“I Was Gonna Cancel” is an incontestable cause for comment. A dark horse of a melody, it is taken from Ms. Minogue’s twelfth studio release, Kiss Me Once. Fans devoted to the Australian songstress’ tried and true theatrics of pop and eye candy, dismissed the track as an awkward, lackluster consequence of how the music industry imposes its marketing agendas on artists.
After all, the song is written and produced by Pharrell Williams. Laced with the synth and funk that defined much of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories in 2013 and Madonna’s Hard Candy in 2008, “I Was Gonna Cancel” follows suit, but with results far more successful than their predecessors. This is mostly due to the fact that Ms. Minogue’s principal sound remains intact.
The song recalls Ms. Minogue’s earlier material; notably her take on “The Locomotion”, and “I Should Be So Lucky”, both singles which peaked the charts in 1988. In the case of “I Was Gonna Cancel” the Pharrell modus operandi of funk and urban disco is more triumphant coincidence than artistic usurpation. The music video, a visual annotation challenging our own demons when faced with setback, is a refreshing alternative from the sex-charged visuals Ms. Minogue’s discography is brimming with. You only have to look back to her previous single titled “Sexercize” and see that this release adds more integrity to Ms. Minogue’s C.V.
Call it pedestrian-retro-chic, or back-to-basics, the result is remarkable. Kiss Me Once marks Ms. Minogue’s first release under the purview of Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
Visual inspired by Madonna’s “Runaway Lover“.
© 2013 Faris Habayeb
When Gin Wigmore, the 26 year old Kiwi surfaced on the scene approximately two years ago, her prospects were budding.
2011 witnessed the release of Gravel and Wine, the follow up to her acclaimed debut Holy Smoke, and today Ms. Wigmore is still the captivating songstress she was projected to become.
While Gravel and Wine is yet to be available in the U.S., “Man Like That,” the lead single from the record, witnessed release stateside in October of 2012. The track retains a gritty-soul sound that Ms. Wigmore masters so well. However, the look and feel is packaged a little more artistically, painting her born-on-the-bayou sensibilities with coat of cabaret grunge. As seen through a key hole, the music video recalls Steven Meisel’s Louis Vuitton’s 2008-09 Fall campaign, which memorably showcased Madonna in a French bistro setting. But more than eye candy, the track has an incessant drum beat, writhing guitar lines, trumpets, and Ms. Wigmore’s ravishingly coarse vocals.
You can listen to the track and watch the video here.
Usher those sweltering, indigo nights of summer with the release of Kylie Minogue’s latest “Timebomb”.
Packing a celebratory punch of her 25 years in the business, the anthem is a simple, adrenalin-laced ode to the dance floor. It’s a shift from the mid tempo sounds of Aphrodite, and a return to more climactic pop.
If “Timebomb” were penned for a different artist, the results would not have been as successful. Yet Minogue is pioneering, mastering the art of delivering a good, fun, sound.
Comparisons to Madonna are inevitable, recalling 2008’s “4 Minutes”, and it’s rather galling sense of real-time urgency. This summer, I’ll be taking Kylie’s detonating pop shock waves over Madonna’s dated, unheroic attempts to prevent them.
1. Humdrum – Pallers
2. Ambulance – Blur
3. Sandpaper Kisses – Martina Topley Bird
4. The Wave – Miike Snow
5. Sweet Memory – Melody Gardot
6. Sail – Awolnation
7. Medicine Man – Zero 7
8. When Saints Go Machine – Kelly
9. Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too – New Radicals
10. Falling Free – Madonna