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Dec 31

Revisited: Beth Orton: Stars All Seem To Weep

Beth Orton - Stars All Seem To Weep (1999)

When I’m so f*cking sad, sometimes I think of this very neat sad song. I wish I can sleep underneath the stars, like I did when I was a child. 

rating: 4.5/5 stars
genre: electronica, folk, rock

 

Nov 24

Special - Quiet Moments

There’s this voice saying - calm down calm down… Here’s a collection of 7 calm down songs.

Maria Mena - This Too Shall Pass, Homeless

Gorgeous ballads. “This Too Shall Pass” is bright and little uplifting while “Homless” is down right heartfelt, good song before dream, amazing vocals too.

genre: pop, folk, contemporary 
rating: 4/5 stars (both)




James Vincent McMorrow - We Don’t EatHigher Love

Haunting and beautiful. Something just swirl into your heart - chilly but pretty. Coincidentally, just like Maria, ”We Don’t Eat” is on the brighter side, with higher spirit while the cover song “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood) is cold yet emotional and touching, and only left you craving for more.

genre: folk, acoustic 
rating: 4/5 stars (both)



Lana Del Rey - Video Games

This is massive. Would you expect something this beautiful from a song titled “Video Games”? lol… Amazing vocal, beautiful melody suitably matched with a bare/minimum/subtle arrangement. Watch out for this girl, she’s gonna be big. Song of the year contender. 

genre: indie pop
rating: 4.5/5 stars




Charlene Soraia - Wherever You Will Go

Um… slightly cheesy, but I have a soft spot for this, nice cover (The Calling). Lovely voice with slight vulnerability, not bad at all.

genre: pop
rating: 3.5/5 stars

 


Rebecca Ferguson - Nothing’s Real But Love 

Soulful pop, simple and heart warming, heartfelt. The focus is on the vocal and nothing else is important. 

genre: soul, pop, blues
rating: 3.5/5 stars



Oct 24

Special - Rap Special

Rap isn’t my thing, but even so, I find these 2 interesting and addictive:

Nas - Nasty

Compare to chart topping mega heavy beat with super catchy, sugary hook lines hip-hops, I find myself preferring this old school, simple, straight forwards style. It has its special charm if they know how to put it. I have to say the beat is very addictive. And I like the video too.

genre: rap, east coast hip hop
rating: 4/5 stars 

The Ting Tings - Hang It Up

They are back! I always like a bit of their fun pop/indie pop style. I think this isn’t strictly rap but I like this chant-rapping style. This is really like their hit “Shut Up and Let Me Go” though, but also offerring something new. Fun poppy + colorful +chant rapping = highly fun and attractive for us. :D

genre: indie pop, dance-punk, rap, hip hop
rating: 4/5 stars 

 

Oct 24

Lights - Siberia

Lights - Siberia

Girl minimal synthpop stuff, great fun stuff. The effects feel a little bit teasing too. Interesting, innocent in her very own way, good work.

genre: synthpop, new wave, dubstep, indie pop
rating: 4/5 stars

 

Sep 28

Revisited: Chet Lam (林一峰) - The Best Is Yet To Come

Chet Lam (林一峰) - The Best Is Yet To Come (2003)

Similarly this calms you down. Good acoustic Canto-pop number. I think my heart always has a place for this little song, it’s always there even if I’m not huming to it or has it in my head. And he’s really likable.

genre: canto-pop, pop, acoustic, city-folk, folk
rating: 4/5 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



Sep 05

Special: Similar & Different - Olly Murs, Will Young

They both return, they have something in common and they have something different from.

Similarity: I think I had once mistaken an Olly Murs song as a new Will Young song or was it the other way round? I mean the vocals, I think many agree, they’re quite similar, at least on the surface. And they are both from tv singing competitions, one winner (Pop Idol), and one runner-up (X-factor). Difference: While they both sing pop music, their styles are different. Olly Murs music often reminds me of summer while Will Young music sometimes reminds me of autumn. This time, Olly continues and intensifies his cheeky reggae pop with some hip hop elements, while Will is taking his adult soul pop to a light dance direction:

Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips A Beat

I don’t know but Olly Murs music is playing magic on me, I think I have played his debut album an incredible amount of times. And this new single once again gained my attention immediately. It’s so catchy and yes, official forth summer tune this year. He gained one last year, scored another this year, will he continue next year?

genre: pop, reggae-fusion, hip hop, soul
rating: 4/5 stars

Will Young - Jealously, The Way I See

He’s on fire and jealous, these could be good signs ‘cos these two new songs are superb. I was very impressed with “History”, his collaboration with Groove Armanda. And I’ve always like to hear him in dance beats. And he’s finally doing it, I couldn’t be more excited. However, the dance direction taken on “Jealously” is light and is not instantly catchy, but a grower, give it some time and you can really start to get into the mood and groove. The dance feel on bonus track “The Way I See” is much more heavier and could be probably considered a dance-floor banger. I really like the arrangements here, it’s wonderful and delightful. 

genre: dance-pop
rating: J: 4/5 stars; TWIS: 4/5 stars

 


Aug 21

Foster The People - Call It What You Want

Foster The People - Call It What You Want

This is feel good music at its best. My second official 2011 summer tunes (first one here). Just dance around people, it’s pure pleasure, it all comes naturally, it flows super good, it’s organic, it’s earth-friendly…(!!) lol.

genre: indie pop, indie dance, indie electronic, neo-psychdelia 
rating: 4/5 stars

 

Jun 18

Revisited: Faye Wong (王菲) - Ngum Yoong (暗湧)

Faye Wong (王菲) - Ngum Yoong (暗湧)(1997)

Undercurrents… oh yeah, I do miss my Asian diva Faye Wong, I wish she can come back and record a whole new album. Meanwhile, I’m being nostalgic and revisit this wonderful song back from 1997. It’s evergreen. Even for today, it still sounds fresh and fabulous and touches my heart. Oh yeah, I suddenly realise I do miss her a lot, a whole lot. 

genre: pop, cantopop
rating: 4/5 stars



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