About a year ago, I saw snow falling for the first time. It was my second month out of Florida, so I was dressed in a sweater, leggings and Ugg boots (total no-nos that have since been confiscated by the Brooklyn fashion police). I was recording my second EP at a studio in…
Kitty (formerly Pryde) on a year in the music business.
Album: The A&R EP [Pleasure Masters; 2013] Genre: Dance Pop
If the cut link doesn’t work, skip to 0:48 seconds for the actual song.
Annie released a decent amount of music this year, and nearly all of it was excellent. “Back Together” is the highlight of the Annie branded but technically a collaboration with Richard X (hence A&R EP). It has the driving synth that every dance pop song needs, some chiptune elements thrown in, and Annie’s perfect pop song vocals.
December is a wasteland for new music, which is convenient as I then catch up on stuff I didn’t listen to before.
Overall, I don’t think I like M.I.A.’s Matangi very much, but there were two standout nearly identical tracks: “Exodus” and “Sexodus”.
I prefer “Exodus”, but again there’s not a whole lot different between the songs. The Weeknd provides some pseudo spoken word and harmony vocals. It’s the most approachable song on the album with the smoothest flow and least aggressive presentation. Not that I have an issue with aggression, it’s just that most of the aggressive tracks lack melody. It comes off as very similar to her Vikki Leekz mixtape, which while enjoyable lacked hooks.
One final fun fact: M.I.A. offered this track to Madonna originally, and Madge said no.
AlunaGeorge - “Kaleidoscope Love” Album:Body Music [Vagrant; 2013] Genre: Synth Pop
The first part of Body Music was really solid. That’s not to say that the rest wasn’t…more that the first half was excellent. That doesn’t do much to describe the song, but well, I’m terrible at that. So, enjoy.