Tag Archives: electronic

Katy B – Little Red

Katy B ‎– Little Red [Rinse / Columbia ‎– 88883743952]

I thought terribly inane generic dance-pop had died out by 2014, clearly not. I can’t say much about this album because there isn’t much to say about it aside from the fact that it is boring as hell to listen to. The beats and rhythms go nowhere interesting and rarely fit well with Katy’s vocals. Lyrical content is pretty boring too, songs about falling in love on the dance-floor and such and various other themes that relate to nightclub life. The album tries nothing new, and just uses a tired formula almost a year old. Sounds like the work of a solo project from one of the girls from Girls Aloud or Sugababes – poor output from Rinse.

Vengaboys – We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)

Vengaboys ‎– We Like To Party! (The Vengabus) [Positiva ‎– CDTIVS108 / 7243 8 8590 2 4]

Surprisingly I do not recall hearing this song as a child. I guess mainly because at the time of being 6 years old my listening habits were dictated by my mother who didn’t exactly indulge in electronic music. Only until much later at the age of 14 when I met my first real girlfriend’s mum did I end up exploring the wonderful world of electronic music. I do wonder what would have happened if I had never met that girl or her mum, and how it would have affected my music tastes.

Music like this, up-beat, carefree, bouncy electronic that is radio friendly, kid friendly and just plain fun – I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to create music like this again. It is just so pure, you have nothing to worry about when listening to this music. I guess many kids of the generation after me will never know, or understand this music like I do and even then my understanding and connection to this music is weak at best.

I do like this song, yes it is annoying. So annoying in fact that one of my previous bosses got it stuck in his head and would always hum the tune when the office was quiet. Knowing it annoyed me, during my holiday time he left me a few voicemails of the song. This song brings back happy memories of this harmless joke, and I think for many this song brings back happy memories too. It’s just that a happy song.

You don’t get the popular mix on this CD single that you find on many of the compilation albums of the time, instead you get an extended cut of the original song for the first track. The second is your standard hardcore house remix with thumping bass, if that is your kind of thing. The third track is a completely new take on the original song by legendary Tin Tin Out, which could stand up as a separate release on its own. But does kind of loose a bit of the silliness of the original with this heavy handed edit.

Tina Barrett – Fire (Remixes)

Tina Barrett ‎– Fire (Remixes) [Diamond Eyes Records]

This shouldn’t exist. This is another example of an artist who had previously seen immense fame in a larger group (S Club 7) trying to find the same success on their own. Most will do this the sensible way, and start this after the previous groups disbandment. Striking while the iron is hot allows the new solo artist ride the wave of the groups disbandment for air play and cost-free promotion.

The sad thing is that Tina did not get this memo, and decided to start giving a crap almost 10 years after the band went down the toilet. Why did she take this long? Maybe she wanted to quit the business, or maybe she was bitter from the split but why on earth she created this I don’t know. Its so revolting it has caused me to come all this way to write this damning review.

Like I said in my review of Rachel Stevens (another S Club member chasing a solo career) most can afford high quality musicians and songwriters to try and ignite their solo career and sadly usually fail not because the music they are making is sub-par but that it cannot compete with all of the other mediocre shit that floats atop the pop landscape.

Well Tina clearly does not have the money to spend on such luxuries, and instead has made a song with the same budget a 16-year old has when making his hot new EDM tracks on SoundCloud. Tina is trying to tap into the popular EDM-pop market that was and still is very popular in the chart at the moment, but has created a mess of a song. With strained vocals (stop going RAHHHHHHHHH), terrible mixing, strange double-tracking that doesn’t work, lame as fuck lyrics, and the most uninspired backing beat I have heard in a while all you (the listener) end up with is a headache and maybe some mild confusion as to why such a monstrosity exists. The music video that goes along with the track is also complete garbage and looks like a students first attempt at Adobe After Effects.

Tina clearly has no pride or confidence in this song as she disabled both ratings and comments on the video, knowing that the public were likely going to dismiss this song and tell her to do something more worthwhile with her time.

Anyway, I’m sure she’ll recover the £80 she lost making this track with the upcoming S Club 7 reunion tour.

BodyRockers – I Like The Way

Bodyrockers – I Like The Way [Mercury ‎– 9871115]

I like Electropop music greatly, so it would make sense that I would enjoy this record. Which I do, yes it doesn’t really break a lot of ground and draws similarities to other Electro music being released at this time. The title track is a great dance track with a great upbeat feel and extremely simple vocals. Although I have to admit the vocals on this track sound like something that would come from the creative minds of Flight Of The Conchords. The release also includes 4 remixes from big names in the industry of the time, all of which are relatively forgetful and uninspiring and do not add much to the original track or end up redacting some of its energy. A decent pick up if you enjoy the title track.