Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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.

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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

A day in the park

July 19, 2009

It’s been two weeks now since I had a great day in the park. Listening to great, and not so great music. Watching people strolling along and dancing. Best thing, my almost 60-year-old mum was with me rocking it big time. We even made our way to the front at the end surviving the pushing.

Hyde Park – Wireless 2009 – Sunday 5 July

Best: Q-Tip

Worst: Limited space in the Second Stage tent

Weather was better than expected, even a bit too hot. So no mud. Gates opened at 12, I was there for about 1. Opening act was on at 2 but naturally late by 20-30min. Not bad. Young Yeezy was great, a lot of energy. I’m not a big fan so it was good that he did Usher’s Make Love in the Club, where he raps to get the crowd going and the first MJ tribute of the day.

Had a look at the Second Stage. MPHO from South Africa. Listened to one song. I definitely will have to explore her music further because it sounded good. Even heard her on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show the day after.

Back to the Main Stage for Noisettes. Missed the big hit Don’t Upset the Rythm but they were good, good performance. It’s a band? with a leading singer? whose name is Shingai Shoniwa. She was all over the place. Her beautiful, quite short dress ripped but the show must continue and she was still all over the place. A bit too much nonsense talk.

N-Dubz. Na Na Nii. They did their job. Nothing more, nothing less. Tinchy Stryder was around but didn’t help out when they did Number 1.

Got just in time to the Second Stage to see the end of Ironik’s performance. It was banging. Chipmunk who had been on just before was standing on the side and when he entered the stage again he stole the show. And when he went to greet the first row, all eyes were on him instead of on Ironik doing Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer).

Next on the Second Stage was Kid Cudi mostly famous for Day’N’Night. His stage presence wasn’t all that great. Listened a bit to Calvin Harris in the background who was made special guest. Don’t get it. Kelly Rowland was supposed to be there and it would have been a lot better to see her. Will have to wait for another time.

Got to see a bit of Diversity doing their Britain’s got Talent winning routine. Don’t know if they should have been there and on the Main Stage?

Back to the Second Stage to see Flo Rida they weren’t letting anymore people in until someone left. What a disappointment. And there were many other upset faces. Festival organisers, didn’t they understand that big acts should be on the bigger stage. Flo Rida vs. Aleesha Dixon. I was forced to see Aleesha.

I paid to be there and shouldn’t I be able to see and enjoy the singers that I like. No. Not a big fan of Aleesha’s music. Not very unique. Needs more of a personal touch. Liked the Misteeq bit and the grimey bits she did towards the end. She should incorporate that to her own stuff. She had a lot of energy though. Great performer.

So then, two acts left. Two big ones. Q-Tip. Kanye West. Made a squeeze towards the front. It’s bad being short. But there were some grumpy moody people, mostly girls. Pushing is to be expected so just deal with it and enjoy the show.

Q-Tip was my highlight of the night. Wearing a Michael Jackson red Thriller jacket he busted some dance moves. It was good to have a bit of old school in the house. Too bad not everyone appreciated it. Some teens in front shouted ‘who are ya, who are ya?’ Very embarrassing. One youngster behind asked another ‘do you know who he is?’ ‘No, neva heard him before.’ Sad, very sad. Hope they got home and did some googling.

The sun was setting and it was getting a bit chilly. Kanye’s stage was being set up. I was impressed. Didn’t expect that. Had seen a vlog entry beforehand with shiny golden rock like panels and a podium and the panorama screen behind as I had seen last time when I saw Kanye in Bournemouth. And it was all being set up.

I’m sorry but Mr West didn’t meet my expectations. He was good, really good. But seeing him once before, he was better that time (about 1,5 years ago). Obviously, it was before Heartbreak so the mood was different.

I think I just got a little bit bored of him standing on the podium throughout most of the show. The robotic gold-painted from top-to-toe models/dancers added to the decoration. Everything worked in synergy though, music, dancers, Kanye’s perfomance, the atmosphere, even the weather. The breeze came at the right time. It was all very emotional and powerful and that’s what 808s & Heartbreak is. And dark.

I was eager to see what Mr West was going to do with it, his new audio tune music. How he was going to work it. It worked. Maybe not what I like to see on stage, as I realised, but it worked.

The End of an Era

June 25, 2009

He was with us for 50 years, almost 51. The King of Pop. Michael Jackson.

He’s passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest. I’m still in shock. Not surprised but in absolute shock.

He changed music. The music videos. The dance steps. He’s a legend and there will never be anyone like him.

May he rest in peace.

Added 26 June:

The day after and I’m still in shock. Driving, I listen to the tributes on Radio1 and the only thing they talk about in the news is about Michael Jackson. How great he was. The impact he’s had. The legacy he’s leaving behind. The scandals are also mentioned, the court case, the plastic surgeries, the lightning of the skin, his monkey friend.

Trevor Nelson mentioned Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye, who also died young. Wyclef on Twitter: “RT James Brown Dec 25 Aaliyah Aug 25 Left Eye April 25 Michael Jackson June 25. Two plus Five is Seven,Seven is the num of completion. R I P”

A tribute song has already been made. Better on the Other Side featuring Game, Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men, produced by DJ Khalil.

I recently watched Notorious, the film about Notorious BIG, Biggie Smalls, where at the end, real life footage is shown how people are celebrating his music in the streets of Brooklyn. Now, there are people celebrating worldwide. Who hasn’t tried to do a moonwalk?

Watch Michael Jackson as a little boy in this first footage of him performing. The soul in that little body is phenomenal.

Poor little boy, if he only knew what would happen to him. May he be in a better place.