Big Fat Lie by Nicole Scherzinger (Album Review)

Review of Big Fat Lie by Nicole Scherzinger

So Nicole Scherzinger has decided to live the more recent years of her eventful life in the public eye.  Rumours abound relating to her on -off and back on again relationship with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton haven’t helped. Although it seems this is finally one constant in her life.

Review of Nicole Scherzinger new album Big Fat Lie

Review of Nicole Scherzinger new album Big Fat Lie

She has also had a pretty mixed experience in her short spell as an X Factor judge, which in all fairness is pretty much forgotten now that Mel B and of course Cheryl are on the panel.  The most memorable element of her reign as a judge was those unusual combo words, such as stemming and of course her questionable states of soberness on the live shows.

As her music career appeared to fade following her start as a Pussycat Doll and an OK reaction to her solo career, Scherzy seemed intent on selling herself with any brand tie up.  Her questionable range with a fashion retailer and of course the high profile yoghurt commercials haven’t really done anything to endorse her as a serious or credible artist.

Most recently she has made some revelations about her personal life, including her struggle with bulimia.  This is probably the most admirable action she has undertaken and if her story can help even one person struggling with similar issues, she has redeemed herself for everything else.

Her latest solo album is entitled Big Fat Lie.  Now I hope for everyone’s benefit that the title isn’t linked to any of the previous paragraph.  I am sure it isn’t but the confessional nature of the album is hard to believe, entertain or even slightly buy in to given the title.

Scherzy has teamed up with some pretty major names to produce this album.  The Dream and Tricky Stewart are up there in the credits.  They undoubtedly need no introduction for most readers, however for those that don’t know, they have the likes of Rihanna’s Umbrella and seminal RnB track Single Ladies by Beyonce on their credits.

Whilst their are hints of this expertise on the album with some upbeat pop/RnB undertones, the album feels a little disjointed and perhaps lacking any real direction.  Like many pop albums it feels like just a collection of tracks and it definitely feels like the duo of The Dream and Tricky Stewart may have had external influences to deal with rather than to embrace.

That being said encouraging moments on the album include Your Love which is a pop track with dance influences.  There is also a funk enthused track called Electric Blue which certainly has a resemblance to an early Janet Jackson sound.

Sadly, those are probably the only tracks worthy of mention.  As a collection of tracks the range is definitely mixed and range from what can be politely described as disappointing all the way through the heights of OK.

Maybe the title is slightly responsible for my perception of the content of this album.  But as a listener, you fail to connect or even care about the twee confessional that Nicole Scherzinger delivers.  Her vocals don’t feel particularly strong, the lyrics aren’t really compelling or challenging to the listener and despite the expert production team, it too often falls down on the quality of the music as well.

All in all, not a good effort.  So on that basis Scherzy, stick to selling the dubious dairy products and we wish you well.

The Nomina by Simon Hinter (EP Review)

Review of The Nomina EP by Simon Hinter

Simon Hinter is a German House producer signed to U.K label Tenth Circle records. This is his first offering with them. He has previously released work on PHIL, Midnight Shift, Amajin Records and Luv Unlimited.  His most acknowledged work (to my knowledge) prior to now is his Better Life EP produced while he was on PHIL Records in 2011.

Simon Hinter - Nomina EP Review

Simon Hinter – Nomina EP Review

There are three tracks on the EP.




I shall look at each track individually and then share my opinion on the entire EP ☺

Track 1.

Regenmacher is a German word which means rain maker. This track aptly starts with cymbals and percussion expertly blended with soothing melodic sounds and subtle changes in the arrangement, forming a sort of ‘sound painting’ where the listener begins to feel as though they were indeed immersed in a blissful warm summer rain.

This track can do anything really. Be a lover’s backing track, be a silent disco track or more importantly, save the world one ear at a time.

Track 2.

I have instinctively called this track Attention Deficiency and Hyperactivity Syndrome. (I realised on trying to crack the code behind each title that the ‘d’ was replaced with an ‘s’) This probably is to hint that shifting from one seemingly normal state of being or style of music in this case, in one track may be different but it is not necessarily wrong.  The addition of different percussions and the Brass horn effect midway, did not ruin the sound but accentuated the originality of the track and the work as a whole. Top notch mellow club jam.

Track 3

Cop has a story woven into it. This takes us back to Soho of long ago or indeed any known club or district in the world as we know it and how the law tries to catch up with drug dealers who have met their end as their leader has killed them all There are also undertones of racism and other ills thrown into the conversation within the track but the track is filled with groovy house music to show us that even within social chaos, Music is king.

This is the deepest of the three tracks for me.

This EP is a fave here.

I’d happily give it a 6. For effort. And infinity for delivery.

With Nomina EP, Simon has deed told us that his nomen is Genius!

*(Yes nomina is a word that is plural for name in Latin)

Review by Nathalie da_sweetthin Wemambu 

Sweet Talker by Jessie J (Album Review)

Review of Sweet Talker by Jessie J

So its no secret that over the years we haven’t been the biggest supporters of Jessie J.  From criticising her over treatment of the contestants she mentored on the voice to general dislike for her music and public persona.  But give credit where its due, we have complimented a couple of times where its due.  Sadly the arrogance of the girl sometimes leaves that sour taste that you can’t shake.

So we enter the task of reviewing Sweet Talker, Jessie J’s latest and third album with an open mind. 

Review of Sweet Talker by Jessie J

Review of Sweet Talker by Jessie J

Jumping straight in with the title track Sweet Talker.  Jessie immediately jumps in with the line “I can play this game with my eyes closed” – OK so this feels like arrogance right away.  The line is actually referring to her prowess as a seductress (I will leave you to decide on that one), but I just can’t shake the feeling there is a heavily disguised harp back to previous boasts.

So Jessie J wouldn’t come last in a confidence race, lets get this out of my system.  What is the album actually like? (I am trying)

Jessie J has in the past explored an RnB flavour to her music and also delved in to mainstream pop.  Her head always seems to be in RnB though and trying to gain an urban flavour to her music.  Sadly, whilst the lyrical content of Sweet Talker is akin to an RnB album, the sound isn’t.

Jessie J for all my previous criticism does carry her voice well on delivering the vocals on the album, with just a couple of minor hiccups along the way.  The one criticism I would have is the fact that she genuinely belts out the lyrics on every song.  Her powerful voice seems to have got extra volume and she is attempting to prove herself as a bit of a songstress.  Almost to the lengths that she is trying to hard to prove herself (a bit like a contestant on awful TV talent show The Voice).

With this in mind, listening to the album in its entirety becomes a bit of a challenge.  This sounds really negative and I suppose in a small way it is.  However, hidden in there is also a compliment.  She has delivered such loud and strong vocals you just can’t sit through that much in one sitting.  Its a bit like going to a kids party when you are 7.  The jelly and ice cream is lovely and you tuck in.  But in your excitement you get a bit of an ice cream headache by having too much too soon.  If you are really crazy you have too much jelly and the ride home becomes wholly unpleasant.

Well, this might just be a first, Jessie J being compared to jelly and ice cream and having the ability to induce ice cream headaches.

Back on track now.  The album is good, but the vocals can be too much.  This is especially prevalent in Get Away.  The track feels like it could be a nice stripped back, acoustic piano track (I know it isn’t), but even on this she cannot resist the urge to show us all how good she is.  A similar observation could be directed towards her on ballad Personal Update.

I mentioned my observation of Jessie J’s incredible confidence.  This is actually displayed on the opening track with the line “I’m a do it like it aint been done”.  You could argue she is just saying she is raising her game.  However it is more likely to be a slight at her section in pop/RnB and could be taken as a dig at the likes of commercial rivals Katy Perry and Rihanna.

There are a couple of genuine highlights though with collaborations including an appearance from one my favourite hip hop acts of all-time De La Soul.  Obviously the current hit Bang Bang which features Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande is a genuine banger.  In all fairness, Bang Bang is much more than just an attention grabbing stunt that utilises the profile of two of the biggest names at the moment.  It is a classic marriage between RnB and Hip Hop.  Definitely the highlight of the album.

Overall, there are moments of magic, moments of good and and an undertone of its OK.  Trust me, this is good for us on Jessie J.  The album feels overly commercial with too much synth pop backing.  It is obviously created to help break the US, which you can’t blame Jessie for.  It is too much for one sitting though.

The tracks are obviously created for live performances as well, where Jessie can belt out those vocals to her hearts content.  I hope she has good medical insurance, because if she does too many legs, that poor throat of her’s will need help.

Jessie J will have success on this album.  Whether or not it is as big as her monster debut remains to be seen.  But Jessie J, fair play, a decent album with some genuine highlights.

Ride by Vixen Fox ft S.E.F. (Review)

Review of Ride by Vixen Fox ft S.E.F.

As regular readers of this blog and our many thousands of Twitter follower will be aware, we get asked to look at loads of music.  We particularly seem to get asked to listen to small Hip Hop acts, that have blatantly decided to knock a couple of bars together in their room and say its a single.  Well another thing our regulars will be aware of, is that we don’t knock acts that haven’t made it, we just don’t cover it at all.

So, with the prelude, you can probably tell that there is something about Ride by Vixen Fox that we like, otherwise, it wouldn’t be here.

Review of Ride by Vixen Fox

Review of Ride by Vixen Fox

Well there is.  The female rap by Vixen Fox, whilst seemingly in need of some treatment to lift it, is really strong.  Vixen Fox has a real old school type of vibe in her delivery.  There are very slight hints of a Missy Elliot influence.  S.E.F. brings a husky type break from the main lyrical flow, which definitely adds to it.

The beats and backing track do have an electric influence to them.  Unlike many of its contemporaries the track doesn’t blur in to an EDM or dance track though.  It feels raw and true to its Hip Hop roots.  The meaning of the lyrics and sentiment of the story doesn’t really inspire the listener, but hey who cares.

Tight rap, good production and an interesting collaboration partner, means Ride by Vixen Fox is a quality listen.  Can’t wait to hear more from the girl.


Punk – Where’s It At?

Punk – Where’s it at?

Putting away my second hand punk jacket for the winter this week, I remembered reading an article in the Sunday Times’ Style magazine a few weeks back on Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren and the supposedly “dawn of the punk revolution” that occurred at 21 Thurleigh Court. It got me thinking, where’s punk at now? Who is shouting off about what?

Punk Jacket

Punk Jacket

From an Irish perspective we’ve seen 6 years of recession but I haven’t heard about any artist throwing down their instruments and marching to the doors of the Dáil, videos of them rioting outside, denouncing the government and its failings. Then again, that may be mostly down to a cultural thing with us Irish in my opinion. We got into a lot of mess throughout the centuries because we tend to lean towards having an “auld” moan under our breath and like with the “Keep Calm” slogan, we’ve been saying “Feck it, sure it’s grand” for hundreds of years now.

However, for a small island we have managed to produce some internationally renowned outspoken characters in the music business. Take the blunt statement making and enraging Bob Geldof. The seemingly “charm the pants of ya” politically connected Bono. Collectively, both men have been working on issues such as Third World debt, famine, AIDs, Fair Trade, fathers’ custody rights etc to name but a few for years. Punk rock and post punk dudes believe it or not, who started out in an era when musicians made poignant statements particularly on matters relating to important political issues.
I read a blog post only this week on “Just A Thought: What Ever Happened To Protest/Political Music?” which I think is worth a read. Here’s the link  )

In that article the writer states and questions the following:

“It can’t be that people are happier than when the punk movement commenced in the 70s or when people wanted peace in the 60s. I mean, look at this year alone, we’ve had the Ukraine/Russia conflict; the Gaza/Israel conflict; the ongoing Conflict with IS; Scotland wanting Independence; The constant threat from North Korea; Protests are recently starting in Hong Kong, and feminism is on the rise again due to the fact that in 2014, men and women still aren’t treated equally. What have we had from the music world in terms of discontent for any of this? Not a lot, especially in more popular music.”

Spot on. Who is raging against the machine now?

“Do you personally connect with any of the protest that you can find at the minute?”

For a few moments I wondered, that with all of the media that has been available to us since the late 70s, harrowing human experiences coupled with disturbing images that have been delivered to us from around the world which, before our time wouldn’t have made it out there at all, that perhaps we have become desensitised to human suffering and injustice? Perhaps we have chosen instead to switch off as a coping mechanism from this information overload? I have heard people say that they have chosen to switch off from the news as it affects their mood and that they get down because of it but here’s the thing, why not get enraged by it?

Am I wrong and there is plenty of music out there standing for something that isn‘t too vague? Let me know.”

Yeah, good question. Anyone out there listening to bands that are making a strong stance on important issues please let us know. We’d love to hear from you and would be happy to pass on the information we get from you to the writer of this article.

Going back to the 70s now for a bit and from a fashion point of view Vivienne Westwood was stitching an image onto this music revolution of politically outspoken characters not concerned about being liked but more concerned about getting their opinions heard. Have you ever gone on a Sex Pistols style rampage, where the air was blue around you, venting whatever the fu*ck was pi&#ing you off at the time? No? That’s sad. You should try it out. It’s great craic (as long as you apologise afterwards of course especially if the person you’re venting to has a heart problem) but it’s a brilliant anti stress method, clears any stale air and gets your thoughts out there instead of festering and rotting away. To be honest, I love to hear a good blow out from someone. “Feel better now?”good and only then when the issue has been raised can something be done about it. Moaning under your breath and keeping shtum on matters ain’t gonna cut the mustard if you want change to happen in my book.
Oh some will argue with that and will only go the softly discussion route which I agree, there is value in that too but there must be room to vent. There is this perception that venting is chaotic and shows loss of control when in actual fact, venting is a very powerful tool for re-organising thoughts which have become chaotic. It is a process by which any character is guaranteed to regain control at the other end of it and as portrayed in the “King’s Speech” movie, if it was good enough for Bertie then by God, it’s good enough for me.

To me where the Sex Pistols were most influential was in making strong political statements and bringing underground issues to the surface, The Clash for making outstanding music and their sound has been everywhere since. Punk did a lot of the groundwork for paving a way for alternative music and The Clash influenced so much sound since hanging up their instruments back in ’86.

So, from a punk musical element and most notably for me the bands that caught my attention this year are the Eagulls from Leeds, Sisteray from London and Blood or Whiskey from Kildare/Dublin. All bands have a different style of playing. The Eagulls being more on the punk side leading into the post punk era; Sisteray being more on the post punk side leading into alternative and Blood or Whiskey giving it a lash with dub and Celtic sounding ska Punk.

I saw the Eagulls play a superbly fast punk sound earlier this year when they supported Franz Ferdinand, at Dublin’s Olympia and they were your unassuming, shy punk outfit. There was no spit and fire from the vocalist yet his lyrics would cut and his voice was haunting, melancholic and aggressive which had me spell bound and I latched onto it straight away. Soulless Youth, Possessed, Hollow Visions, all brilliant tracks from their self titled debut album out since March of this year.

I came across Sisteray on Twitter and I made the Joy Division connection almost straight away. These lads are great. I absolutely love She Likes the Drama from their same title EP. I love the deep controlled vocals against that upbeat drum driven beat and delicious amount of guitar they’ve got going on. Seriously, those lads are really worth a listen.

With Blood or Whiskey’s fast paced punk I am reminded of The Clash at times. It was no surprise to me to see that they were touring with Boston’s Dropkick Murphy‘s just recently. I always smile when I hear that up-tempo strong Celtic vibe mixed with ska punk. Lyrically I love Blood or Whiskey. They cover emigration and recession issues and fair play to yez lads.

Finally, what about the get up of the hardcore punk fan? I guess you’re not going to find that style in its entirety anymore. Safety pins, tattoos, body piercings, doc martins, strong eyeliner, harsh lipstick, crew cuts and spiky hair, strong statement making t-shirts and rips in clothes etc As a modern society we have embraced each element of the Vivienne Westwood autumn/winter, spring/summer collections to a degree but not since the early 80s have you seen gangs of youths with each member sporting all of those elements I listed, in just one standing. The punk image as we knew it has vanished from our streets.

This weekend I passed a girl in a shop and her hair was spiked with a strong glow of pink going through it but her makeup was soft, there was no piercing in the lip, no docs, no safety pins and for a split moment I went “Aww” as I was disappointed. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl but I was still disappointed by her not going for the complete look. Maybe she wasn’t a punk and if that’s the case it goes to show how strongly influential the fashion was back then if styles are still working off the fumes of its exhaust pipe.

From a music perspective we don’t really spit in the face of political upheaval. It’s a shame really. I like to see anger, frustration and aggression (control regained afterwards mind) surface in someone’s demeanour. There’s a strong force and honesty attached to it and it keeps things real. The rebel image has gone but I do hope that one day it comes back into fashion.

Take it away lads…



By Nicola Timmons

Stay Glued by Audiojack (Review)

Review of Audiojack – Stay Glued (The 2014 mixes)

Audiojack is an English electronic duo who met in Ibiza ten years ago. They presently play live on Ibiza Sonica Saturday’s @ 6pm CET and have been responsible for such electro movers as:

  • Polka dot dress
  • Get Serious
  • Night watch, just to name a few.
Review of Audiojack

Review of Audiojack

The guys have recently redone the mixes for the above track in the same order in which they were done two years ago when they were first released to us. This in turn means that Zombie Disco has also been working on his mix again among others! :D
Before you begin to listen to the new mixes, you could just sit back and listen to the original set from 2012, just to get into the groove of Techno-house if you are unfamiliar with it.
“Catchy, jazz-infused house music with a range of urban-techno vibes thrown into the mix” is what I concluded when I played them again this morning. (I haven’t been a morning girl of late, so you can tindeed they are phenomenal.)
Although I (and everyone here at music eyz no doubt) love all the mixes, I have a really soft spot for the Zombie Disco rework. The London DJ’s rework is energetic and catchy. He took just a snippet of the original vocal, cutting and pasting it in and out of the mix, it may still sound a tad minor (yeah moody is not quite the word) but it keeps it’s tech /electro edge, and is layered with a 4/4 bassline which combine makes the music easy to move to, in typical House fashion.
This is not to say that the other mixes lack technical and stylistic greatness though. Let me show you what we (yes I got some help) have discovered. ☺
Sebo K’s rework is mainly progressive house. It puts my theory of “Do things with your sound” into work. Same Tech beat, jazz-pop infusions. Result? Greatness.
FCL’s adaptation fuses many elements of music together. I actually saw myself dancing to some other things in my head at a point. (Deja-vu by Beyoncé anyone?)
Gorge’s edit transformed the track indeed, by the addition of a heavier bassline it morphs into a track in the deep house genre. Definitely a track for the indoor chill or house-party.
Final verdict:
Play the mixes. Share the mixes. Jam the mixes. #Stayglued to the mixes!
Ff @weareaudiojack

Review by Nathalie da_sweetthin Wemambu, 

D.W.I.D. by Dream Mclean ft Professor Green and Cas (Review)

Review of D.W.I.D. by Dream Mclean ft Professor Green and Cas

So first off D.W.I.D. is short for Do What I Do? Thats any confusion out of the way, so what is the track like?  All three rappers have a pretty dark style right?  So surely a track with all three together will be as dark as a total eclipse right?

Well rest safe lovely readers.  The track is pretty dark and none of the three rappers compromise their style.  There is an eerie electric vibe to the music as well with some blurred sounds going on.  Very basic beats add to the dark sound as well.

Review of DWID by Dream Mclean ft Professor Green and Cas

Review of DWID by Dream Mclean ft Professor Green and Cas

D.W.I.D. is the lead track from Dream Mclean‘s latest project Greyscale.  This is a follow up to his massive debut Weatherman.  Its a genuine hard-hitting track.  In a bit of tongue in cheek rap combat, the three really enhance each other and work in a real cohesive unit.

The slightly tongue-in-cheek context of the verses, somehow contradicts the dark style of Mclean, Prof Green and Cas.  Cas closes the track off with a brilliant growl.  The battle commences with Dream Mclean dissing the white girls in his pool, stating that they look like “noodles in soup”.  Professor Green doesn’t take kindly to this and doesn’t mix his words or feeling in his response.

The PC among you will slam the track for its light passive racism and overtly sexist lyrics.  The intelligent among you will see its all done in good fun and the result is a quality modern and fun UK rap track.  If this is what is to come from Dream Mclean, we can’t wait to hear more.

Real G by Sneakbo ft Fekky & Snap Capone (Review)

Review of Real G by Sneakbo ft Fekky & Snap Capone

So Sneakbo has been on the scene for quite a while now.  Has he got that plaudits he deserves? Has he f***!  Sneakbo is a quality member of the UK urban fraternity, always delivering tight rhymes with good beats and decent lyrics.  So what is Real G actually like?

Review Real G by Sneakbo ft Fekky and Snap Capone

Review Real G by Sneakbo ft Fekky and Snap Capone

What hits you instantly is the heavy beats that are dominant in the track.  Some basic stripped back music accompanies as well, lifting a genuinely basic synth sound to produce a decent backing.  The synth does add to the track but its real strength is in the beats and the mix of rapping styles.

Whilst there aren’t any uplifting or positive messages to be found in the track, the rapping is quality.  Fekky and Snap Capone aren’t just there for the ride either, adding a great complement to the main man Sneakbo.  The video is typical of UK underground sounds, groups of blokes in a graffiti covered subway (not the sandwich bar).

Overall a great quality track that has proven there is life in UK rap.  Just don’t think I would fancy walking in that subway with those nice gentleman all going about their G bidness.

Take a listen, I promise you that you won’t regret it.  Real G is the real deal.

Running Wild EP by Too Many T’s (Review)

Review of Running Wild EP by Too Many T’s

Too Many T’s are Leon Rhymes and Ross Standaloft, a duo from South London who hark back to the “golden era of hip-hop”. They are being described as the UK Beastie Boys, but I would liken them more to Ugly Duckling, indeed they supported Ugly Duckling on their last UK tour.
Review of Running Wild EP by Too Many T's

Review of Running Wild EP by Too Many T’s

It is live where they are honing their trade, with over 150 shows in the last 10 months, including shows at Boomtown, Bestival and Camp Bestival.
They have so far released one mixtape and an EP back in 2013, but 9th October 2014 sees the release of their new EP “Running Wild“. This is a 10 track digital EP which is being released for FREE to download from their own website:
The beats and rhymes are full of positivity and good vibes and a great introduction to those new to the band as well as keeping existing fans happy.
They have recruited several guest producers and rappers on several tracks, none more so than the taster they released ahead of the official release; “Butter Rug” –
It features two of my favourite MCs Abdominal (DJ Format) and Lazy Habits and together with a Too Many T’s they have produced a great tune, which will go down well live.
Too Many T’s are also on tour in October and November to promote the new EP so go check ‘em out!
Review by Nick Rayman

New Album Releases 6 Oct 2014

New Album Releases 6 Oct 2014

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atmos
Agnes Obel – Aventine
Allo Darlin’ – We Come From The Same Place
Anais Mitchell – xoa
Bryan Adams – Tracks Of My Years
Caribou – Our Love
Claudia Brucken – Where Else
Flying Colours – Second Nature
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Godflesh – A World Li Only By Fire

Gorgon City release new album this week

Gorgon City release new album this week

Gorgon City – Sirens
Hozier – Hozier
Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach
Jamie Cullum – Interlude
Jarrod Lawson – Jarrod Lawson
John Foxx & Steve Dagostino – Evidence Of Time Travel
Lady Antebellum – 747
Lou Reed – Banging On My Drums
Lower Than Atlantic – Lower Than Atlantis
Macy Gray – The Way
Martha Tilston – The Sea
Nehruviandoom – Nehruviandoom
New Found Glory – Resurrection
North Atlantic Oscillation – The Third Day
Pauline Murray – Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls
Peter White – Smile
Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died
Sixx: A.M – Mordern Vintage
Soul Jazz Records Presents – New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Steve Reich – Radio Rewrite
Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault
The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers
The Dream Academy – The Morning Lasted All Day
The Hawklords – Censored
The Piano Guys – Wonders

Tinashe album released this week

Tinashe album released this week

Tinashe – Aquarias
Tokio Hotel – Kings Of Surburbia
Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Box set)
Various Artists – 100 Hits – Supreme 70s
Various Artists – 100 Hits – 80s Anthems
Various Artists – Deep Soul Moments – Sometime, Someplace, Somewhere
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Zola Jesus – Taiga