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Kylie “Aphrodite” Review

17 Jul

No matter how indie and against pop you are, it’s hard to deny the mastery of Kylie Minogue. She has been able to capture the oh so elusive perfect balance between sophisticated disco-electronica and pop for the past decade without falling victim to the dangerous trashy tacky electro pop wannabe region, and for that, we love her. She makes listening to chart topping pop enjoyable, acceptable and guilt free!

In 2010, she brings us her 11th studio album, Aphrodite, which in no way lets us down.

The album sets off with the first single All The Lovers that has already proved to be a hit on commercial radio stations but features the irresistible upbeat disco sound that Kylie has owned in her past few albums. Whilst very clubby sounding, it still has a great synth sound through the chorus, is catchy and hard to stop dancing to. Kylie hits every note once again.

Second up is Get Outta My Way, which is also extremely catchy and quite good but not a stand out. I can see it easily becoming a hit on radio though. Closer is a little bit different for Kylie it’s a lot more synth focused and not quite as upbeat. It’s the typical gem you find hidden away in an album that never gets released as a single, definitely one of the highlights.

Illusion is probably the best of the album. Like Closer, it has a darker undertone than Kylie’s usual stuff, but is balanced perfectly the more upbeat vocals. And catchy, but I’ll stop saying these songs are catchy as they are all very catchy. The title track, Aphrodite, is also quite good for such a happy upbeat typical pop song, but not one of the best of the album.

Other highlights include Better Than Today, Too Much (produced by Calvin Harris), and Cupid Boy.

As usual, I think Kylie has proved herself to be the worldwide queen of pop through Aphrodite. She neither disappoints nor fails to live up to high expectations that she has previously set for herself. We give this one 9.5/10.

Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers

Kylie Minogue – Illusion **highly reccommended

Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction)


Gossip Girl Music

24 May

Whether you enjoy it’s unbelievable mellow drama and display of spoilt good looking rich kids or not, you can’t deny that Gossip Girl has some great music. From Santo Gold to Moby, Ladyhawke to Vampire Weekend, Julian Casablancas to Florence and the Machine, the has no shortage of our favorite songs chilling happily in the soundtrack. But, it also undercovers some lesser known gems that we may had otherwise never known. Here’s a tribute to a few:

LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great **highly recommended

Soho Dolls – Stripper **highly recommended

Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game ** highly recommended

Asteroid Galaxy Tour – Sun Aint Shinin’ No More

The Kills – Sour Cherry

The Shoes – Bored **highly recommended

Kylie Minogue – Rippin’ Up The Disco

Robyn – Crash and Burn Girl

Friendly Fires – White Diamond

Valeria feat. Aria – Girl I Told Ya (Mark Aude Club Mix)

Scanners – Salvation

Beck – Time Bomb

The Virgins – Rich Girls **highly recommended


DJ Mag Top 100

6 Feb

The DJ Mag have released their top 100 DJs for 2009, with the top 2 being no surprise…Trance DJs always dominate this countdown, but after seeing Armin live, you can see that he deserves it.

1. Armin Van Buuren

2. Tiesto Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

3. David Guetta Kylie Minogue – Wow (David Guetta Remix) **highly Reccommended

4. Above and Beyond

5. Paul Van Dyk

6. Deadmau5 Deadmau5 – Ghosts n Stuff

7. Ferry Corstern

8. Markus Schulz

9. Gareth Emery

10. Sander Van Doorn

26. Benny Benassi Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive (Benny Benassi Remix)

27. Laidback Luke Laidback Luke & Diplo – Hey (Foamo Remix) *Rumoured to be touring 2010 for We Love Sounds (again)

33. Daft Punk (only 33?!) Daft Punk – The Crash

47. Martin Solveig

52. Tydi

53. Erick Morillo Erick Morillo – Dancin *highly reccomended

59. Dirty South

60. Roger Sanchez

65. Justice Justice – Beginning Of The End

68. Boys Noize Boys Noize – Jeffer

86. Tiga Tiga – 3 Weeks *highly recommended

Other than that….one question….where was Foamo?!