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yes Luke James YES!

So this post is going to be short, sweet & to the point…I’m officially completely obsessed with Luke James (didn’t think that was EVEN MORE possible after his first pre-album) & his new video, just released. I’ve been listening to it on repeat (literally) ever since I discovered it today. The song is shockingly (although I’m not sure why I’m surprised) good in my opinion, maybe even better than most of the songs on his first pre-album. Meant to be a preview for his second EP Whispers in the Dark which is being released on 12.12.12 (can’t WAIT, that’s also the night I get to see him live in concert!! 😀 )

I think the video beautifully brings to life the above painting (“Sugar Shack” by Ernie Barnes – whose art has actually graced quite a few album covers, starting with Marvin Gaye’s I Want You) while cleverly connecting the title of Luke James’s first single to Marvin Gaye’s album with some subtle replacements 🙂

When he starts to “sing it again” around 3:23 – 3:50 his dancing & facial expressions suggest that his own song affects him in the same way that it moves me…! And at that little musical transition to the heavier bass line around 3:46…I die.

Check it out Luke James’s new video for “Make Love To Me” below, and I’m sure I will be doing A LOT more coverage of him hopefully very soon 🙂

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Tinie Tempah

I don’t know why I’m so late on this. As I was listening to Asa’s Beautiful Imperfection album on repeat last night on Spotify, I got a random ad playing the song “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah. I like that song & had vaguely remembered hearing it somewhere, but never knew who the artist was, so of course I decided to click the ad. It took me to Tinie Tempah’s latest album, Disc-Overy, so I decided to take a listen.

Again, I don’t know WHY I’m so late on this. Apparently this British/Nigerian rapper has been releasing mixtapes since 2007 (I def need to take a listen to those). This album Disc-Overy was released in the UK in October of 2010 & in the U.S. in May of 2011, with the album’s North American lead single being “Written in the Stars.” Listening through the album I also immediately recognized his song “Till I’m Gone” f/Wiz Khalifa. Now, with those two songs being the leading singles from this album in the US, I’m honestly not surprised that I hadn’t yet been up on this guy. In my opinion, there are MUCH better tracks on this album than those (My favorites = Intro, Simply Unstoppable, Pass Out, Illusion, Snap, & Miami 2 Ibiza). Take a listen below…

Very diverse collection of sounds I think, although I wish I could find more information on Simply Unstoppable, Illusion, & Snap. Illusion sounds kind of sampled from something & the vocals on Snap kind of remind me of Akon…anybody else?? As for Simply Unstoppable, I also couldn’t find out where those female vocals are coming from, but apparently a remixed version of the song featuring Travis Barker on drums was used in this fierce Lucozade ad campaign:


Just FYI, the above is the American version of the album which has a revised tracklist from the UK version: “Obsession,” “Invincible” f/Kelly Rowland & “Just A Little” f/Range (Roc Nation) were replaced with “Till I’m Gone” f/Wiz Khalifa & other collabs with Bei Maejor & Esther Dean. Guess that makes sense…links to the UK version songs are included if you’re interested. Stay tuned for what’s coming next!