Saturday, 30 January 2010

New year, new music. You know I'm happy!

This year's shaping up to be quite a hot year on the music scene, guess who's making a return:
Jaheim, Massive Attack, Redman, Usher, Erykah Badu, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Raheem DeVaughn, Jamie Foxx, Luda, The Roots,Drowning Pool, Sia, even Sade's back!!!
....and thats just some of the hotness we can look forward to in the first half of the year!
- In case you can't tell, I'm a little excited.

Anywho, thought I'd tell you want I'm enjoying so far and share my thoughts on a couple of pre-release music I've had the privilege of listening to.

Omarion's Ollusion, it's as simple as this:
Free from his controversial departure from Young Money last year which slowed Ollusion's release, Omarion has come back with a hot and undeniably grown and sexy R&B sound. Par example:

Omarion Ft. Tank-On My Grind (Prod. By 253) by canonjon
Hot right? Ofcourse there are the dance driven club tracks that are a dream come true for youtube-based dance crews from Cali to Tokyo, but with some hard hitting production from Tank and 253, O's packing some serious heat throughout Ollusion. There's only a couple of skippable tracks, and tbh, they're not terrible, just a bit "meh". Anyway, Ollusion was released on the 12 of January, its hot and definitely worth a cop.

Next up

Cassie's obviously been through it, like BEEN through it, head shaved, album shelved, pics exposed. But regardless, the unduly heavily criticized R&B/Pop songstress is looking and sounding more fierce this year ahead of her TBA release of her 2nd studio album, currently titled "Electro Love" (Bet R-Les picked the title).
I've listened to most of the songs that might make the final cut and some of it is very promising, most notably 'Janet-esque' track "Stamina" produced of course by Darkchild.
Have a listen:
Cassie - Stamina by canonjon
What do you think?
I like it, even though its not original, what is these days? It's good to hear Cassie shake her "twee" image and grow some lady-nuts. Sadly, more than half of what I've heard, whithers into weak, generic R&B mediocrity. Hopefully some sensible last minute executive decisions are made before this is put out. "Electro Love" is coming out through Bad Boy Records, with a release date TBC.

More to come....:)

- Mr. Devo

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