Frankie Rose And The Outs – ‘Candy’
Really good. Even if there is only one lyric for the song (“Candy, oh, oh, Candy, you’re my one true lurve” etc). This sounds like nothing else out at the moment even if it steals from the past and it gives it a nice gothy undertone. I also love grrrls. So this gets a thumbs up from me.
Kelis – ‘Scream’
Not that I really know anything about dance production but this feels a bit poor-man’s will.i.am and pretty clichéd at times. Then again, at other points it’s ‘v nice’. Lyrically, it’s interesting enough to listen to and follow what she’s actually saying. Due to a nice restrained vocal on the bridge, it DOES make me want to “SCREAM” and shout. Goal achieved, Kelis, goal achieved. PS Love you. PPS Please don’t beat me up.
Cee-Lo – ‘Fuck You’
Excellent use of ‘fuck you’, a phrase that should always be used sparingly in the world of high pop. However, it fits this song well (lucky for Cee-Lo) so doesn’t come across as too crass after the 39th time. I also like the cry-baby vocal parts at the end. But sadly, I have no soul so I don’t really ‘feel’ anything for this song. It kind of just passes me by – like Robbie Williams.
Magnetic Man feat. Katy B – ‘Perfect Stranger’
Katy B’s vocal is wonderful. The melodies are insane and kind of remind me of Rui Di Silva’s ‘Touch Me’ a little bit. But who cares? Such a great song. They can co-exist. This isn’t really what I’d normally listen to but I am a sucker for a brilliant top line. The production is lovely on the middle eight too. I don’t know if dubstep actually has middle eights, though.
Idiot Glee – ‘All Packed Up’
This is wonderful! I feel like it’s the kind of song I can listen to while walking round a toy factory and also the kind of song I can smoke a hundred cigarettes to and get shit-faced on red wine in Hackney. I love the vocal – I just keep wondering if the singer’s hot, to be honest.
Professor Green – ‘Monster’
On a basic level, this is kind of palatable. On an artistic-high-horse level, it’s pretty bland and generic. I think it’s obvious that Professor Green is a really talented guy, but I feel disappointed at just how much this song adheres to the standard American sound of just about everything on the radio right now.
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This article originally appeared in the October 2 issue of NME