, Fiona's words are what needs to be payed attention to.  Her vocals on the song are like a cabaret singer allowing listeners to hear every blip in her delivery--it makes her more raw, something that she is known for.

The song comes from her latest release, The Idler the Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipper Chords will serve more than Ropes will ever do. It's lengthy title is reminiscent of her 1999 album When the Pawn... which has a much lengthier title. "Every Single Night"'s lulluby-esque tone makes it soothing but the punch in the chorus makes you really listen.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Rhyme: "Party Girl" - Asher Roth Feat. Meek Mill

"I Love College" rapper Asher Roth returns with his new song about a girl who likes to party. Aptly titled "Party Girl," it samples Eddie Murphy's 80's hit "Party All The Time". Asher still has connections to college-oriented music with this song describing the party antics of a stereotypical college frat girl.

Backed by a club-dupstep based beat, it makes for a good track that any party girl would want to dance to. The song also serves to introduce younger audiences to the fact that yes, Eddie Murphy did attempt to sing at some point. It's good, it's straight forward and the rap provided by Meek Mill helps make it more hip-hop and less typically pop appealing to the college crowed. It's not necessarily mainstream but neither is Asher Roth.