UK’s mum-friendly pop crooner Will Young delivered a lovely piano cover of Kate Bush‘s classic “Running Up That Hill” for Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions on Radio 2 yesterday. His cover cemented the fact that he’s still one of Britain’s best contemporary male pop voices. His forthcoming album, the Richard-X-produced “Echoes”, will see him heading for a long-awaited dance-pop direction, and if lead single “Jealousy” is any indication, pop fans will be in for a real treat, even those who weren’t fans of his music before. You can download the balladry performance below. “Jealousy” drops on August 21, and the album follows a day later.
Radio 1’s Live Lounge seems to revolve around Robyn these days. A couple weeks ago, she was on the show to perform her new single “Call Your Girlfriend”, and now Noah And The Whale has picked it for their mystery cover. The alt-folk band totally transformed the ebullient original into a Tom Petty-style track. They shouldn’t have bothered changing the words though, it could make a cool twist. Stream/download their take below.
Noah And The Whale – Call Your Boyfriend (Robyn Cover)
I don’t have much to say about their own output, except that “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” was quite a guilty pleasure of mine.
The music video for Oh Land’s “White Nights” has finally arrived, and it is so worth the wait. When I heard the directing collective CANADA was at the helm, and that she had a 5-day shoot in Barcelona, I expected a collage of trippy and stunningly-shot visuals. Well, it’s safe to say the end product is nothing short of astonishing. The Danish songstress took us through her fantastical world of glittery hands, headdresses, and impractical animal-head shoes! Apparently, her midsummer daydream consists of surreal scenarios involving lagoon jumping, forest frolicking, horse riding, and lots of dancing (her ballet dancer background certainly helps). I especially like the Kylie-esque bit when she does the robot. For me, the video feels like a proper old-school MTV music video, fast-paced, fun, refreshing, and delightfully bonkers. This is undoubtedly one of the best pop videos I’ve seen this year. I’m glad her label believes in her enough to commission this.
Her self-titled album is still one of 2011’s highlights for me. It’s a carousel of enchanting, whimsical magic-pop that you should not miss out on. To celebrate the video premiere, 2 free remixes of “White Nights” by Twin Shadow and Max Tundra are yours to keep after the jump.
Of all the new girlbands popping up in UK lately, I found myself rooting for SoundGirl the most. There is just something fresh and likeable about the London-based trio that distinguishes them from the rest. Maybe it’s the girl-next-door appeal that’s part of the charm. Olivia, Izzy and Nicole appear to be just 3 teenage girls who are genuinely having fun, not at all concerned with building a hefty multimedia branding empire, or becoming overstyled tabloid figures just yet. Comparisons to Sugababes 1.0 are duly noted. Their debut single/free buzz download “I’m The Fool” was passable, but “Don’t Know Why” is the one that reveals their potential for me. While it’s not the first song to sample Carly Simon’s “Why”, the involvement of songwriter Miranda Cooper really gave it that fondly-missed Xenomania pop kick. The single might have come and gone in the charts with less recognition than expected, but it’s truly a fun summer hit that should have been. Check out the video below, and get a ’90s-styled remix after the jump.