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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last year the Sugababes had an amazing single out called "Freedom." While the song was fab, the promotion was a mess. You can read about what happened to it in my blog entry from last December as "Freedom" was my #7 song of 2011.

However, in profiling "Freedom" last summer. I did a brief history of the lineup changes the Sugababes have had. You might want to read that here before reading any further.

Well, the original members of the Sugababes have reunited. 


Keisha, Siobhan & Mutya — Original Sugababes: 1998-2001

However, they don't have the rights to use the name Sugababes because Siobhan and Mutya quit the group and Keisha was forced out in 2009. That leaves the name of Sugababes with Heidi and Amelle. And they have since added Jade to the group. The current Sugababes are on hiatus as Amelle prepares for her solo album this fall. Expect the current Sugababes to return in 2013.

Until then, the original members are back together and they are calling themselves by their first names: Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan in 2012

A lot of fans are very excited for this reunion. I must admit, I am curious to hear them. Since Siobhan was only on the first album, and I crazy about first album (I liked all of the singles, especially "Soul Sound." However, the album remains my least favourite album by the group), I'm not sure what to expect from the three of them back together. I liked some of Siobhan's solo singles, especially 2007's "Don't Give It Up."

As for Mutya, I like her voice. I didn't really care for her solo album. I liked a few of her songs, the favourite of mine being her collaboration with Groove Armada in 2007 with "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)." 

As for Keisha, I always liked her and I was very sad to see her leave the group. I am interested in the new material from Mutya Keisha Siobhan. 

Check out their website ...


Monday, July 23, 2012

Pet Shop Boys Winner

LOVE,  Love, love the Pet Shop Boys!


And they are out with a new song called "Winner." I actually downloaded it from iTunes a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to wait to write about it here until the video came out.




At first listen, I liked the song. It didn't have me jumping up and down wanting to hear it again, but I did like it. It's a mid-tempo uplifting song that is quite nice. It definitely comes at the right time as the summer Olympic Games are about to start in the UK.


However, today the video dropped and it is about a Trans Rollergirl fitting in with London Rollergirl's team. It's very uplifting and reminder to us all that love is all around. Watching the video made me like the song a bit more. I'm hoping for some bouncy remixes!


Check it out ...




"Winner" by the Pet Shop Boys is available on iTunes. Please support the artist.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gwenno ... Ymbelydredd

As you know, I love The PipettesWhile they are taking a break, Gwenno is releasing a new EP! Yay! 

 
Gwenno

The good news is that the single is really good. There is no bad news, but it isn't sung in English. That's right, it is sung in Welsh.

You see, the Saunders sisters (Gwenno and Ani) are from Wales. And Gwenno was already a Welsh singer before she joined The Pipettes. She had a song called "Vodya" in 2003.

The Pipettes: Ani and Gwenno

Anyhoo ... her new song is very chill ... dreamy and beautiful. I love it! And even if you don't know the words, you can just sort of make them up as you go along. I've done this before with Bananarama's song in Swahili "Aie A Mwana" and Alcazar's Swedish song "Grillvagn."

The song and EP will be available on August 6 via her label's website at www.peski.co.uk, as well as iTunes.

Enjoy the montage video. Sadly, Gwenno isn't in the video. Perhaps there will be a second video with her in it!


Ymbelydredd

Monday, July 16, 2012

Imagine Tone Damli and Eric Saade

Hello Poptastic Readers!


This one is sugary sweet! If you have been missing a female/male duet, you're going to love "Imagine" by Tone Damli and Eric Saade.






Who? If you remember correctly, we have mentioned Swedish popstar Eric Saade a couple of times on this blog with his songs "Hearts In The Air" and "Hotter Than Fire."


Tone Damli is new to me. Apparently she was the 2005 runner up in Norwegian version of Idol. She's had a string of Top 10 hits in Norway over the years.


Thankfully, the popstastic stars have aligned and these two insanely beautiful singers have come together to record this catchy tune. It is indeed a guilty pleasure. And lucky for you, the song is available on iTunes globally! Hooray!


Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Annikafiore ... Recovered!

It's been just a little over a year since Annikafiore released her debut EP "Preaching To The Choir." And that means it has been a year since I started this blog, as I quickly reviewed that EP for my first blog entry. Yay!

Annikafiore has released her latest EP called "Recovered." This EP has 10 songs — one new song mixed two different ways, and remixes of two songs from her first EP. However, this isn't your standard remix EP. This is more of exploration of how songs can be different by added new melodies and mixed-up beats. It's a poptastic voyage — one that you won't want to miss!



First off, how about that wonderful artwork by Nicolas Gérin! He also did the artwork for Annika's first EP. Both are absolutely brilliant!

The EP starts off with a glorious remake of Alcazar's hit "Crying At The Discoteque." Of course, Annikafiore was a member of Alcazar when that song was first recorded. You can read the history of Alcazar here. Annikafiore worked with producer Antti Vuorenniemi on this version of the track. He also produced and co-wrote all of the songs on her first EP. I love this track! After years of listening to the Alcazar version, it is nice to hear Annikafiore let loose and let her big voice be heard! My absolute favourite part of this song when Annikafiore hits a big note with "Let the music take you high!" Simply divine! If you are lucky enough to have seen Annikafiore live in Sweden, then you might have heard this version already. Recently, footage of Annikafiore performing this version with the Diamond Dogs drag queens has been added to YouTube, and it is brilliant!




As for the second version of "Crying At The Discoteque," Italian remixer Giuseppe Piol has taken Annikafiore's vocals and added it to music he made giving it a very beach chill vibe. Just listening to it, you can image yourself on a sunny beach with a piña colada in hand as a breeze brings along this tropical tune. Unlike Antti's version, the big high note is missing. Perhaps it didn't fit. No matter, it is fabulous! And Annikafiore performed this version at Andreas Lundstedt's surprise 40th birthday party. And halfway through the song, Andreas and Tess joined Annikafiore on stage to groove along until the end. It was the first time the original Alcazar lineup had been together in seven years. The healing power of music is wonderful.



Annikafiore's HUGE hit last year "Don't Wanna C U 2nite" appears in three versions here. I'll start off with the radio cut. Somehow this didn't get released last year when the SoundFactory mixes were released. When I found out there had been a shorter edit, I strongly encouraged Annikafiore to release it! While I love the original EP version, I always like to have single edits of songs. Somehow, I prefer pop songs under 4 minutes. Call me crazy, but I do. I'm glad it made it's way to this EP. It's nice to remember the magic of the song when we first heard it — just in a shorter form.



Piol has worked his magic again with his first remix of "Don't Wanna C U 2nite." It's very lounge disco and uplifting. Annikafiore has released a video for this version of the song that is absolutely breathtaking. The video was originally filmed by Antti last year for the single. However, the editing wasn't ready in time for the SoundFactory Remix release. Lucky for us because we got two videos! What I really like about this version of the song is when I listen to it, I feel hope as the lines repeat "We're gonna be all right." Very nice, indeed.



The last mix of "Don't Wanna C U 2nite" is Piol's piano mix. Just listening to it, you can imagine a cabaret show with Piol on the piano, a string section and Annikafiore all glammed up with feather boa and an old-fashioned microphone. This song comes at the end of the EP like it would be the last song of the cabaret club.



Next up are the mixes of "Love 2 Live." There are five mixes presented here! Three of them are by Johan Åberg. Although those three are just variations of each other as one is the club mix, another is the radio edit of the club mix, and then the last one is the instrumental version of the club mix. And a club mix it is! You can definitely feel the hi-nrg of these mixes and imagine yourself spinning around in the middle of a crowded dancefloor. No time for lollygagging ... this is fast! Spin around!



The last two mixes of "Love 2 Live" are from Piol. Again, Piol really shines with just how talented he is in capturing the right moods for Annikafiore's big vocals. First up is the funk mix. This is would fit in along perfectly alongside a Prince song. Not too fast, not too slow. Just right. It's light, playful and just feels fresh.



The next Piol mix is the Sos Remix. This is very heavy on the synthesizers and keyboards, and seems a bit more of a chill mix. It's very dreamy — space age, if you will. And it has a nice build up with the keyboards near the end.



Usually when you think of a remix album, you think the remixes are geared toward the dancefloor. And while there are definitely tracks here suited for that, Annikafiore proves there is much more she has to offer. These 10 tracks she offers up to fans to let them know how versatile her work can be.

"Recovered" was released on CDBaby.com as an exclusive because the store is extremely supportive of independent artists such as Annikafiore. It is now available on iTunes. If you feel like supporting an indie artist, you can buy from both! And give it to a friend.

This should keep fans waiting for the next EP. In the meantime, please continue to support Annikafiore by purchasing her music, promoting her to you friends, liking her official Facebook page, and visiting her official website.