Archive for October, 2012

Video: Bonnie Banane – M U S C L E S


ere’s a bit of anonymity surrounding Bonnie Banane. To tell the truth I’ve been watching the video, titled Muscles, for weeks now with only basic knowledge of who the French artist is. Aside from where she stays, I could also find where to buy her Greatest Hits EP, here.

Muscles, which is shot on VHS tape features Banane and the single producer Walter Mecca dancing in front of green screened clips of MTV’s “The Grind.” Like many others I raised an eyebrow upon the first couple watches, but once the drum break hit and kept going, there was no denying this song or Banane’s smooth voice and dance moves. Watch the video below.

Young Empires – White Doves

Editor’s Note

(Allan): This post was created in 2011 and was not posted in error.

With the release of their debut EP “Wake All My Youth” happening on January 31, 2012, Young Empires is definitely a band to pay attention to in the new year. Young Empires are currently signed to Pirates Blend Records. Pirate Blend Records is the label venture of Canadian rock-reggae band, Bedouin Soundclash — the label officially launched January 2010. The Toronto-based band has played alongside breakout bands like Foster the People and Sleigh Bells. Check out the catchy hooks and danceable beats in their track, “White Doves.”

Young Empires – White Doves

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Eminem – Recovery Review

Editor’s note (Allan): This post was created in 2010 and was not published out of error. Out

of respect for Spencer here is the post today.

When I reviewed Eminem’s last album, Relapse, I was less than impressed with the Detroit rapper’s insistence on creating loathful shock songs instead of focusing on himself. Apparently he was just as disappointed with such a sub-par effort. Enter Recovery, a seventeen song, heart-wrenching, soul-baring tour de force. Eminem tackles real issues with his own life and his own past behavior in honest and poignant songs.

The album is a swirling mix-and-match of cocky, angry, funny, and introspective feelings. The album opener, ‘Cold Wind Blows’, is angry and funny. The next song, ‘Talkin’ 2 Myself’, is honest. A few tracks later, ‘W.T.P.’ is cocky and funny. And so on. The angry songs are typical Eminem, if not quite as heavy as the rapist fantasies loaded onto Relapse. The funny and the cocky songs aren’t bad, but they’re really just comic relief from the real meat of the album. When Em gets serious and truthful is when the genius really shows through. Cuts like ‘Going Through Changes’, ’25 To Life’, and ‘Love The Way You Lie’ explore different aspects of the rapper’s own experiences or feelings, and they do so with brilliantly flowing lyricism. The stories are thought-provoking and realistic, and it’s nice to hear someone rap about something other than drugs, money, or strippers.

In both the honest songs and the less serious ones, Eminem is still as clever as ever, and wordplay is rampant. In ‘Won’t Back Down’, he raps, “girl shake that ass like a donkey with Parkinson’s.” It gets a bit more serious in ‘Love The Way You Lie’: “But you lied again, now you get to watch her leave out the window, guess that’s why they call it window pain.” Regardless of the mood of the song, Eminem’s lyrical skills don’t suffer, and he’s always going to have something clever to say.

For anyone who was as disappointed in Eminem’s last two efforts, this is a must-listen. As he says in ‘Talkin 2 Myself’, “Them last two albums didn’t count, Encore I was on drugs Relapse I was flushin’ them out.” He raps later on the track that “the new me’s back to the old me.” And he’s right. This is by far the best thing to come from post-retirement Eminem, and maybe one of the best mainstream rap albums of the best few years.

Eminem – Talkin 2 Myself
Eminem – 25 To Life
Eminem – Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)

Angel Haze- Werkin Girls

Rap has always been a male dominated sector of the music industry with the women who manage to break into it more often than not having to use their

sexual prowess to garner some level of attention. Angel Haze is breaking barriers with her new album focusing on her raw rather talent than her physique.

Angel Haze- Werkin Girls

also check out her other track New York here.
Angel Haze- New York

The Weeknd – Enemy

It’s hard not to get on the bandwagon when it comes to The Weeknd – he definitely fails to disappoint with this new trac

k. The piano and the bass and of course Abel’s voice drew me in but it was the lyrics that kept me there. Have a listen and I’m sure the track will find a way to connect to your heartstrings..

It doesn’t look like ‘Enemy’ will be making an appearance on Trilogy, which is set for release November 13.

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