Tied up with string: April

SOME albumS:

Katy B’s On A Mission is a brilliant, brilliant piece of work by anyone’s standards. The lightness and breeziness of pop, beefed up with everything that’s good from the current dance scene, and powered along by charm, energy and personality.

There’s a point in Go Away, when Katy’s doing that characteristically amazing thing she does, her voice swooping and pouncing everywhere, but never sounding forced or strained, always effortless and natural, when you think ‘Wow, this has been a superb album’. And then you think ‘Wow, hang on, there are still those three massive singles to come.’  Mind you, since I first had that thought in a sunny garden, Easy Please Me has been announced as the next single. That’s the cheeky one that sounds like it could be a great lost b-side to Erasure’s Drama!. So it’s a month after release and the album’s already back-loaded with four stunning singles. I would say that it’s the sound of London in the spring, but it’s going to be playing all summer as well. And I think Katy’s music is a friend for life.

I’m also taken with the understated electro-soul of Jamie Woon’s Mirrorwriting. Nocturnal and melancholy, organic and urban, delicate and meaty. Very nice indeed.

An advert:

Oh how I dream about eggs. And Scotch eggs! They’re just filthy. In the new Oasis – It’ll Go With Anything ad, a bottle of juice seduces just such a coquettish crumbed treat. “You’re more than just an egg! You’re hard boiled! And meaty! And BREADED.” Speaking for us all there.

When we join them in flagrante, some of her coating’s come off – you see the yolk and everything. “You’d better put your lid back on!” she coos. But no-one’s looking at him.

A POP VIDEO

I love this austere, menacing video for Sadness Is A Blessing, my favourite song from Lykke Li’s recent album. Oh, her luminous sadness. The unspoken grief, the sense of being trapped. I suspect Lykke could be a great actress if she wanted to be.

ANIMAL OF THE MONTH

I’ve been based in a different location with work this month, and as a result I now get a train to just outside of London every morning. Have you seen what’s out there? Fields! With animals in them! People who haven’t spent their whole lives in cities will scoff at me, but I still get excited every time I see ponies, sheep and horses from a train window. PONIES!

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