Sunday, February 05, 2006

MELBOURNE! Quiet down M.I.A. need to make a sound!

"Sydney! Quiet down I need to make a sound! Australia! Quiet down I need to make a sound! Aborigines! Quiet down I need to make a SOUND!"

And boy did she make a sound. For a pint-size Sri Lankan girl, M.I.A. rocks the stage. With Diplo, her handsome DJ and a back up singer, her sound was as raw, as edgy and as cutting edge with intensity as that painted on her album cover sleeve.

Bursting with jungle beats, ethnic sampling and even Tamil thrown in for good measure - the crowd lapped it up. Occassionally stopping the momentum because she was not pleased with the sound, or wanted to tantilize us with a new song...or even to get the hoards of girls she asked to come and join her on the stage to "pull up" and clear the stage - there was that juxtaposed, jerky rhythm that was implicit and direct, almost parallel with the album's style.

Fearless, blunt and rather off-key - M.I.A. continued to dazzle us with roaring appreciation. Playing all her hits from "Arular" - she even thrown in a few musical samplings - Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams" and Ciara's "Goodies" were note-worthy additions that added to the mayhem.

The opener, "Pull Up The People" rolled into a heap of staccato drum beats, which then followed by "Fire Fire." "Competition coming up now / Load up / Aim / Fire Fire / Pop." A stab at competition? What competition? M.I.A. and Diplo have firmly held this "genre" in their hands and as unpolished she may come across, she is miles ahead of any other female, dare I say, "hip-hop" MC. Not even the veteran Missy Elliott or upcoming Lady Soverign can touch her. She is smouldering. A hot tamale in glittering silver on stage, dancing and running to her own beats, she made every effort to engage with her audience, and ultimately gave them what they needed, what they craved.

For the ladies, it was in the form of "10 Dollar." For the fellas, it was "Hombre." Personal dedications aside, one can see how quickly and easily M.I.A. has been embraced by all facets of life and music. A marriage of musical styles and flavours, every track is a standout. Whether it is the favela trumpet in "Bucky Done Gone," the dance disco tune of "Sunshowers", or mimicing the actual "Amazon" - the rhythm is gutteral and full.

Cheekily when the crew arrived back for a second encor (much to the dismay of the people who'd left promptly), M.I.A. followed up with her own MC-ing for Missy Elliott's final track on "Cookbook", "Bad Man" as well as her hidden self titled track, "M.I.A."

"Hello, this is M.I.A. Can you please come get me." How could we forget?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


The night was mild, the girls were hot but the performance was scorching! Vassy turned up the pre-Legend heat with a touch of soul mamma - gearing the crowd dancing with her funky jazz chords and sassy vocals. In what seemed like a vocal metamorphosis of Shirley Bassey, Macy Gray and Terra Deva - Vassy like a sheer chameleon changed with her every turn and tap of that tambourine.

Her brand of sleazy jazz echoed and reverbed through the crowded nightclub. Her hoarse voice reminded me of another favourite - Amy Winehouse - tilted with a raw edge, crying with guttural importance. Vassy closed the show with her vocally challenging "Wanna Fly" - an uptempo piano-fused salsa tune.

With a crash course in booty shaking, the crowd was definitely ready for the Legend.

Relaxed and sufficiently warmed up, screams of ecstasy cried out as drums were heard behind the thick black velvet curtain. Alas, it was matched with grave disappointment as it was only the production crew assembling and testing the kit. The anticipation was thick in the air. Sweat was literally dripping from the sheer through of catching the Legend live. The crowd pulsed and gravitated towards the stage.

Then the curtain was raised. The band came on playing - and THAT voice. Legend was in the club. Hiding from view, he opened with "Let's Get Lifted." Tantalizing us with his soft golden voice, he then materialized from the depths of the stage to the cheers of his adoring fans. Dressed all in classic black, the Legend did that he does best - entertaining. With his exotic charisma, his rugged good looks, his staccato beats - it all seems so superficial when compared with his God-given gift - that pure, unadulterated voice.

Launching straight into "Alight", we moved with his every move, sung with his every word, and cheered at his every command. Legend's band was tight - somewhat conservative and minimalist, but it had a flair and energy that supported the untouchable Legend. Showing his humble nature, Legend was close to fans - giving them what they wanted, musing with the crowd and even sharing his thoughts on his songs.

Cheating was a main theme in "I Can Change" - Legend acknowledging everyone is involved or participates - but is only unravelled in two songs. "Used To Love U" brought the club down - with Legend showing off his skills - remixing his own songs by bringing down the tempo - and this sets him apart from his contemporaries.

Taking things down a key, Legend relieved his band of their duties and became intimate with us. Ushering "Number One" before breaking out in his gorgeous "Ordinary People," - With his flawless shimmering piano notes, Legend simplifies life and breaks it down into musical form until it soothes our souls - even though we may still hurt deep inside.

And what a Legend. Never content with the norm, he quickly shifts momentum, incorporating his band in a more uptempo version of his classic hit. Always the inclusiveness of the Legend in his music - it was quite evident his fans felt a part of the Legend - a part of the experience, but most important, a part of his music.

Lasting for an eternity to come, John Legend mesmerized us. Captivating us with clear melodies, glittering piano dexterity and pure falsetto and soul - it was a sheer delight to be a part of the Legend.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

He slides inside...Half awake, half asleep...

We faint back...Into sleephood...

When I wake up...The second time...

In his arms...Gorgeousness...He's still inside me

// Dedicated to the one I love //

Sunday, August 21, 2005

1 Thing

Why did God curse us mere mortals with children like Amerie? This talented Asian/African-American young sexy girl has been shaking her lil' booty up the charts all around the world.

So why all this fuss? Because I cannot get her lil' ditty "1 Thing" outta my mind! Not blessed with golden vocal pipes, the 1 thing about Amerie is her versatility! Rap, harmonization, it's all there...every little trick in the book is used and she pulls off a vocally demanding and challenging song....which is actually musically simple! You go girl!

Friday, August 19, 2005

The new Starsailor album is called 'On The Outside.' It is scheduled to be released on October 17th. It will be proceeded by the single, 'In The Crossfire' on October 3rd.

The full album tracklisting is:

1. In The Crossfire
2. Counterfeit Life
3. In My Blood
4. Faith Hope Love
5. I Don't Know
6. Way Back Home
7. Keep Us Together
8. Get Out While You Can
9. This Time
10. White Light
11. Jeremiah

The album was recorded and mixed in LA during April and May this year. It has been produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Vines, Elliot Smith)

Steve Lamacq will be playing 'In The Crossfire' on his Radio 1 show on Monday 22nd.
Details of the single formats and tracklisting will follow shortly. We'll be having a pre-sale via the site and we'll be in touch with further details next week.


Sunday, August 14, 2005


Pink it's my new obsession
Pink it's not even a question
Pink on the lips of your lover, cause
Pink is the love you discover

Pink as the bing on your cherry
Pink cause you are so very
Pink it's the color of passion
Cause today it just goes with the fashion

Pink it was love at first sight, yea
Pink when I turn out the light, and
Pink gets me high as a kite
And I think everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

You could be my flamingo
Coz pink is the new kinda lingo
Pink like a deco umbrella
It's kink - but you don't ever tell her

Pink it was love at first sight
Pink when I turn out the light
Pink gets me high as a kite
And I think everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

I want to be your lover
I wanna wrap you in rubber
As pink as the sheets that we lay on
Pink is my favorite crayon, yeah

Pink it was love at first sight
Pink when I turn out the light
Pink it's like red but not quite
And I think everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

[My new "obsession" - precisely depicted by Aerosmith]

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Joan Crawford vs. Madonna

Shame Madonna, shame.

An astute Madonna avid has noted that after watching the classic Joan Crawford 1946 movie, "Humoresque", there were feelings of deja vu.

Compared to Madonna's 1999 music video clip to her tear-jerking ballad, "The Power Of Good-Bye" - the similarities are remarkable.

See for yourself.