Sometimes a song stops you in your tracks. You drop everything and listen. It happened to me with this song on the radio. Not only because it’s classier and smoother than your usual airplay fare, but because it was a fab retro tune sang by a gorgeous unfamiliar voice. Legend says that Burt Bacharach had a similar reaction to mine when he came across her voice, so he demanded to meet her. Her whole debut record is noteworthy, “Slow like honey, heavy with mood” as Fiona Apple would say.
Hey, the single came out *this* year. And it’s by far my favourite song on her last record. That was good. It was a whirlwind year for talented Ms Keys, with a swift engagement and marriage, various concerts and live appearances, the birth of her child and her record slow burning chart positions a year from his issue. Still waiting for that carnival inspired video with Beyoncé though.
The Feist cover that is better than Feist. Sorry Leslie, you got to admit it’s true. His version is so stripped down and sparse it takes your ears by surprise. Than it becomes emotional and addictive. His record comes out next month, be ready to grab it.
The songs of Brian Hazard/Color Theory are enthralling, with their synth pop a la Depeche Mode. I love them mostly for that spark of hope in a sea of melancholy. Dunno if that was the impression he wanted to make… (bonus: on his record there’s a cover of “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale” by A-ha)
I know the Snoop Dogg hit is from 2009, but this remix is better than the original, and it was everywhere this summer. I love me some Snoop from times to times, but the ironic Hawthorne reimagination is classy, fresh and retro at the same time. Almost another song. A better one.
With a sunny, on the road video, a laid back attitude and catchy lyrics (“When I google, I only get depressed”), this was the “Put Your Records On” of last year. It just screams: “School’s out! It’s summer!!” (Lloyd Wade sings the main hook that borrows from 1915 song “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”)
Marsha Ambrosius - Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player)
Somehow the female version of the Cee Lo song, Marsha speaks from a jaded ex-lover point of view wishing the worst to her ex, all with sharp one-liners and catchy minimalistic r’nb sound. This is the first single from the singer-songwriter (formerly of Floetry) upcoming debut album - Late Nights, Early Mornings - set for a February 2011 release date.
Cee Lo’s massive single is the defining song of 2010. It’s no exception with me. It’s cheeky but heartfelt, love the nice retro vibe and his beautiful and expressive voice. It made me smile, it made me sing, it’s probably the most infectious song since his “Crazy” of 2006.
My beloved song of last summer. I love the breezy atmosphere, the cool hints of “Long Hot Summer” by The Style Council and “I’m not in love” by 10cc and its general chillaxed mood. It’s hard to find a more hypnotic song for having a good time laying around in the sun. Beware of the sunburn.
I’m such a Jean Grae fiend that I dig out her tunes from mixtapes and various projects, as she is in a so-called ‘pause’ from music. So I found this gem, with an unknown sample (if you know, please *talk* I’ll be grateful forever). And Jean, please, put out a real record soon. Thanks.