Hope your well. Its been ages since I've done one of these so its a biggie. First of all, lets all hail the amazing return of Bananarama. I am sure everyone has heard Love Comes by now. Ian Masterson is certainly a chap to pop ya collar off to. The single (aka a "bundle") is already available to pre-order here. The cd will come with amazing reworking of Cruel Summer. Nuff respect! I want it already! You can tantalizingly already hear the latter track on their official website here. Girlbands rule! Scratch that! Bananarama rule!
Another comeback is well-reported return of Natalie Imbruglia. Sigh. While I love the promo single Wild About It, the new proper single Want leaves me cold. Do we all have to be jumping on the electro bandwagon? Something tells me this genre is being over-whipped. Want, to me, sounds too much like the rather fantastic (and well underrated) track by S Club 8 New Direction. Don't get me wrong Want is good, but S Club 8 got their first.
A really interesting return is the new track by Alison Moyet! Its actually by My Robot Friend but its totally dominated by Moyet. You have to check it out. Waiting is properly stunning. Alison Moyet will be releasing a greatest hits album in time for her UK tour. The release will come with a rather special live album making it a perfect christmas gift.
Lights is back! And this time its for real! The Canadian electro princess released her beautiful EP, Lights, last year and ever since I've been addicted. Well, with her new release she shows a harder dance side to her. Her previous work was more softer. This stuff has a higher spec (as the video shows). The album, The Listening, will be out come September time. I find Saviour a bit like Sophia Somajo's (myspace) work on her groundbreaking album The Laptop Diaries which is only a good thing. Lights is doing some really big shows when she comes to the UK to promote her new single which is so good. The only way is up for this girl. Check out DSTP's interview with Lights from Feb 2009 (here).
Little Boots is about to release Remedy. Its doing rather well which is a good thing. I personally feel the song itself is a bit tight. She needs to release the amazing Biffco track Hearts Collide. Remedy is doing what its supposed to do (its already in the top twenty). But the RedOne track is no match when played next to the absolutely epic Hearts Collide. Bring it on! If its the next single it'll be massive!
MissMatch (of Sweden) are back! The new single is rather amazing. I think it should be getting airplay in Sweden right about now. Cross That Line is MASSIVE! I think it could be the track that pushes them into Europe properly. Okay, how should I describe it? Its a difficult one. Its a bit like Love At First Sight but more synthetic but don't think they've gone all Lady GaGa. There is still an organic soul to their version of pop. I am sure the girls will add it to their myspace in the very near future.
Aqua are heading to G-a-y (as reported in Scandipop). They've changed the M.J lyric in Back In the 80's & plan to release their greatest hits worldwide. Its sometimes easy to forget just how big Aqua were: they were the only rivals to the Spice Girls. With Lene's sometimes awfully high pitched voice, they soared up the charts with their gloriously cheesy pop. All around the world. Then it stopped. She released an album with Xenomania & it kinda went quiet. Well, their back. I think they've got their eyes set on the US. With a world of Jonas Brothers, High School Musical and Miley its like they never left. They'll fit right in...
Talking of which, their fellow Scandanavian Agnes Carlsson has made appearance on the American website for Interscope Records. With the huge success of Lady GaGa, it could be argued that their is indeed space for songs like Release Me & On and On. Fingers crossed. If Agnes makes it big in the USA the world truly has changed! Its release date is on the 18 (on US Amazon music). If you wanna read DSTP's interview with Agnes just go here.