Saturday, January 31, 2009

Single Reviews 02/02/09

As is the case with the tiniest hint of extreme conditions in the UK, we’ve decided to hole ourselves up in the Sloppy Dog bunker with a year’s supply of tinned food, more duvets than we know what to do with, and a refusal to set foot outside lest we be gored by a woolly mammoth. So make yourself comfortable – cos you’re probably not going anywhere anytime soon – and enjoy the Single Reviews...

The parade kicks off with Arts & Crafts, another fine effort from Red Light Company, who seem to grab our attention just a little bit more with each release. Grand riffs and robust vocals successfully add to inspired melodies, acting as a further viral advertisement for what promises to be a particularly exciting debut album. Now hurry up and release the sodding thing.

We heart Alesha Dixon round these parts, so it’ll come as little surprise to learn she’s nabbed Single of the Week. It’s a relief to know the novelty hogwash of The Boy Does Nothing was merely a head-turner to announce her arrival – the truly exquisite Breathe Slow is classy, intelligent and fresh, and with any luck, heralds the a long and productive music career from a woman more than capable of exchanging her status as a celebrity for recognition as an artist.

We’re sick to the back teeth of anything Ronson-related, be it Mark’s tiresome twiddlage and endless parps of brass cliché, or his mule-faced sister warranting headlines for precisely nothing. Which doesn’t bode well for Daniel Merriweather and his debut solo single Change, although thankfully his impressive vocals manage to carry a largely bland song.

And finally, the award for most futile sample of the century goes to Kardinal Offishall and Keri Hilson, whose dire Number 1 violently rapes The Tide Is High, although seemingly takes its lead from the Atomic Kitten cover of the Billie Piper cover as opposed to the Blondie masterpiece. Oddly though, it’s the irksome rhymes of Kardinal Offishall and the backing track which sounds like bullfrogs mating on a kettle drum that really grates.

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