Cat Torres ‘Easy to Say Goodbye’

Do y’all might remember Cat Torres from Ricky Martin‘s team on The Voice Australia last year?

Cat Torres Easy to Say Goodbye Single

I first clocked this gorgeous brunette sometime in 2012 when her debut single ‘Kitchen on Fire’ – a ferocious (and very London swag) drum ‘n’ bass track – was doing the blogosphere rounds, but the vibe has changed this time around.

Since the last time I wrote about her on Feed Limmy, the 23-year old has competed on The Voice Australia, got up to the first Live Shows, and sent a few tracks tracing up the iTunes chart. She even scored a gig touring with her coach Ricky Martin later that year.

Cat has now re-emerged with a new single and sound under Universal Music Australia.

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Carmen Smith “They Don’t Know Me” EP Review

Soft-spoken, barefoot-and-bar-stools type chanteuse: time to shatter those illusions you might have of Carmen Smith, who y’all might recognise as one of the stand out contestants in the inaugural season of The Voice Australia.


The redhead singer/songwriter, who paid her dues for years as a backing vocalist for Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, is now ready to take centre stage and flaunt a sassier side.

I mean, PhD in Deciphering The Obvious aside, the title ‘They Don’t Know Me’ is a no-brainer indication that there’s probably more to Carmen than the introspective, soulful performances she served on The Voice.

This confident four-track EP is an unexpected gust of toe-tapping funk and soul, mixed with bright streaks of youthful pop/rock. I’m confident that this is the start of an exciting new level for the Australian singer.

The title track serves an infectious energy that recalls Janelle Monae‘s ‘Tightrope’ – featuring adorable “whoo-whoo-whoo”s and a sly spoken word rap. With lines like – “there ain’t no labels that can box me in. That don’t fly with me!” – we get a glimpse of a feisty independent artist who won’t shy away from commanding own creative project.

Elsewhere, the horns-driven number ‘Get Ya Off’ is designed for vamping about in a little red dress. “It’s time for some satisfaction! Buy me a drink, Scotch straight on the rocks. Go in real hard or you’ll get no reaction,” Carmen orders. Quickest way to separate the men from the boys.

The one slow-burner of the pack – ‘Dare’ – is a sensual affair that should speak to any takers of Beyoncé‘s downtempo album tracks on Dangerously in Love. You can just imagine this being the hypnotic centrepiece of Carmen’s live set.

Elsewhere, we hear the Aussie songbird capably shift gears into a spat of nostalgic 80s rock in ‘Breaker of Hearts’ – a corker that would be well-placed on any summer road trip playlist. Is it just me or do y’all hear the spirit of Martha and The Muffins‘ ‘Echo Beach’ calling out to you in here?

It would’ve been mighty safe and convenient for Carmen to continue laying acoustic-based material like she had in the past – her newfound fan base from The Voice would probably lap it up anyway – but her efforts to redefine her artistry here is far more worthy of kudos.

The bold and bigger sound she’s pitching now with this clutch of songs is precisely the kind of assertive material you expect from a main event artist – not some backing vocalist biding her time. Watch this space.


Carmen Smith‘s They Don’t Know Me EP is out now on iTunes.

Quick Feed: Leona Lewis, Prinnie and Mahalia, Melanie Amaro and Abelard

Here comes ‘Trouble’.


The wait is almost over, everybody. Well, the two other people I know who are actually excited to hear from Leona Lewis.

The British pop warbler extraordinaire will premiere her new single ‘Trouble’ on UK radios this coming Tuesday, signaling the first proper step forward since her album Glassheart got pulled from the release schedule last year.

The single will drop on 7 October in the UK, a week before Glassheart finally comes out.

‘Trouble’ – written by Emeli Sandé – will feature American rapper Childish Gambino. According to early reports, the track sounds like some collision of Sandé’s music with a bit of Massive Attack, if you can imagine it.

Leona’s Glassheart is actually one of the new releases I’ve been gagging for all year because, by the sounds of things, the traditionally beige balladeer is actually taking risks and going a bit experimental for the first time.

She’s mixing genres and influences, working with some proper A-lists, and – fucking clutch your pearls – she is even trying out a bit of rapping (“London-style MC-ing” she calls it).

The refined Glassheart album will feature a new version of Leona’s last summer hit, ‘Collide’. Stay tuned for an Australian drop date.

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Chart Feed – 06.08.12

A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.

Chart Feed

Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.

This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.

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Carmen Smith presents buzz track ‘Polaroid’

The name rings a bell, you say. Well, you’d probably recognise this wild-haired siren as Guy Sebastian‘s star backing vocalist who got dismissed from The Voice Australia after she bagged a prominent feature role on his single ‘Gold’, which was strategically launched just as the show transcended into its public voting heat.

Given how cut throat the competition got week by week, it’s hard to say how Carmen Smith would’ve fared if she remained anyway. But the good news is that, she’s now making the most of her exposure with a new buzz track and official single to follow next month.

‘Polaroid’ is a deeply personal, organic acoustic track Carmen wrote after her father passed away, which you can grab as a free download from her website.

Watch Carmen perform ‘Polaroid’:

What’s been interesting about this process of poking around her website and Soundcloud page is that I have fallen like a lumbering bear cub into a trap loosely covered with leaves, which we shall for the purpose of this exercise call Carmen Smith, her rather delightful 2007 debut album.

I reckon if this is all new to you then it makes sense to do a bit of homework on who Carmen is, because her potential wasn’t completely realised on The Voice. If this confident fusion of soul and blues she’s been peddling is a signifier of what’s to come, then I think the girl is set to ‘wow’ a lot of people.


Stay tuned for Carmen Smith‘s new single, which will be out end of August.

Chart Feed – 23.04.12

Carly Rae Jepsen, you can’t shake this bitch. Her mega pop hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ continues to reign on the Australian and UK singles chart, beating down heavyweights like Delta Goodrem and Florence + The Machine.

New albums by Kate Miller-HeidkeJason Mraz and Monica blow up the Australian, UK and US charts.

We trace the first imprints of The Voice Australia‘s impact on our ARIA Top 100 and look ahead to new releases from Reece MastinMaroon 5 and Alexandra Burke.

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