A playlist on Spotify.

Posted By Adem / August, 5, 2012 / 1 comments

Here is a playlist of about 55 tracks comprised of 100% Ace Pop that is – mostly – from 2012. Let’s have a look at some of the songs on this Very Good Playlist Even If I Do Say So Myself. If the above widget isn’t working (or is curiously not displaying 55 tracks) then point your browser hurr.

PURPLE CRUSH – Basic Bitch
Brooklyn duo Purple Crush are a big favourite of mine. Their 2011 EP “Welcome 2 The Underground” was one of my most played last year and, if I ever decide to finish my 2011 year round-up’s, a number of songs (including this one) feature throughout that end of year songs list. You should also take a gander at their excellent homage to Madonna’s “Reductive” moment from earlier in the year and also their GREAT cover of Fischerspooner’s “Emerge.” One of the brightest emerging acts (ho ho!) in Pop.

FLORRIE – Shot You Down / To The End / Every Inch
Florrie, as featured in my fun new banner next to Queen Madonna, has released what is by far-and-away the most exciting bunch of pop songs of her career. The frantic soundscapes of “Shot You Down”, to the no-prisoners rave-up of “Every Inch”, to the monumental “To The End” – her defining moment – Florrie is a properly amazing pop star and with each release she trumps herself greatly.

MADONNA – Gang Bang / I’m Addicted / Love Spent / I Don’t Give A
How different a campaign Madonna’s “MDNA” would have been with “I’m Addicted”, the superior dance moment, as its lead single. “I’m Addicted” is the best, freshest thing Benny Benassi’s produced since “Satisfaction” and could have given Madonna the club-pop crossover hit she deserved with this album. Even the Nicki Minaj feature “I Don’t Give A” would have made for a better, more striking first single than “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, which – all things considered – failed to do what it should have for Madonna on the charts because it was the wrong single. The singles should have played out with “I’m Addicted” as the first, “I Don’t Give A” as the second, “Gang Bang” as the controversial third and “Love Spent” as the albums final single. “Love Spent” is one of the most underrated Madonna songs in a very long time; the fact that it contains two completely different choruses has seemingly been lost on its critical detractors. It’s also the most lyrically vulnerable song on the album. And the thing that I love the most about “Gang Bang” is its obvious tribute to that iconic early 2000′s German Hard Trance sound. People teetered with German techno from the 90′s but nobody has really taken direct inspiration from that truly golden era of early millennium rave and that is something Madonna needs to be commended for. The song itself is a little like Madonna doing Neils Van Gough’s stadium-rave anthem “Pulverturm“, but with a lot more vitriol and anger. It’s also the most experimental and forward-thinking thing Madonna’s done since the American Life record and is said to be the final single from the MDNA era.

VAN GO LION – Glow
Portland duo Van Go Lion are another of my big favourites from 2011. This song in particular encapsulates everything brilliant about their pop songs and their “Body Moves” EP from last year is something worth chasing up. Big things coming for them in 2012.

VAN SHE – Sarah / Coconuts / Radio Waves I & II / We Move On
“Sarah” is Van She’s big Fleetwood Mac moment from their incredible sophomore album “Idea of Happiness.” Vocally Nick hasn’t sounded better and on a production front this is their grandest moment to date. A massive review of this excellent album is on the way, I just have to get it right y’know? There’s a lot to say about an album as good as this one, and the other four tracks amongst this playlist that are lifted from the record are a great sample of what to expect when you eventually invest and Buy The Album.

PET SHOP BOYS – A Certain “Je Ne Sais Quoi”
I’m not the biggest fan of PSB’s new single “Winner” but this B-Side is where the money is at. Non-apologetic classic Pet Shop Boys pop. How Very.

GOSSIP – Move In The Right Direction
After “Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)”, this is the Gossip at their very best. A stomping pop song with Xenomania on production credits – not exactly a terrible fusion is it? And the album “A Joyful Noise” delivers exactly what it says it does on the tin.

ICONA POP – I Love It
Imagine if this had been the new Veronicas single instead of “Lolita”? Get this on Australian radio at once.

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS – Lonely Hearts Club / Teen Idle / Valley Of The Dolls / Fear & Loathing
Marina’s “Electra Heart” is one of 2012′s best records and these four songs are a great slab of the cream of the crop to be lifted from it. “Lonely Hearts Club” sounds like it’s been ripped right out of a 1980′s Molly Ringwald movie, “Teen Idle” is pretty much the most incredible thing Marina has ever penned, “Valley Of The Dolls” is eerie with its end-of-the-world talk and Illuminati undertones therefor making it one of the most interesting and captivating pop creations of the year, and then there’s “Fear & Loathing” which, funnily enough, seems to follow similar themes. A full (and completely schizophrenic – you’ll understand what I mean when it goes online), rather lengthy piece reviewing this complexly wonderful album is on the way.

LADY GAGA – Scheiße
Shoulda been a single, my god. The best moment during Gaga’s epic Born This Way Ball.

NO DOUBT – Settle Down
I am here for this song and comeback, yes I am. This is 6 minutes of bliss.

WILLAM BELLI & FRIENDS – Let’s Have A KaiKai / Love You Like A Big Schlong / Chow Down / The Vagina Song
The break-out controversial star from RuPaul’s Drag Race and literally every TV show ever created is also one of the best pop stars to come from the series. Willam’s update on the Scissor Sisters song “Let’s Have A KiKi” manages to outdo the original, her stunning tribute to Selena Gomez and Enormous Cocks is truly touching, her collaboration with Vicky Vox & Detox, a take off-of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” that lyrically pays tribute to Chick-Fil-A Chicken, is Current, and of course “The Vagina Song” which really speaks for itself. I am a proud Willam Belli Stan and I will not Rupologise for it.

CASSIE – Queen Of Hearts
How has this not been the biggest Urban single of 2012?

LANA DEL REY – Off To The Races / Blue Jeans (Kris Menace Mix) / This Is What Makes Us Girls / Radio
I had the honour of seeing Lana live a couple of weeks ago and then the extended pleasure of meeting her afterwards (Full review with photos incoming) and I can’t get her out of my mind. “Born To Die” is obviously the album of the year and the tracks I’ve picked from the record for this playlist don’t even do the majesty of the whole record justice. If you haven’t yet, then you should. Lana is EVERYTHING.

ROGUE TRADERS – Girl In Gold
This flawless tribute to Deborah Harry is a truly lost gem from the Rogue Traders incredible final album “Night Of The Living Drums.” Second only to “In Love Again” as the bands finest creation.

SANTIGOLD – Pirate In The Water / Fame
Santi’s new album “Master of my Make-Believe” is a revelation, but these two tracks in particular are the records biggest slabs of self-assured Jamaican-tinged punk-pop. “Pirate In The Water” is the lighter pop moment but “Fame” is the lyrical clencher.

THE PRESETS – Youth In Trouble (Green Velvet Remix)
This incredible remix of an already bonza dance song from Australia’s very own is hopefully a nice example of the kind of anti-radio dance music the band started out creating. In its original form, “Youth In Trouble” is this acid-house rave explosion that is exactly the kind of rave I want to be hearing in 2012 and exactly the kind of rave Australian radio weren’t expecting from the boys. An inspired club-cut.

SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM – Really Want To See You Again
Connie & Angus bat it completely out of the park once again. Lifted from my favourite Album of 2011.

SANDRA BERNHARD – Perfection
I’m not entirely sure what this electro-infused Chicks On Speed-esque dance bomb is all about but it came on at the end of Sandra’s excellent stand-up album “Everything Bad & Beautiful” and I just had to share it.

KATHY GRIFFIN – I’ll Say It
The theme-song from Kathy’s new talk show is all kinds of fun and literally makes Carrie Underwood completely redundant. Bitch bye! There’s a MIAMI MIX (!!!!!!) on its way too which you can hear in this video of Kathy & Gloria Estefan singing it together on stage. Amazing.

The playlist also features songs by Muscles, Azealia Banks, The Saturdays, Garbage, iamamiwhoami, Justin Bieber, Queen of Hearts, Loreen, Ricki-Lee, Nicki Minaj, Kylie Minogue, RuPaul and Jessica 6. Each month (or so) I’ll attempt to create a new playlist to share with you on the blog; let me know what you think!

Why Justin Bieber will be the next King of Pop.

Posted By Adem / April, 27, 2011 / 7 comments

BIEBUS

I’ve never had a problem with Justin Bieber being such an enormous part of the pop culture conscience. I certainly wasn’t an enormous fan, but never really thought he was doing anybody any harm being around, and it helps that, well, all of his songs are actually really well crafted, great pop songs. When I wrote and published the entry for Bieber’s “My Worlds” on my blogs Top 50 Albums of 2010 countdown, I’d pretty much given in to the idea that I was on-board, harbouring a mild Bieber-fever, even though I hilariously all-but refer to him by the end of the entry as being a fetus. Obviously, now that I Belieb, this is a statement I wish to retract, and my fever has, indeed, reached dangerous levels.

Monday, April the 18th, 2011 is a day I will Never Forget, because it is the day that I became a Belieber.

You see, this particular date was my first (of many) encounters in front of the big-screen, watching Bieber’s tour doco ‘Never Say Never.’ The second viewing would follow two days later, only this time I got see the fillum in 3D. I think you’ll understand me when I say it made the movie – which is very, very entertaining and very bloody good on its own – at least 600 times more exciting. The movie follows Justin and his entourage, including manager Scooter Braun and rather loveable mother Pattie Mallette, as they count down the days leading up to Bieber’s first time playing Madison Square Garden – a dream for not only Manager Braun, but for Bieber himself.

This is where the movies undeniable playing power comes in. Throughout this biopic you see Bieber and those around him constantly working in harmony together. You get a better understanding of the idea that he’s actually quite talented, perhaps even beyond his years – as you would have witnessed first-hand if you’ve seen the movie yourself. If you haven’t yet, were you aware that he plays drums better than all of your faves? Or that he was playing gigs in bands before he’d even thought about turning 10? Never Say Never slams all the ideas that Bieber is this enormous puppet, “the next Britney,” I read somebody say on Twitter once, insinuating there would one day be a dead look behind the eyes of Bieber because it was never what he wanted. The movie squashes all of that and you’re left with something a lot more honest; the dreams of a 16 year old Kid in love with music, having the ability to sing, dance and play along to the music like a seasoned professional, not somebody who started off with grainy videos on YouTube less than a couple of years ago. There is something about Justin, particularly in this movie, that makes you feel like he has always had every intention of sticking around for the long-haul.

He’s certainly secured a full-throttle Stan out of me too. Within 24 hours of seeing Never Say Never in 2D I had spent at least $80 on merchandise. 24 hours after seeing it in 3D, I had spent about $250. Next week, I will probably not spend more as I am trying desperately to go to the show in Melbourne which is ON BLOODY MONDAY. Let’s not even discuss how expensive tickets are on ebay at the moment.

During the movie Justin mentions he would, one day, hope to have as many varied fans as possible; girls, boys, young, old… If he has that in his head at only 16 years of age, what’s actually stopping him from doing what has probably run through his mind a few times; eventually becoming the next King of Pop? By todays standard he, like Gaga with her current title, technically, is the current King of Pop. And whilst nobody will ever really be The Queen of Pop until Madonna turns into a singing fat lady, the title for the Men’s corner has recently opened itself up, and this time around our King seems pretty bloody normal – no tendencies to shake Children out of hotel windows or eat deep-fried peanut butter sandwiches.

Justin’s already made an impact. He has already become a legend. If Bieber never made another album again he would still forever be remembered as he’s become such a poignant part of pop music history. In this current climate, none of the Male pop stars on a world-wide and Americanised level match up to the possibilities that lie within the development of Bieber’s career. His fans are dedicated and will move on with him from project to project, his music will grow and mature – much like Michael Jackson’s did when he started out as a Child star/Teen heartthrob. The Bieber ‘machine’ will continue to work in the ridiculously harmonious fashion that it does, and in doing so the people behind it are ensuring Justin’s development as a person – not just a pop star. He also has a very listenable voice, one that, as he has gotten older in just this last year, has deepened significantly and will develop into what I’m thinking will be one of the finest male voices in pop.

Obviously, my opinion of The Almighty Biebus is not shared by a lot of people across the board, and you know what, that’s fine. You certainly don’t have to love him or even bloody like him, but to think that Bieber should – and I’ll use an example I see more often than not online –  be killed because you don’t like hearing his songs on the radio? Oh for fucks sake – Lighten up, mate.