Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Singles Serving

Beady Eye - The Roller. Formed from the ashes of Oasis, who disbanded once Noel Gallagher finally abandoned ship, the rest of the guys return sounding just as great as they did with Noel. This feels like their typical style of guitar-driven, pop-leaning rock. Nicely retro, good melody and you'd think ready to hit the charts, although at midweek, this looks like it's not generating very much interest. Well, I like it.

The Vaccines - Post Break Up Sex. This British rock group placed third in the BBC Sounds of 2011 poll. This is their second single, preceding the March release of their debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? They show a lot of promise with this song, a fun, upbeat number that wastes no time getting to the hooky chorus.

Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey - Blind Faith. Yet another dance track to utilize the classic 1980 dance hit "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway, Chase & Status score with this new composition, which looks set to become their biggest hit yet.

Ke$ha - Blow.
Ke$ha scored her second-biggest hit with "We R Who We R," which she follows up with this second release from the Cannibal EP. While not as instantly likable as her last hit, it's not bad, and certainly follows in the same vein of electro-dance-pop that we've heard from her before, perhaps even more club-oriented this time. This one is produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Kool Kojak.

Mann - Buzzin'.
As usual, you can tell by the opening musical "tag" that super producer J.R. Rotem helmed this surprisingly fun hip-hop track that samples the classic '80s track "I Can't Wait," a top 5 hit by the Portland-based Nu Shooz. Great choice.

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