Artist: Chipmunk Album: Transition Location: London
Chipmunk, one of the king pins of Grime is back with his new album ‘Transition’; and what a transition it is indeed. Little Chip Diddy Chip has grown into an international, chart topping rap star, but is it a good change for his music? I think the answer is yes and no. He is with no question a very talented artist and has created another album of hits and catchy songs, such as the anthem ‘Champion’ featuring Chris Brown; but the switch to mainstream seems to have taken away some of the more grittier sounds and lyrics that made chipmunk great and unique. For new fans it is a change that will not be noticed or cared about, but for some of the older fans it is an obvious change and one that probably won’t be favoured, as he is just becoming like every other Urban artist out there. However, this is still a very good album with some prominent artists featuring on the tracks, and definitely worth a listen. I just hope Chipmunk doesn’t forget his roots and start to cater for a mainly American audience.
Atrist: Katy B Album: On A Mission Location: London
I like to think I have a wide music taste and I’ll admit Katy B’s singles before the release of her debut album ‘On A Mission’ were pretty good. She mixed powerful female vocals and dubstep beats perfectly. When I downloaded her CD, I was expecting something new and upbeat but when I listened to it I felt that she is a bit of a one trick pony. Her track ‘Broken Record’ sums up her album very well, it is just blends into the same noise, which becomes very repetitive and boring quickly. I’m not saying she doesn’t have talent, her wide range of vocal chords and soulful voice shouldn’t go unnoticed but it’s as if she got praise of her singles, and stuck to that sound with no variation. I would defiantly give this album two thumbs down, and wouldn’t recommend purchasing it, unless you are a DJ and looking for some good beats to play. Besides that though you are just wasting money.
White Lies are one of those rare bands that sound like no one else out there and never leave you bored. Naturally when I first heard they were releasing a new album I was extremely excited. On my first listen of ‘Ritual’ however it was a different story. It seemed that the band had simply produced a new album that sounded more or less exactly the same as their last one and hadn’t evolved as artists. When I gave it a second listen though it grew on me quite a bit. White Lies have kept their original sound, which is what make them great. They have dug deeper into their emotions than before and pulled out something much more lyrically sound than their debut album. ‘Ritual’ is another prime example of how truly talented the British music scene really is, and the unique vocals of Harry McVeigh will leave you playing their music over and over.
When Bobby Long released his debut album ‘A Winter Tale’ I don’t think many people expected it to be this good. The 24 year old from West England will remind his listeners of an early Bob Dylan. Bobby generated popularity after writing the song ‘Let It Sign’ for friend and actor Rob Pattison to perform in the twilight film. Long has continued to produce musical gold and has captured the true essence of folk perfectly on his first album. He is one of the few artists that don’t get the recognition that they deserve.
Artist: Jessie J Album: Who Are You Location: London
Jessie J exceeds expectations with her debut album ‘Who You Are’. Mixing a blend of pop, urban and soul into one album obviously paid off as it earned her the number two spot on the UK album charts on its release. She shows that she is not just another pop singer, but a talented singer capable of a wide range of vocals.
Artist: Skepta Album: Doin' It Again Location: London
Skepta, who is arguably one of the most influential MC’s on the grime scene, has come back hard with his third studio album “Doin’ It Again’.
The CD was released on Boy Better Know Records, which Skepta is a co-founder of along side grime artist and brother JME. Before its official release four singles from the album were available, all of which made there way into the UK top 40.
London's 02 Arena was packed with celebrities and fans alike (although the tickets were a hefty price of around $140), for the Brit Awards, 2011. Host, James Corden, was at times a bumbling presenter who seemed to be out of his depth on this occasion, often appearing nervous and his timing left a lot to be desired.
Cee Lo Green was on form when he performed Forget You but let's not forget the part where he nearly went head first into the audience after he tripped on (and actually ripped) the dress of Paloma Faith. But all in all it was an entertaining evening with no great surprises, other than that one.
Drum & Bass icons Chase & Status return with their long awaited second studio album ‘No More Idols’. The duo has definitely evolved their sounds creating a more mature and fuller album; featuring an army of big talent in the UK music scene, from new artists such as ‘Clare Maguire’ to established acts such as ‘Plan B’ and also international star ‘Cee Lo Green’.
Artist: Cheryl Cole Album: Messy Little Raindrops Location: Newcastle
Cheryl Cole is one of those celebrities who always seem to be in the limelight, whether it’s for being one of Britain’s most annoying talent show judges, going through a very long divorce or releasing her new album. When I got her album I genuinely didn’t know how good or bad it was going to be and I really did listen to it with an open mind.
The King of the South T.I. returns with his long awaited seventh studio album ‘No Mercy’. There has been so much anticipation lingering around the release. When the first promotional single ‘I’m Back’ was released earlier this year in March, fans were eagerly expecting something big, especially as it was the first album out since T.I's release from prison earlier this year.
Band: The Wanted Album: The Wanted Location: London
Newest boy band in the UK music scene The Wanted have released their self titled debut album. Their number 1 hit ‘All Time Low’ was exceptionally catchy and surprisingly unique for a manufactured boy band, and after hearing it I had high hopes for this band.
Tinchy Styrder’s highly anticipated third studio album, Third Strike, hit shelves Monday and has been open to great reception, rapidly climbing into the Top 10 album downloads. Having the chart single ‘In My System’ already, there are sure to be many to follow from this album, with anthems such as ‘Game Over’ and ‘Stereo Love’.
Irish Boys, The Script, released their sophomore album Science & Faith recently, with one smash hit and a number 1 album already, the follow up CD hasn’t done too bad so far. In the second album we see The Script take a deeper and personal direction; however, they have still kept the same unique sound we heard on the first album.