Monday, August 08, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (08/08/05)

Well, this is more like it! This week there's a nice little set of notable releases, both from newcomers and old favourites. Well, if I gloss over the dire release from a certain Mr Craig David...

Goldfrapp - 'Ooh La La'
Goldfrapp are back with a piece of glam, sexy electropop genius - 'Ooh La La'. However, anyone who has watched the video will know it's all about the horse. Right?

The Magic Numbers - 'Love Me Like You'
Magic Numbers - Love Me Like YouThe follow-up to The Magic Numbers' debut 'Forever Lost' is a lovely, summery song entitled 'Love Me Like You'. It doesn't quite pack the punch of its predecessor, but it's still good radio-friendly stuff, with the band's signature three-part harmonies and some nice bass guitar easily being the best thing about it.

Lady Sovereign - '9 To 5'
Lady Sovereign - 9 To 5A song which has really grabbed my attention this week is one you would not, not for one moment, expect me to give a second listen. In fact, my opinion is quite the contrary. I like it, and think it's a little pop masterpiece. The song in question is Lady Sovereign's '9 To 5' and is catchy, addictive, and full of irresistable Brit culture references. There's also an Ordinary Boys remix (complete with video) doing the rounds. It's a remix of a rap single, and it's by the Ordinary Boys, but peculiarly...I like it. Have I lost my mind? You tell me.

Single of the Week:
Supergrass - 'St Petersburg'

Supergrass - St PetersburgYes, I'm a bit predictable, but the promise of a new single, and an album-full of new material from one of my favourite bands of all time was impossible to resist. I saw the band for the first time this year, and was so impressed I'm off to see them again on their upcoming intimate acoustic tour, which is rather exciting. A drumkit made of suitcases and hat boxes has been promised, after all.
Taken from the band's new album, 'Road To Rouen', 'St Petersburg' is our first peek at the 'new' and 'mature' Supergrass. It's mellow, deliciously summery and has a semi-acoustic flavour to it which should suit the aforementioned tour. It's pleasant, likeable and is the perfect soundtrack to being driven through the french countryside on a summer afternoon. Trust me. However, there's one problem. Slower Supergrass singles have never been that successful, and I fail to see this winning over a new generation of fans. It's still a great track, but looking at their back catalogue - what they produced in the height of their fame - it's just no contest. Thank goodness it's not a giveaway to the entire album, then...

New Releases:
213 - Groupie Luv EP, Akon - Bonanza (Belly Dancer), Axwell - Feel The Vibe (Til The Morning Comes), Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley/I’m A Man, Cazzz - Livin’ On A Beach, Chuck Berry - Maybellene/Wee Wee Hours, Craig David - All The Way, Criteria - Prevent The World, Decoder Ring - Somersault, The Dodgems - It’s Alright, Faith Evans - Mesmerized, Felicity Girl - Weaker Light [7” only], Forward Russia - Thirteen Fourteen, Frankie J - Obsession (No Es Amor), Goldfrapp - Oh La La, Joy Zipper - 1, Kenny Hayes - Daybreaker, Kirsty McColl - Sun On The Water [Download Only], Klub Kidz Ft Jason Prince - Incomplete/You’re Beautiful, Lady Sovereign - 9 To 5, Lake Trout - Riddle EP, Longview - Further, The Magic Numbers - Love Me Like You, Mardous - Revolution Over The Phone, Mattafix - Big City Life, The Mitchell Brothers Ft The Streets - Excuse My Brother, Nine Black Alps - Unsatisfied, No Hope In New Jersey - Decline, Polly Scattergood - Glory Hallelujah, Quasimoto - Bullys Hit [7” only], Readers Wifes - Nostalgia, Revelations - You’re The Loser, Sondre Lerche - Two Way Monologue EP, Stars - Ageless Beauty, Stereo Mcs - Paradise, Supergrass - St Petersburg, Superimposers - Would It Be Impossible? [7” only], Tim Love Lee - Spoonfuls Of Physic [7” only], Veto Silver - When You’re With That Girl, Willy Mason - Hard Hand To Hold

What's your single of the week?