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My MTV

January 26, 2011

Radio. I still listen to it, but mostly online nowadays. Love it because I’ll hear music that I otherwise wouldn’t listen too. So the other day I started reminiscing the 90s when i heard Lynden David Hall’s Sexy Cinderella on my favourite BBC 1xtra.

Remembering those late nights watching MTV Amour. I probably should have been asleep by the time it was on but fell asleep after it instead.

Good old days drowning into the sexy, silky, smooth sounds of those love songs. Amour was one of my favourite shows being a big MTV fan as a teen. After The Lick!

Every Wednesday night, 10p.m. I was glued. The Lick – Trevor Nelson, his voice, the sofa. And the music of course.

That’s what they used to do on MTV, play music videos, lots of them. They still do, don’t they? (on the extra channels I think like MTV2, MTV Dance, MTV Base)

Trevor Nelson, we salute you, then he got rid of the sofa and I started losing interest. I moved to the UK and his British accent wasn’t that special anymore.

I listened to him on the BBC 1xtra Breakfast Show but now he is only one good DJ among many other. Thanks CJ Beatz for bringing back some Old Skool on Sunday.

Amour and The Lick have both had a big impact in defining my taste for music and what I listen to today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhhrNcmV2uo

Another video often played on Amour and so great it had to be added to this post.

RIP Lynden David Hall and Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes.

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Aaliyah, Adele, Alicia, Amy, Angie, Aretha…

November 3, 2010

The top of my iPod artist list – great singers, great divas and their names all begin with the letter ‘A’. Hmm…

Aaliyah, Adele, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Angie Stone and Aretha Franklin.

I really enjoy listening to all of them. Such great voices. Great talents. A lot of greats. Great A:s.

Here’s a single from each one of them. It wasn’t easy to pick. And, yes, they’re on my iPod.

Aaliyah ft. Missy Elliott and Timbaland – Hot Like Fire
(One In A Million)

Adele – Cold Shoulder
(19)

Alicia Keys -Superwoman
(As I Am)

Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
(Back To Black)

Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You
(Life Goes On)

Aretha Franklin – Respect
(I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You)

Kelly Rowland – Commander

September 30, 2010

It really took me by surprise. That this song that I’ve heard on the radio is by Kelly Rowland. It doesn’t sound like her, not at all. She’s soul, not pop.

The song is all right, it’s ok. Very euro-pop, euro-trash even, maybe. But David Guetta is French so maybe that’s why. When Love Takes Over was better.

I just saw the video to Commander and I had no idea that Kelly Rowland’s new song sounded like or that she had fallen under the peer pressure of dressing in latex and knickers.

Cher Lloyd got Swagger

September 11, 2010

I heard it on the radio and thought this is really good. Really good and so different to be on the X Factor.

It was Cher Lloyd singing the Keri Hilson version of Soulja Boy’s  Turn My Swag On. I had to put a face to the voice so here it is:

Admittedly, I did think she was black because of the genre of the song, stereotypically thinking.

However, I think Cher was great. A lot of attitude and good stage presence at the young age of 16. And her face, if they’re looking for something different, there they have it.

I haven’t watched any other auditions, I do miss the show, knowing what to do on a Saturday night. But from what I’ve heard it hasn’t been that good and last year wasn’t great either. It would be fun if Cher wins but I doubt it since she is so young.

She appeared on This Morning for a short interview. She was very mature, not annoying or giggly, nothing like Stacey Solomon from last year. She already has some sense of style even though it needs working on. Don’t think the Amy Winehouse hair will take her far.

When asked who she’d like to perform with she said Nicki Minaj. Just watch the presenters’ clueless reaction. Now, think what that would be like, the two together, Nicki and Cher, pulling faces, probably wearing some flamboyant outfits.

If Cher gets to the final three, I’d like to see that happen. Simon Cowell should have the contacts.

Get Funky UK style

August 31, 2010

This will be completely dedicated to UK Funky House and some of my favourite tunes. Great music to put you in the party mood, fantastic to dance to and to keep you awake whilst driving.

Crazy Cousinz – Bongo Jam

Don’t really know who sings this but it’s remixed by Crazy Cousinz who are big in the UK funky house scene. Her name might be Calista but I’m not sure. Love it and it makes me want to get my bongos out and play them in the morning to wake up the neighbourhood. Not that I have any bongos, but if I did…

Kyla – Do You Mind

It’s sweet and it’s very sexy in an innocent kind of way and it’s so perfect in the club. Very flirty, flirty lyrics and obviously why it’s so great in the club.

Meleka – Go

Another club banger and another Crazy Cousinz production. Complete opposite lyrics to Kyla’s Do You Mind. A little bit harder and not flirty at all. Girl hate on boy story.

Egypt – In the Morning

Absolutely loved this tune when it came out and I still like it but I did not imagine that the girl behind the voice looked the way she does. Her nose is kind of big and that’s what I think about now when I hear the song. I shouldn’t have seen the video.

Done’o and Princess Nyah have also dropped a few hits but there are many one-hit-wonders in this genre such as Gracious K who got clubs to put their hands on their heads and do the Migraine Skank and K.I.G. with Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Great place to listen to Funky House online is BBC Radio 1xtra. Great station to listen to hip hop, r’n’b, dancehall and probably d’n’b if you like that. Often it’s been where I heard many tunes first, depending on the show and the DJ. They also play some old classics so it’s not all new and not always that mainstream.

Hip Hop @ Malmöfestivalen

August 27, 2010

I ended up at another free festival. This time, Malmöfestivalen in Malmö, in the south of Sweden.

Last night I got to enjoy some hip hop with local rapper Chords and then Grieves with Budo from the US. That’s what’s great about festivals, you get to listen to music you wouldn’t normally do.

I quite liked both. Chords with his reggae influenced sound had a good vibe but I only got to see about 15 minutes of the end of his gig.

Grieves was a pleasure to see for his energetic one-man show and his down-to-earth attitude. His friend Budo was very impressive, playing the trumpet, keyboards and guitar.

Here’s a little taste for you:

Chords – Luckiest Man Alive

Grieves & Budo – Cloud Man

Visit Chords’ site for more of him and Grieves with Budo on MySpace.

Lisa Nilsson @ Kulturfestivalen

August 11, 2010

Lisa Nilsson 10 Aug 2010

At the beginning of summer I was desperate to go to a festival and with no money to buy tickets I signed up for a bunch of draws and competitions. I didn’t win any.

But luck has come my way anyway. Summer is full of festivals and some of them are actually free. Stockholm’s Kulturfestival started yesterday and it ends on Sunday.

The names of the acts may not be the most famous in the world but it gives life to the city. People can come and go as they want. Last night, I saw Lisa Nilsson. One of my favourite Swedish singers. Yeah, it’s her and Robyn, see previous post.

It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Very soulful, very mature, very professional. The 39-year-old singer chose to dress her age (or older) in a knee-covering long-sleeve floaty dress. Quite impressive considering there are so many leggings and pants on stage these days.

And the singing? Great. Music is always better live. Actually, not always but this time it was. Credit to the band too. The trumpet player, especially, he just went on and on and on.

It started a bit slow, with slower songs to end on a more upbeat tone and more well-known songs. A bit of nostalgia for me who grew up in Sweden in the 90s to hear songs like Himlen Runt Hörnet, Vad Du Ser Är Vad Du Får and Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig.

It was also funny to hear about her escape to Rio de Janeiro to avoid the cold February blues in Sweden. How her bikini gradually minimised to the famous dental floss bottoms and where the men don’t care about tits and it’s all about bums.

Yes, it’s true. I could really relate to it having spent February in Brazil this year. And March, and April.

See Lisa Nilsson perform Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig at Swedish morning news show earlier this year:

Robyn Is Here

August 2, 2010

Robyn Is Here was the first album I ever bought. I was 12 years old. Robyn was a bit of a role model. She still is.

It was released 1995. Robyn was only 16, so young yet so brave. I remember the songs You’ve Got That Something and Do You Really Want Me (Show Me Respect).

Media thought at the time that she was a bit too young to sing about those kind of things but, hey, teens have feelings too.

She has come a long way since those days, four albums, her own record label Konichiwa Records, supporting act for Madonna.

Her single Keep This Fire Burning was covered by UK singer Beverly Knight – something I have told many of my UK friends. She has been on David Letterman and just finished the All Hearts tour, with Kelis, across the US. Yes, she even made it in the US.

Lately, she has been working a lot – A LOT – releasing three full-length albums this year. Body Talk pt1, Body Talk pt2 and Speak Your Body: Body Talk pt3. Recording whilst touring.

Here is her new video and first single to be released from Body Talk pt2. It looks a bit like a commercial. The song is good, it’s pop, it’s Robyn. I like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83vhhEQIRy0

Robyn explains Hang With Me (from own website):
“Pop should be seductive and sweet when it can. And I felt like I could be on Hang with me, in a uncompromising way. It´s like a sweet and sour bon-bon wrapped in melancholy. Yum.”

And here is Robyn’s last video too, Dancing On My Own, since I really like the song and every time I turn on the radio here in Sweden, it comes on. Think most girls feel like that at some point.

You’ve Got The Love

July 20, 2010

Love!Love!Love! So sweet! So relaxing!

Of all the remixes I’ve heard of You’ve Got The Love by Florence and The Machine, this one is the best.

I liked the original but this one, I love.

The original came out about a year ago, probably more, and radio played it non-stop a lot. Different remixes followed and a collaboration with Dizziee Rascal performed at the BRITS and Glastonbury 2010.

For my electro heart  I got this 😀

Thank you DDOA for intoducing it to me.

Billionaire

July 13, 2010

My summer tune of 2010?! I saw this on one of those music channels a sleepless night a while back and it caught my attention. First, it was the lyrics “I want to be a Billionaire so f***ing bad”. Second, it was Bruno Mars’s sweet harmonic voice and cute face. Third, Travie McCoy’s eccentric looks.

It made me smile, it made me laugh. It’s a ‘feel good’ tune. And the video goes with it. California summer. It makes me want to be there, sitting on the edge of the skate-board ramp.

The acoustic version, better? It’s brilliant, a proof of real talent, no gimmicks.

And the acoustic version