Posts Tagged ‘EMI’

Charley says LIST! Soundtrack To Working From Home

September 24, 2012

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

You may have noticed how I haven’t exactly been keeping you up to date this summer. (At least I left you on a killer track though!) BUT I have a very good reason… I got my first proper real life job! At Sony Music Belgium no less! I’m having the time of my life being able to make a living out of my passion. *sound the cliché claxon* On the downside however, I have next to no time left to blog… (You can thank a total of 3,5 hours of daily commute for that) However, since I notice you guys keep coming back to delve into the Charley says POP! archives, I want to keep this blog around, even if just to post every once in a blue moon.

Like today, when a truckers’ strike shut down the country, allowing me to work from home. Why is this benefitting Charley says POP? Because not only did I get to revisit some great albums in peace while working, I actually have the time to tell you about it, not spending half of my evening stuck in traffic!

So without further ado, here’s… the soundtrack to my day working from home

Artist: Hunter Parrish
Album: Guessing Games (EP)
About: The Weeds’ actor’s debut EP is properly very good. Honestly, even without a music video to ogle Hunter delivers a brand of honest singer/songwriter-y pop/rock that’s both catchy and beautif- … HOLD THE PHONE THERE IS A MUSIC VIDEO AFTER ALL. I WAS NOT AWARE. WHY WAS I NOT AWARE?!

Artist: Frida Amundsen
Album: September Blue
About: I first heard of EMI Norway’s Frida Amundsen when she duetted on EMI Denmark’s Christopher’s album. Who in turn was featured on the most recent release by EMI Sweden’s Molly Sandén. That’s some proper EMI Scandi-crosspromotion for you! Anyway, on “Closer” Frida manages to be endearing rather than the oh-aren’t-I-kooky kind of annoying these singer-songwriters sometimes end up as being. Or if you want to take no risks whatsoever can just check out her Robyn cover “Be Mine“.

Artist: Christopher
Album: Colours
About: With “Against The Odds“, “Nothing In Common” and “Mine, Mine, Mine” Danish guitar strumming popstar Christopher has managed to release a run of singles that are increasingly undeniable music-wise and increasingly adorable video-wise. Or if you want to take no risks whatsoever you can just check out his Robyn cover “Call Your Girlfriend“.

Artist: Kreayshawn
Album: Somethin ‘Bout Kreay
About: This album is way better than it ever had any right to be. Some viral hits are better left at that, but getting the “Gucci Gucci” lady in a studio with the likes of Diplo resulted in what can only be described as a SICK album. (Yes, I’m using the word sick now) Honestly, there’s some delicious production on these tracks , some, er… interesting lyrics (“Bout to burn this fucking house down like I’m Left Eye”) and a musical ride in general that mercilessly stampedes along. And while it’s far from my favourite on the album, I’ve seen “Luv Haus” being described as Ke$ha remixed by Ladytron, so that might tickle your fancy.

 
 

Artist: Various
Album: PBR&B: The Next R&B Generation (Playlist)
About: A couple of days ago I compiled this PBR&B playlist for the Sony Music Belgium Spotify channel, but when I sent it to my co-workers I was met by a giant #no1curr. Woe is me. My evening tweaking the 20 track choices and running order to perfectly showcase how this reincarnation of R&B brilliantly incorporates elements of electronic and ïndie music hasn’t been in vain though, I listened to it twice all the way through today and I can confirm that it is VERY GOOD INDEED.

Charley says VIDEO! Bodyspasm – Twenty Radios

April 8, 2012

If you’ve been searching for a worthy follow-up to ‘Anticipate‘ by Skream ft. Sam Frank then look no more.

Bodyspasm are Belgian brothers Pieter and Sebastiaan Steeno. Their Facebook page describes them as an electronic boyband and while their music is certainly electronic, don’t expect them to tell you what makes you beautiful or how they’re glad you came.

Their official debut single ‘Twenty Radios‘ is a full-on escapist rave anthem with beats that only get even fatter and dirtier as the song progresses. With an awesome video to match and the involvement of Shameboy‘s Luuk Cox in the track, this seems like a surefire winner to me.

‘Twenty Radios’ by Bodyspasm is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Charley says VIDEO! Mandy Capristo – The Way I Like It

April 6, 2012

When I first got into Monrose, the German girl trio were just about to launch their ‘I Am‘ album. Little did I know that all this time I had been missing out on ‘Strictly Physical‘. ‘Strictly Physical‘ was the group’s second album and contained the epic ‘Hot Summer‘ which went on to be covered by artists from Australia to Korea, it had fingerlickingly delicious electropop in the form of ‘Dangerous‘, heartbreaking ballads like ‘What You Don’t Know‘, the Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone‘ sampling ‘Just Like That‘, the self-referencing and attitude-drenched ‘Monrose Theme‘… Basically, it was one of the greatest girl group albums the world would ever be treated to.

When late 2010 Mandy, Senna and Bahar announced they were going to part ways, it was a sad, sad day for pop fans around the globe. Now, finally, we have something to fill that Monrose shaped void in our lives. Mandy Capristo, who at just 22 has been on the pop scene for 6 years now, has just unleashed her very first solo video onto the internet. ‘The Way I Like It‘ is a slow burning electropop tune that still manages to pack a mean punch. The video contrasts an abandoned setting to Mandy’s stunning gorgeousness. Yes, perhaps I’m getting a bit hyperbolic about this, but if ‘The Way I Like It‘ is an indication of what her upcoming album ‘Grace’ is going to offer then sign me up!

‘The Way I Like It’ by Mandy Capristo is available on Spotify and iTunes.
‘Grace’ by Mandy Capristo is released April 27th 2012.
‘Strictly Physical’ by Monrose is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Charley says SONG! Eva Simons – I Don’t Like You

March 21, 2012

She’s back!

Eva Simons has unleashed her new single “I Don’t Like You“, which is set to follow in the successful footsteps of her Afrojack collaboration “Take Over Control“. Behind this club banger are the capable hands of Zedd, German producer Anton Zaslavski whose Lady Gaga remix was featured on the Deluxe Edition of “Born This Way”.

Eva Simons first popped onto the music scene in 2004 when she was a contestant on Popstars: The Rivals in The Netherlands. She was voted into girlgroup Raffish who went on to release one album and three singles before disbanding.

Eva started working on music of her own and then finally in 2009 she stepped into the spotlight again. First as the resident singer on Dutch Dancing With The Stars, then as a popstar in her own right.

Her debut single “Silly Boy” leaked as a rumoured Rihanna & Lady Gaga duet. By the time it became clear that Eva was behind the track, it had picked up so much steam that she was signed to EMI for an international release.

Despite recording a truckload of tracks which (as we learned from the leaks) were all kinds of awesome, the project stalled and Eva parted ways with her label.

Now, one of the most promising popstars of The Netherlands has finally returned, with a brand new deal with Interscope to her name.

If “I Don’t Like You” is anything to go by, those years of waiting won’t have been in vain!

“I Don’t Like You” by Eva Simons will be available online as of March 26th.
The HalfStyle remix of “I Don’t Like You” by Eva Simons is available on Soundcloud.