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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

To Infinity and Beyond.

Posted By Adem / October, 5, 2011 / 2 comments

“From Here To Anywhere”

(MODULAR) 10/10.

Saviours of Australian Pop and music’s greatest duo since The Pet Shop Boys, our very own answer to Xenomania and therefor Girls Aloud, Sneaky Sound System have returned with one of my most anticipated releases of the year. “From Here To Anywhere” picks up exactly where their flawless sophomore album “2″ (read my original review – which I still stand by 100% - here) left off; Sneaky still have one foot firmly planted in the past whilst keeping their other three feet directed straight toward the future. That exciting blend of 1980′s synths and 2000′s approach to electronica is back in full swing for Anywhere, and much like their previous effort, it too is nothing short of being breathlessly amazing.

The thundering bassline of album opener “Friends” is an immediate step in the right direction, brushing itself up against sexy guitar licks and sonically lending itself slightly to Roger Sanchez’s “Another Chance.” Within three seconds of the chorus dropping it’s easy to see there’s really no fucking around on From Here To Anywhere; Sneaky mean business, and the business of the day is perfect pop music. Big, big chorus with chunky upheaval-like production that rolls along effortlessly; It’s the Sneaky Way. The first two singles then follow, with current radio-topper “Big” being the best of the bunch. “We Love” – a deliciously clunky club track – seems like a wasted opportunity as the first single, sitting amongst nine other songs that are infinitely better than it. That’s not to say We Love isn’t a great song, but when there are so many other brilliantly put together songs on here it makes you wonder why it was chosen to kick off this new era when something as monumental as “Big” sat there, waiting its turn. “I Need You So” is the only other song on Anywhere that goes back to that ‘In The Club’ territory heard on “We Love,” except that I Need You So is the better of the two. If the guys really wanted a club-banger for the first single then this should have been the choice, at least from a commercial standpoint.

Glitter-bass rears its head for the stunning “Really Want To See You Again”, complete with lyrics that get it; “I was breakin’ outta rules for you… I don’t want to talk about you, but I really wanna see you again. I don’t want to think about you, but I really wanna see you again.” The best lyric? “Don’t get me wrong, only fools get me wrong, I’s a mess when I was with you.” Keep an ear out for the brilliant bridge/middle8 combo that absolutely slays.

Making small – but noteworthy – references to the influential Human League, particularly their classic “Don’t You Want Me Baby”, “Remember” is a highly dramatic production for a song that is one of the bands hardest, lyrically speaking. “Don’t tell me we were wrong from the start, don’t hide your heart away so it can’t get back to the sweetest part.” The heartbreak continues in songs like “I’m Not Leaving” (which is much like an updated offcut from Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” L.P. – never a bad thing at all,) which is the closest Anywhere gets to serving a ballad.

One of the best songs on Anywhere “The Colours”, is destined to be a single at some point. BIG synths with a mind-blowingly tight chorus, everything comes to an exciting climax just after the middle 8 and I am telling you, you will know when this is happening because your ears will asplode everywhere. However, the biggest interest should be strummed for the records most stunning moment (well, perhaps after “Big”), and – typically – it’s a track called “1984.” “Maybe we can televise at the Minsitry of Love?” Miss Connie coos before launching into the biggest and most commercially viable moment on all of Anywhere. It’s an obvious pop cultural reference to the book of the same name and the lyrics suggest this from the moment it begins. Everything from the way it abruptly opens, The Divine Miss Connie’s talky-bits, Angus’ brilliant production – without a doubt in their Top 5 songs of all time.

The record comes to a close – perfectly only 10 tracks long – with Balearic-banger “Lovetown”, taking bits and pieces from the Metronomy school of dance and combing it all together with cheeky lyrics that play like some kind of Caribbean disco dream.

The best thing about From Here To Anywhere is its ability to knock you in the face from the get-go with huge, euphoric build-up’s across all of the songs that lead to death-defying climaxes. It’s everything we loved about “2″ – and then some. Angus and Miss Connie have knocked this one so far out of the park it’s hard to imagine any Australian artist toppling them over the next 12 months. Whether this sells or not, Sneaky Sound System are, and always have been, at the very top of their game, and “From Here To Anywhere” is their second (of three) truly perfect and completely flawless long players. So many artists can’t even achieve that in 10 years – yet they’ve done it in 5.

The only way is up. Sneaky Sound System are here to save our lives with the highest quality pop this country has ever served.

FROM HERE TO ANYWHERE is released THIS FRIDAY October 7th in Australia, with a subsequent release worldwide from October 17.


Big Première.

Posted By Adem / September, 9, 2011 / 0 comments

I wrote about this song last week and now we have the video.

In Summary: Amazing hair, Amazing outfits, Amazing song, Amazing Sneaky Sound System.

This is the moment we’ve been waiting for.

Posted By Adem / August, 29, 2011 / 2 comments


“Big” is the new single from Sneaky Sound System and it is exactly that.

Following up from the first single “We Love” (which has a highly entertaining video), this is the second offering from their third long player “From Here To Anywhere”, which I am VERY excited about. Sneaky have signed on with Modular who as most of you will know is one of my absolute all-time favourite record labels, so naturally I was expecting Big things from the first single We Love. It’s definitely a good song but when you’re sitting on something this huge, as my friend Edward said to me on Facebook today, it’s hard to understand why “Big” wasn’t the first single. Because it is really something else.



It’s undeniable magic. That chorus may very well be their most sonic and wonderful creation so far, and that’s AMAZING news when you take into consideration the fact that they are bloody excellent at choruses and are pretty much Australia’s answer to Xenomania/Girls Aloud.

Miss Connie and Black Angus have a hit with this. Remember the first time you heard Rogue Traders’ “In Love Again” and you went “Oh my GOD, that is BEAUTIFUL”? This is Sneaky’s moment of that magnitude; this is a soaring, majestic pop song with enough thumping electronic hooves to go along with some of the bands best, most sincere lyrics.

Sneaky Sound System’s “BIG”  is the second best song of 2011. And if the magic of their last album is anything to by then Lady Gaga will finally have some real competition for Album of the Year.