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will.i.am – Impatient & Fantastic September 28, 2007

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Some groovy tracks here. And I’m aware I can’t pull off saying the word groovy without coming off incredibly camp but these tracks really are (groovy that is, not gay). Don’t let the awful first single “I Got it From My Mama” turn you off, these two tracks come from the same will.i.am album (“Songs About Girls”) and are great. Will.i.am certainly shows his versatility as a producer with an essentially pop album after producing great hip-hop beats for the likes of ‘The Game’ and ‘Nas’. “Impatient” is more of an instrumental but something you can definitely get down to and “Fantastic” plays almost like a Jackson Five track. Check it out.

will.i.am – Impatient
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will.i.am – Fantastic
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Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me & Gone In The Morning September 20, 2007

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I saw this dude when he opened for John Mayer at a concert recently. He was pretty good and very good at keeping the crowd happy, even if it resorted to singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme before he left the stage. You may have heard “Dream Catch Me” around which I thought sounded fantastic acoustically but I challenge you to listen to the second track I’m uploading and not have it stuck in your head by the time it ends.

Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
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Newton Faulkner – Gone in the Morning
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Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark September 19, 2007

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I discovered this track when on my daily Myspace stalk and thought it was incredible. It has a similar sound to a Polyphonic Spree track – incredibly feel-good and bouncy – without paying attention to the lyrics which my mate suggested at one point is about, erm, rape.. “Then I met a man with a fist for a hand/Held me flat on my back, taught me how to give in” – but it comes off feeling very optimistic “I’m finally feeling the stitching of beautiful seams“. I really can’t stop listening to it. Definitely a song to check out.

Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark
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Biffy Clyro – Folding Stars September 11, 2007

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Bit of melodic rock for you now from this Scottish outfit. I didn’t give much care for the rest of the album (although I have yet to give it a proper chance) however this particular track has one of those hooks that you just can’t get out of your head. I have found myself singing it over and over incorrectly without actually knowing the word that features most prominently in the chorus. When that happens you just have to hope that no-one around you knows the song well enough to correct you. Long story short, let’s just say I never realised how close the word enema sounded to the name Eleanor.

Biffy Clyro – Folding Stars
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Colbie Caillat – Coco September 11, 2007

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)I get excited when I discover music like this because this album is one I have had on constant repeat since I first heard it and I practically know all the lyrics to each song, not by effort of learning, but just by subconsciously singing back to myself when each track was played. I randomly decided to research about this artist when Steve Jobs played a mere clippit of the track “Bubbly” when doing one of his keynote presentations. I don’t exactly know why, but on a complete whim I decided to check out the whole album and I’m incredibly glad I did. This music is the very definition of easy-listening. Think a brighter spin of Norah Jones. Think airy. Think summer. I can’t put my finger on what distinguishes her from the sea of other female singer-songwriters out there but there is something really genuine in her voice – it never sounds forced or contrived, and the mood always sounds very natural and carefree. Here are my two picks from the album.

Colbie Caillat – Oxygen
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Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
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Darren Hayes – Who Would Have Thought September 7, 2007

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Darren Hayes (formally of Savage Garden who’s second album “Affirmation” I am a fan of… which I’m not too sure I should admit) has been floating around the music scene on his solo act for some time now. Here in the UK he had a bit of success with the incredibly cringe-worthy “Insatiable” and the better track “Strange Relationship” which suggested there was life in the camp dog yet. Two albums later and he’s now released a double-disc album “This Delicate Thing We’ve Made” which, while a little self indulgent, has spawned some incredibly good songs. The best of which is this one, “Who Would Have Thought” which is a haunting, incredibly well produced song with a deft beat, sweeping sounds and atmospheric overtone. It’s definitely one to check out. Savage Garden fans will lap this up like… someone lapping up something… really… fast. Yeah, I was never good with similes.

Darren Hayes – Who Would Have Thought
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Also, you may want to check out his video for “Me Myself and I”. It’s er… quite something: