Posts Tagged ‘Sabrina Starke’

Charley says ALBUM! Rochelle – You vs. Me

April 4, 2012

There’s few words that make pop fans run for the hills faster than “authentic” and “guitars”. However, you might want to stick around for Rochelle’s debut album because it is very very good indeed. Rochelle has a natural popstar edginess to her and injects attitude into a brilliantly in-your-face album.

In 2011 Rochelle became the fourth Dutch X Factor winner and released a stripped down cover of Jordin Sparks’ epic “No Air”. With coach and producer Eric van Tijn firmly by her side she set out looking for the perfect sound to build her album around. For the next year a whole bunch of demos were recorded and a whole lot of different styles were tried out. At one point she teamed up with The Partysquad for the club/R&B-tinged theme to dance movie “Body Language”.

However, as I heard people from her label say on a Sony Music Benelux event where I saw Rochelle perform, in the end she decided: “You know what? Just give me a band to rock out with”. With her musical direction finally set in stone, everything quickly fell into place. Having carefully selected songs written by, among others, the people behind Sabrina Starke, Rochelle and a bunch of musicians got into the studio. Eric van Tijn was aided on production duties by the likes of Tearce ‘Kizzo’ Keaz of ‘Silly Boy‘ fame.

The first of the resulting songs we got to hear was lead single “What A Life“. The track takes the best bits about Jessie J and scrapes off the shiny pop gloss, till all that’s left is a raw yet approachable and damn catchy tune. Upcoming follow-up single “Untouchable” was created by Emeli Sandé and is a full-on anthem. Think “My December” era Kelly Clarkson. It’s not the only epic moment on the album “You vs. Me”, with the goosebumps inducing chorus of “Talking To My Shadow” as one of many examples.

In fact, Rochelle has opted to pack the entire album with as much power as possible. The only thing that comes close to a ballad is “Mummy’s Boy“, a musical fuck you to the man in the title that sounds reminiscent of Shontelle’s “Impossible”. On other tracks, like “Chasing Fire“, Rochelle has a touch of Gossip to her, while the verses of “Little Miss Unhappy” fit right in with Gotye. In the end though, all these influences combined result in the album being 100% Rochelle and 100% amazing.

“What A Life” by Rochelle is available on Spotify and iTunes.
“You vs. Me” by Rochelle is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Charley says ALBUM! Lady Lounge

February 21, 2012

Here’s something you’ve been missing out on! Lady Lounge has the best female voices from The Netherlands record the greatest pop songs with a lounge twist. Mark den Hartog, Dorian Broekhuyse and Frank Wijn, best known for the Supperclub Lounge Albums, have taken on production duties for our favourite chill album since “Unclubbed“.

You can check out previews from the album in the embedded YouTube video below or the player on the Lady Lounge site. You can also listen to the full songs on YouTube through the links I’ve collected in this post!

Let’s have a look, shall we?

1. Do – Move Closer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_JtL06Dg4s
Who? One of my favourite Dutch popstars, Dominique Van Hulst, who took the world by storm with her Bryan Adams cover “Heaven”.
Originally by? Phyllis Nelson

2. Birgit Schuurman – Just Say Yes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX70ugmxqxs
Who? Musically the more credible alternative to her famous sister Katja Schuurman.
Originally by? Snow Patrol, although the song was at one point recorded by the amazing Nicole Scherzinger.

3. Krystl – I’m In Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5PFLOug9f0
Who? Singer/songwriter whose highest charting single is “Golden Days“.
Originally by? The lovely Norwegian by the name Maria Mena, one of my all time favourite singer/songwriters.

4. Sabrina Starke – Hedonism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbBJ-JDNpmc
Who?
The woman who made you tap your foot along to the chorus of “A Woman’s Gonna Try“.
Originally by? Skunk Anansie, although I know it best as a Sinéad Quinn b-side.

5. Belle Perez – Angel Eyes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h49TfBhph9g
Who? Belgium’s number one latina whose catchy tunes have made her a household name across the border as well.
Originally by? Wet Wet Wet

6. Pearl Jozefzoon – Crazy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdV1a-oRHQE
Who? The Voice Of Holland sensation who’s competing to represent The Netherlands at Eurovision this year. Her Wolter Kroes duet “Breken Van De Lijn” was deservedly a Dutch top 10 hit.
Originally by? Gnarls Barkley

7. Lois Lane – It’s The First Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftRJ3wOMN4s
Who?
Duo Lois Lane have reworked their 1989 top 10 hit “It’s The First Time” for the occasion. Most recently the women were seen competing on “The Winner Is…”.
Originally by? Lois Lane

Do – Move Closer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_JtL06Dg4s

8. Shary-An – Rude Boy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJDnPyGn9pc
Who?
The Voice Of Holland discovery who, with “Six Feet Under“, has her very own top 10 hit to her name.
Originally by? Rihanna

9. Twarres – Heart Of Glass
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsdKCe-ojws
Who?
When they topped the Belgian and Dutch charts with “Wêr Bisto”, a gorgeous ballad sung in the Friesland dialect, Twarres was a boy/girl duo, now just Mirjam Timmer remains.
Originally by? Blondie

10. Carolina Dijkhuizen – I Don’t Want To Talk About It
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpmHBfM7f-8
Who?
Star of the Dutch versions of musicals like The Lion King and Aida.
Originally by? Rod Stewart

11. Leonie Meijer – Message In A Bottle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFK2DlztBo
Who? 
After being on The Voice Of Holland, Leonie released a duet with her coach Jeroen Van Der Boom.
Originally by? The Police

12. Jennifer Ewbank – Imagine (Undressed Version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJv3xw06yaM
Who?
The sister of producer and songwriter John Ewbank released single “Line In A Song” from the album “London Tree” after her run on The Voice Of Holland.
Originally by? John Lennon

13. Caro Emerald – I Know That He’s Mine (Bonustrack)
Who?
Caro Emerald is included as a bonus track with a song from her internationally successful album “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor”.
Originally by? Caro Emerald

14. Trijntje Oosterhuis – Close To You (Bonustrack)
Who?
One half of Total Touch and one of the most respected singers in The Netherlands. She’ll be joining the third season of The Voice Of Holland as one of the coaches.
Originally by? Best known as sung by The Carpenters.

Lady Lounge is now available on iTunes.