CULTS-High Road.

28 09 2013

When I bought Cults debut record back in 2011, I was in awe of how they merged 60s girl groups with a lo-fi sound. They were different from most duos that I love. They didn’t have the ferociousness of The Kills yet they had delicate tones much like Beach House. They combined everything I love about music and made a truly impressionable debut record. Songs like Never Saw The Point and Rave On became the soundtrack to all the ugly feelings I was carrying around yet gave me a hint of courage to throw it all away and to leave a soul-destroying place behind.

Move forward two years and they are about to release their second record, Static. The first single to be taken from it is High Road. The intro to it sounds like something Isaac Hayes would have created. The song would have been perfect in the 70s as a soundtrack to a Blaxploitation film. What I love about Cults is that they do not sound like the same old shit that is floating about. No one in this band is stood with an acoustic guitar looking sorry for themselves on stage. No one is standing looking bored hitting the keys on a synth with glitter scattered on their face just to look “different.” I’m so tired of that crap. I wish it’d go away. Instead of going back and listening to music from the 60s/70s, we have bands like Cults who manage to just stay well away from the dullness of most bands. They add an element of wonder to their music. Their lyrics make you think about everything going on in your life, even if you don’t want to think about it. Madeline and Brian’s vocals together is just beautiful.

High Road is the second beautiful song that the band have put out to introduce us to their new record. It doesn’t stray too much from their debut record. Their debut record didn’t sound like a band who had just released their first, they immediately lured you in with their ability to take you back to a time where music actually had substance, I’m only going by one new song but High Road makes you believe that Static could well be one of the best records this year.

For me High Road easily makes up for their absence over the past few years. Cults have evidently come back with something that is potentially going to be a brilliant piece of music. I love that High Road feels like it could easily have been on a soundtrack from decades ago. Cults are a band that fill you with nostalgia, but it’s up to what you are longing for. I think for the most part, we are all longing for the same thing. I cannot stop playing High Road, and I’m 100% sure that Static is going to be incredible, and I’m just casting my biased opinion aside briefly to make that judgement. With every listen I can hear something else to love and hints at how the band have, as awfully clichéd as it sounds, grown up.

Madeline and Brian both have delicate voices that sound so perfect together. They are a gorgeous duo that aren’t afraid to be utterly vulnerable with their lyrics. This vulnerability is what is missing from a lot of songs, but you’re never going to hear honesty like this blasting out on the airwaves. Most are alright with that, because when you search deeper you do find something beautiful.

Static is released 15th October. Cults, are quite clearly one of New York’s finest bands.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton

16 01 2009

There’s one singer who for me, was and always will be my favourite. I may love other singers, but this one is the most special. I hate that I have to write it all in past tense when talking about her.

Today would’ve been Aaliyah’s 30th birthday. I remember first hearing Back & Forth and falling in love. I was only young, but it was enough. I started really caring about music because of her, and if I’m honest when I hear R&B singers now, I can’t help but think “Aaliyah did it first.” I think most of her fans feel the same way. Her sound was like no other, yet every other sound a bit like her. Her dancing was flawless and her voice was relaxing. You could listen to One In A Million and be sent to your own little world.

Although she was 22 when she died, she accomplished a hell of a lot. Two successful films, 3 amazing albums and an army of loyal fans. I managed to finally get hold of Romeo Must Die on DVD  a few months ago! However, her eating a heart in Queen Of The Damned did make me feel a bit nauseas! Watching those performances, there’s no denying that she would’ve played lead in a bunch of films and more than likely won a bunch of awards!

I’m going to attempt to list my Top 10 Aaliyah tracks. I’ll probably change my mind as soon as I click on “Publish.” 🙂

10.Journey To The Past

9.Messed Up

8.Miss You

7.If Your Girl Only Knew

6.At Your Best(You Are Love)

5.Try Again

4.We Need A Resolution

3.More Than A Woman

2.Turn The Page

1.One In A Million

I want to make it more than my Top 10 because I feel Hot Like Fire should be in there and 4 Page Letter. Those two are timeless. Classic videos too. So for the record, I’ll probably want to change my mind but won’t. Can’t forger rare tracks like Are You Ready?, Steady Ground and No Days Go By. Oh, and I Am Music (Timbaland and Static)

She was the only singer that I really wanted to meet. Her signature sound/style will never get old and will continue to influence.

This is probably the longest blog entry I’ve done, and is probably quite lame/pathetic but..whatever.

I forgot to add this video I found on YouTube, it’s a live performance which shows Aaliyah quite possibly at her best. I love it 🙂 Aaliyah- If Your Girl Only Knew (Live)

Happy Birthday Aaliyah ~/.\~


Timbaland Top 10.

23 11 2008

I was listening to some of my old music earlier and heard a bunch of Timbaland’s old stuff. So I thought, a Top 10 is much needed. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because it’s Sunday and I’ve not got anything to do 9I have got stuff to do, I’m just not doing it!)

So, here’s my Top 10 Timbaland Produced Tracks :

10.  Timbaland & Magoo feat. Static- We At It Again

9.  Ginuwine- What\’s So Different

8. Nas feat. Aaliyah- You Won\’t See Me Tonight

7. Missy Elliott feat. Nicole Wray and MC Solaar- All N My Grill

6. Bubba Sparxxx- Ugly

5. Ms.Jade feat. Timbaland and Nelly Furtado- Ching Ching

4. Ginuwine- Pony

3. Timbaland, Aaliyah and Static- I Am Music

2. Aaliyah- One In A Million

1. Aaliyah feat. Timbaland- Are You That Somebody


There you go. My Top 10 Timbaland tracks. I was unsure whether or not to swap 1 with 1, however if it was my Top 10 Aaliyah tracks then One In A Million would be Number 1. No questions asked. My favourite song ever by my favourite singer ever- but that’s a different blog entry, which will be soon!