27
Aug

Review: Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens Of Beatenberg

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Review

Beatenberg
The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg (Universal Music)

Breakdown: Many successful local musicians have not achieved as much as newbies Beatenberg. Their debut single Chelsea Blakemore was a moderate introduction but their collaboration with local house producer DJ Clock Pluto (Remember You) became an instant smash and has become the biggest South African song of 2014. Now, they’ve finally released their debut album – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg.

How Many Good Tracks: 10 of the 13.

What I Liked: The album is a celebration of South African music! There hasn’t been an album out in so long that has such a perfect mix of South African sounds and flavours. The boys are something fresh and unique and I’m proud of them for that. I must also commend their awesome vocals on the record. As you can tell by the first three singles, this is an album for everyone and I can promise you that not many people will hate this album.

What I Didn’t Like: I wonder if this album is who Beatenberg is. After ‘Pluto’ became such a huge hit, I think the boys found a sound that works for them and ran with it, which is a clever thing to do. I do sometimes get the feeling that they’ve added different traditional African sounds to their music because that’s what their fans expect – which is a must but at times it doesn’t feel believable.

Best Track: ‘Pluto (Remember You) and Rafael are clear highlights.

Rating: 4/5

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26
Aug

Maroon 5 – Animals

Posted By elbroide in Uncategorized

These guys just make me a bigger fan with every single track they release. After the success of their currrent single ‘Maps’, Maroon 5 have picked ‘Animals’ as the second single off their upcoming album ‘V’. The track has their signature pop style and Adam’s vocals on show like never before. The track is catchy but still has some depth to it which is really important. The new album releases this Friday and I cannot wait to see what else these guys have in store for us!

Favourite lyric: Sometimes I can smell your scent for miles just like animals.

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
25
Aug

Eminem – Guts Over Feat (Feat. Sia)

Posted By elbroide in Hip-Hop

Eminem is back with a new single and a new album and my day can officially not get any better! The king of rap has teamed up with the incredible Sia for ‘Guts Over Fear’ which will serve as the debut promotional single off his upcoming album ShadyXV. The track is another deep, truthful track from Eminem and, as usual, sees fantastic rap from the star. I’m still not too sure what I feel about the chorus but what I do know is Sia’s voice blended into a track with Eminem is perfection. Excited for what’s to come!

Favourite lyric: Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is find a word to word a same old song.

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Rating: 7.0/10 (2 votes cast)
20
Aug

Bastille – bad_news

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Hell yeah!! Bastille are working on a follow-up to their highly successful debut album ‘Bad Blood’ and have chosen ‘bad_news’ as a new single. The track will appear as a B-Side on their Oblivion EP which will be released in September before releasing a new album in early 2015. The track still has their signature sound but we also hear elements in the song we’ve never heard before from the boys. The track also has small hints of dubstep which works really well with Dan’s voice. Can’t wait to hear what else they come up with.

Favourite lyric: When you hear something difficult, don’t back away.

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Rating: 9.0/10 (1 vote cast)
19
Aug

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Taylor Swift is back! She released her latest album Red back in 2014 and we finally have her brand new single, Shake It Off, off her upcoming new album 1989. The track stays away from her country sound and Taylor confirmed that 1989 will be her first pure pop album. The track is instantly catchy and is clearly a hit. I’m not too sure how I feel about the new pop direction she is going in, though. That being said, the more I listen to Shake It Off, the more I fall in love with it. Bring on 1989!!

Favourite lyric: I go on too many dates but I can’t make em stay – at least that’s what people say…

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Rating: 8.0/10 (3 votes cast)
18
Aug

Chris Brown – New Flame (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)

Posted By elbroide in R&B

After over a year of delays, Chris Brown’s upcoming album, X, officially has a release date – September 23rd. To hype fans up for the upcoming release of his new album, Chris has just released a brand new single titled New Flame which features Usher and Rick Ross. The track is more on the urban side and sees the crooner sing about a brand new love. The track reminds us why Chris Brown has topped the charts all around the world. The collaborations on the track also just seem to work so effortlessly. It’s not as good as Loyal, but we’ll definitely have this on repeat.

Favourite lyric: I just want to be the one to do you right…

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12
Aug

Hilary Duff – All About You

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Thank goodness! Hilary Duff released a new song and video a couple of days back titled ‘Chasing The Sun’ and I wasn’t impressed at all, but it seems the reaction to the song hadn’t been as good as she had hoped so she announced that new track ‘All About You’ will serve as the lead single off her upcoming comeback album. The track is a much better single that is more in the direction I saw her going. The chorus is clean and catchy and the track reminds me of something Taylor Swift would release. This gives her comeback a much better chance and I’m excited to see how that works out for her.

Favourite lyric: You could be my dirty secret, I could be yours…

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Rating: 8.5/10 (2 votes cast)
11
Aug

Kiesza – Giant In My Heart

Posted By elbroide in EDM, Electronic, Pop

I officially have a new obsession – Canadian singer Kiesza. She is known for her debut single ‘Hideaway’ which I loved but it’s nothing compared to her new single ‘Giant In My Heart’. The track has that ’80′s influence but is blended with the 2014 house sound so well. Kiesza’s vocal performance is on another level and the arrangement of the male vocals in the chorus is perfect. This woman is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few months.

Favourite lyric: This love is greater then my heartbreak

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
7
Aug

Mathew Gold – Last Summer (Feat. Goodluck)

Posted By elbroide in Pop, South African

Mathew Gold is back with a new single and he has finally chosen the Goodluck assisted track Last Summer! The track is a highlight off his album and once again proves that these musicians work so well together. I love how calm the track is yet still packs a punch. Mathew’s voice is amazingly smooth and really brings the song to a place where it’s not only unique but you can feel the passion. Goodluck’s Juliet is fantastic on the track as well. I predict a huge hit. I just wish the video was in colour and not as dull as it is because it completely contradicts the song for me.

Favourite lyric: You and I were ready but you and I were wrong…

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6
Aug

Zebra & Giraffe – I’ve Beed Bad

Posted By elbroide in Rock, South African

Local rockers Zebra & Giraffe have finally made their comeback! The group haven’t released an album since July 2012 and today marks the release of their new single ‘I’ve Been Bad’. The track starts off with the morbid tone they’ve had over the past two albums but the track seems to liven up towards the middle reminding me of their old sound. Greg has the most amazing vocals and manages to tell a beautiful story with this record. I’m excited to see what else they have up their sleeve.

Favourite lyric: I will do anything for love…

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