29
Sep

Review: Maroon 5 – V

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Review

Maroon 5
V (Universal Music)

Breakdown: After the success of their latest single ‘Maps’ tore up the charts all over the world, Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 are back with their fifth album ‘V’. With more of their infectious pop tracks, the guys deliver more solid music – something we wouldn’t expect less from the band.

How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 12.

What I Liked: When the music is good, it’s GOOD! Maroon 5 have worked with the best in the business in the hopes of delivering the hits with ‘V’. The band collaborated with the likes of Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Shellback, Stargate and many more on the production side and the band even got Gwen Stefani on board vocally. Speaking of vocals, Adam slays with his abilities on the album. He has one of the most unique voices in the industry and it shines on ‘V’. There is also a good balance of ballads and pop bangers.

What I Didn’t Like: I mentioned that when the songs are good, they’re really good and that also happens to be the case when the songs aren’t that great. I would also have liked to see a bit more depth in the band’s new music. Also, it would have been great if Maroon 5 took a bit more risks on the record instead of playing it safe with songs such as the two lead singles.

Best Track: ‘Maps’ is easily one of my favourite songs this year.

Rating: 3.5/5

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29
Sep

One Direction – Steal My Girl

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Another November, another One Direction album. This time around, to celebrate the release of their fourth album, the boys have decided to aptly name the album ‘Four’. The record comes preceded by their brand new single ‘Steal My Girl’. The song is exactly what you would expect from the boys and to be honest, it’s quite tiring. The track doesn’t have that umph and, on first listen, isn’t as catchy as their previous debut singles. This does lead me to wonder if they actually have something fresh up their sleeve or if the other boy bands such as The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer are taking over.

Favourite lyrics: Bad karma comes back to sting

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Rating: 3.5/10 (2 votes cast)
28
Sep

Fergie – L.A. Love (La La)

Posted By elbroide in Hip-Hop, Pop

Finally!! She’s back! Black Eyed Peas’ femme fetale Fergie is finally ready with the follow-up to her debut solo album The Dutchess. The record, which is rumoured to be called ‘Smile Now, Cry Later’, will be preceded by her new single L.A. Love (La La). The track, produced by DJ Mustard, is exactly what we missed from Fergie. The dutchess both sings and raps on the record and she does it well. The track has that hip-hop feel that seems to become more and more popular with commercial music. The track is an instant earworm and she even mentions Jo’Burg (which is always a plus).

Favourite lyrics: When I roll down the window, lemme know where you at

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Rating: 7.0/10 (2 votes cast)
26
Sep

Review: The Kiffness – Kiff

Posted By elbroide in Review, South African

The Kiffness
Kiff (Sony Music)

Breakdown: This may be the debut album for South African group The Kiffness but they’ve certainly proved that they have a lot to offer. The album was accompanied by hit singles ‘Where Are You Going’, and their latest chart smasher ‘Find A Way’ which features local rockers Shortstraw.

How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 13.

What I Liked: Although the group have been influenced by many well-known sounds and genres, what they created in the studio is incredibly unique and just like our rainbow nation, they managed to blend these sounds and genres in a way unheard of before. The album is filled with the sounds of Africa, yet it still something so incredibly current which says something about these boys. Production-wise, the album is fantastic as well. I also like the fact that there are quite a few guests on this record. It shows that the boys thought long and hard about what each song needs to sound it’s best.

What I Didn’t Like: Sometimes it feels as, although clearly creative, the boys played it safe with some records. This can be seen my the many instruments and sounds they repeat in almost every song. Also, lyrically, some of the tracks are rather weak, but I guess the awesome production makes one forget all about that!

Best Track: Their new single ‘Find A Way’ featuring Shortstraw is a fantastic track.

Rating: 4/5

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23
Sep

Toya Delazy – Forbidden Fruit

Posted By elbroide in Electronic, Hip-Hop, Pop, South African

Now THIS is a comeback I’ve been waiting for for a very long time. The girl behind hit singles ‘Pump It On’, ‘Are You Gonna Stay? and ‘Love Is In The Air’ and she’s finally back with her second studio album which she has named ‘Ascension’. The lead single off the record is a track called ‘Forbidden Fruit’ and sees the artist going in a darker direction. The track, while having pop and electronic influences, also has heavy hip-hop influences which seems to be a trend in the music industry at the moment. I was hoping for a catchy banger from Toya but I’m glad she’s challenging herself and releasing something different. This track is a grower and I hope it does well for her.

Favourite lyrics: You got fire in your veins.

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Rating: 7.0/10 (1 vote cast)
22
Sep

Review: MAGIC! – Don’t Kill The Magic

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Reggae, Review

MAGIC!
Don’t Kill The Magic (Sony Music)

Breakdown: You may not recognize the name just yet but MAGIC! are the Canadian band behind the worldwide smash hit ‘Rude’. The group describe their sound as “reggae fusion” and it’s definitely a perfect description. ‘Don’t Kill The Magic’ is the group’s debut.

How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 11.

What I Liked: The group are a breath of fresh air. It’s been a long time since reggae did well in the commercial music space and MAGIC! made it work. ‘Rude’ is such a fantastic track and although South Africa caught onto the song quite early, it was a late bloomer on the charts, reaching the top spot. Each track on the album has something different which, although having a central sound, brings variety to the record. Lead singer Nasri Atweh has a beautiful way with words and wrote every song on the record. He manages to transport the listener into a different world with every song he writes. He’s a true musician.

What I Didn’t Like: I think a lot of people are going to disagree with me but I’m not the most excited by Nasri’s vocals. Sure, they’re good. Undeniably so. I just wish he had more depth in his vocals. That and the fact that some songs lacked an ‘umph’ is all I didn’t enjoy.

Best Track: There’s a reason ‘Rude’ is such a huge hit. I also love their latest single ‘Let Your Hair Down’.

Rating: 4/5

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Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)
16
Sep

Kiesza – No Enemiesz

Posted By elbroide in Pop

She is one of the most exciting new acts to have come out of 2014 and Kiesza is stopping at nothing! The singer just announced that her debut album ‘Sound of a Woman’ will be released on the 21st of October and has just premiered the third single off the project – a track called ‘No Enemiesz’. The track still has her 80’s synths and banging beats and manages to, once again, show off her incredible vocal range. The track is very current and I easily see this in the Top 10 charts. Rihanna recently recorded a few songs Kiesza wrote for her upcoming studio album and it seems things are just getting bigger and better for the star.

Favourite lyrics: Just show me how to love – I could do so much more.

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
16
Sep

Robin Schulz – Sun Goes Down (Feat. Jasmine Thompson)

Posted By elbroide in EDM, Electronic, Pop

He’s the producer behind Mr Probz’s ‘Waves’ and his debut single ‘Prayer In C’ just hit number one in the UK but Robin Schulz already has the next single down. Sun Goes Down serves as the second official single taken from his upcoming debut studio album “Prayer“ which releases today. The track has the sound that we’ve become accustomed to from the DJ but this time there are much greater hints of tropical beats. Also, the saxophone in the chorus gives the track a great summery feel similar to Alexandra Stan’s ‘Mr Saxobeat’. The track is another banger from the DJ and I see another big hit!

Favourite lyrics: Nothing is ever as we expect

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
15
Sep

Review: 947 Joburg Day Music Festival

Posted By elbroide in Event, South African

It’s the biggest yearly music festival to grace the Gauteng province and this year, 947 made it bigger and better than ever before. This year saw 15 acts take to the stage at the prestigious event and saw over 30 000 people come to Crocodile Creek Polo Club to celebrate the best in South African music.

This year AKA, Jeremy Loops, Prime Circle, Beatenberg, DJ Kent, Matthew Mole, LCNVL, Van Coke Kartel, Gangs of Ballet, Mi Casa, Monark, Shortstraw, Mafikizolo and Pascal & Pearce rocked out to a great response from the fans. Joburg Day is always fun for me and I think that has something to do with the way a company such as Primedia runs things.

The stage was awesome and ensured that every person has a great view of the performers. 947 didn’t compromise on the quality of the sound at the event as well which was really important for me. While there were a few glitches here and there, overall it went off quite smoothly.

Another super annoying thing about going to festivals is the amount of time one usually waits in between acts but this, surprisingly, didn’t last long at Joburg Day and it seemed as if the acts blended into each other.

The best acts of the day were definitely Mi Casa, Mafikizolo, Beatenberg and Gangs of Ballet. Mi Casa just commanded that stage and got everyone jumping, however, wasted about 10 minutes of their set introducing their band which, clearly, no one cared about. Newbies Beatenberg only played for about 20 minutes but damn, did they have every single eye on them at the event.

While I am happy that Mafikizolo were at the event, I sort of can’t help but feel that 947 just used big names to draw attention to the event because, let’s be honest, they would never play AKA or Mafikizolo’s music if they weren’t on the Joburg Day bill. That was rather weird for me.

Lastly, the VIP area for celebrities and media was just phenomenal. The huge area was filled with drinks, alcohol, popcorn, sweets, biltong, Vitamin Water, fans, Wi-Fi and couches ensured that their guests were as comfortable as possible in the hot Jozi sun.

Joburg Day seems to get bigger and better every year and this year was one of the best times I have ever had at the event. Now, if only I could fast-forward to September 2015!

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
15
Sep

Wiz Khalifa – You And Your Friends (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Snoop Dogg)

Posted By elbroide in Hip-Hop, Pop

American rapper Wiz Khalifa is back at it! He’s teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign and Snoop Dogg on his fantastic new single ‘You and Your Friends’. The track is a great blend of hip-hop and pop and once again proves Wiz is able to tackle both markets. The track has some great production and the chorus will have you bobbing your head in no time. The three compliment each other’s voices nicely and it’s clear that this is one of the stand-out tracks off his new album Blacc Hollywood.

Favourite lyrics: He want the cute one and I want the fat one.

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Rating: 7.0/10 (1 vote cast)
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