Posts Tagged ‘Maurice Engelen’

Charley says VIDEO! Alice Avery – Oops Baby

February 28, 2012

Alice Avery may have missed out on a spot in the Belgian X Factor 2008 live shows, but was signed to coach Maurice Engelen’s label SonicAngel regardless. In 2011 she released her first single “U Make My Heart Beat” and now, over a year later, we finally get treated to single number two.

I was hoping she’d stick to the pop/rock with overprocessed vocals style of her debut, so at first I was a bit disappointed to hear she’d hopped onto the retro sound bandwagon of Bruno Mars and Eliza Doolittle. That is until we got to the undeniably catchy chorus!

Not unsimilar to Natalia’s revenge anthem “On The Radio” (“Don’t worry about your paintings, don’t think of your tv, they’ve found a better place now, I’m thinking: charity”) Alice’s new offering has a wronged lover take matters into her own hands…

“Ooh baby, oops, I think I dropped your iPhone,
accidentally broke your XBox
and I think I lost your keys on my way home…”

 I’ve basically had this on repeat all morning.

“Oops Baby” by Alice Avery is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Charley says LIST! Meanwhile At SonicAngel…

June 9, 2011

The people at SonicAngel have been busy!

Axeela finally released her second single with Maurice Engelen’s record label.

Back in May of last year Axeela got herself noticed at Tom Dice’s album launch and a couple of months later the Junior Eurovision alum had her very own single out. I got a chance to talk to her then about ‘What Do You Want From Me?‘, what the future has in store for this young popstar and how Christina isn’t copying Gaga.

The best thing about ‘Hump Hump’, Axeela’s new song, is having the anthemic chorus blast out of your speakers. In it she tells us: “I’m a saint and a sinner, a virgin and a stripper, dangerous like the Jack Ripper…” That about covers it all, no?

Right before that first chorus Axeela tells us “Let me introduce myself” and to have as many people possible hear her introduction, ‘Hump Hump’ can not only be heard on www.axeela.com, it’s available as a free legal download there as well!

From one child star on to another. If you’ve seen the excellent JESC documentary ‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ you may be familiar with Bab. She may have missed out on going to the 2007 international final in Rotterdam, but her ‘Laat Mij Gerust‘ became a tween favourite. A couple of singles followed and eventually an album was given away with a magazine. It’s a shame more people didn’t get to hear it as second single ‘Zo Is Er Maar Één‘ was far from the only rockin’ pop tune on there.

Having outgrown the tween rock, Bab is now signed to SonicAngel and has settled herself nicely into the singer/songwriter niche.

Bab – Wounds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgI3rASyiL8 

Wounds‘ is her first single through her new label and her first in English. I’m in two minds about this one. On the one hand it’s a gorgeous laid back track, but it doesn’t scream ‘big comeback single’ to me. And why is it called ‘Wounds‘? That title doesn’t really trigger any specific bit of the song when thinking of it. I guess I just expected a little more instant-ness.

That being said, I’m curious to hear what else Bab and SonicAngel come up with together!

Continuing our theme of talent show acts, I’ve been meaning for ages to write an update on Simon Sins.

Since we last talked about the Wannasing? winner he got signed, but has already left the SonicAngel family again. Let’s hope we somehow get to hear some new music from him soon anyway!

In Simon’s place have come  a whole bunch of new signings, including Rodwan Belkaïd and Koko Moon (aka Karim Lequenne). Between the addition of these two and already having Tom Dice, Alice Avery and Mathieu & Guillaume on their roster, it would seem that SonicAngel have nearly every X Factor 2008 contestant signed up!

There’s one more popstar you should already be familiar with that has reinvented herself and is trying her luck through this label, but I’ll be giving her a special post of her own. Be sure to watch out for that sometime soon on Charley says POP!

Right, that about concludes this update on SonicAngel.

I’ll be leaving you with the very first Airis video. Laura Van Den Bruel, as she’s known in everyday life, sang her way to a record contract in teen magazine Joepie’s Talent Booth competition. Her YouTube rendition of Celine Dion’ ‘I’m Alive’ won her the chance to record ‘Wonderful‘, the song that should make her Belgium’s very own Taylor Swift.

Enjoy!

See also: Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
See also: Charley says INTERVIEW! Axeela
See also: Charley says ARTIST! Simon Sinnaeve

Charley says ARTIST! Lords Of Acid

September 17, 2010

A month ago I was watching the ‘Sucker Punch‘ trailer and noticed a familiar song being used.

Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning were kicking ass to the 1994 Lords Of Acid single ‘The Crablouse‘!

I never got round to mentioning this on Charley says POP!, but I was just watching ‘De Vrijdagshow’, an entertainment news program, and apparently this is still considered ‘news’, so here I am posting about it anyway.

Lords Of Acid is a music project by Maurice Engelen. Maurice is also the man behind Praga Khan and late 90’s / early 00’s record label Antler Subway. Most recently he was an X Factor judge, co-founded the new label Sonic Angel and mentored Eurovision 2010 revelation Tom Dice.

In 1988 Lords Of Acid had their first hit with ‘I Sit On Acid‘, which would be ripped off years later on The Chemical Brother’s ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl‘. They went on to release four studio albums and were touring the States as recently as this year.

What with being born the year they broke through, I only got to known about this band around the time former ‘Wheel Of Fortune’-girl Deborah Ostrega was their lead singer.

In 2003 they released ‘Private Parts‘, an album which served as a collection of new songs and their greatest hits rerecorded with Deborah’s vocals.

It also includes the controversial video to ‘Gimme Gimme‘, which made a lasting impression to say the least!

Charley says WEEK! 2010.19

May 16, 2010

Move over, Jasper Erkens and Freaky Age. Here’s Breathe The Sound! Above is lead singer Simon Nuytten. Below is their song ‘Dance‘. Over here is a live cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror‘. And this is the band’s MySpace profile. This isn’t usually my kind of music, but I find myself liking this quite a bit.

Charley says ARTIST! Tom Dice
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Charley says COVER ART! Monrose – Like A Lady
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Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel
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Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
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Charley says VIDEO! Lio – Le Banana Split
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Charley says LIST! 3 Unlikely Yet Rather Amazing Samples
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Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates
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Charley says ARTIST! Axeela

May 14, 2010

I am super excited about this!

Meet Axeela, a Flemish girl born as Axelle Aerts who will be releasing ‘What Do You Want From Me (Bitch)‘ through Sonic Angel.

This label, set up by Lords Of Acid mastermind Maurice Engelen, must be the most exciting new record company in Flanders. Not content with just letting talent show discoveries go to waste, the X Factor judge signed finalist Tom Dice as his first artist and made a success out of him.

Axelle isn’t a stranger to television either. Back in 2006 she participated in Eurosong For Kids as part of Lizz@xy. Their pop tune ‘Ik Doe Wat Ik Wil‘ lost out to Thor’s ‘Een Tocht Door Het Donker‘, but came a respectable third in the final.


Lizz@xy – Ik Doe Wat Ik Wil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxCbHSVFnr8

A couple of years later Axelle popped back onto the radar when Idool 2003 diva Natalia held a competition to find a support act for her Glamorous tour. She went on to win the competition and impressed the audiences with renditions of songs like Christina Aguilera’s ‘Ain’t No Other Man‘.

This renewed media exposure gave her the chance to release a single on a small label. ‘Sold In A Box‘ was a pleasant enough pop/rock song. In it Axelle tells of a guy: “He’s got charm, he’s got class, he’s got a perfect looking ass […] He’s got everything I need, but too bad he’s sold in a box”. The song even got some promo on online music show Muziektoppers, but unfortunately it didn’t chart. The cardboard boxes may look cheap, but when you see the kind of performance she manages to do on a budget, imagine how great a popstar she could be with a label properly backing her?

Axelle – Sold In A Box
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDZjBx7i54E

We’ll get to Axeela’s proper debut single in a minute, but first let’s point you to some other songs the singer’s got up around the internet. I’m assuming budget R&B tune ‘Playing Games‘ dates back to ‘Sold In A Box‘ era Axelle. The song still sounds rather demo-ish, but I do love the bleepy bits in the bridge. There’s also a short clip of ‘How We Grind‘ being recorded in the studio. I’m thinking this was done after the songs I mentioned earlier, but before her latest efforts. Finally, ‘They‘ isn’t my favourite, but the slow jam does show off Axelle’s vocals.

With all of this out of the way, let’s cut to the chase and introduce you to what will be Axeela’s first single. ‘What Do You Want From Me (Bitch)‘ is the song that got me properly excited about this project. You can check out the live performance she did at the Tom Dice album release party. The song’s got a brilliant “Aw Aw… Aw Aw…” intro and is basically a thumping pop/R&B anthem. Even the rent-a-rapper doesn’t bother me as it allows for there to be a build up to the song properly ‘going off’. A video has been shot and should be out soon, but for now the live performance below should already be enough to convince you that Axeela just might be the new best thing in Belgian pop.

Charley says ARTIST! Tom Dice

May 10, 2010

I am absolutely loving the Tom Dice album.

Before I give you guys a proper review of ‘Teardrops‘ I wanted to put together a full artist profile of the young singer who will be representing Belgium at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Me And My Guitar‘.

Back in 2008 Tom auditioned for the second season of Flemish X Factor.  He got through to the live shows where he immediately impressed with an acoustic rendition of Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’. From then on he was the one to beat and sailed through to the final.

However, in the final school teacher Dirk De Smet was the one who ended up taking the record deal home. Not that it was anything to be jealous of, Dirk only got offered a two single deal. His winner’s song ‘Walk And Don’t Look Back‘ only got to number 4 and sophomore release ‘So Little‘ didn’t even bother the Bubbling Under chart.

Since Sony was barely interested in the show’s actual winner, it seemed like there was no hope for runner-up Tom. Luckily, his X Factor coach Maurice Engelen, the man behind Lords Of Acid, stepped in, started up a new label and signed Tom as one of his first artists. The other act being Mathieu & Guillaume, two brothers who had also been X Factor finalists.


Bleeding Love (Live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W-_5Jm3jYQ

In the summer of 2009 Tom released his debut single. The aforementioned cover of ‘Bleeding Love’ would have also been his winner’s song had he won the show, so it was decided to release it after all. While Tom’s version isn’t bad, I think it’s a shame they didn’t stick with the stripped down backing music that made his X Factor performance stand out. With a little help from a couple of instore signings ‘Bleeding Love’ managed to scrape into the top 10 for a week at number 7.

We’ll get to the success of ‘Me And My Guitar‘ and Tom’s debut album ‘Teardrops‘ next time, but before I end this post there’s one more thing I’d like to tell you about.

Network vtm doesn’t seem to realise that having guest performers benefits both the show and the Flemish music industry, so it was a bit of a surprise when one week they announced that Craig David would be appearing on the show. That week’s show even got a Craig David Week theme. Yes, seriously. Rather unexpectedly Tom gave his best performance that week. He managed to turn ‘7 Days‘ into a brilliant pop/rock tune that I still revisit every now and again. Also: judge Do‘s thumbs up face in that clip.

See also: Charley says ALBUM! Tom Dice – Teardrops