Guess who’s back

Pixoh_jns0j407f_1Mutya! This could be real, could be fake but if it is real it
certainly looks like she’s sat at home making it herself.  Love Song is a classy, sultry r&b ballad – it’s nice to hear her without Keisha’s warbling.

In other urban pop news the queen dawg Kelis is playing a low profile gig at  Hammersmith Apollo on June 28th.  How good is that going to be! If it’s not sold out yet, get your tickets here.

UPDATE: There’s a 2nd song from Mutya online now.  2 The Limit is less boring than Love Song and has a catchy little hook It could sound great when produced properly.

Frank

Frank
Anyone who’s flicked channels on a Saturday morning will surely have come across E4’s Totally Frank – kind of a more mature S Club series about a band and their lives.  It’s always been quite fun in a trashy way, and the music has always been good pop.  Now they’re set to release music themselves as Frank

Now let’s flip back two years, when once upon a time there was a band called Mania.  Touted as the next big thing, promo material for these girls was everywhere.  There were big black boxes emblazoned with their name and cds everywhere.  Unfortunatly the public didn’t bite, and their debut single Looking For a Place To Go limped in at number 29, despite Wes claiming it was the catchiest song in the world EVA!!!

Mania
Now here’s the exciting bit – after gaining a bit of a cult following loads of unreleased Mania tracks have been re-recorded by, you guessed it, Frank.  The awesome I’m Not Shy on Mondays has become Complicated, and the brilliant Money In My Pocket, the never released 2nd single from Mania, is on their album.

You can catch them on Channel 4 on a Saturday morning, or brilliantly as support on Girls Aloud’s UK tour next month.  This is going to be a time when showing up for the support act is essential!  With Xenomania & a TV show behind them, I see no reason why they won’t be huge. But hey, this is a country that sends James Blunt to number 1 so who knows.  Helena from the band was in Ghetto last night, and being the hilarious DJ that I am, I played the original Money in My Pocket, which left her screaming and being very excited, before asking me how the hell I knew it.  Hehehe.  They’re gonna be awesome.

Pre-Bandwagon but lazy : Lily Allen

Lily
I’m becoming a bit irritated at myself.  Blogging has picked up on here recently but there’s been lots of gaps over the last few months.  This has led to me being sulky over the fact that everyone is raving about people I was raving about months ago, but never bloody wrote about.

Case in point is Lily Allen

I first heard her a few months ago as James from 9PR was pimping Nan, you’re a window shopper on his myspace.  Fresh and summery, a light female vocal with witty/real vocals over a light ska track it was obviously going to be massive, and this would be obvious to anyone who heard it!  Then Popjustice wrote about her, she got signed by Parlophone, and I nearly chocked on my caramel macchiato when Reggie played another song, the ace LDN it on weekend breakfast a few weeks ago and now of course Whiley is all over it. We played it for the first time at Miss-Shapes last night leaving half the dancefloor standing grumpily cos they didn’t know it, and the other half going MENTAL.

Anyway for anyone living in a box who hasn’t heard this yet, or international readers (Bliss Will you so need this! ), then Lily Allen is going to be massive.  If you can find them I’d heartily recommend Smile as well the others mentioned above, in fact I’m sure they’re all great I just haven’t managed to listen to them all yet.  Get yourself over to her myspace for a start.

Live Review : The Cardigans

Cardy
Gran Turismo
was probably the first non Spice Girl album that
made me squeal with delight and realise there was more to life that
bubblegum pop.  On Friday I went to see The Cardigans live at Shepherds Bush Empire and it made me use words like this:

abandoned, pulling, rapturous, pretty, bodice, elegant, sparkly, clogs, spell, dreamy, yearning, lost, crisp, underwhelming, underrated

If you want to see exactly how those words fit together then read my full review at Gigwise .

Buy Buy Buy!

Fisch
Of course we know a lot of good music doesn’t really chart, but oh my god Fischerspooner’s 2nd album Odyssey so deserved to blow up last year.  I much prefered it to #1 and we chased them round the globe last year to see it performed live – we saw Casey DJ at Miss Shapes New York, the band live at the Scala, their bizarre show at Manumission in Ibiza, the band show at The Astoria and had their aftershow party at Ghetto.  It was ace.

Anyway just in case for some bizarro reason you don’t have Odyssey or only know Emerge then I’ve just spotted that Amazon UK have it for the cheapness of £4.96! Seriously buy buy buy.  It’s so good and I called it my 3rd album of 2005, after Rachel’s Come and Get it and the Kaisers album. BUY!

The week…

After a bit of a drought i’m throwing myself headlong into trying to see as many gigs as possible, although this conflict rather a lot with the need to go to the gym and there is no way in hell I’m going to manage the gym before going to work in the morning. Bah.

Anyway as the blog has probably already told you, over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen the awesome Dead Disco, Antony & the Johnsons, Goldfrapp, The Organ, Mit, The Automatic, S Rock Levinson, The Knife, The Modern, New Young Pony Club, The Pipettes, Matt Willis and on Friday The Cardigans.

The Automatic at Camden Crawl was weird weird weird, as their fans were completely mental. We were in the G Lounge on Kentish Town Road which is SMALL, and people tried to crowd surf insanely which mainly involved them whacking the stage lights. Anyway they were a bit like The Rakes although noisier and Raoul sounds as great live as it does on record. I can’t wait to see them on the NME tour.

Apart from my continual convulsions over the fact that I’m going to see George Michael live in December, today I need to write a review of the Cardigans for Gigwise this afternoon and then tonight i’ll be going to the first Popworld Promotes gig at the Hard Rock cafe which could be good, annoyingly it means i’m missing lesbians on ecstasy at the garage though. If you can go you should, they are fun!  Tomorrow it’s a meal with the Londonist writing gang, Thursday & Friday is DJing time, although we’re not on till very late on Fri (in fact Sat morn at 3am) so I may try to blag some Kaisers at Brixton tix but its probably unlikely.  Then Saturday is what sounds like a brill day on Trafalgar Square at the  Love Music Hate Racism gig with Belle & Sebastian, Roll Deep, Boy Kill Boy, and The Paddingtons playing to name but a few.  Before that though at 11.30 I’m off to get on a boat somewhere on the Thames ( I currently have no idea) to see Boy Kill Boy play as part of Carling 24 so I can review them for Gigwise. Yes that’s right, Boy Kill Boy, twice in one day.  Gimme a break though, they are both free, and I wouldn’t be going to the 2nd one if B&S weren’t there too. Ahem, can someone say fangirl?

Sleepy Girl

Bbq
I’m double shifting on Spoony and Vernon this weekend and with 80 minutes to go, I’m tired, tired, tired. My future tiredness wasn’t helped by being ill on Friday too after some dodgy food on the Camden Crawl.

It’s always like this when I’m on breakfast. Work starts at 6, so I roll out of bed at 530 just in time for my 540 cab. Today though with 2 days of double shifts the tiredness has well and truly hit and I feel rough as a dog. Normally I’m home by 11 and go to sleep for a couple of hours. Yesterday I was in at 2 and slept til 6 which wasn’t too bad, before we trialed our brand new BBQ and watched trashy TV as well as my recording of the brand new Popworld.

Now, even though we’re playing the ace K-Klass – Rhythm is A Mystery I cannot wait for my bed!