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Oct 24

Housse de Racket - Roman

Housse de Racket - Roman

Simple, fresh, youthful, effective and attractive. It’s so instant considered I had only heard a small snippet of this, after that I just had to check them out, this is so attractive. *o* All the way, all the way…

genre: electronic, house, indie rock, indie pop
rating: 4.5/5 stars



Sep 05

James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir

James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir

Instantly gained my attention and very moving. This time the repeating issue seems doesn’t really bother me, and the prettiness is still pretty there. I’m just greatly impressed and touched. What a clever use of vocal processing, it makes his vocal so affectionate, full of emotion and powerful, good job!!

genre: electronic, post-dubstep, soul, folk, indie
rating: 4/5 stars



Jul 10

Metronomy - The Bay

Metronomy - The Bay

After 2 wonderful singles, "She Wants", "The Look", this third single from them continues to be wonderful. This is sensational, infectious, and just right/ripe for this summer. I’ve made it my first summer tune for this year, and I think it definitely can be yours too. Watch that video, it’s even more convincing. B )

genre: electronic, pop
rating: 4/5 stars 



Jun 18

Album Review: Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Ok, so do I really need to talk about her? You guys are all over her, lol, yes, I have to talk about her, I talk about her music. Let me tell you why this album gets my heart. Gaga strikes the chord for me, I mean, hits the right notes that is, lol.

Marry The Night - This may sound a little bit “soft” for some, especially if you are expecting some bombastic track for opening. But it’s just right there for me, a good warm up opener for the yeah, bombastic tunes following. And for me this itself is good enough to be a single!

Born This Way - I have to admit I had doubt of it when this first came out. I mean I like its message, but musically, I thought it’s just ok, and I didn’t see it growing. Oh well, after having heard the album, this fits right in, and it did grow. I still have to say this isn’t the most stand out tune though. But then I was blown away by its remixes afterwards…

Government Hooker - This tune is way cool and crazy. A definite club banger. I can see it driving the crowd crazy. 

Judas - The “Poker Face”/”Bad Romance” of this album? I have to say I like this more! It fits in the album and stands out also, and it’s hyber catchy chorus is irresistible for me…

Americano - The “Alejandro” of this album? Well Alejandro is sweet and this is fierce. I like a little bit of “Hispanic” Gaga… lol.

Hair - This is pretty sweet, only it sounds a little bit “full” for me sometimes. The lyrics are fantastic though.

Scheiße - I was fooled and thought that was German too, lol. I was partly correct. It’s a fantastic club tune with a fucking interesting title, Gaga must love it.

Bloody Mary - Yeah, just the right timing to slow down a little bit. It’s still dance but it’s soft and smooth. I like it.

Black Jesus † Amen Fashion - Starts to revive again! It’s still a little mid-tempo (per Gaga terms), but it’s upwards. It’s grown on me a lot. I like it.

Bad Kids - Rock it. It’s pretty sweet inside though. I like her vocal here.

Fashion of His Love - There’s a vintage feel to it, and I see some Madonna here, but then Gaga is pretty much the new Madonna. Oh yeah, it’s a tribute to the late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, I see why now.

Highway Unicorn (Road To Love) - The tide is high again, it’s quite europop, an ok tune for me. Not feeling too much at the time.

Heavy Metal Lover - Oh dear love it. Don’t be fooled by the title, it’s funny, the song is so not rock but a cute cute electropop/ dance/ europop number. Instantly one of my favourites.

Electric Chapel - Lol, Gaga is fooling us again, well not wholely, but just like the opposite of the previous track, this one has a pretty rock feel to it though it’s named “electric”. It’s still a dance song though. It’s epic, an instant love again. Gaga sounds exceptionally cute here. HML and EC are like a pair of opposites for me, funny.

The Queen - Lol, Gaga surely needs a song like this, she’s one of the new queens of pop! Only it sounds not that big as I wound expect it to be for a song titled this. It’s rather slowing down a bit? An ok tune for me.

Yoü and I - I don’t really know the play of words here, but I have to say I like this. It’s a different tune and sets itself from the rest of the album - a rock song,  and interestingly something I would consider a ballad for the album? Finally we can lay down and talk about emotions? Well only it’s a rock one and pretty rock! Lol… 

The Edge Of Glory - The grand ending song. I felt in love when I first heard it as a single. And it fits into the album here very well. It serves really well as an ending song for the album and good for standalone listen too. It’s just good, good good good…

If you’re gonna get the album, I suggest you getting the special edition ‘cause the remixes are very good. I mean outstanding.

Born This Way (Country Road Version) - A decent country rock take of the song. It actually makes the song even more likable. Maybe Gaga can use this version as the single? Well that may scare the fans away though, lol.

Judas (DJ White Shadow Remix) - A minimal take on the original. Mild and enjoyable, I like it.

Marry The Night (Zedd Remix) - A decent remix though it’s quite similar to the original. It also has a chilling feel to it. A typical club banger. I imagine lots of people dancing to this.

Scheiße” (DJ White Shadow Mugler) - A crazy long take of the original, very europop. I imagine Gaga performs it and dancing crazily along this.

Fashion of His Love” (Fernando Garibay Remix) - A ok more dance and light remix to the original, I don’t see too much difference from the original though. It’s, em, okay.

Born This Way (Jost & Naaf Remix) - This is crazy. This is HUGE. This is like making the original 200% better. This is like a perfect ending to this era. Starting with BTW the original and ends with BTW the perfect mix. You should get this, I’m dancing crazily to it!!

I pretty much like the whole album. I can see Gaga opting for a more rock direction this time around, and mix this element well to her pop/ dance root, I like it. Actually one of the strong points of this album is that all the tracks mix and match so well together, it flows so good, yet many of them stand out alone as well, many have single potential. They fit in and stand out both at the same time, plus they sound organic and not forced. But then, due to Gaga music’s nature, I’m afraid I still may get tired of these tunes pretty quickly. Sometimes I wish Gaga can do something a little bit more low profile so maybe the materials can last longer. But then (again, lol) I think, “over the top”, that is Lady Gaga, she’s born that way, and I should better be okay with it. Yeh alright, I’m okay. :) All in all, in general, Gaga has done a beautiful job here. Big thumbs up~!! ;)

Album: Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Label: Streamline/Interscope/Universal
Recommended: Marry The Night, Judas, Bloody Mary, Heavy Metal Lover, Electric Chapel, Yoü and I, The Edge Of Glory, Born This Way (Jost & Naaf Remix)

genre:  pop, dance, electronic, rock
rating: 4/5 stars



Singles up to date:
- Born This Way
- Judas
- Edge Of Glory
- Hair




May 19

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

This is just another of their songs, but I love it anyway, I just love, period. And, surely, he loves hats…

genre: alternative rock, electronic
rating: 4/5 stars



Feb 05

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

This is a strong track. It is slightly haunting, and very catchy. Everything is deep to the core and beautiful. There maybe shortcomings in his song writing skill, but there’s this something, that grabs me so much. I don’t really care what it is, maybe it’s the core thing, I just let it swirl into my heart and let it stay for however long it wants. Feels incredible.

genre: dubstep, minimal, ambient, electronic
rating: 4/5 stars



Jan 24

Jamie Woon - Night Air

Jamie Woon - Night Air

This song has grown so much on me! I love that it’s so atmospheric and beautiful. Just like the song title, yes, it’s dark, but it’s breezy, gives out a weirdly pleasant feeling, his singing voice doesn’t even suggest that, but it has this feel. This is very elegantly done.

genre: dubstep, ambient, electronic, electronica, soul

rating: 4/5 stars



Jan 24

Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers

Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers

I’ve been enjoying “Get Some” quite a lot, and this follow up single get the same love from me if not more. I thought they were just some average indie songs, but I ended up loving them more than expected. I guess it’s because they are well crafted, nicely done and are real growers.

genre: indie, indie pop, indie rock, electronic, alternative
rating: 4/5 stars



Jan 11

Kerli - Army of Love

Kerli - Army of Love

I’ve liked her “Tea Party” before. Her gothy dance pop image and music is, em, quite interesting, and something to be lured… for a while, lol. And it seems she continues this scary-cute style in this new single and video. The whole song is catchy with some very infectious lines. I seem can’t get enough of it at the moment, I don’t know how long it will last though. Let’s just indulge ourselves in this unique cute glamourous pop musical pleasure for a while.

genre: pop, electronic, dance
rating: 4/5 stars



Jul 31

Mizz Nina feat. Colby O’Donis - What You Waiting For

Mizz Nina feat. Colby O’Donis - What You Waiting For

I think they get it there, this got me so excited! It’s all dancy, it’s all fun, they surely know how to party! Wanna be cheered up? Listen to this, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, well at least it has this effect on me. It will get you dance a little bit, at minimum, try it!!

genre: dance, pop, electronic
rating: 4/5 stars