Monday, January 31, 2011

Singles Serving

Yasmin - On My Own. What a treat! Downbeat trip-hop hasn't produced a single this great since they heyday of Massive Attack. The 21 year-old London DJ made her first vocal appearance on last year's "Runaway," by Devlin, who also has a new single this week.

Jessie J (feat. B.o.B) - Price Tag. "Do It Like a Dude" isn't even 2 months old, and is still in the top 10, but that's not stopping the British singer from a quick follow-up. This collaboration with American rapper B.o.B shows a softer side to Jessie J, offering up a mid-tempo, soulful groove.

Rihanna - S&M. After the more laid back sound of "What's My Name," Rihanna is back with something faster, harder and dirtier for Loud's third single. It's a great song, blending sharp beats and fuzzy synths with Rihanna's most assertive vocal yet. But will FCC-wary radio embrace a song about kinky sex? After a slow start, the track is finally in the top 40 at pop radio.

Devlin (feat. Labrinth) - Let It Go. British grime rapper Devlin teams up with Labrinth for this third single from his album Bud, Sweat and Tears, delivering a darker, funkier track than we got with "Runaway." It's okay, but not a showstopper and not as good as "Runaway."

Tinchy Stryder (feat. Melanie Fiona) - Let It Rain. After breaking out big in 2009 and scoring two #1 hits, Stryder has had a hard time finding a hit from his recent album, Third Strike. This fourth single teams him with Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona, a Grammy nominee last year for her hit "It Kills Me." The song features the usual layers of processed synthesizers and beats we've come from to expect from Stryder. As such, this continues his trend of releasing unremarkable singles.


Paul said...

i think there is a lot of anticipation here for Price Tag so rather than wait, they are capitalising right now. I can see it being MASSIVE. MASSIVE! I'll probably be completely wrong now and it will stiff at #11 :/

ww_adh said...

It's a good song, but I really like this Yasmin track a lot too.

J.Mensah said...

I got The National's Boxer yesterday! That is such beaut of an album. I love it!

A1 said...

go S&M!
cool chart nevertheless!