Monday, January 28, 2008

What I am (and therefore you should be) listening to

Chasing Pavements - Adele. Her first official single, Adele's "Chasing Pavements" is the first great pop single of 2008. It's a lovely, soulful, and memorable tune.

Superstar - Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos. I'm not usually one for hip-hop, but then every once in awhile something great like this comes along. The crowd noise in the background is a bit annoying, but the message is a better-than-average take on the "woe-is-me" fame thing. And Matthew Santos sounds kind of sounds like Chris Martin.

You Know Me Better - Roisin Murphy. Not content to just borrow aspects of '80s music, now artists are making music that sounds like it could have come right from the '80s. Seriously, "You Know Me Better" could be a lost track from the recording sessions of Madonna's 1983 debut. Great bassline and synths.

Time to Pretend - MGMT. A standout track from their debut, Oracular Spectacular, this synth-laden, upbeat track is fun ride. It's nice to hear something playful for a change.

Just for Tonight - One Night Only. Here's another upbeat synths and guitars single, although more in The Killers vein.

Wow - Kylie Minogue. Kylie's irresistible second X single is an '80s-flavored Daft Punk-esque romp, in a similar but more frothy vein as her 2002 hit "Love at First Sight."

With You - Chris Brown. Sure it includes the lyric "boo," but don't let that stop you from embracing this nicely melodic, acoustic-guitar and strings driven (i.e. Stargate-produced) follow-up to beat-heavy "Kiss Kiss."

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