Posts Tagged ‘Downloads’

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i wanna know what love is.

August 5, 2009

I am thrilled to present to you the first exclusive official taste from my mixtape and album.  (well, you’ve heard stuff from it before, but now it’s nearly ready, I’m coming “official” with it 😉 ) This is a cut I recorded tonight, and it turned out so well that it’s immediately onto my High Fashion mixtape.  It’s an acapella version of Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is”.  I was inspired to cover it after it came out that Mariah Carey is doing her own version for her highly anticipated forthcoming album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.  Although I had always liked the song, the news made me go back and really listen to it and appreciate how melodic and powerful the chorus is, and how evocative the lyrics are.  Especially in my current situation (do you think if I played it for R, he would fall in love with me? 😉 )… so I couldn’t resist creating my own version – just a lil’ acapella with a couple of harmonies and falsettos.  I truly hope you enjoy it, and I’ll drop more news about my mixtape and the whole Quiet Storm album in due course.

Download the m4a (iTunes file) here.

Stream it on my myspace (with a few other songs which are on the album) here.

Youtube stream:

I’ve also included your first look at some of my Quiet Storm artwork in the video, so I hope you enjoy that too and start to see the whole nocturnal / high fashion ideas behind the artwork I’m creating.  Please comment, share with your friends, pass it around and publicise the song, and of course let me know if the links go down or if you want me to re-up them to other servers.

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the sugababes get sexy.

July 7, 2009

Ok, the blog entry I was planning to write has been put on hold because today the Sugababes’ new single premiered on radio.  It’s called “Get Sexy” and it is very good.  It is the best thing they have released since Amelle joined the group, because it brings back the Sugababes sound of urban club pop as present on their previous songs “Freak Like Me”, “Blue”, “Whatever Makes You Happy”, “Gotta Be You” and “Future Shokk!”.  So to the people who are saying the Sugababes have sold out and are simply copying “Boom Boom Pow”, you are very 2000 and late because the Sugababes were doing this kind of music much prior to releasing Avril-lite pop such as “About You Now” (although the piano-led ballad version on Catfights and Spotlights went a long way to redeeming that song for me).

When Mutya left the group, I was very curious to see how the Sugababes would continue since, up to that point it had seemed like Mutya was the main creative energy in the group, and her attitude and swagger modified Keisha’s pop sensibilities into something much more angular.  Replaced by Amelle, it would seem that I had been correct – her voice just didn’t have that Sugababes blend (whereas when Heidi replaced Siobhan, her voice was a stellar compliment to the group – if you don’t believe me, go and listen to “Breathe Easy (Acoustic Jam)” and any live version of “Stronger”) and seemed harsh and grating.  Out went the streetwise edge, in came the high pop polish that remained for the Change album; IMO, the group’s creative nadir.  By Catfights and Spotlights, Amelle’s voice seemed to complement the others’ more and the mix of brass-led pop and R&B tracks such as “Side Chick” and “Can We Call A Truce” evoked 60s Motown as interpreted by Shola Ama.  An improvement, but still not enough for me to consider the Sugababes back in my good books.  Meanwhile, Mutya Buena dropped a fantastic solo album which underperformed and she was promptly dropped from her label.  As ever, my taste and that of the British public are very divergent.

So “Get Sexy” is not a particularly deep song; “My Love Is Pink” was hardly a lyrical revelation.  But “Get Sexy” is a song that embodies fun, attitude and club-ready flirting, and it is a song that you can act sexy to.  It has multiple hooks (one of which riffs of that classic Right Said Fred song), and Heidi’s voice in the second verse is the sexiest part of the whole thing.  I doubt very much that the Sugababes aimed to ape the Black Eyed Peas, but I don’t care if they did, because it’s better than choosing to ape Girls Aloud or the Saturdays, which is apparently what people expected.  And if the Sugababes are still defying expectations and releasing fantastic music such as this, then I might just begin following them again with renewed interest.

Oh, after all that, you might want to listen to the song.  Here you are – enjoy! 😀

You can also stream it below:

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Something legitimate to blog about.

June 30, 2009

Okay, so I actually have something serious to say.  I know, that didn’t take long, this is only my second post, but late last night and early this morning two instances have occurred that kinda restore my faith in people.  Bear with me.

I have been searching for the mp4 of Ciara’s new video Work (which you MUST see!!! download it here) for over a week, since the video premiered on Channel 4 and subsequently on youtube.  No matter how much searching I did, the only place I could find the video was on youtubealike sites for streaming.  NO DOWNLOAD.  So I began to get frustrated, and I tried to do what the fast girls do… I found a link for the video in some random format (.mkv, as a matter of fact) and atttempted to convert it.  Now this is where the story gets sad… the conversion wouldn’t work.  No way, no how, no dice.  So I went back to the blog where I downloaded the mkv thing and asked very kindly in their shoutbox if they could upload her video in .mp4 format.

The other story is in fact very similar.  I like Toni Braxton.  I possess near enough all of her music (certainly all of her output that has been released on CD).  So I was idly reading about her on wikipedia, when I discovered that there was a song of hers that I did not have.  Once the world ceased to fall down around me, I subdued my anger and shock and went in search of this song (FYI, it is called “No More Love”, it features Irv Gotti, and you can download it here because I love you).  I spent over an hour on google, youtube, limewire, but all I could find was the lyrics to the song. The full lyrics, nonetheless.  This piece of evidence suggested that the song had ben widely heard, despite being quite a few years old now (2003-ish I believe) and being blocked from release by Toni Braxton herself after she got her panties in a bunch found out there was this whole controversy with another song she wanted to release, which sampled the same 2pac song as Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s “Bonnie & Clyde ’03” (which only copies Queen Mariah’s “How Much” anyway… why am I supplying all this information?).  So to cut a long story short, I couldn’t find the damn song, despite using all of my (usually more-than-sufficient) resources.  Same as with the damn video.  So let me tell you, dear reader, what I did.

I reached out. I went on Last.fm, I found somebody who had been listening to this song recently, and discovered that they were already my ‘friend’ (because we’re all friends on here, yknow? *strokes cat*).  So I messaged him and asked him very kindly, once again, if he could upload the file and send it to me.

In both instances, it took them less than 12 hours not only to fulfill my request, but do so with a smile.  Not only was I overjoyed to have the video and the song (disclaimer: it’s not actually that good, and I can sorta see why Toni blocked it… if you want some real Toni Braxton recommendations, hit me up and I’ll see what I can do for you 🙂 ) that I had sought for more time than I would care to admit yesterday (hell, I went to the gym!  I can waste the rest of the day if I want, it’s already a qualified success 😛 ), but I was really touched (I’m being serious now) by the fact that these two people whom I have never met, and whom I don’t really know and who don’t know me, went to the lengths to share this material with me.  Just because I asked them to.  And they did so so promptly.  It was a really nice thing to do, and even if you’re not interested in Ciara or Toni Braxton (which, btw, if you’re not, I advise you to keep that on the DL because otherwise I will have to swing my ponytail on your ass block you cry), I wanted to do the same for you and share the love, share the links and hope that you download one or the other and enjoy.

If you have any requests, let me know and I’ll do my best to hook you up.  I do have more to say, and I will probably say it sometime soon, but I actually have to go and do a real-life thing so I will close by saying that in a world where people often let you down and mess you around, and sometimes / often it is easy to believe that you can only trust you, yourself and you (which is not a sentiment I entirely disagree with, actually), there are still those certain human beings that will overlook self-interest to help someone out.  That makes me smile, and that really is something I thought was worth writing about today.

(don’t worry, more red danger miniskirt sexy love to come soon. probably)