Sunday, 23 May 2010

Janelle Monae


What a statement from rising starlet Janelle Monae. The video above is from a recent performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, in which she exhibits the kind of talents that explain why the likes of Prince and P Diddy can be included among her fanbase. A cracking soulful voice, incredibly natural stage presence, and footwork I wouldn't even consider emulating myself until a double figure drink count. Her recently released album The ArchAndroidis well worth a listen too, and demonstrates her considerable expertise as a songwriter, not just a performer.

Janelle Monae - Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

SPEAK


Just as Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix came along perfectly in time for summer last year, Austin, TX residents SPEAK have unleashed new single Carrie (Mindfull) on us just as temperatures are rising. Off debut EP Hear Here, the song is a good introduction to the group's synth-heavy Indie Pop sounds - which are in fact not too dissimilar to those of the aforementioned Frenchmen. Led by former video game composer Troupe Gammage, the group were recently named Best New Band by the Austin Music Awards.  

SPEAK - Carrie (Mindfull)