Category Archives: MUSIC

FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: BOYS BY CHARLI XCX

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Ok it’s not Friday but I couldn’t wait three days to post this absolute pop cracker by the very talent Charli XCX. I literally eargasamed the first time I heard this song on the 9:15pm train from London Liverpool Street to Hackney. Sure, call me super gay for loving a song called ‘Boys’ but can you blame me? There’s nothing missing from this song and its accompanying video clip; there’s a selection of boys that you’ve secretly (or not so secretly) wanted to sex and or pash behind the bleachers, there’s a video game sample, there’s a catchy hook, boppy-electronic-summer-fun sound and there’s The Fat Jewish. Not to mention the lyrics – ‘I was busy thinking about boys’ – there has never before been a line in a song that better summarises the reason why 90% of the things on my to do list never get did.

The video was directed by Charli herself (real name Charlotte Emma Aitchison) and features a shirtless Cameron Dallas, a very wet Tom Daley, a hungry Joe Jonas and many other familiar faces including Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah, Amine, Barns Courtney, Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco), Buddy, Carl Barat (The Libertines), Caspar Lee, Charlie Puth, Chromeo, Cobra Snake, Connor Franta, Dan Smith (Bastille), Denzel Curry, Diplo, Dram, Fai Khandra, A G Cook, Frank Carter,  G Eazy, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers), Jack Guinness, Jay Park, Jay Prince,  Joey Bada$$, Kaytranada, Khalid, Liam Fray (Courteners), Mac DeMarco, Mark Ronson, Max Hershenow, Mic Lowry, MNEK, Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon), One OK Rock, Poet, Portugal – The Man, Prince & Jacob, Riz Ahmed, Sage The Gemini, Shamari Maurice, Shaun Ross, Shokichi, Spector, Stormzy, They, Hurts, Laurie Vincent (Slaves), The Vamps (James McVey and Tristan Evans), THEY, Tom Grennan, Tommy Cash, Ty Dolla $ign, Vance Joy, Vampire Weekend and Will.i.am…..to name a few….

Enough words, just listen. But stay away from Tom Daley and Cameron Dallas cause I saw them first.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: ROBYN

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Three seconds into Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’ and I’m hooked. The electronic beat grabs me by the ears and forces me into alt-pop heaven. 10 seconds later and the distinctive Swedish vocals kick in. I’m melting into a kaleidoscope of juicy sounds that permeate throughout my body, causing the hairs on my arm to stand up. It’s like sucking on the teet of the universe and all I want to do is drink more. I want, nay, I need to dance to this song forever; carelessly throw my arms into the air, close my eyes and let Robyn envelop me. Not many songs have such a visceral effect on my insides but this song is different. It’s a perfectly formed pop-song that takes me on a journey. I’m in a field in Sweden, I’m on a dancefloor in San Francisco, I’m 16 years-old and in my bedroom, I’m having sex with a gorgeous stranger. 3 minutes in and I’m having a full blown ear-ection. Finish me off Robyn. And she does. And the song ends and 3 minutes and 34 seconds later, I’m spent.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: SAM SPARRO

I don’t like Sam Sparro because he’s gay nor because he’s a babe nor because he’s Australian. I like Sam Sparro because he makes awesome pop music. Enjoy this track by my future ex-boyfriend Sam Sparro.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: A TASTE OF HONEY

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Do you believe in reincarnation? I do and I’ll tell you why. My unbridled love for disco music is clearly a carryover from my past life as a discotheque frequenting, flare wearing, dance floor boogying, New York living, Tony Manero type. I’m pretty sure that I partied at Studio 54 with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger because what else could explain the nostalgia I feel when I hear songs like ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by A Taste of Honey? Or my love for flares? Ok, I don’t really love flares but I do love the energy and freedom of disco music which transports you to another place and time.

You can’t tell me that this song doesn’t make you want to flick your hips around a rainbow underlit dance floor?

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: HOZIER

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Occasionally you come across a song that literally shakes you to your core.  You hear the first few bars and the music reverberates from your ears throughout your body, creating a ripple of goosebumps along your limbs. It’s the combination of the artist’s voice, the lyrics and the piano arrangement that almost brings a tear to your eye because of its proximity to perfection. “Take me to Church” is such a song. Andrew Hozier-Byrne or Hozier as he is known,  is the 24-year-old Irishman behind this beautifully crafted piece of aural art.  His voice is dark, enchanting and eery with an almost spiritual holiness to it which is well suited as the song is about religion, heaven, sin and love.  The lyric, “I was born sick, command me to be well” will hold extra meaning for those of us raised in religions that denounce homosexuality and the accompanying video depicting a homophobic beating will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced homophobia.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: COMPANY FREAK FT. VIVIAN REED

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A good song has the power to evoke feelings of joy, nostalgia and even melancholy but a great song will take you deeper, to another place and time.  That’s exactly the power that Company Freak wields in their first single “Sexaholic”. Featuring the vocals of Tony-nominated Broadway and recording star Vivian Reed, Sexaholic sounds like a synth-funk/electro-boogie anthem taken from a dance floor somewhere in 1981.

Company Freak stands as a homage to 70s orchestral disco-soul and 80s post-disco artists like Chic, Change, Kool & The Gang, Boney M, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and Midnight Star – a retro feel that recalls the freewheeling sound of Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage, and the glistening nu-disco of the Scissor Sisters, Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Jessica 6 and Tensnake. Mixed by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem) and engineered by Alex Nizich (Hercules & Love Affair, Antony & The Johnsons), Company Freak are a revolving multi-generational cast of vocalists and session players that include music legends from the 70s and 80s as well as up-and-coming 21st century stars.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: CHERUB

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Currently fixed on “Jazzercise ’95” by electro-pop duo “Cherub”. Having been introduced to this song by a friend while on holiday in Los Angeles, this funky pep-me-up pop track will forever be synonomous  with cruising around the Hollywood Hills and the boulevards and prepping for wild nights on the town.

“Jazzercise ’95” is the epitome of my favourite type of music, music that I like to call summer sundowner sounds. This genre evokes warm feeling of balmy summer nights, long beach days and pool parties. It represents that time in the early evening when the sun has almost set and the anticipation of the night ahead causes a surge of excitement through your body like a small electric shock. It’s that perfect period when you’ve had just enough cocktails that you start to feel a relaxing buzz and the music begins to change from cruisey daytime tunes to more uptempo funk, signalling the arrival of the evening. It’s at the very moment, when everything is aligned in beautiful harmony that “Jazzercise ’95” comes on.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: SKY FERREIRA

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Currently fixed on everything about Sky Ferreira. The 21-year-old rising star’s latest release, “You’re not the one” is a beautifully crafted pop song with an edgy twist that is bound to become the 2013/14 anthem of the hipster generation. While other pop stars her age have to twerk against old men to try convince audiences of their “sexuality”, Sky effortlessly oozes sex appeal in a leather jacket, bleached blonde hair and dark shades.

Like most other babes from Venice Beach, California, Sky is the ultimate slashy; she’s a model/singer-songwriter/actress and she’s just been named the new face of beauty brand Redken. And if that doesn’t boost her cool credentials in your eyes then the fact that she grew up around and was friends with Michael Jackson certainly should.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: GREASE

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I can’t recall the first time that I watched the 1978 film Grease but I do know that when I look back on my childhood, “You’re the one that I want” is the song playing over my montage of memories. When I was 10-years-old I dressed up like Danny Zuko for a 6-month period and forced all family members, neighbours and school friends to watch me re-inact every moment and song from the 255 minute long movie.  I was totally infatuated by John Travolta and swore that when I grew up I would be exactly like him, in every way. Although I didn’t grow up to be a singer or an actor, it turns out that John Travolta and I have other things in common….

This week Grease The Musical opened in Sydney and I was thrilled to have been invited to the premiere. Starring the very handsome, Rob Mills as Danny Zuko and uber talented Gretel Scarlett as Sandy, the show was a sing-a-long spectacular. I had to remind myself that people weren’t there to hear my rendition of “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” but thankfully there were moments when audience participation was encouraged.  Although die-hard fans might be aware of the inconstancies between the movie and the musical, overall the show was a fun and entertaining night out.

For ticket info click here.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: KYLIE MINOGUE

I’ve resisted posting any music by Kylie Minogue because that would be far too cliched. The problem is that I love Kylie. I do. I really do. And I’m currently fixed on her latest single “Skirt (Switch Remix)” which is her first since signing with Jay Z’s record company Roc Nation.

The song was produced by Nom De Strip, aka Chris Elliott, and is co-written with The Dream who have penned hits for Beyonce and Rihanna.

Sounds Like:  Sexy Kylie candy for the ears

Enjoy while: Slowly undressing.

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