We know that Shakira is an acquire taste for many, but we always held a special place in our musical hearts for Shakira even when her voice can get a little annoying. The latin diva has readied an English album for release and although the first single, “Can’t Remember To Forget You” with Rihanna, didn’t really rattle up the world, this second single has what it takes and it’s a ballad.
The single is a slow number with an infectious chorus and a sickening melody. It might not be a big hit as it is a slower number, but it is an astonishingly well-written number. The track is set to be released along with the self-titled album. What do you think?
Ledisi has always filled our hearts with premium soul music and she shows no signs of stopping. If this first single is an indicator, the new album will be fabulous. “I Blame You” marks Ledisi segue from sexy to sexier. The video chronicles and emancipation of sorts and the live performance that comes with it is just spectacular to see such a beautiful curvy woman reclaiming sexiness.
These days, it’s hard to make a dance track trigger an emotional response. It is unbearably harder to do so with a track that switches betweens tempos. This is why Sam Sparro’s “Fight Or Flight” from Sam Sparro’s new EP titled Quantum Physical, Volume One is our Sexy Track.
The song is a robust number laced in light-synth accompanied by a raucous melody. The lyrics, coupled with the sound, produce a lovely story that can only be told with those varying tempos. The track is filled with enough taglines to make it a hit, unfortunately radio is too bland to play something so creative yet playful at the same time. Too bad many people didn’t latch onto Sam Sparro post-”Black & Gold” because, at least to us, he has been the gift that keeps on giving.
Out of all albums we that were coming out in 2013, we never thought we’d find many amazing tunes of Katy Perry’s Prism. The album’s contents were a surprise to us, scoring the second Sexy Track on this blog with this dance number.
“Walking On Air” is the perfect dance song. It borrows heavily for mid-90s vocal house hits and lays down big vocals (for Perry) on a beautiful catwalk-worthy beat. The song is a stomper and should be a single anytime soon. Although it might not penetrate the US market as much as it does the European one (because of its no-holds-barred attitude to flamboyant dance, ie, gay music), it still worth the risk to release alongside a video, which should feature a bunch of drag queen, if you ask us. It’s a lovely track for a catchy album!
We have been watching Lulu James closely because we love her songs and the art direction in her video and overall images. However, we are used to her delivering robust dance tracks so she surprised us with this lovely little soul number titled “Sweetest Thing.”
If R&B has one single to catapult it back onto the limelight this would be it. The tracks is a mesmerizing lullaby with a strong 90s’ soul sub-sound. There are vocal cuts that make part of the melody and, along with the instrumentation, feels like an intricate structure that works by molding components that are usually hard to stick together melodically. The lyrics also compliment the sweet sound of the song, with lyrics for pure love scribbled all over it. This is one of the best songs of the year!
There are many albums we were looking forward to this year, Katy Perry’s Prism wasn’t one of them. However, we had to listen to it in order to review it and talk about it (it’s part of our job) and we grew to like it (unlike Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP).
“This Is How We Do” is a mid-tempo pop song with a light ’90s sensibility. it’s a great driving tune with lyrics that will be soundbites for year if it were released as a single. Although, it is not mainstream enough sound to be a single, it should be nonetheless. Moreover, there is a reference to the queen of queens in the lyrics of the song when she sings “Mariah Carey-oke”