Britney Spears ‘Hold It Against Me’ Video Premiere

As you’ve all probably figured out by now, I love all kinds of music; including Britney Spears.  There’s nothing original about her and she’s quite possibly the shiniest pop product we have in music, currently.  She can’t really sing, she doesn’t write her own lyrics, she doesn’t write her own music, etc..but i don’t care.

‘Hold It Against Me’ is not the best song she’s released, nor is it the best video, but it works.  It’s a confusing visual orgasm and has a pretty sick fight scene in the middle.  Special effects successfully distract from the fact that, by Brit’s standards, the song is mediocre. But, again, I still enjoyed it.

To the critics who say it’s been done before: Fuck you. If you don’t like it 1) don’t watch it or 2) do something better. So sick of that tired argument.  Britney is here to be enjoyed by all for what she is: a shiny pop product.

Check out the video below:

Daily Classic: Bizarre Inc ‘I’m Gonna Get You’

Who remembers this 90s dance classic? ‘Yo, DJ, pump this party!’

Having spent the better part of the first 14 years of my life listening to oldies with my mother; this song is one of my earliest memories of dance music. I remember putting this song on repeat and dancing like a fool, in my room, as a young gay lad..

I’m really excited that 90s dance music is making a comeback..I am all about the resurrection of the cheesetastic sounds made famous by Bizarre Inc, Crystal Waters, Corona, Snap!, and others..

In the meantime, take a walk down memory lane and start jamming all over again to Bizarre Inc’s classic, I’m Gonna Get You.

Daily Tune: Lykke Li ‘I Follow Rivers’

I’ve had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Swedish songstress, Lykke Li, over the last few years. I want to like her music a lot more than I do. What usually prevents me from enjoying her music more is her voice; which can grate at times. However, when the beats are more pronounced and when she uses her lower register to sing, she’s great.

My favorite song off her up-and-down debut album, Youth Stories, was ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone.’ That song had both immediate hooks and beats. Thankfully, I Follow Rivers (which is the 2nd single off her upcoming album), is every bit as good as ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone.’ Great hook, great vocals, great beat, etc.

Her 2nd album, Wounded Rhymes, drops on 1 March on her own label, LL Recordings. I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing!

Lykke Li ‘I Follow Rivers’

Daily Classic: Tricky ‘Ponderosa’

Tricky, Tricky, Tricky.

‘Ponderosa’ was the lead single off Tricky’s debut album, Maxinquaye.  While he’s never been able to replicate the brilliance of Maxinquaye, Ponderosa serves as a reminder of just how brilliant Tricky can be.  From the eery piano in the beginning, to a beat that sounds as if it was lifted from the 1960s movie, Charade; this is trip-hop at its best.  Vocalist Martina Topley-Bird has remained one of the most underrated vocalists around and I’ve continued to follow her through a stellar career as a solo artist, post-Tricky.

Between Massive Attack, Portishead, and Tricky, trip-hop was the soundtrack to my high school years.  If the goths had The Cure in the 80s, I had trip-hop in the 90s.  Memories abound of going on long late night drives around town and causing havoc while listening to Tricky.  Ponderosa also reminds me visiting my family in England on typically cloudy English summer days.  Good stuff.

Fans of UK music, slow hip hop, and female vocalists should dig this.  If you like Ponderosa, picky up the entire album. Maxinquaye remains one of my favorite albums of all-time.

Check it out the creepy video for Ponderosa, below.

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