Olly and his band band are back after three years with their new single If You’re Over Me and it has has upbeat feel to it, sounds quite chirpy to. I’ll be openly honest about it and say that I wasn’t overly impressed by it as I prefer his earlier work such as Desire and King Under Your Control. The performance itself wasn’t too bad as it was basically Olly singing and dancing with 5-6 backing dancers and his choice of dress was a bit intriguing. Black and yellow. As an artist he’s got a really good voice and wide vocal range and it suits his style of music. Unfortunately I won’t joining the masses to download this track anytime soon.
Also on the sofa was the entire cast of the hit Ocean’s 8 which was a laugh and minute. Seriously, it was. If they weren’t laughing they were talking, more than Graham I think.
Just been watching a rerun of Florence and The Machine with their new song Hunger and it’s brilliant. Florence Welch, the band’s front-woman has got an incredibly soothing voice which just cut right through the song and the melody, and the line ‘We all have a hunger’ is a cleverly written lyric. Florence just seems to be able to glide effortlessly around the stage whilst performing in an almost ghost-like way (or like a dalek pending on your preferred descriptions). All I can say is that as a performer she has an earthal quality whenever she performs and has a full-bodied voice. Just incredible
Just been watching former One Direction-er Liam Payne perform his single Familiar, and I have to admit even though it was ever-so-slightly addictive I couldn’t say that it did anything for me. Liam had a mixture of male and female backing dancers on-stage with him, unfortunately I felt as though they didn’t do much to make the performance any better. I admit that the slight R’N’B Latino sound did make it sound interesting but sadly I won’t be rushing to buy this from the shops or download it anytime soon, or ever. I openly admit I was never a fan of One Direction so this is to some degree bias-ness, the rest of it is that I sadly grew out of teeny pop music years ago
Just finished watching the former Scissor Sister front-man, Jake Shears sing his new single Creep City and all I’ll say is that his performance has something very Moulin Rogue about it. Creep City has a slight retro sound to it and uses a nice addition of jazz-sax and has a happy upbeat vibe about it. I could happily listen to this a few times over and not tire of it. Jake Shears in one of those guys who definitely brings new term to the meaning ‘Showman’ and has got the voice to match it. Move over Hugh Jackman, I think you’ve got a serious contender for the Greatest Showman crown.
Now I’ve only ever heard Leon Bridges a few times in passing conversation but never actually heard any material from this guy until now. What a voice!!! Seriously this man has an incredible voice which is absolutely soothing and packed with melody. Beyond is one of those songs is the perfect blend of smooth R&B and soul with a little bit of acoustic. I’ve caught a performance of his on TV a few moment ago with his band and he just oozes charisma and is hypnotic to say the least. Leon has just got a loving voice which unless you’re a fan of Soul it’d take you a while to truly appreciate. Seriously, America definitely knows how to create some great artists.
Finished watching a certain Australian pop princess on the TV, that certain pop princess was non other than Kylie Minogue. Ms Minogue was singing her new single Stop Me From Falling and I have to say that made brilliant listening pleasure and sounded completely different from anything she’s done in the past. If anyone’s ever heard much of her back catalogue of music will know of her sound, Falling had a rich gospel tone to it and had a slight upbeat folk/country-like back-beat to it as well. If anything Kylie’s not lost any of her touch, or her voice for that matter. Welcome back Ms Minogue
Just thought I’d take a moment to mention the amazing Keale Settle who I saw perform her amazing single This Is Me on TV a couple of weeks ago (yes, that long ago). It’s taken from the hit film The Greatest Showman, which I’ve yet to even see but it stars one of my favourite actors, Hugh Jackman. Anyways, her performance was fantastic to say the least and it was like watching an actual West End performance but all crammed into just a few minutes. Keale’s just got this beautiful voice which grabs your attention with very little effort and apparently she’s also in the film playing the part of the Bearded Lady, Lettie Lutz. If you ever get the chance watch it on YouTube or just watch out for her in the film. Even though this is the only song I’ve heard from her I’d happily rate her as an artist. Now is it just me or are the Americans churning out some really good artists these days?
I’ve heard this quite a bit on the radio recently, and seen the video on sky TV music channels a couple of times and my god it’s officially grown on me, BIG TIME!!! Finesse (Remix) featuring Cardi B which has also been nicknamed The 90’s Song is just fantastic listening and for anyone who grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B in the early-mid 90’s this song is a direct through back to that era. For me this might as well be my early childhood memories played back to me on the radio as it’s a complete dead-ringer for that era. The energy, fast-paced lyrics, everything, seriously it’s all there. Bruno Mars has got one of those voices that just gets your attention from the moment he opens his mouth, and I openly admit that although I’m not a huge fan of his he has done some musical gems. Cardi B has got a fast-paced, energetic voice which you probably can’t help but sing/mime to if you can keep up the pace, in many ways her vocal talents remind me of the amazing late Lisa Left-Eye Lopes. Seriously America I don’t know how you’re even doing it but you are churning out some incredible artists, please, please, please, please, please keep it up
Just heard Paloma Faith sing her new song Till I’m Done on the TV right now, and all I can say is that it was amazing, and it’s off her new album The Architect. Though I haven’t heard much off it if this single is anything to go by I’m solely tempted to buy it. Till I’m Done sounds different from anything she’s done since Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful? It’s a seamless mixture of disco, rock, soul and R&B and is sounds energetic. And always Paloma’s voice is just incredible. As a recording artist she’s one of those where it’s always 2-3 years (or more) between each album yet when you hear the new material it just makes the wait worthwhile. Also, she’s one of those who can command 100% doing very little.
Just seen and heard one of the most amazing bands to come out of Sweden since Roxette, Abba and Mans Zermalow. They’re a duo called First Aid Kit and they’ve performed their debut single, It’s a Shame, on Graham Norton and I have to say it was both abstract and contained some very soothing melodies and Klara Soderberg and Johanna Soderberg who form the duo have got the most amazing voices you’re ever going to hear. The performance itself looked like it was from a 70’s edition of TOTP, but either way it was worth watching and the song itself is one of those that you could listen to again and again. It’s a Shame is from their debut album Ruins. Also on the sofa were US actor Tom Hanks to talk about his new film with Meryl Streep and British MBA Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and GoT actress Maisie Williams. All in all some great laughs, including the time Tom Hanks farted onset with Paul Bettany