Feed Limmy Songs of 2011: #30 – #21

I’ve given this way more thought than it deserves but then again, it is the muhfuggin’ Feed Limmy Songs of 2011, child. For a website that claims to be serving a “high brow look at pop music foolery”, I can’t just smack on the 30 most scrobbled tracks on my last.fm account and pass it off as adequate.

The criteria is extremely complex and, of course, just like everything you read on here – it’s a matter of my opinion and personal enjoyment. Basically, I’ve had to round up all the songs that have soundtracked my year then rank them in order of enjoyment, emotional connection and pop correctness.

It is possible that I have lip synched for my life, in my undies at home alone on a Friday night, to most of these Top 30 songs.

I had originally intended to do a Top 40 countdown that would be revealed in four weekly feeds that stretched over December. But, let’s be real about it. You can always do without the last ten in any Top 40 albums/songs of the year list.

So without further ado, please be upstanding and golf clapping for the #30 to #21 Feed Limmy Songs of 2011:

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Florrie ‘I Took A Little Something’ Music Video

I’ve been horribly ill and bed-ridden for most of the week so I do apologise for the slow updates. Of all the weeks to drop dead, I’ve picked one where loads of good pop news were breaking. Let’s kick off with this sensational Florrie video first!

The burgeoning British pop star recently linked up with fabulous fashion photographer Justin Wu to create a video for ‘I Took A Little Something’, an instant favourite from her latest Experiments EP.

The gorgeous production was shot around Paris and it sees our girl dressed in all Dolce & Gabbana, looking like an absolute vision of editorial realness while wandering mostly expressionless [Editor’s note: in true wistful model form]. Check out the video here:

 

“I took a little something to figure you out…”

Footnotes:

Florrie‘s Experiments EP is now out on iTunes everywhere.

Chart Feed – 20.06.11

Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene debuts at #33 on the main UK charts and #8 on the UK independent charts this week. After being notoriously delayed for over a year, the record finally arrives on Sophie’s own label but despite fervent TV and radio promo, I don’t think her stunning new single ‘Starlight’ is connecting very much. The absence of an actual hit UK single might’ve hindered the album’s chart performance but I reckon her fans are just happy to finally have it. All matters considered, #33 is really not that woeful.

Read this awesome interview SEB did with Digital Spy where she opens up about leaving Universal Music, plans to release ‘Off & On’ as the next single (yes, that ancient Calvin Harris collabo Roisin Murphy rejected) and her approach to songwriting. “I don’t think writing or co-writing my songs makes me a better singer, but I haven’t really got an excuse not to do it as I’ve got too many opinions!” she says. Check, pop star realist. To every singer that clings on in vain to a shit track they’ve written for egotistical reason and rejects a far superior song that was written for them, I ask this: do actors write their own scripts?

City and Colour‘s Little Hell debuts at #2 in Australia, making it the highest selling new entry here this week. This is the Alexisonfire singer’s third solo album and his highest charting record to date. I have yet to properly inspect Dallas Green‘s discography but I am well aware of his stunning vocals and his growing fan base. Major kudos for the runaway success of this album. Little Hell debuts at #1 in Canada, #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #43 in the UK.

Carrie Underwood‘s promo trip here has done some good in seeing Play On debut at #14. I mean, the album first came out in November 2009 so it’s technically as old as Vanessa Amorosi‘s Hazardous [Editor’s note: oh god, if you put like that…] but most Aussies are none the wiser. The local/New Zealand edition of Play On is padded out with Carrie’s previous hits like ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’, ‘Before He Cheats’ and ‘Last Name’. Check out Pop Trash Addict’s review of her Sydney showcase. The country pop diva never fails to look stunning.

Stan Walker‘s ‘Loud’ breaks through to a new peak of #9 this week and along with the ascendance is Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ moving up to #12 in Australia. Elsewhere, Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’ cracks the main charts at #46 this week. The track has been living it up on the Australian club charts for over two months now and from what I’ve heard, all its accompanying remixes (courtesy of Laidback Luke, Skrillex, Alex Gaudino etc.) are fierce. Over in the States, Benny’s killer new album Electroman debuts at #11 on the dance/electronic charts.

Bass Kleph‘s ‘$pend My Money’ is buying itself back into the club charts with a 2011 mix entering at #30 this week. I first came across the fun track when it was serviced to radios two years ago but from what I can remember, the single didn’t really impact in the right way. I would actually like to see this re-serviced to the airwaves because where the timing and the market might not have been overly receptive then, it certainly is now for this brand of sinister electro pop.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ picks up two spots to chart at #24 in Australia this week. Brace yourself for next Monday’s placement because she’s been working hard on her current week-long album promo trip. Ms Gordon has secured a feature in mX, the Herald’s Hit! Entertainment Guide, several commercial radio interviews as well as a stellar coup performing on Dancing With The Stars last night, so this should create plenty of mainstream awareness. Where possible, she has also been doing acoustic performances of ‘Til Death’ and ‘Dirty Talk’ around town.

I just got back from her exclusive SameSame showcase in Sydney over the weekend and she was stunning! Wynter performed a short acoustic set of three originals (‘Dirty Talk’, ‘Til Death’ and the next single ‘Buy My Love’) and three covers – a rendition of ‘My Boy’, Katy Perry‘s ‘ET’ and Arcade Fire‘s ‘Wake Up’. Y’know, I think I must be one of the first to formally review her album With The Music I Die. As you can tell by my constant fangurling and review, I was well impressed with it. Fingers crossed for a strong chart debut and for ‘Til Death’ to finally break Top 10 next week! With The Music I Die (Deluxe Edition) is currently #18 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Wynter do ‘My Boy’ at her acoustic showcase as a “warm up” song. She says ‘hey’ to me at the 0:08 mark. Bless!:

 

Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ collabo ‘Bounce’ enters at #2 in the UK, making it the highest charting new entry there this week. Coming in close competition is Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ debuting at #3 and Tinchy Stryder and Dappy’s ‘Spaceship’ at #5.

Coldplay‘s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ sinks to #28 in Australia on its second week. That’s understandable given that they haven’t started promoting it and there’s only so much the initial buzz can achieve. The single also sinks from #6 to #22 in the UK.

Take That returns to the top of the album charts this week thanks to the tour and Progressed repackage. The new single ‘Love Love’ also jumps back up the charts from #41 to #28.

Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ tumbles to #33 in the UK this week. Has the DC glamazon actually done any actual promo for the single? All this X Factor fuckery is distracting her from the big picture here. Elsewhere, ‘Motivation’ clocks it’s fourth week on top of the US R&B charts and starts moving up the American digital charts. It’ll be interesting to see how her next urban offering ‘Lay It On Me’ fares.

Britney is set to unveil the video for her third Femme Fatale single ‘I Wanna Go’ this Wednesday. The video is promising more “action” than the heavily choreographed performances of its predecessor ‘Till The World Ends’. Check out the video teaser here, retelling the same old folklore of Brit vs the paps again. Mami Spears dressing like an Avril fan from 2002 is a whole different kind of cringe we need to address later:

 

Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ picks up pace on the UK charts this week, rising back up to #16. Can we attribute this to the growing TV performances and to a lesser degree, the video premiere? Over here in Australia, the single goes from #33 to #26. Back in the US, ‘The Edge of Glory’ rises to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, picking up more radio airplay along the way.

Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ is still in the running to become the debutantess of hip hop’s biggest commercial success yet. The single is steady climbing reaching a new peak of #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #23 in Australia and #17 in the UK. It’s now officially her highest charting solo single on the Billboard 100 – shooting past ‘Moment 4 Life’ featuring Drake (#13) and ‘Your Love’ (#14). It’ll be interesting to see how Barbie’s Femme Fatale support gig will upgrade mainstream awareness of her music.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ cops a sale boost thanks to the video premiere and accompanying digital campaign. The fourth Teenage Dream single rises to a new peak of #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Looking further down, Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ moves back up the chart to #80. All this press surrounding her stint on US X Factor can only be good news for the single. Speaking of milking your talent show gig, The Voice judges Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera will be duetting on the new Maroon 5 single ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which will premiere tomorrow on their program. The single will hit iTunes after the episode airs at 11pm EDT.

Jennifer Lopez‘s recent UK/Europe promo trip is reaping rewards. Her Love? album leaps back up the charts to #25 in the UK this week following a serving of hot tamale diva realness on So You Think You Can Dance and Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Now that American Idol‘s done, she can actually hit the road and start flogging the record right. Here she is at Germany’s Wetten Dass – such an epic fest featuring a congratulating Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz at the end:

 

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ leaps to #75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. Billboard.com published an interesting interview with an upcoming recording engineer who worked on her forthcoming 4 opus. DJ Swivel who is responsible for cuts like ‘Party’ – produced by Kanye West and featuring Andre 3000 – said the Queen Mother is “authoritative” but is a “sweetheart to work with when you’re on your shit”. He adds, “she’s on her shit, if you’re not, she’s gonna find somebody who is”. You don’t get to running the world by only being half on point. ‘School and Life’ – a track on the deluxe edition of 4 – is said to be rocking a Prince vibe. Can you believe the album drops in Australia this Friday?

Nerina Pallot‘s Year of The Wolf enters at #31 in the UK this week. She’s gotten much love and kudos on the blogosphere for a while now and yet, the closest I’ve come to her music is acknowledging that Joe McElderry covered her smash ‘Real Late Starter’ and Kylie‘s ‘Aphrodite’ was co-written by her and her producer husband Andy Chatterley.

Watch Nerina do an acoustic version of the album’s lead single ‘Put Your Hands Up’:

 

Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s iTunes promo single ‘Bang Bang Bang’ debuts at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It’s sultry as hell and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but, what time do y’all begin praise and worship in the Church of Selena? I’m converting. Heavily anticipating on her When The Sun Goes Down album, which features a fierce Britney Spears and Nicole Morier (writer behind Femme Fatale‘s ‘How I Roll’) co-write titled ‘Whiplash’.

Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ accelerates to #2 on the US Billboard Dance charts this week, beating the #3 ranking of ‘Dancing On My Own’ and #5 peak of ‘With Every Heartbeat’ (her two mega dance hits in recent time). Another surprise mover there is actually Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’, rising to a new peak of #4. I mean, the slew of remixes are actually all pretty decent.

Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ breaks through to #50 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts this week while the new album I Remember Me moves up slightly to #72. Another stunning album track and major favourite of mine – ‘Don’t Look Down’ (written by Alicia Keys) – is currently placed at #75 on the R&B charts.

Chart snack of the week:

We heard that independent pop sensation Florrie‘s Experiments EP managed to chart at #71 on UK iTunes when it came out last Wednesday. Major kudos! Take a listen to this set of dance remixes she has issued for one of the new tracks ‘I Took A Little Something’:

 

The song is definitely a fan favourite and it’s nice to see it reimagined with these Fred Falke and Loverush club-ready cuts.

Florrie “Experimenting” EP Details and ‘Experimenting with Rugs’ Music Video

Ice cool independent pop star Florrie is back with her follow up EP and a video to boot too.

The British drummer, pop artist and model unveiled more deets on her eagerly anticipated second EP earlier in the week and just a few sleeps ago, she uploaded a new music video for the project’s second single ‘Experimenting with Rugs’.

Experiments is what phase two of Florrie‘s musical opus is called and she has crafted it with regular collaborators like Fred Falke, Jason Resch and Kieran Jones [the latter two emerged out of Xenomania‘s production house with Florrie and were credited as co-writers on Girls Aloud‘s smash ‘The Promise’].

New faces on board include legendary songwriter Mike Chapman, who did Toni Basil‘s ‘Mickey’ and Blondie‘s Parallel Lines, and an upcoming London songwriter/producer MNEK, who has remixed for Tinie Tempah, CocknBullKid and Frankmusik, and is touted as the next big thing to step out of Xenomania‘s camp.

I am thoroughly thrilled for this new chapter in Florrie‘s musical journey and what’s amazing about her emergence is this feeling that her fans and us in the pop music blogosphere is growing with her. I remember when I spoke to her on her first ever Australian interview last August and kids, the Introduction EP wasn’t even out yet. I just stumbled this upcoming artist with super catchy pop songs who is growing and picking up loads of blog love, and I thought it’d be wonderful to come along for the ride. I’ve still got my seatbelt firmly hooked on for the trip.

Florrie has been remarkably real with her fans about how she’s funding her independent music project and why she hasn’t signed to a major label yet, despite having offers banging on the front door. You can read more about it here on her blog.

Take a look at the final Experiments EP tracklisting:

1 – Speed of Light
2 – Experimenting with Rugs
3 – What You Doing This For?
4 – I Took A Little Something
5 – Begging Me
6 – She Always Gets What She Wants

Here’s what the British beauty has to say about the EP and making mainstream “chart friendly” music:

“As much as I LOVE both of my EPs I don’t think my music is particularly “chart friendly” right now, but I have this incredible opportunity to make the music I want to… AND you guys like listening to it, which is the most important thing!

I’m not trying to follow the trends of the day and I’ll continue to put out material that I love and enjoy making. I hope one day enough people will like my music for it to become “chart friendly” but without specifically trying to achieve that. I’ve heard the expression “chasing a hit” and I don’t think I’d be much good at it to be honest. I obviously want to be successful but I also want to keep being me.”

Take a look at the gorgeous Monroe en Hitchcockian mode video for ‘Experimenting with Rugs’:

 

“My heart isn’t big enough no more, and I start to wonder what I saw in you…”

Footnotes:

Florrie‘s Experiments EP is out on iTunes everywhere on 14 June. Lovers of her early classic ‘Call 911’ will be pleased to know that she’s preparing a “definitive version” of the song to be released sometime in October.

Florrie ‘Begging Me’ Music Video

Cool than cool swag, for real.

Talk about an upcoming artist who’s consistently stepped it up in the last year or so.

The last time I spoke to Florrie [Editor’s note: this week is the second coming for most of Limmy‘s 2010 breakthrough artist interviews – he’s already caught up with Kimbra and Wynter Gordon], it was her first ever Australian interview and she was only just prepping her introductory EP.

 

Now we’re treated to the English beauty’s first music video – ‘Begging Me’ – which will serve as the lead single from her second EP, due in May. The track itself further solidifies Florrie‘s signature glossy live band pop sonics and frankly, if you were eating it up her previous tracks like ‘Give Me Your Love’ or ‘Call of The Wild’ – this one will be right up your alley.

Here are three highlights of the ‘Begging Me’ video:

1) Power suit and 90s realness.

This scene with the band and the tailored-chic power suit is sending me flashbacks of Garbage and other 90s goodies of that nature. Ya’ll have eyes, you can see that Florrie is a model through and through, but the mission to me here is clear and simple: avoid an easy Rimmel commercial-type music video and keep the focus on Florrie, the musician.

2) Did we mention she’s a musician?

See above. It really isn’t an elaborate production of mind-blowing artistic complexities. Just like it was with her introductory EP last year, her first music video here is designed to support the vision of Florrie, her band and the stylish, crisp live music element in her music.

3) Channeling a young Blythe Danner.

Let me elaborate: channeling a young Blythe Danner who’s turning it out for Ralph Lauren‘s Spring/Summer collection. Gawjus.

Footnotes:

Florrie‘s ‘Begging Me’ is now out on iTunes Australia. Grab the track here.

The forthcoming second EP will be released on 26 May.

Feed Limmy’s Top 30 Albums of 2010: #30 – #21

Run and tell somebody.

The Feed Limmy Albums of 2010 is now upon us, ranking my favourite and most defining LPs of the year. We’re waddling in a digital age where consumers are more inclined to purchase individual tracks than to endure an entire album with only a handful of favourites.

And with that comes, what I would expect to be, a pressing need for artists to get it right and craft the strongest and most cohesive album possible. Here’s a picking of 2010 albums and EPs that have made an impression on me and earned the Feed Limmy stamp of approval.

Check on our first ten:

#30 – 8bit Heart by Simon Curtis

Imagine a fizzy fusion of N*Sync pop with Britney‘s Bloodshy & Avant sessions.
Key tracks: ‘Diablo’ and ‘Joystick’.

#29 – Insatiable by Nadine Coyle

An acceptable blend of styles, carefully tailored to reflect the Girls Aloud warbler’s sonic preference.
Key tracks: ‘Runnin’, ‘Chained’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Put Your Hands Up’.

#28 – No Gravity by Shontelle

The Barbadian singer’s reinvention and commercial awakening begins here.
Key tracks: ‘Perfect Nightmare’, ‘Impossible’ and ‘Take Ova’.

#27 – Pulse by Toni Braxton

Vocals like suede, draped elegantly over a collection of contemporary R&B ballads. Purpose served.
Key tracks: ‘Yesterday’, ‘Make My Heart’ and ‘Why Won’t You Love Me?’

#26 – Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Even the hipsters can’t help but give in to this indulgent serving of guilty pleasure pop.
Key tracks: ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘The One That Got Away’ and ‘Firework’.

#25 – Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree by Diana Vickers

A mix of youthful pop and enchanting ballads perfectly tailored for the X Factor alumni’s waify vocals.
Key tracks: ‘Once’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’ and ‘Numb’.

#24 – Still Standing by Monica

A soulful and relevant return to form for R&B goddess Mo.
Key tracks: ‘Still Standing’, ‘Love All Over Me’, ‘One In A Lifetime’ and ‘Believing In Me’.

#23 – Illumination by Miami Horror

To me, this is what summery dance music is in 2010.
Key tracks: ‘Holidays’ and ‘Imagination’.

#22 – Introduction by Florrie

Fun, chic and effortlessly cool – this is only the beginning.
Key tracks: ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Left Too Late’

#21 – Up From Below by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

My lazy Sunday arvo soundtrack, especially on days where I’m nursing a hangover.
Key tracks: ‘Home’, ‘Janglin’ and ‘Simplest Love’.

Footnotes:

Check out Feed Limmy’s Songs of 2010: #30 – #21.

Keep your ears to the ground and hand on your heart for the #20 – #11 of our songs and albums of 2010.

Florrie “Introduction” EP Details

It’s finally here.

Behold the inaugural Florrie EP featuring three brand new tracks alongside the single, ‘Give Me Your Love’.

Fans following the Xenomania drummer-turned-pop artiste have long been accustomed to her remixes but now comes the proper unveiling of Florrie‘s consolidating sound.

This Introduction EP can only feed you so much before you run off to blog on your first impressions. Those loose-fitting Annie comparisons are starting to fall to the side, even if the lyricism and song structures still distinctly ring like a Xenomania production.

Better yet, the musical direction mapped out in these four tracks completely support the petulant indie disco pop style foreshadowed in Florrie‘s earlier materials.

Here’s the tracklisting:

1 – Call of The Wild
2 – Give Me Your Love
3 – Summer Nights
4 – Left Too Late

Highlights include the wistful midnight dance/pop number ‘Left Too Late’ and ‘Summer Nights’, a cheeky nouveau disco affair.

Grab your free download of Florrie’s Introduction EP.

Footnote:

You can support Florrie by purchasing the Introduction EP on UK iTunes, if you wish. Friends in the UK can download it there on 15 November.

Fancy a light read while the choons are coming down the wire? Stay on topic and read my interview with Florrie here.